Hopper Pale Ale | Madison River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company
Montana, United States
madisonriverbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a strong pale, yet smooth and easy on the finish. Four different barley malts lend a rich amber color and create a backdrop to showcase the distinctive citrus-like flavor and floral aroma of horizon, Centennial and cascade hops. Although this pale could almost be named an IPA with its hoppy ingredients, the body of this beer remains reasonable and avoids and overwhelming bitterness.

43 IBU

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Libeertarian
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 02/13/17:

Orange-amber, semi-bright, mostly clear. Tan, fine-bubbled somewhat creamy head albeit under a rockier layer of foam. Great retention and soapy lace. Poured it fast but wasn’t aggressive enough to reach the top of my pint glass. Grain, caramel, vegetation, resin to nose. Very grainy palate, some cracker though. Very metallic/ferrous on tip of tongue but not in a bitter way, and this almost qualifies more as feel than taste. Other than that it is fairly vegetal hops all the way. Not a great balance, high apparent bitterness for how low the IBUs probably are, although once the palate is saturated this sensation lessens. Overall it is not enough to make me gag, but I pucker right up and pretty much have to sip this. Medium in body, abundant suds, fine and fairly tingly.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite beers ive had from these guys so far, super fresh and tasty. the hop profile is cool because they are such familiar varietals, but the manifest themselves somewhat uniquely in this very montana pale ale. on the edge of being ipa really based on how hoppy it is, but there is some real nice balance too. the centennial hops have their classic wet woody thing going on, but they also have a piney sweetness to them, oily, and with the citrus of the cascade, its a great combination. maybe a lot of late kettle and dry hops here, as the bitterness is only average. i like the drinkability that approach provides. cool grain base too, a touch sweeter, maybe some vienna or mid crystal malt, and it has a bunch of body which i really like in a pale ale like this. it tastes rustic and fresh and well integrated, balanced and big. its really smooth in the feel, well carbonated with a toasted malt finish as prominent as the fading hop bitterness. a perfect session pale for a beer drinker. great stuff from these guys, simple but different too. dug this hard.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Translucent gold honey-like color, minimal lace, small white head.
S- Sweet malt, nutty, faint citrus/floral hops, grain.
T- Nutty, strong breadiness, sweet-but not overly sweet.
M- Medium carbonation, light body, slightly resinous.
O- Refreshingly crisp and mellow, reminds me of a less hoppy Dale's Pale Ale.

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Photo of hozersr
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sporklift87
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elliott1184
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, hint of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Noticeable hop bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, piney hops, hint of alcohol, and slight citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, not complex, refreshing but overly-bitter for the lack of body.

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Photo of benloho
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Resuin
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of casapy
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregJ
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with slight off white head. Smells of sweet malt and citrus. Nice sweet malty, light grapefruit and hoppy bitterness. Medium light palate. Pretty good pale ale.

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Photo of Hugh37
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance-The beer is served a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready and caramel smell mixed with some lighter hop aromas of a pine and citrus grapefruit nature. There is a little bit of a grassy smell as well as a light earthy smell which round out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat drier bready and biscuit taste mixed with a decent showing of a citrus hop taste. The citrus gains a little bit of strength as the taste moves forward, with other lighter hop tastes of pine and an earthy nature coming to the tongue as the taste moves toward the end. Along with the hop, comes a little bit of a fruity taste with some peach and apple coming to the tongue. In the end, with the newly arrived hop and fruit, one is left with a middle range hopped and moderate bodied pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body was fairly appropriate for the style, but a little higher carbonation may have been slightly better, as it would have been nice for the blend of modest hop and malt which constitutes the flavor profile of the beer.

Overall- A decent pale ale, but nothing all that out of the ordinary. Decent, but more or less average overall.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of LoganMc
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed fully to my phone at Pinon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a goblet with a golden orange body. A head forms on the beer up to one finger with a frothy texture and fair retention. The crown dies down to a medium thick ring leaving spotty lace.

S- Hoppy but not all that much strength overall of the aroma. Dried stone fruits, floral and spicy hints atop a pale caramel malt backdrop and slight yeast bread.

T- Fairly balanced overall as the yeast and malts come to life more here. A hop profile of dried apricot, orange zest, citrus, spicy and earthy tones. Not particularly fruity as the latter elements are quite strong. Balance is struck by pale caramel, cereal grain, apple fruit esters, yeast bread and some sweetness.

MF- Light to medium bodied overall with a texture that is a mix of foamy and silky with slight creaminess. Carbonation comes in at a moderate amount and the beer is fairly bitter.

A somewhat hoppy pale where the yeast esters kind of interfere a bit with a nice mix of malt and hop flavors. Solid but not in the mix with the great ones out there.
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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