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Hopper Pale Ale | Madison River Brewing Company

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3.62/5
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88 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#34,479
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
88
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tiny off white head that quickly dissipates. Mild lacing. Color is a cloudy copper with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: lovely combination of piney, floral, and tangerine hops with a sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel: fairly light and frothy with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: a sweet, yeasty caramel leads the opening and middle of this brew. The citrus and piney hops take over from the middle through the finish. There is some warming alcohol in the throat as it goes down.
Overall: This is a most excellent ale.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a very light haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam. Quite attractive!

Smell: light malt aroma with a caramelly, bready character. Hop aroma is stronger than the malt with an earthy, somewhat fruity character. Pretty standard combination, but well-enough executed.

Taste: hop flavor is a little bit more subdued than in the aroma; the maltiness adds a bit of a biscuity character which isn't my favorite. So, again, not bad, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a relatively nice creaminess.

Overall: a decent if unspectacular pale ale.

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3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the beautifully labeled 12-ounce bottle into a stemless bulb of a glass, forming a white-foam head that promptly reduces to a paper-thin film of tiny bubble atop the glowing, unfiltered bronze-hued beverage. The cloudy liquid has a red-orange tinge to it, displaying the complexities of the malt mix that makes up the body of this brew. Smells of spring bloom hoppiness, a sharp mix of pale and sweet malts flavored with fresh herb and bitter orange notes. Citrus hits the mouth first, creating a pleasant sweetness as not-quite-ripe fruit gives way to caramel malt. A savory thickness arrives on a wave of darker, roasted malts. One cannot help but notice the soapiness of the ample bittering hops boiled into the mash. The light floral taste would make this beer super yummy, had the dish-soap citric taste not lingered for so long after each swallow. The mouthfeel is medium, but also leaves an unpleasant aftereffect: a touch of stickiness that coats the roof and sides of the mouth.

Hopper pale ale goes in too many directions at once. It's a fun beer to drink and analyze, but not a well balanced drinking experience. The recipe feels altogether experimental. It is close, but needs some minor tweaks. The soapy taste should really be eliminated.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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