Kilbourn Hop Ale | Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
3.59/5
65 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
dellsbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bighuge on 10-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,006
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
65
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of mrpivo
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite a nice example of an American Pale Ale. The glass was very clear with a nice cream colored head which hang around while I finished the glass. It also created nice lacing as the glass was drunk. The aroma was definitely hoppy. Prevalent citrus nose of Cascade which I understand were locally grown by a resident. The initial taste was wonderful. Being a hophead I fully appreciated the amount of hops used in this brew although they were nicely balanced with the malt in the background. Carbonation was perfect for the style. Body was perfect.

Overall great beer.

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Photo of Beerjonny82
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the most well balanced American style pale ale I've ever drank. Slightly Maltier than most pale ales yet loaded with and abundantly dry hopped. Try to get the cans as the freshness and aroma seems to be more preserved than the bottle. Absolutely love this beer, not many others can compare.

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Photo of hero27
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ the Brewpub.

Amber color. The fresh hop aroma you get right off the bat is great, and I was told all the hops used are locally grown...nice. A solid use of caramel malts, but the hops take over from there and lead to a great, smooth brew that is certainly hop-driven.

I asked the bartender if there were any plans to bottle their beers in the near future, and he actually said they are planning to bottle the Kilbourn Hop Ale soon. Assuming that's done, it'll start very local for sure, but it'd be nice to see this one out in stores for more people to try.

Overall impression..this is a very good, hoppy pale ale. You can't stop at this place and not try this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the menu: “Locally grown hops are harvested from Brownie Zinke’s Hop Farm and are used to create this one-of-a-kind ale.” Locally grown hops! I was sold before I even tried it.

Calvin brought it to me in a nice, room-temperature pint glass, thusly passing his final exam. It had a medium, off-white head with decent retention. I caught a whiff of a big, floral hop nose as soon as I leaned in. The color was a very lightly cloudy medium-amber. The mouthfeel was medium with a grassy-hop flavor on the palate. The finish was still hoppy, but with a light grainy characteristic. Yum.

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Photo of Drank
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy appearance and piney nose. Fluffy head with nice lacing on the glass. Delicious beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer uses locally grown hops during August and September. This happened to be a batch that used the fresh, local hops.

Light copper color. Tight, light beige head that is a bit bubbly. Staying power is good. Lacing is more than adequate. Aroma? Yeah, it's freshly picked hops. After repeated calls, I couldn't get the varieties used, but I'll guess they are of the West Coast varity. Cascades. Centennial maybe. Nice piney and grapefruity aroma. Some caramel malt and toffee noted as well. Body is medium. Mouthfeel is carbonated just right. This is a nicely hopped pale ale, but the malt foundation let's you know it's there. Toasted malt compimented with caramel and toffee tones. Hops are citric, resiny, piney. And there's a nice bitterness present as well. Not IPA bitter, but very nice. Nice quaffable brew.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kilbourn Hop Ale was bright red and clear. The beer was very crisp and the heavy hop flavor really made it full of character. The hops are Kilbourn hops and while they definitely impart a fruity flavor they don't resemble Cascades or Willamettes, at all. The fruit character is almost more like a berry rather than a citrus flavor. It was hopped enough to almost be an India Pale, but it was definitely just a well hopped APA. Wonderful brew, worth the discovery.

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Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a mixed 12 pack of 4 different beers - 3 of each kind. It turns out that back in the 1820's Wisconsin Dells was known as Kilbourn City and that is where this beer gets its name from. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy burnt orange color, which as one reviewer pointed out is a bit darker than most APA's. It produced a fluffy 2-finger white head that lasted a few minutes and left tons of nice lacing on the glass.

Huge tangerine citrus smell along with some piny hops and a bit of sweet malt.

The smell and the taste match up perfectly. Juicy tangerine flavor with decent pine hop bitterness balanced off quite nicely with a sweet malty base.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium body and moderate to medium carbonation.

This is a very tasty offering from this brewery. Glad I have 2 more bottles in the box.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a brown hue to it and a lumpy oatmeal head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of slow bubbles.

S- The green herbal hops has some citrus notes along with green citrus pith but not at all bitter. There is a light caramel malt note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The dry woody pine hops flavor has a green citrus note and a nice spicy hop finish that is bright but full. There is some caramel malt that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D- The nice hops flavor is mellow with no bitterness at all and is full on flavor. There is a nice depth with the woody, green citrus notes and it is pretty dry overall. Good to have a few pints of on a hot day.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark amber brew, darker than I expected, but clear, with a small whitish head.
It has a hoppy, floral aroma, medium body and is surprisingly well balanced, a lot more like an Elgish pale ale than an american pale ale. Spiced, a nice amount of sweetish malts balancing the hoppy bite.
Nicely done.

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Photo of bill_rue
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of grahuba
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it pays when your wife heads to the Dells for a Girlz Weekend. She came back with a growler of beer from Moosejaw. The Kilbourn Hop Ale was a cloudy/hazy amber with not much head (was a day old in the growler...may have affected the head). The aroma was nice and hoppy with subtle apricot and spice. The taste was good...fresh hops and pine with good citrus start. The beer was very easy on the mouth and could drink a few of these at a sitting with no problem.

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Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper hued without much of a head. Traces of beige residue were present.
The aroma is dominated by bitter flower petals and citric rinds. It smells forcefully bitter. And is backed-up with some toasty, caramelled biscuits.
That toasty caramelness transfer into the flavor, but to a lesser degree. Mostly, it is aggressive with its hops, but no overburdoningly so. Citrus primarily, with bitter orange peel, bolstered with dry florals and herbs.
It's a bit waif in the mouth and could benefit with a rounder feel. Regardless, this a a hoppy quaffer at a venue that seems to specialize in lagers.
Though the menu description is misleading with its grandiose claim of "one of a kind hopping" etc. This is a tasty but standard APA, and those "unique, locally grown" hops strongly suggest cascades and centennials.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a winner and my favorite of Moose Jaw’s brews. The hops are all locally grown and damn aromatic. Reminds me of a good English Ale, maybe even an ESB. Medium body. Large floral hop aroma with a touch of pine. Taste is all floral and fruity hops yet it’s not terribly bitter. This is no hop bomb to be sure, however, it is rather refreshing and very drinkable. Surprisingly smooth body for the robust hop flavor too. Great red color with a nice frothy white head.

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Photo of Coryk133
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great beer, great taste if you like a hoppy beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops mostly and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation with noticeable bitterness. Tastes of sweet/floral hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Overall, a good brew.

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Photo of Bilzor
3.84/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint on tap at the brewpub

look is a deep amber orange, dark for an apa. smell is hard to pick up, but what's there is enjoyable: floral and citrus hops. taste is well hopped but has a good amount of roasted malts. there's oak, spice, pine sap.

tasty pale

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color and really not much going on for a head. Maybe a hint of lacing. Malty at first blush, but the hops comes on quickly. The nose doesn't allow the hops to present as dominant, so it reads a bit malty. The flavor allows the hops to come on rather quickly however. The mouthfeel is decidedly thick for a well hopped beer. The finish is clean and leaves the drinker with a sweetness in the mouth that adds a nice balance to the hops. I am impressed with the balance of this beer, yet it seems to operate as individual parts and flavors. Its balance comes from the presence of both malt and hops moreso than from the confluence of the two.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rborre321
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

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Kilbourn Hop Ale from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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