Kilbourn Hop Ale | Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
65 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Coryk133
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

49 characters

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft on July 1, 2017.

50 characters

Photo of Bammer21
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewsed
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 866 characters

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerjonny82
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

 307 characters

Photo of grahuba
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours soft, frothy, off-white head that has really nice persistence. A really, really nice hop aroma; Sweet, citrusy resins. Hazy, straw-amber color. Starts with a startling hoppiness; piney citrus with a medium bitterness. Citrus rind peaks at a medium high bitterness, right before the malt comes through. The citrus rind mellows, but lingers, into the finish. Notes of grassy green hops come through at the very end.

This is pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice hoppy profile without being off-puttingly bitter.

 530 characters

Photo of Loudog1411
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JayCheG
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drank
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

97 characters

Photo of ALC82
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justinrphillips
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rborre321
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bilzor
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of scootercrabb
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ericjubeck
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of KFBR392
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a burnt orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated to the edges of the glass while drinking. Carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Light caramel and toffee jump out first with some floral hop notes in the background. Some slightly resinous pine opens up on the body with a lingering gummy sweetness. There is a maple syrupy sweetness lingering as well, unique aroma.

Taste: Chewy malts stick immediately to the palate. Taffy, grass, orange peel, and bitter pine come together on the body. Gummy malts pop up on the back end. The finish is lead and mainly dominated by bitter pine which dries out and gives off some herbal, earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel: A pleasantly sweet front is matched in intensity on the back end with heavy palate punishing hops. Carbonation fits.

Overall: Not something I would want to drink more then one per occasion, but a unique pale for sure. Certainly not another boring pale, so props for that.

 986 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Kilbourn Hop Ale from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.