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:
#34,962
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 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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 Sweffin
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Dactrius
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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 iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored...clean,,,nice sweeter floral nose...also some toffee...tastewise it's a pretty malty beginning (toffee), then a piney hop bite on the finish..works nicely together but hops dominate the finish..

Medium bodied...slightly acidic on the finish..

A pretty nice little amber ale...they did a nice job of balancing the assertive hopping with a good malt base...not an all-time great but very enjoyable...locally grown hops are apparently used in this..

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

Photo of Tucquan
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Baraboo, WI

The beer menu says they use locally grown hops from Zinke's Hop Farm.

The beer pours a copper color with a 1 finger, thick head with medium lacing.

There's a mild, sweet fruit aroma.

The caramel tasting malt is balanced well with the local hops. The beer has medium carbonation and a clean finish. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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 cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. In a pitcher. Poured in a standard pint glass. Clear dark orange-amber in color. Forms a moderate sized foamy head. Good retention; decent lacing. Aroma isn't much. Toast and caramel malts with some earth hops in the mix. Taste is s bit better. Mild caramel malts and a bit of juicy citrus hops before turning more earthy and bitter. Medium mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness - more than expected actually.
A rather drinkable amber ale (its not an APA, and to be fair the menu calls it an amber ale as well).

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 zimm421
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 5 oz sampler glass.

Appears a dark amber to brown with a white head. Almost no lacing left on the glass.

The nose is bitter with nice earthy, pine and some hints of citrus. The first sip offers a good caramel backbone with the same hop notes as the nose. There is a stronger pine flavor here and it comes through fairly well.

The body is medium to medium-full with average carbonation levels. Overall, a decent brew, but not something to seek out with all your heart. My second favorite option from the sampler I chose. This is a good APA, but I've had much better.

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Photo of herman77
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

*Review from notes on 3-12
Derek the beer guy at Zinke's Village Market told me the hops are actually from his relatives hop farm.

A: Dark amber with a frothy off white head. Leaves huge rings of lacing.

S: Pretty muted here. The glass was served chilled, but even as it warmed up it was still hard to pick up much. Light citrus and grapefruit hops balanced by a light maltiness.

T: Slightly fruity hops, more grapefruit and citrus balanced by a light carmel malt backbone. Very crisp. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability. Not overly hopped, good malt balance. Local hops, lower abv, local microbrew, fresh, can't ask for more.

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Photo of seeswo
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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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