Horny Goat Wisconzin IPA | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Horny Goat Wisconzin IPAHorny Goat Wisconzin IPA

Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big hop IPA! Thought this was a 2X IPA after the first sip yet ABV is lower than most. Bold pine hops yet well balanced and smoother than initially expected. Overall a very good IPA. Picked up one of these in a "custom six pack". Would definitely like to try this one again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, dark, Ruby Red. A thin white head. Smells a very fruity, almost fruit punch with presence of piney hops. A very balanced citrus hop IPA, in which the malt is a very good level. It does allow for hops to come through in the end. a little zing in the transition from malt to pine confuses me a lot. This makes it a not very good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Lahoi
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots to like here.

Dark copper color. Cloudy. Thick, creamy off white head. Retained head for quite a while. Lots of lacing.

Smells of hops, pine, grass. Good ole IPA stuff, you know.

Taste was similar to smell, BUT with a few surprises. It's a little fruity, and I didn't really smell that. It's also got a little spicy kick. Finishes smooth. I never picked up I'm the Zinfandel, though.

Feels like you would hope it would. It's rich, robust, full.

I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA. It's comparable to some good ones.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Distinct, Vinous, Hoppy

All of the bells and whistles are there for an IPA, slightly dank and pungent. Then something happens as a unique fruitiness hits middle to end. Its the addition of Zinfandel grapes that throws down a peppery and exotic fruit tone. Unique for the most part and enjoyable enough to go back for more.

STYLE:American IPA | ABV: 7.1% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grassy hop nose, pours clear tea to amber, 1.5-2ā€ foam cap. On the tongue big grassy hops, big fruit, decent grass on the palate, flowery and herbal.. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Milwaukee burgers in Wausau poured into a shaker pint. Clear copper body with a finger of white head. Decent retention with some lacing. Aroma is typical of a citra hop IPA - grapefruit, pineapple, orange, other tropical fruits, caramel and bread malt. The zinfandel juice adds a small vinous note, but Iā€™m not sure I would have know it was there without being told. Taste is good, early caramel sweetness followed by citrus peel bitterness. The zin shows up here with a tannic bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slick texture, dry finish.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this most excellent IPA pours a beautiful light amber with a firm tight beaded foam head that slowly dissipates leaving great lacing and a thin pool of foam. Nose of citrus and pine hops, grapefruit, a yeasty sweet bread aroma, and rich caramel malts. Flavors are up front citrus hops and caramel malts with bittering piney hops to the rear and a solid malt backbone with fresh sweet bread flavors. Finish is lightly dry and clean with a bittering hops aftertaste that is pleasant. The sweet malts really accentuate this IPA which, as some have pointed out is closer to a DIPA. I am NOT an IPA lover, yet this is exceptional and I will purchase more for Christmas gifts to some of my hoppy friends.


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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Horny Goat Wisconzin IPA has a thin, white head, fairly prominent lacing, a hazy, orange appearance, lots of bubbles, and tiny, brown sediment visible, top to bottom. Aroma is of piney, citrus, hop resin and a decent amount of white bread. Taste is the same, with strong, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Horny Goat Wisconzin IPA finishes mostly dry and rather drinkable. I did not pick up any grapes, in either the aroma or taste, but I still found it delicious.


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Photo of Hossjob
4/5  rDev +7%

I was super surprised by this beer. Got a 6 pack sampler at the local beer garden and thought I'd try this. I was impressed. Mind boggled by some lower ratings. I'm a big hop fan. Hop blasts are my favorite but I also love DIPAs. I am not a fan of caramely/malty beers. This IPA had more caramel/malt to it than I normally like, but it had a strong butter taste that balanced it out perfectly. The mouthfeel was closer to a DIPA than a typical IPA. I'd definitely by a 6 pack of this beer. The mouth feel, bitterness and balance of hops to malt really hit my palate nicely.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. Interestingly enough, the body near the head is murkier than it is near the bottom of the glass - weird. That head is a finger high, with its shade a pip off-white. Retention is pretty good, with a sticky texture leaving behind some lacing on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: This...actually smells like an IPA! Imagine that. It starts off bringing nice (shockingly nice, actually) notes of mango, melon, and grapefruit. As it warms up, the maltiness gradually increases. In particular, I'm getting a good amount of caramel and toffee. The aroma is pretty stereotypical, but actually somewhat well-done. (3.25)

Taste: It tastes like an IPA at around 85% strength. It starts off with grapefruity hops, before a wave of caramel malt appears mid-taste and rides right into the finish. Another thing it has is a yeasty taste - a rather big one. Luckily, the yeast subsides...to reveal a bitter and slightly medicinal aftertaste. Yeaaaah. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: This beer is semi-flabby. It has a big body that clashes with the rather mild flavor profile. Drinkability is medium, but it could have been so much better. A plus: it has a soft, creamy body most IPAs wish they could have. (3)

Overall: A menagerie of pesky flaws make this a subpar IPA. I was wary of this crafty contract brewer when getting this bottle, and unfortunately, my fears were justified. It's definitely in the lower quartile of IPAs in terms of quality. (2.5)

2.74/5: About what one might expect from a crafty IPA...for better or worse

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

After telling myself i'd never buy anything from this gimmick contract brewer, I saw the relatively good scores this one was getting, and filed it away until seeing a single on the shelf recently, and figured it was worth $2 to find out if the praise was warranted.

Bottle is printed 0094SP, which means nothing to the average beer drinker, and i'm too lazy to bust out a decoder ring today.

Pours a dark saturated orange with a finger of foam, and a thin drippy ring of lace on the opposite side of the glass. Pretty good coverage, a head that lasts for the first couple sips then breaks apart. Hazy with suspended micro sediment, guessing this isn't super fresh. 3.5

Smell is pretty basic and average, lightly citric with sweet caramel malt bleeding through. 3.25

Taste is malty and lightly bitter, some resinous hop character, any indication of grapes isn't really present. Dry bitter aftertaste. Pretty textbook IPA, it could be from one of 1000 breweries, nothing unique here besides the idea. 3.25

Body is fine, fairly malty, more bitter than sweet, medium bodied. 3.25
Overall this isn't something i'll revisit unless it's a fresh draft sample. 3

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is a coppery dark orange/pale red and clear. The head is a full finger of off-white cream with good retention and scattered lacing that's fairly thick.
The aroma is pretty even between malts and hops. Caramel, bread and barley offset tropical fruits, flora and pith with a hint of something sharp in the back.
The flavor really picks up the hops, and it's a pleasant surprise from Horny Goat. It's pithy, leafy and citrusy with a bit more sweet fruits coming in along with the zest, while malts simply balance and add depth. The zin isn't prominent, choosing a more subtle role and contributing just a little dry must and tannins. A little bit of a briny note sits in the finish.
There's a dryness that builds on the tongue, but not harshly, as the medium body sustains itself for the duration. Its combination of soft but creamy carbonation and biting crispness makes for an interesting parallel on the tongue.

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

As the paradox of American IPA continue to shift, there are traditional brewers who stubbornly latch onto the ways it's always been. But then there are adventurous brewers who gravitate to what it can be. Horny Goat is the later, pushing the taste of tomorrow's IPA with exotic hops for tropical taste to complement the citrus.

The copper ale opens with a bold hop display- leading with red grapefruit and juicy tangerine. Sweetened with the light caramel backdrop of barley malt, the hops seem to take on riper and more vibrant taste.

Over the middle, the ale simply blossoms. Its caramel and honied upstart turns to dry graham cracker and toasted peanut; still in support of the hops that tower above. Its bright citrus taste develops into tropical taste of pineapple, apricot, mango and passionfruit for a medley that's most seen in fruit punch.

As the beer's bitterness grows to dominate the taste, it carries with it the herbaceous character of fresh-cut grass, chive, and sappy pine needle. The sweetness dissolves and allows the tangy citrus and resinous bitter taste to clean the finish with relative ease. Toast and nut hulls outlast much of the taste except for that long-lived bitterness that's quintessential of IPA.

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

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with short, bright white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh herbal hop and mint aromas with a caramel malt sweetness and hint of pine hops. Medium bodied with aggressive, lively, tangy carbonation. Minty flavors up front that transitioned to herbal hops that provided the tangy bite through the middle. Hop characters balanced nicely with the solid malt backbone. Herbal flavors rolled to the end as this finished dryly with a lingering pine hop aftertaste. The herbal and mint hop flavors are not my favorite IPA flavors, but this was a solid offering nonetheless.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Goat and I go way back, so I am always interested in seeing what he has to offer.

From the bottle: "Carefully crafted famously fun."; "Brewed in [Wisconsin]".

I was pretty aggro about my pour, resulting in wo fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose kind of smelled like hop tea - piney, minty, fresh, very floral. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was very pleasantly hoppy. It had a good bit of mintiness to it, but just enough malt to keep it from being over the top. Likewise, the malt did not overshadow the hops, which I have also encountered. It was certainly an AIPA, but it was reserved in its aggressiveness, which is something some hopheads do not like. I thought that it was just about right for a lazy afternoon and given its relatively low cost, it was definitely worthwhile. The finish was semi-dry with the malt keeping the hops from being in your face. Thanks, H. G., for another decent brew!

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Photo of Budinetz
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice amber color with a fluffy white had. Great head retention and lacing throughout the experience. The aroma is quite fantastic, with oily hops that are heavy on the pine aroma and some nice malt profile. Definitely tastes like a solid IPA. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly worth mentioning. I would have this again and would recommend picking up a sixer to try. A solid brew overall!

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving just some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruit hops, the latter of which become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste starts out with a sharp amount of light bitterness and transitions to flavors of caramel malts, sour grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Slight bits of alcohol and peppery spices are also perceptible towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot of different flavors going on, but I didn't find these to really mesh together well. The taste of alcohol is also a little detracting.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light ruby red color with accents of brown. Thick, creamy head head of about a finger and a half. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. Low active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Mild tropical fruit hop tones mesh well with the zinfandel grapes. The soft fruitiness carries into the body as the sweetness from the grapes slowly backs off. Caramel sweetness is picked up for a malt backbone. Pretty simple but inviting.

Taste: Sweet zinfandel grapes jump on the palate right away. Easily transition into easy going tropical fruit tones. Bitterness is extremely low, only really slightly noticed on the back end. Caramel and some nutty tones pop up on the body.

Mouthfeel: Low bitterness, easy fruit tones. Nothing that really challenges that palate but it easy drinking for sure.

Overall: Something that is certainly worth a try from Horny Goat! The zinfandel grapes play along nicely, coming off sweet and easy instead of acidic. Malt backbone is solid. For a twist off cap, I am impressed!

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Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish copper with a finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves some lace behind. The nose has a nice hop essence to it, but it clearly also has malty notes as well. The flavor profile is well-balanced. The hop bitterness on the finish blends well with the subtle alcohol essence. This is not a bad single IPA.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I am fortunate that this beer is my first Horny Goat experience. I must admit before trying I wasn't expecting to be pleasantly surprised considering the rest of this breweries scores on here.

However, this is quite the respectable IPA. Descent color and head. The only downside is it retracted semi quickly and didn't leave much of a lacing trail. The smell is of any good IPA. Hops forward, with resin and pine, malt in the background, and a mid layer of tropical fruits. Taste follows with the hops lingering throughout the entire taste experience. Semi dry finish thats not overbearing.

Again an overall enjoyable beer. I consider this to be a Flower Power-esque IPA. Not nearly as good but at the same time less expensive.

I'd definitely seek this out again to take to the beach or for Fall football tailgating if available in 6 packs.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into an imperial pint.
7.1% ABV

A - Heavy carbonation keeps the lumpy and tall off-white head afloat above the fairly clear tarnished amber brew, all the while leaving clusters of clumpy lace plastered on the glass.

S - Sticky hop resin tingles the nasal passages, turning to earth-dusted notes of ripe pineapple chunks and mango balls with undercurrents of lightly toasted amber malt.

T - Wisconzin's combination of hop varietals presents a convoluted flavor profile of slightly earthy resin and pine needle notes with soft tropical fruitiness that dodges being pinpointed but it's quite tasty! Amber malt gives the beer a nice base of gentle toast and caramelly sweetness.

M - Eye-opening, Wisconzin leaves the tongue lingering with a dry, profound bitterness that grabs the taste buds rapidly but remains nicely balanced by a kiss of malt sweetness and tickle of carbonation.

O - Well slap me silly; a Horny Goat beer without any gimmicky branding and, if that weren't enough, it's actually a damn good IPA to boot! Hop forward throughout, Wisconzin pushes the envelope of a conventional IPA into light (in reference to alcohol) double IPA waters with it's big profile and striking bitterness but, it's the overall quality of the recipe that has me wowed. I have no hesitation is saying that I wasn't expecting anything from this Horny Goat offering but I would drink this beer again and again.

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Horny Goat Wisconzin IPA from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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