Hop Happy India Pale Ale | Milwaukee Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
mkebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by logansboat15 on 11-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.24%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
41
For Trade:
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 29
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5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Awfire
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent good taste value IPA

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Photo of eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of milwaukee512
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kind of disappointing attempt for a Milwaukee Brewery beer.

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Photo of bfrank8
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It reminds me of DFH 90 minute, but not quite as good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a MKE tulip.
7.5% ABV

A - Faintly hazy, this golden amber beer has a good level of carbonation feeding the excellent, frothy ivory head, which leaves thick rings of lace coating the glass for a picture-perfect IPA!

S - In keeping with classic midwest-style IPAs, there is a predominant hop nose, but immediately apparent is balance. Light citrus cascades down to earthy tones with resin following. Caramel and toasted, earthy amber malts follow leaving this brew smelling pretty simple, but it works.

T - The balance, once again, takes front and center. Plenty of malt backing allows some caramel and toasted amber malt flavor to penetrate the overarching hop profile of English earthy tones; dried leaves, pine resin, and grass clippings with some American-style citrus drops lingering on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, smooth, and pretty soft from the addition of oats, balance remains key here; a good helping of hops through the boil lets this IPA finish with considerable lingering bitterness but the malt base and style boundry-pushing alcohol even it out with some sweetness.

O - Summed up in one word? Balanced. Hop Happy has plenty of English and American hops that add character and bitterness while smooth maltiness finishes out. Enjoy this IPA with pizza dipped in hot sauce or sprinkled with crushed red pepper for a complimentary zing of spice, elevated by the hops.

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Photo of logansboat15
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a six-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Woodman's in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was attracted by the new retro-designed packaging recently adopted by Milwaukee Brewing Company.


I am not sure if this is the same recipe as Milwaukee Brewing's old IPA brand, but this incarnation tastes better than the earlier version that I recall.


When poured into a tulip glass this IPA produces a massive foamy head and the beer itself appears a deep, clear amber color.


Straight from the fridge it smells rather malty and bread-like with surprisingly little citrus or sharpness of an American IPA than I expected. With a rise in the beer's temperature a floral, citrus note comes through, meeting my expectations of the style.


The taste is fresh, sharp and hoppy, with a spicy, dry finish. This beer is a refreshing, delicious, and worthy of putting into my rotation of "go-to" beers to bring to holiday parties and summer cook-outs. As this brew warms toward room temperature it takes on a nicely balanced flavor profile of malt-versus hops.


The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and would be a prime candidate to introduce the uninitiated to the world of American India Pale Ales.


Hop Happy is a very agreeable beer at an affordable price. Try some tonight.

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4.12/5  rDev +19.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWirtz
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jla4
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours slightly hazed amber under a 2” cream colored foam collar that recedes to a thick, lacy film over 3 minutes. S. Has a grassy, herbal, minty nose with some biscuit. T: The attack starts with medium high maltiness with a big biter hop accent. The bitterness is crisp and more of a quinine bitterness with some earthy notes than a citrus bitterness. F: Medium body and soft, creamy carbonation with a little astringent hop bite on the finish. O: A hoppy beer with some rough edges but overall very easy to drink.

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of MKrauss
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of NEDmiller
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of stangski83
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber color, clearly unfiltered, half finger of off white head

Smell is a dose of pine and earthy hop notes, a little citrus flows through, caramel, toffee, a nice plum like smell with a decent bread backing

Taste is bitter pine, a little grapefruit, bread, biscuit malt, caramel sweetness, some orange, herbal and earthy hops shine through in the bittering finish

Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation with a nice dry finish

Good stuff, not great, but a nice beer none the less. Give it a shot.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Sir_Illo
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%

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Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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