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:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 29
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

there is really no need for this to be as strong as it is, i find it frustrating to drinkability, and also annoyingly overbalanced. there is an awesome hop nose on it, juicy and fresh and a little sweet, but with a taffy or bubblegum element too, neat hopping for sure. the beer is caramel in color, and definitely has some of that sweetness in the grain flavor too, its only medium bodied, but its heavy a little from the long lasting grain taste, which outlasts the hops in what turn into a tinny finish. carbonation is fine, but the feel is heavy and weird and it sort of starts breaking down into disunity. the nose is the best feature by far in this one. dial back the two row a bit here, and you have something much improved. i think the hops are well thought out, but there is a little refinement necessary on the whole.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed brown with a pinky of beige head. Nice lacing, above average head retention

S: Catty, woody,

T: Follows the nose, fairly malty up front, along with dryness. Malty sweetness & dryness, herbal bitterness as this warms. Finishes with woody hops, dryness, and a little leafy hops as well

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks alright, not a great IPA, but certainly worth a try

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Yep, they are putting it in the CAN now and The CANQuest (TM) was delighted to score some at Riley's Wines of the World druing the annual visit to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest!

From the CAN: "That's local flavor."; "Brewed with three different kinds of hops, this IPA is balanced by the oats added to the mash. The oats not only add an unexpected sweetness, but also a heavier mouthfeel."; "How to Drink Craft Beer From a CAN[:] Find Glass[;] Pour Beer[;] Cheers![;] Share: #LUVMKECRAFT".

The Crack was nice and loud and the inverted Glug netted me two fingers of puffy, rocky, tawny head with great retention as the humidity continues to climb over the course of the day. Color was a coppery deep-amber with NE-quality clarity (SRM = 17). Nose was pine, but cut with a caramel-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the hops were present but cut by a pleasant sweetness. Sticky lacing began to form with each draught that I took from the glass. It surely hid its ABV well, and I was really putting it away until I realized just how big it actually was. Finish was semi-dry with the oats living up to their billing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The first stop on my return jaunt through MKE (as they call themselves) centers on their normal IPA. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit rind, very light pretzel, and a touch of sweet caramel waiting to be acknowledged in the background. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though now everything is duller, the fruit a touch rindier, and the caramel even more subdued. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA at best, one that promises good tidings but doesn't quite deliver all the way. It ain't bad, but not something I think I'd ever recommend for someone looking for an IPA fix.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -12.8%

On draft at Milwaukee Ale House.

The beer is dark copper with a quarter inch of off-white head. The aroma offers resinous hops, pine, earth. Hop flavor followed by subtle notes of mint and herbal tea. An odd assortment. Not entirely off-putting, but certainly unusual. Some bready notes as well, finishing with a semi-sweet bitterness. Interesting. One and done for me.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt can on October 17, 2015.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep copper with a thin, lasting off-white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell of citrus, some resinous pine and caramel.

The taste is citrus wrapped in caramel candy. Juicy sweetness turns to a mild bitter bite in the finish.

Starts off a bit fizzy, but the fizz soon settles to become somewhat chewy and quite smooth.

A more "balanced" IPA with a strong caramel backbone. Malt and very well-hidden alcohol make this deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee Brewing Hop Happy IPA, brewed and bottled by Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not a drop of gobbledygook anywhere on the paper label. No real information, either, other than the legal necessities. Maybe on the 6-pack holder? Nope, nothing but QR codes. A different kind of gobbledygook, an unreadable kind.

Murky amber hued appearance, slim white head.

Aroma: pithy and pungent, plump with pine and citrus, lemon and grapefruit galore. Not my favorite IPA aromatics, but not bad. We'll see.

Taste: Bright hop flavor greets the tongue immediately, backed up with sufficient malt. Bright, and juicy. Medium-bodied, lean and drinkable. Perfectly serviceable. Average and adequate. I can drink it and not feel a thing, nothing to think about, nothing to worry about.

It's okay. That's all. Sigh.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has a bit of hops, some malts. Taste is bitter and hoppy up front, some pine, a bit of malts at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall nothing special, but not bad, your standard, run of the mill IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a white soapy head that laces the glass.
Aroma of malts, hops, and alcohol. In the taste, citrus and pine, with a strawberry like fruityness from the ale yeast. Citrus, malt, fruity yeast, mild alcohol and bitterness.
Medium bodied well carbonated brew. Overall, this is a good drinkable IPA with some English ale properties.

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
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