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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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3.58/5
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403 Ratings
Ophelia Hoppy Wheat AleOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Subtle hints of citrus round out the complex aroma of Mosaic hops, for a beer so drinkable, it’ll last through multiple acts.

Added by 3FaveryRogue on 12-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,567
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
403
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, berry, and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, dirty berry, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting hop aspects, but I am not getting any distinct wheat presence in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

they call this a hoppy wheat, but it all seemed a bit subdued to me. barley hazy pale yellow liquid and a thin white film for head. the nose is wheat malt first, hops second. not overly exciting by any means, but seemingly well crafted and light enough to drink a bunch of. nothing about this really pops in terms of flavor. good ale yeast and fresh wheat leave a mark, but the hops arent where i expected them to be after reading the description. its a little citrusty, but the fuller wheat body covers up a lot of the hops. its a good beer with food, as its plenty full flavored, but it lacks an exciting or distinguishing element to me. clean finish, good bubbles. its a high C or a low B for me, par for the breckenridge course.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has lots of small and large particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a small collar of large bubbles, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with bits of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has much stronger flavors of grainy malts along with notes of yeast and hints of citrusy and floral hops. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable towards the finish and this lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little chewy (from the grain) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The graininess and yeastiness of this beer might make it seem a little "raw" for the style, but this definitely lends for an interesting taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Congrats America! The bland and banal world of "American Pale Wheat Ale" has graduated. No longer are we content to simply apply the "yeast-neutral" character of American yeast to a grainy-sweet compilation of malts. What makes American IPAs so distinctive, flavorful and irresistibly drinkable now makes its way to Wheat- its the hops!

But similarly to most beers of its style, Ophelia pours with a hazy golden color with brighter straw hues around the edges. Capped by a fluffy, ivory-white head, the beer's foam character is strong, sturdy and long in its retention. Trailing with broken rings, its lacing patterns are well defined.

The beer's aromas are still light grainy but is also bready and lightly doughy- its yeast and wheat character evident. But its rise of hop intensity is unexpected and very welcomed. Citrusy with grapefruit and orange-type citrus, a softer and "juicier" tropical fruit character rises as the ale warms and gives the ale a uniquely American scent.

But to taste, the focus trends even more hoppy. Its supple grain sweetness of confectioner's sugar fades rather quickly on the early palate, but its taste of light bread extends on and supports the hops in middle palate exceptionally well. What starts off with pink grapefruit and freshly zested oranges develops into a more tropical fruit flavor of mango, pineapple and apricot taste before finish. But once the ale hits the throat, the hops turn pleasantly grassy, herbal and lightly piney with a hint of mint.

Its medium and semi-dry body becomes highly refreshing due to is rugged grain character and its smooth wheaty nature. But its the hops that save the day once again as its piney and resinous dryness sharpens the mouthfeel in finish, drying the palate pleasantly and with ease.

Criticisms may be that the wheat beer is trying to be too much of an IPA. But perhaps that's what this style should become.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions below. Full review to follow. Acquired in 6 pack format.

Pours an off-white head which sticks around for about 5 minutes, leaving webby lacing as it dies. Could be creamier and fuller, sure. Body is a slightly hazy copper-yellow with gold hues. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Aroma suggests wheat, lemongrass, barley, floral hops, some breadiness, and grains. Largely unimpressive. Hardly fresh. Certainly not evocative. Aromatic intensity is above average.

Taste is more promising than the aroma. Clean barley, some graininess, wheat, cream, floral hops, suggestions of fruit (particularly rindy tropical fruit and some muted citrus), pale malts, and faint bready malt. It's an interesting hodgepodge...nicely balanced for the most part but a bit reticent. Average flavour duration and intensity. I can't say it's horribly complex in a general sense, but I guess for an American wheat ale it's above average in terms of intricacy. There's little subtlety here, though, and I can't say it's nuanced. I do like it, and it's enjoyable, but it's wanting.

Texture is average. Smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, medium-bodied, moderately thick...standard execution. Doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate the notes in the flavour profile. Disappointingly average. But it gets the job done.

Overall, it's a drinkable wheat ale which hides its modest ABV well and satisfies. It won't impress the discerning drinker, but I do like it and will enjoy polishing off the remainder of the 6 pack. Easily above average, but far from world-class (in classic Breckenridge Brewing fashion).

C+

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clearly unfiltered, with just a ton of floaties suspended in the honey colored liquid; the head is rather modest, particularly for a wheat beer, as is the lacing

Smell: Bready and lemony, with wheat tang, slight banana and a grassy/citrusy aspect

Taste: Crusty bread and a kiss of sweetness, up front, with the lemony/grassy hops kicking in toward the middle; slight banana undertones build, as well; the finish tilts toward the bitter side

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't expecting much, given the overall rating and my experience with other Breckenridge beers, but this one surprised me; a very nice beer for a hot summer day

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/23/2014. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright hop notes with a good amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Slight earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, orange/lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors and balanced bready malt sweetness; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and complexity of citrus hops and balanced bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge "Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating... odd
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Ophelia pour a very cloudy, and even chunky, deep golden body beneath a full-sized head of frothy white that steadily drops to a creamy surface covering. The aroma displays a pleasant combination of sweetish wheat malt and gentle hops (lightly citrusy, mildly grassy, softly floral). The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests. It's not particularly bitter, just "firm", and I might be imagining it but I find what I think of as an almost vanilla note which implies sweetness as well. The bitterness does linger somewhat in the finish though, along with subtle hops. Easy to drink and charmingly flavorful, this hoppy wheat is a welcome addition to spring.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2016 Hogs and Hops.
Durable white head over a hazy golden body.
Medium-light body.
As promised, a rather hoppy aroma with biscuits and hints of citrus fruits. Flavor follows.

Overall: clean, hoppy wheat beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/13/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, wheat, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness. Then some bready flavors of wheat and a thin malt character come in. Some fruity citrus sweetness creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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