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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat AleOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ophelia is pale yellow, cloudy with a smallish white head that's a bit loosely constructed but holds a tight foam. Patching seems to offer a bit more than I would have expected.
The smell is somewhat dusty with a lemony twang. It's somewhat more than moderately hoppy, particularly for the style, with a crackery wheat note on the malty side. After the lemon come out some softer, sweeter and less tangy fruit notes.
The body is medium, pretty hefty for what's typical, and semi-dry all the way as hops and tangy, acidic lemon balance in the feel with the sweetness. It's crisp to the point of being sharp, and carbonation offers a soft smoothness as well.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden color with a thick two finger head of a pure white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of some bready smells mixed with a good dose of wheat and a moderately strong spice aroma. The spice is mainly of a coriander and clove nature with some hints of thyme as well. Along with these smells comes some nice hoppy aromas which are mainly of a grassy nature, but contain other smells of a floral nature as well. With a little bit of yeast and some lighter citrus sweetness mixed within the aroma, a very pleasant and inviting smell is produced overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a more cracker and biscuit malt flavor with some citrus orange sweetness upfront. As the taste moves on however, the wheat detected in the nose starts working its way onto the tongue. While this occurs some of the sweeter citrus is replaced by some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy nature. Some lighter floral hop flavors join the taste along this time and are accompanied by some yeasty flavors as well. While the grapefruit hop was the strongest of the hop flavors initially , the grass and floral tastes take it over at the end. With a slight increase in the wheat and a bit of a more grainy flavor that comes at the very end, one is left with a somewhat crisp and lighter to moderately hopped, wheaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side for a beer of only 5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. The chewy body is good for the wheat flavors of the beer as well as good for accentuating the mix of hop tastes. All the while the moderate carbonation does well for the citrus, yeast, and lighter abv., making for a very enjoyable and still refreshing feel overall.

Overall – I actually really enjoyed this brew. It was very drinkable and very flavorful with a nice blend of hop, wheaty malt, and just enough sweetness to keep it all in line.

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Photo of ranger7
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
Review from notes 3/1/2014.

A: Hazy gold with floating particles visible. Thin white head.

S: Hoppy nose, I'm anticipating bold pine needles and citrus flavor.

T: Inoffensive hops, just the way I like them.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation.

O: Not a bad choice. I was intrigued by the cool label. If you're looking for a little hop bite, this is a good one.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy mucky lemonade color. Nice little whipped foam topper.

Some hoppy white grapefruit, some other citrus rind, a wheaty aroma, and the unmistakable aroma of cooked broccoli. Even with an olive oil drizzle. A little odd, but decent.

Dry citrus burst. Some light wheatness, at the most pale. Still, flavorful malts. More vegetable-like notes... maybe greens or carrot. A unique pale wheat. Carries the hoppiness that it suggests. Also, pushes a lot of sudsy carb. Good spring seasonal.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Hazy color typical for a wheat beer. Thin foamy head with slight lacing on the side of the glass. Slight piney, wheat smell. Pale wheat taste with slight hop bitterness midway through the drink. Mild bitter aftertaste. Wheat taste does overpower the bitterness a bit. Wheat beer was my first love when it came to craft beers, but I have become more of a hop head. So, I do enjoy the combination, but I wish it was more hoppy. It is definitely a beer I can enjoy and would gladly drink again.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy orange/yellow color with a minimal head

S - Subtle grapefruit and hoppy

T - Fuller bodied than expected, get the grapefruit citrus up front and the hoppy finish. Surprisingly good body and taste for a wheat.

M - The body adds to the mouthfeel.

O - Excellent beer. Better than anticipated.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Breckenridge, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are moderate, based on the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with some orange hues when in the glass. Less than a finger of bubbly white head fades to a ring quickly. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is grainy, earthy, grassy, fruity, and floral. Piney hoppiness, crisp golden wheat, honeyed graham cracker, & some breadiness. Has that lightly sour / cheesy pungent aroma that I associate with some Berliner Weissbiers also.

T - Taste follows the nose - lightly earthy, grassy, floral. Some orange / lemon zest. Dry grainy wheat. Hint of honeyed sweetness.

M - Crisp and clean, finishes lightly sticky with mild hop bitterness / resin clinging to the palate. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, if maybe just a tad bloating. Slightly dry.

Overall, an alright offering from Breckenridge; it was about what I expected it to be, though I did enjoy it more than I expected. Mostly just a regular wheat beer with just a touch more hops. A pleasant, enjoyable beer. I would probably have it again.

Breckenridge Ophelia ---3.5/5

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the Ophelia...certainly can compete with Blvd 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat. The beer poured a hazy unfiltered yellow with virtually no head and no lace. The smell was a good mix of citrus hops and wheat. The taste was a very good balance of bready malt and citrus hops. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and would certainly try it again.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ophelia – American Wheat (5%) - Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado)

App: Pours a very hazy true gold, practically opaque, with very little light passing through. Hazier than a lot of other american wheats. No head to speak of, what head it does throw settles to a filmy white sheen over the top. Some lacing.

Smell: Nose is hoppy with pine and herb hops notes dominating. Slight lemon notes from the wheat. Wheat graininess comes through slightly. Smells cheesy, and honestly a little off.

Taste: Foretaste is slightly sour, with some pleasant cereal wheatiness on the true taste. Hops go from normal to pronounced as the beer sits on the palate, and further sips are taken. Primarily citrus and pine, with some deeper herb like flavors. Not complicated or engaging really, just sort of routinely bitter. Pretty well balanced, but sort of unremarkable. Slight lingering bitterness and wheat flavors in the in aftertaste.

Mouth: Carbonation remains high after continued agitation. Body is solidly medium, but a little disappointing.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/7/14.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super effervescent/hazed straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Near perfect lacing & head retention

S: Wheattyness & grass

T: Follows the nose, a bit of lemon as well, some tartness & peppery notes up front. More grassiness, tartness & lemon zest as this warms, plus dryness & a bit of green apples. Finishes tart with green apples & lemon zest

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation,

Drinks very easy, didn't really push the hops forward, but this would a nice summer time beer around here

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Photo of JohnnyHoptimum
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours a cloudy straw color

Smell- Floral with hints of citrus

Taste-Grapefruit, Orange , Citrus,

Mouthfeel- between light and medium body

Overall- Overall a nice spring seasonal, gets you thinking about spring even tho its zero degrees in New England.

I found it at CBC Belmont.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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 BeerLover99
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy straw body, finger white head,
good lacing

S: big wheat, lemon peel, hint of grass

T: same as nose, solid earthy mild bitter grassy finish

M: med/light body, light oily mouth

O: Solid sessional beer. Wish nose and flavors
were bumped up a little.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, yellowish orange. Left decent lace.
Smell: Mostly floral with just a hint of citrus.
Taste: Citrus, pepper, and floral.

This was so good. Completely cloudy, it poured leaving a thick head which moderately quickly became a solid lace. The smell was mainly floral, but there was definitely citrus complementing it. The taste brought out the big citrusy hop goodness. It was mingled with pepper and floral, and was pretty carbonated. I would definitely get this again and regret only getting one.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, hazy and unfiltered floaters throughout. Minor 1/4 inch foamy head and some decent lacing.

Smell - Faint citric hops, some lemon, wheat, a little yeasty sugar note, some orange and peach at the finish.

Taste - First sip is hop bitter, plenty of pineapple, orange and peach. Wheat comes in along with some grassy notes, lemon and yeasty sugars. Minor sour flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice amount of hops and wheat coats the tongue. Palate gets more of the same along with a sugary note, and some grassy flavors. Aftertaste is alittle mix of sweet fruits and bitter hops.

Overall - Really good beer, espically for Breckenridge. Nice flavors, good balance and smooth and easy to drink. Id rather be drinking this during the summer months but still, its a worthy drink for the winter.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy burnt peach color. A white head recedes to a bubbly film. Light lines of lacing hang on the glass.

The beer smells of malts and a strong grassy hay aroma. Hops arrive late offering some citrus.

The beer tastes really balanced and diverse. Faint malts give way to fruity floral notes such as orange and apricot. There's also some woody pine and citric notes like grapefruit rinds.

The mouthfeel is bright and refreshing.

Overall, incredibly interesting, tasty, and refreshing. ABV is 5%.

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Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt yellow; small white head that fades very quickly and leaves decent retention and lacing. The aromas are pretty sweet. Lots of malt and wheat. Lots of orange marmalade and fresh peach. Some grass and pine in the mix. The flavors are refreshing. Not too much bitterness. Lots of citrus. More orange. Some lemon zest. More peach. Obviously the wheat is there, but it's not overwhelming. Very clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and crisp. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Easy to drink.

This isn't anything too special, but it's enjoyable. It's very refreshing. I wouldn't mind drinking this in the summer.

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