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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good
229 Reviews
80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.

21 IBU

Added by Reaper16 on 01-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
1,658
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
28.93%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
436
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,658
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

served on-tap @ Boulevard Brewing Co.

This is a new test beer. I do not know if there are any plans to bottle this in the future. I don't know if this version of Unfiltered Wheat Beer is any different than the original apart from the dry-hopping. All I know is that if you find yourself at Boulevard soon then you MUST try this.

Pours a supremely hazy, cloudy straw yellow color. It nearly looks like young, unfermented beer; it has that sort of quality to it (all you homebrewers will know what I'm talking about). Not much head off of this one, though the lacing is adequate.

BOOM. Tons of hops sing soprano out of the glass. Whereas the OG Unfiltered Wheat Beer is crisp and zingy with some lemon, this dry-hopped version showcases an abundance of more tropical fruit. Lush stonefruit, waves of mango and little punctuation marks of guava make for the brightest hop character I've ever smelled in a pale wheat ale. The wheat is still there, and in many ways this is still the same old Unfiltered Wheat Beer that accounts for roughly 70% of Boulevard's sales. The creamy, zingy wheat is still there. It's just full of these lush, soft, bright hop aromas.

The taste follows the nose. You get the stonefruit and some of the mango, but the hop flavors are soft. This is not a bitter, abrasive take on the style. The finish, somehow, is all wheat bread and a bit of lemon. It tastes remarkably like Unfiltered Wheat Beer, but the tropical fruit hop flavors are a major improvement. The compel further sipping, making this a very drinkable beer. This beer transitions beautifully from the hoppy fruit juice flavors up front to the almost entirely malt & wheat dominated finish. It occurs to me just now that this tastes like Harvest Dance Wheatwine as a tiny little baby. Awesome stuff.

The mouthfeel could use some tweaking. The level of carbonation that so characterizes the OG Unfiltered Wheat Beer is not the same here. I could use a bit more bubbles to liven up all aspects of the taste. This beer might be "too soft" in ways. Still, this is nothing short of solid; I'm now just picking nits.

I really hope that this... whatever it is (test batch, brewers' experiment, whatever) becomes an actual product in the future. This is every bit the peer of Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale or Three Floyds' Gumbalhead in the category of hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale. Super delicious and super drinkable. This deserves a wide release in bottles.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

80 Acre Hoppy Wheat brewed by Boulevard Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.50% This brew pours out a cloudy light amber color with a nice white head. 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell is sweet, citrus , with hops. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with flavor. You pick up citrus and some nice malts . This is a nice wheat brew. The mouthfeel is bold and smooth. You pick up on the citrus but it has a clean finish to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat a 4.5 out 5

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a hazed lemony color with a fluffy one finger bones white head atop.Aromas of toasted wheat and light citric hops,the aromaes underwhelmed me a little.Anice low carbonated feel to the beer,toasted with that tinge of iron on the palate with a smack of citric hops to save the day in the finish.With a good shot of hops I could see myself driniking this on a humid summer day and being satisfied with it.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ BBC Franklin, MA

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a thin white head, lots of carbonation bubbles running throughout.

The smell is slightly piney with a mineral quality and a touch of copper.

The flavor is a bit bland. It has light traces of fruity wheat and a light coppery flavor with just a touch of juniper bitterness. I find the coppery tin like flavor to be a bit distracting.

The mouthfeel has a nice light creamyness to it.

Overall not a bad wheat, just a bit to bland and a touch flawed to me.

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Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a hefe glass.
Pours a cloudy straw color with a creamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.
Very nice aroma on this beer with citrus and spice, maybe a little grassiness and a hint of white bread.
A tasty brew with a hint of grapefruit, a little cracker, a slight piney hop bite and a refreshing crispness.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy with plenty of carbonation to keep things going all the way through the glass.
Overall, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours very hazy straw yellow with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts, tropical fruits and some piney, lightly resiny, hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet wheaty malts and some tropical fruits with decent piney / resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting hoppy wheat.

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Photo of DuckDodgers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Fiore757
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Dbrulet
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of lionnusmb
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Slightly hazed pale yellow, big chunky head

SMELL: Fresh wheat, orangey hop, grassy, lemon oil, mild spice, vague mint, leafy

TASTE: Fresh, crisp, lighter bodied, snappy, hoppy, slightly bitter, fresh grass, bready, grainy, mild citrus character, drying finish, lightly hoppy after taste

No doubt about it, I could quaff this one back on the regular basis. Love beers with wheat, love hops, etc. A win all around for me so a respectful nod to the brewery for this one.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass

Appearance: high carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, one inch head, hazy

Smell: wheat and citrus hops

Taste: wheaty, grass, and citrusy hops that are especially present at the end

Mouthfeel: crisp, light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start with bitterness coming in the middle and a bit more prominent towards the end.

Overall: Super clean. For the style, this is one of my favorites. A perfect summer beer that I could have several of. Nice pilsner like taste with a touch of pleasant bitterness that is never too bitter. One of Boulevards better small beers that I have had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of pine, as well as some light orange citrus notes. There is also some nice wheat in the aroma. The flavor is very similar. The wheat really comes through up front, with some lighter pine and orange notes, as well as some grass and a bit of pepper. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of burninggoat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice head accumulation on the top with minimal lacing. At first smell, I couldn't pick up anything. It does have the citrusy bread smell associated with most wheats. I was a little underwhelmed. Its called Hoppy Wheat yet no smell of hops, no real taste of hops, and it looks like the IBU level is in the 20s. I expect quite a bit more for a beer with Hoppy in the name. That being said, it does have a different taste than a typical wheat. Its very drinkable and is a nice twist on wheat beers. Just wish they'd hopped it up a bit more.

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Photo of Bchew22
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dankjohn
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Rdmottram
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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