Hop Hearty Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company

Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - American
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale
Reviews: 401 | Ratings: 564 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very orange beer, you didn't see this color in Midwest beers too often if at all back when this hit shelves for the first time. The dry hopping wasn't huge, but it was a shift in direction for this region.

Taste was a nice drier toasted pale malt bill paired with hops beyond your usual 6% midwest ipa. Very little caramel, this paired toast with green veggie hops. Its pretty straightforward and easy drinking around the 50ibu range. I really liked it.

Aug 18, 2016
Photo of joe1510
joe1510 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$7.29 6-Pack
New Glarus Brewery

I get an immediate hop smack in the face as soon as the bottle is cracked open. Hop Hearty poured amber with a slight haze from the bottle conditioning. A 1+ finger dense craggy off white head formed on the pour. There's very few carbonation bubbles rising to that tightly packed head. Thick drink lines after each sip.

This beer has a solid caramel backbone but the main aspect is the bountiful hop bouquet. Citric hops lead the way in the form of sweetened grapefruit along with a squeeze or two of orange. Pine needles are also a welcome addition. Mild but noticeable alcohol fumes rise through the air adding a nice complexity to things.

That caramel maltiness leads the way along with a mildly toasted malt. Hops quickly take over but are more of a flavor complexity than a bittering component. Piney hops show up first but are soon matched by sweetened grapefruit and orange juice. The pine needle hoppiness shows up again on the backend and leaves a nice moderate bitterness. Nice balance, leaning to the hoppier side but more balanced and flavorful than most.

Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation on the swallow. Lively mouthfeel with enough bitterness to keep you wanting more. Slightly drying on the finish.

I could drink and drink and keep on drinking Hop Hearty. This beer has the ability to make you want another drink immediately after the last.

Hop Hearty is one of my favorite IPAs. If this was available in Illinois it would be constantly stocked in my fridge. A wonderful drink from New Glarus. I'm sure getting it straight from the brewery doesn't hurt the quality either.

Reviewed: 5/12/07

Aug 31, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
WoodBrew from Ohio

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

Poured an attractive amber color with frothy white head and beautiful hoppy aroma of Cascade hops. Mouthfeel was perfect. Flavor was hoppy along with rich caramel flavors. This was a nice hoppy IPA that was smooth and easy drinking. Wish I could get this on a regular basis. Thanks to my friend Gary in Duluth, MN for this one.

Aug 26, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. One finger of frothy/foamy off-white head. Retention is lacking for an IPA and no lacing is left.

4.5 S: This is super malty without being a big, syruppy type DIPA. Tons of caramel and even some toffee and toastiness. Floral and citrusy hops. Quite nice.

3.5 T: The malty complexity is still there, but it lacks depth in the taste. The caramel, toffee, and toastiness are closer to a tease than a focus. Floral and herbal hop flavor with the slightest citrusy tinge. Despite my complaints, it's not bad.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish this had a bit more body and could use some more creaminess as well.

3.5 D: Decent beer that would be awesome if it tasted like it smelled.

Jul 18, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
dexterk1 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark amber or dark copper. Head is small.
Odor is fruity and floral.
Taste is sum what complex. Has malty sweetness and caramel in the middle but ends with hops. Nice build from beginning to end.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth. Carbonation is light.

Jun 28, 2012
Photo of 312HopBomb
312HopBomb from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color topped by a modest cap. Little lacing.

Smell is of clean English hop with a light lemony aroma. Some malt backs it up but it's a light touch.

I like the noble and american hop mix. It's a musty bitterness along with the citrus mix that combines lemon and tangerine with a malty sweet baseline. Perfectly balanced with not too much malt. The East Kent Golding and Cascade dry hopping provide the great flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is smooth and full with spot on carbonation.

Overall a balanced and enjoyably refreshing IPA that does not burn any tastebuds. A great change of pace from the piney, intense hop bombs. Cheers to New Glarus!

Jun 12, 2012
Photo of mccann51
mccann51 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking out of a snifter.

Appearance: nice coppery color with slightly off-white head.

Smell: not an in-your face hop aroma typical of IPAs. Some caramel maltiness, along with a bit of fir smell (some call it cat-piss) and something else I can't put my finger on.

Taste: awesome. Very balanced display of the malt and hops. Crystal malt is apparent in the subtle sweetness. The hops give a nice citrus crispness to the beer, while not being overly bitter. There's a certain earthiness that plays well with the malt, I assume from the EKG; gives the beer something special and atypical in the realm of citrus-bomb IPAs.

Mouthfeel: not too thick, not too dry, just right.

Overall: an excellent beer. Very drinkable without skimping on flavor and complexity. A nice change from typical overly hop-heavy IPAs, whilst still being a decidedly well-hopped beer. This would be a good intro to hoppy beers for the uninitiated, but still be satisfying for all but the most fanatical of hopheads. I think the use of EKG hops really makes this beer, and displays some hop range that most of us probably aren't too familiar with.

May 23, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
FreshHawk from Illinois

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

A - Bronze, nearing copper color. On the darker end for the style. Medium sized, light, fluffy, foamy, white head. Decent retention leaving specks of lace.

S - Fairly sweet. Caramel malt mixes with some sweet citrus, herbal and grassy hops. A sweet piney aroma is also fairly strong. Grapefruit and orange peel come out stronger as it warms.

T - Similar to the nose. Pretty balanced with a caramel and sweat bready malt providing a very solid backbone. Some citrusy hops, a good amount of grassy/herbal hops along with a semi-sweet pine flavor. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Spritzy feel with a slight drying finish.

D - Nice balance with a subtle sweetness and a touch of a bitter bite. Easy to drink IPA. Could easily put back a few.

Notes: Balanced IPA. A bit of a mix of American and English hop flavors. Strong malt backbone. Nice, easy drinking, balanced IPA. Not a hop bomb or a world beater, but nice overall.

May 09, 2012
Photo of Beejay
Beejay from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful copper amber color. Nice just light tan head, dense.

S: Nice hop aroma, pine and citrus are dominant. Grapefruit and orange peel. Some caramel notes coming out in the finish.

T: The pine and grapefruit continue into the flavor, there is also a touch of an herbal flavor. The bitterness is somewhat subdued, as is the caramel flavor. There is a nice bready flavor that fills out the finish.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation seems about right. The end of the mouthfeel seems a touch watery.

O: Overall I like the clean flavor, and the hop character, but think it could be a touch more bitter. Overall very enjoyable though.

Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with illegible code. First time trying this, can't wait.

Pours clear orange with an amber hue. Small sudsy head with sparse lacing. Smell is luscious piney hops, and a slight malt presence. Some sweet toffee(nutty) in there as well. The taste is unique for an IPA: it starts bitter and piney, with a fruity apple/ester middle, finishing nutty and malty. Creamy and smooth, extremely drinkable.

Overall I was excited to try this and wasn't disappointed. I'm all for hoppy beers but this is something different: hoppy enough but with a depth of flavor that most IPAs don't have. New Glarus does it again.

Apr 14, 2012
Photo of cradke
cradke from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with an orange hue. Perfect finger thick head. Wonderful carbonation stemming from the bottom of the glass. Really enjoy the color.

Nose: Wonderful pine. Not overly done. A good amount of sweetness and malt. Good grass with limited citrus. Little acidity present in the nose.

Taste: Wow. This is just right up my alley. A great pine taste with a pleasant amount of malt. The hops are very pine forward without much of a bitter citrus. The sweetness is spot on. I really really dig this.

Mouthfeel: This is fantastic. Wonderful carbonation that plays with the spot on thickness of the beer.

Overall: Wow. Stunned on this one. This IPA represents the pinnicle of the well-made side of hops. The hops are very present and forward, but they are blended wonderfully and create a fantastic taste. It's not overly done with the hops which is fantastic. It's very refreshing to find an IPA whose motto is better blended hops is better than just more hops. I really can't think of how I could improve this beer.

Apr 10, 2012
Photo of aasher
aasher from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was courtesy of a coworker, whose sister lives in Wisconsin.

Hop Hearty pours a light bodied polished copper in color with a soapy one finger white head. It smells smooth and creamy. It has a sudsy, soapy aspect to it. Light piny hops and a nice malt backbone round it out. The flavors are light and feature a pretty balanced 50/50 split between malt and hop profiles. There is a touch of soap and a good amount of Carmel malt. Again, so balanced and approachable. It's almost somewhere in between a pale and an IPA. It drinks light in body and leaves a nice slightly sweet malt after taste. It is as session able as an IPA could be and doesn't dry out your palate whatsoever. I can see this as being a nice gateway IPA. As always with New Glarus, I was impressed.

Apr 09, 2012
Photo of irrgalaxy
irrgalaxy from Alaska

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass

A: Crystal clear, with lots of head and foam sticking to the sides of glass. Light brown color.

S: Hoppy

T: Sour aftertaste; moderate hop taste, but not overwhelming. Notes of citrus (grapefruit); very smooth the whole way through.

M: Medium palate, mostly due to the hops.

O: Really drinkable IPA; not superhopped or overly alcoholic, like many American versions. Lacks a bit of the bite that I tend to like, but could drink many more of these than a Mojo.

Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Treebs
Treebs from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a frothy and thick two finger off white head forming on the pour. It slowly recedes to a thin film and juicy collar.

S: Resiny and sticky hops are present upfront and there is a nice caramel and bready malt backing that is slightly sweet in nature.

T: The taste is not as fulfilling as the nose is. Mostly malt forward with some pale malts and slight bread roll sweetness. The is followed by a slightly grassy and light resin hop profile with a finish that is the same with a twinge of flower. Unfortunately the finish fades rather fast.

M: The body is surprising light and refreshing with a nice carbonation. The finish isn't really all there though in terms of lingering taste.

O: This is a light and refreshing IPA, but I wish the flavor profile was a little more hop forward and a bit more vibrant. Still a very solid beer overall.

Mar 30, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
mwilbur from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden (near amber) with 1/2 inch white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Soft and creamy citrus, honey, pinapple, and floral hops. Fairly soft hop profile here.
T: Ah ha! Here come the hops... A wonderful amalgam of pine, citrus, floral, and herbal hop notes balanced well by a background caramel malt backbone. Everyone plays well with each other...no hop profile overpowers another...which is quite a feat.
M: Soft, oily, and smooth up front. Gives way to a moderately sharp hop bite (again, not overly aggressive here, which I like).
D: Imminently drinkable. Pleasant and decently complex with the low ABV making this a great session beer. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

Mar 25, 2012
Photo of DCon
DCon from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL.OZ. Bottle of this as an extra in a trade w/ ???. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ green writing & a hop nug into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Light grass and fruit hit the nose first. Has a mild hop presence and wish there was more of this...


Mar 18, 2012
Photo of suspect
suspect from New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to bpolglaze for the extra! Always love seeing NG stuff as extras, makes a heart happy.

A: Nice looking beer. Crystal clear golden color with amber hues make up this good lookin' IPA. Slightly aggressive pour leads to a thick, rocky, light creamy colored 1.5 finger head that sloooowly fades to rings and sticky lace.

S: Well balanced hop and malt characters. Picking up on the Golding and Kent hops that went into this one in the form of dried herbs as well as the sturdy malt background. Nice smell.

T: Wow, it's as nicely balanced as the nose. Full hop flavor with multiple varieties present in the flavor in resin, grass, dried herbs as well as touches of citrus zest. Malt backbone slides in and out of the taste doing a dance with the hops. Very nice flavor.

M: Good feel, nice, ample carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for a little bit, hop oils coating the mouth nicely. I keep reaching for the glass.

O: Really good IPA. Solid all the way around. It's not a shocker, NG brews some good stuff and this is definitely one of them.

Mar 01, 2012
Photo of TwinButte
TwinButte from South Dakota

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy hop smell and taste for that matter. Not overly floral on the nose, a nice aroma just a bit more subdued than I expected. Its very malty and reminds me a lot of New Belgiums Hoptober which is one of my favorites. Nice smooth finish and not a lot lingering bitterness. Very sweet in the mouth and finish as well.

Overall, I would buy a six-pack of this. Feels more like an Pale Ale as the hops are hidden a little but it is a great beer.

Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass. Beer pours a transparent golden/amber with a fairly nondescript head that fades quickly and leaves some thin lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is a mix of hops and malt. Not quite the level of hops I hope to pick up in my IPA's. This beer tastes like no other IPA I've ever had. It's very light on the hops, and heavy on the malt. Oddly enough, I actually find it quite enjoyable...but grading it to style, I have to ding the score a bit for it's departure from what I expect in an IPA. Otherwise, this would be a 4.0. Perhaps even a 4.5. The mouthfeel is a bit strange too. In addition to the heavy malt presence, it's also quite sweet. The taste doesn't linger, however, and this is actually quite drinkable. Overall, I really like this beer. The scores suffered a bit because of representation of style issues. I'd have it again, however.

Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle of the most recent release. No bottle dating, oh the humanity.

Overzealous pour into a tulip provides more head than Elton John on a Saturday evening. Big league puff sits atop a clear bright orange base. Looks the part with sheeted lacing.

Smells of clean crystal malts and faint grassy citrus. Tempered would be accurate here.

Buttermilk biscuit, herbal hops, a lingering hint of orange, and a healthy wet blanket of malt on the finish.

Creamy body with a quick fade.

While not a bad beer, why the hell can't Wisconsin make a go-to IPA? My kingdom for an in state IPA that I can drink with rabid impunity and use my hop laden piss to polish my ill gotten goblets. It is simply confounding how, while overall a solid beer state, there remains a perplexing abundance of middlin' IPA's. I'll be damned if I hear the balanced argument here, because this isn't even that. Come on O'So....bottle that Hop Whoopin and give me something to believe in.

Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
Pintofbrown from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had some hearty hops in a shaker pint. Thanks a bunch, Geneseohawk!

Appearance- The pour yields a dense and creamy, two-finger width, orange-tinged head with a smooth lid. The retention is okay, and only manages a so-so amount of sheet lace with burst bubbles.

The body is a lighter amber with glowing copper highlights.

Smell- A sort of sweet malt scent with only a hint of a grassy hop is in here, maybe a little earthy as well. This one is not bursting out of the glass in anyway.

Taste- Again, pretty general on the flavors present in the beer, and a bit muddled. First up we have the earthy and slightly dirty taste of the hops. Malt does show up, and gives the impression of a biscuit malt.

The finish has a citrus, hop oil tinge to it, and barely any bitterness at all. I do like the impression of the English hops and citrus. I just wish they were more dominant and seperated from each other.

Mouth feel- Creamy and relatively smooth, I also enjoy how big of a body this has for an IPA. All IPA's should feel this way. The bitterness is most apparent in the finish and creates a speed bump of sorts.

Overall- I enjoyed this IPA well enough. The flavors are interesting, almost an English IPA with some American influence. However, the flavors are muddled and not as strong as they could be.

I also would enjoy more bitterness in an IPA, and I do not feel like it is the malt that is smoothing it out. Still a nice beer to drink, and I would have it again.

Feb 11, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
zeledonia from Washington

3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled recently, probably in the last 3-4 weeks, per the friendly beer store employee. Enjoyed 4 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear medium amber. Not much head, about half a finger, that fades pretty fast. Decent lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Smell brings a nice mix of light aromatic hops. The hops blend together so completely that I have a hard time picking out individual characteristics - no one smell really jumps out. Some citrus and some earthy resiny aromas. Overall, it's light and buoyant, but with quite a solid malt base (more so than most IPAs). The smell is definitely the highlight for me.

Taste is decent, "balanced" (= quite malt-heavy). Moderately bitter, especially in the finish. There's nothing remarkable about it at all. Taste has much more of the gentle, earthy, grassy hops. A bit of sweetness from caramel malts. A very rounded flavor, with no peaks sticking out (and thus nothing to hold onto).

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-light body, carbonation a little on the low side. Finish is quite quick for an IPA.

A decent IPA, pretty malty and without a ton of bitterness or hop flavor. As the label says, an interesting blend of old and new world hops, especially in the smell.

Feb 09, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Standard amber in color, with an off-white single finger of tiny-bubbled head that lasts about a minute but leaves behind lovely curtains of lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma is a melange of pine resin, caramel, light amounts of grapefruit peel. Flavor presents biscuit malt first and a medium pine blast a split-second later. Resolves on a mostly-dry herbal note that I wish lasted longer than it actually did. Medium body, medium carbonation. A nice IPA that (unfortunately) doesn't do quite enough to stand out from other IPAs on the market. As another BA member has already stated, it does indeed seem as though this beer was designed to introduce the spotted cow frat-boy drones to their first IPA. Which is a good thing. But the downside to this is that this beer is just another good IPA in a crowded market already full of good IPAs... without anything "gimmick-y" to make it memorable, for better or for worse.

Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Duff27
Duff27 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really nice looking ruby red color with a very small head. Excellent clarity in the body. Below average head retention, minimal lacing.

S- Citrus notes on the nose, not real prominent until you get your sniffer in there deep.

T- Fresh hops, more citrus. "Bready, biscuity." Nice malt backbone. Drinks it's ABV, which is perfect for throwing back a few.

M- Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- I feel like New Glarus made this not with the beer geek in mind but to expose this style to the New Glarus faithful (read: Spotted Cow devotees). They do a good job achieving that, in my opinion, as it is very drinkable.

Feb 02, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice caramel color, with a heavy, light tan 2" head. Has a fair amount of blotching around the glass.

S- bready and sweet caramel malts, some citrus hop aroma with a pine resin from the English hops.

T- caramel malts bring a nice mild sweetness. Big bready, biscuit flavors with a slight citrus taste. This beers bitterness is dominated by pine and earthiness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy and slightly dry finish as well.

O- expected more from New Glarus. Average ipa with a slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected from a 6% beer. I see why this beer was on a slight hiatus.

Jan 31, 2012
Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 564 ratings