Hop Hearty Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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401 Reviews
Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 09-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bashiba
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clean copper color with a light thin white head, some retention.

Smell is funky, kind of an old sock smell mixing in with some IPA piney bitterness.

Has a musty bitter pine hop flavor and not much else, very one dimensial and sub par.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

I would stear clear of this in the future.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale amber color. The head is one inch in height and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus with underlying pine. The taste is a lot more piney than the aroma indicates it should be. The mouthfeel is horrible. Even though this beer formed a nice head, it has absolutely no carbonation. It is also very oily, masking the flavor. Overall, this beer has a very nice appearance and aroma, but the mouthfeel and taste make it nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of SethB2
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent amber with a decent head and lacing. Smells, er, not so nice. I'm getting some hops and rubber. Yes, rubber. Taste is a little better than the smell. A hoppy punch up front with a slight amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Drinkability, nah, I'd rather go eslewhere.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful head that leaves a great lacing that's practically stuck to the side of my glass. It has a clear golden brown dark color. The taste is a very piney hop smell that has a very sweet tang to it. It tastes just like it smells. The mouthfeel is watery.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A--Beautiful dark amber color with two fingers of head using a standard pour. Very dark for an IPA. Great lacing as well.

S--Smell is subdued floral hops over a bready malt backbone that dominates the nose, but is not very strong in its own right

T--Caramel, bread, and an empty hop bitterness that unfortunately doesn't have much accompanying flavor. Not saying the beer is flavorless, just saying there isn't much hop flavor. Not really what I look for in an IPA.

M--Average for the style

D--Probably won't be buying this again, the flavor profile is just not right and doesn't leave you wanting more. It was easy to drink but bored me to tears.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a darker, caramel color with just a minimal head. Light lacinig sticks around. The aroma slightly sweet and earthy. The first couple sips I am getting something different. The initial one is the basic, crisp IPA. The 2nd is dare I say creamy and a tad sweet. If finishes nice with a bit of dry/bitterness which is to be expected. Drinkable but not the best example in this vast market of IPA's.

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Photo of jtneal111
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI

Not a big fan of this one. I expect much more hop presence in an American IPA(that may just be my NW bias). This beer tastes much more like an amber to me than an IPA. Decent malt, fairly drinkable, medium carbonation, but I hoped for much more of a hop presence, particularly in a beer named "Hop Hearty".

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one is a hazy deep amber with a tan head. aroma is interesting-there is something dominating here which i can't quite put my finger on-a musty/leathery/woody aroma, not terrible, just not what i'm looking for in an ipa. other than that the nose presents with caramel, toffee, and resiny, roasty pine notes. some caramel malt sweetness upfront washed out by a bitter hop astringency. medium bodied. worth a try, not your usual american ipa.

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Photo of znichols
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark orange with a tight little full white head. Head dissipates in seconds and the lacing is minimal. Looks decent.

S- the aroma is slightly muted. I get a hint of spicy hops and a little sweet malt. Expecting this to be a very approachable ipa.

T- as expected this is a pretty standard tasting ipa. Great balance between earthy hops and slightly toasty malts. Not a ton going on but I can imagine 3 or 4 of these going down pretty easy while watchin a game.

M- light and bubbly mouthfeel. Id prefer it to have a little less carbonation and be a little more creamy. Not bad though.

O- another very accessible beer from NG. They are great at making this kind of beer. Perfect balance between kent/cascade hops and slightly toasted malts. Finishes pretty dry. No alcohol present. Try if you're in the mood for an easy drinking ipa. Reminds me of sierra nevada pale ale.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a big 3 finger off-white head leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma consists of earthy hops along with a good dose of caramel malts.

Flavor starts off with a little pine flavor along with a biscuity malt flavor. Dank earthy hops linger at the finish along with some grass and floral flavor as well.

A bit thin with medium carbonation levels. I wish this had a little more heft to it.

Not one of my favorites from New Glarus. No off flavors, but it's a bit too thin and the flavors don't mesh great for my palate.

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Photo of sfreshnock
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wife's coworker for bringing a nice haul of New Glarus back to Chicago. More reviews to come.

12oz bottle. no drink by date. served in a tulip snifter.

Off the pour this beer is shaping up rather nicely. Nice burnt orange hue with a little haze that is expected from an IPA. Nice off white head forms and drops slowly with sporadic lacing. The smell troubles me greatly as the label says that the aging tanks are infused with Cascade and EKG dry hop additions. No hops on the nose, none, nothing but a grainy aroma. Taste is balanced noble hop and pale malt. I perceive a faint hop presence that grows towards the back of the tongue and lingers in the after taste. The mouthfeel is nice and dry leaving you beckoning for another sip. Overall great drinkability but in my opinion more of a APA than IPA.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light caramel color with a tiny bit of foamy white head. Decent for an ipa, but not spectacular. Aroma is very crisp hops with a touch of caramel blended in for a little depth. Might have aged this one a bit too long as the hops have definitely faded. The hops are of the cascade and goldings variety and that caramel flavor that was present in the nose comes around again. Feel is very light and lacking in carbonation. Let this one sit around too long I think. Plan on picking up some more of this and giving it a re-rate if this ranking is unfair.

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Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles of this in Hudson, WI, only to keep throwing them in as extras. Been wanting to try it for a while, so I finally brought one almost straight home to try. Let's get to it.

Very amber for an IPA, ruddy-cold-cheeked kind of reddish. Nose has some faint hops, but smells more like a pale than an IPA.

Huh. Really, really malty for an IPA too, almost like Hop Hearty couldn't cut it as an IPA so switched his label to 'amber/red'. The hops, & I assume they're in there by the name of the brew, are crushed & barely discernable. Really, this is all about the malts? Huh.

Not a bad beer, but not at all what's advertised or what I was expecting. Run of the mill & in desperate need of a hops infusion.

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Photo of ttu94
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another AIPA from Packer land. Starts out promising, good head and good lacing, a dark hazy gold color. Smell is good and mostly malty with hops very much present as they should be. The taste initially is very good then somthing happens. I don't know if it has too much malt flavor or what but the hop flavor changes to an almost nutty somewhat unpleasant taste that takes over and dominates the aftertaste. I would say it is unique among AIPA that I have had but not for great reasons.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery brown with a large creamy head that leaves slight lacing.

Smell is caramel malt, a little musty and nutty with a sugary aspect. Not what I would expect from an IPA.

Taste is once again very malty and woody. There is a nutty earthy hop profile. Finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a mild inoffensive brew. Not what I would look for in an IPA, but could be a decent session beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

This poured an only slightly hazy dark amber with a shade darker than off-white head that is fluffy and a bit rocky, leaving just a little lacing. The smell after just being poured was a lot of sweet caramel malt and some fresh hops. However, after a minute or so all hops recede and this becomes an amber ale. A lot of caramel malt, and it tastes like toasted malt was used in this as well. Expecting an IPA I'm very disappointed. But for a beer overall, it is very good. This would be THE best amber ale I've ever had. I have to rate this low just because of the fact that New Glarus is definitely proclaiming this beer as an IPA, and I don't find it to be anywhere close to an IPA. I believe this bottle to be fresh too. All the flavors come across nicely, they just aren't IPA flavors.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This dark copper colored ale pours from this 12oz screw top bottle with a short lived big bubble head.

New Glarus says they dry hop this beer with cascade and EKG, but I couldn't detect any of it. Even though served at 45-50F there was almost no aroma to this beer. No hops, no ale fruitiness, no nothing.

Somehow they hid some hops in there because the bitterness was nicely sharp and direct and smooth. Sadly, the flavor component of the hops was almost as weak as the aroma.

Malt sweetness was sufficient to balance the bitterness. Alcohol warming was more like an 8% beer, not the 6.1% supposedly present in this beer.

I'll probably drink another one some day, but won't seek it out. Rather one dimensional.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours healthy golden amber color with yellowish accents. Billowy, frothy ultra white head hangs out for quite a while after a fairly gentile pour. Lots of little bubbles.

I smell a lot of fruit, lemon, sweetened grapefruit and pear. There is also a fair amount of spice right off the bat. The more I sniff, the more the heavy fruity odor unravels and reveals a bit of alcohol. There is also an underlying citric twinge that stick out more as the brew warms a bit.

The taste is chock full of spicy oranges and twangy grapefruit. The hop selection is a little strange, but is executed well. The spicy hops work to dull the bitter edge that wants to shine so badly. The finish is heavy on caramel and very light on overall bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very much on the lighter side of the spectrum and the carbonation is heavy. No complaints but nothing spectacular.

I think this should be listed as a PA, but what do I know. On the spicy side with a lot less bitterness than I crave in my IPA's. Good starter IPA for hop heads in training. This is the first NG brew that hasn't really impressed me.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light ruby color with a 3/4" head that leaves lots of thin webby lacing.

The nose is absolutely gorgeous. It's comparable to sticking ones nose into a jar of fresh hops. It's mostly fruity.

The taste isn't as wonderful as the smell suggests. It's bland and the hops are more like prunes than citrus fruit. While I could smell this one all day, I'd rather just buy a bag of hops.

Not too great but glad I got to try it. I enjoyed New Glarus' Imperial IPA quite a bit more. Maybe this one just wasn't fresh? I'll have to try it again to see.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice amberish orange. Thick off white head that should leave nice lace as it falls

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit nose. Ground pine cones, delicate strawberry sweetness.

T: Pineapple and pine with a sturdy malty backbone. Surprisingly light based on the smell. Pineapple and stawberries hints across the center of the tongue after the swallow with a block of English hop bitterness. Metalic and rubber. English hops sort of suck.

M: Smooth. Decent.

D: Not as complex as I'd hoped. After taste leaves a touch to be desired.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours sort of a cranberry amber color with a slim fizzy white head. Not much retention, except for the sides of the glass. Very fizzy on the glass walls. Spider web lacing
S: Grapefuit hops with sweet red fruit scents, possibly strawberry.
T/M: Grapefuit hops come first with a bready caramel malt background. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a heavy chalkyness. Crawls through the mouth. A bit gritty on the palate. Medium bodied and suprisingly low carbonation.
D: Didn't have a good experience with this one. Not a very clean IPA. It was a bit to earthy and grainy for my taste.

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Photo of Derek
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-caramel; off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Sulphur (mineral?), earthy, grassy, sweet toffee.

T: Aggressive bitterness; grapefruit citrus with a little orange; grainy; slightly earthy.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slight acidity.

D: It's alright, but I'm not keen on the sulphur/mineral quality.

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Photo of portia99
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with cvaypai.. Thanks Craig. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a darker than expected reddish brown...a touch hazy and translucent. A beige head, about a finger high develops on the pour and lingers briefly...diminishes to a thin layer with a couple of dense islands and a thick collar that leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Malty and caramelly on the nose, toffee and caramelized sugar dominate. Not much for hop aroma here...maybe a bit of fruitiness from the hops

T - A full bitterness mixes with the malty flavors anticipated from the aroma. Lots of caramel and sugary malt. Balanced completely on the malt side...just enough bitterness to balance. Not much hop flavor here either. Surprisingly low for an IPA.

M - Very full bodied for an IPA. Medium carbonation. A very thick and chewy IPA. The malt balance and apparently large amount of residual sugars make this very thick on the tongue. Sugary sweetness coats the mouth and lingers behind into the aftertaste.

D - Not a bad IPA, but doesn't stand out in the tough crowd that makes up the IPA style. I prefer my IPA's balanced much more to the hoppy side than this beer. This is definitely for the malt lover. Lots of really nice malt flavors can be found here...maybe more like an amber. Enjoyed this beer, but not at the top of my IPA list.

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Photo of WJVII
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a light copper color with a think tan head with nice lacing. The smell was a very hop full with notes of floral cloves in the back. The taste is bitter sweet, with strong flavors of hops with some sweetness before the finish. This brew has a decent balance and is more modest than anything.

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