Hop Hearty Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger white head that fades slowly and leavs lots of uneven lace on the glass.
Aroma is caramel with some real earthy and resiny, oily hop behind it. Highly aromatic hop profile.
Flavor is caramel, mineral water resiny hops. Heavy bitter prevails and wipes out the sweet malt fairly quickly.
Mouthfeel is a quick sweet malt start that shifts quickly to a very spicy, gritty, bitter hop feel and finishes with a sweet liquor hit.
Drinkability is pretty good, can imagine that on-draught this one is a real beauty as it would mellow it some more.

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Photo of alexgash
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Copper body with a sticky, off-white head. Very aromatic; clean citric, floral hops with a solid caramelly malt background. Starts with subdued caramel flavors, not very sweet. Big hops follow, with a grapefruit/pineapple character. Finish is resiny and bitter with some lingering alcohol. Not bad, but it's no Masala Mama! Another solid New Glarus beer.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to start off by saying that I just had Dogfish Head 90 Minute two nights ago for the first time, so this one has a lot to live up to in order to reign in the same class.

The appearance was nice but I was hoping for a little bigger head and more carbonation, but it was still very nice. The nose was loaded with hops, but not too much. Like others have noted, there was a nice pine smell. The taste is moderately dry, but that is not a bad thing with IPA's. This beer could surely not be mistaken for anything other than an IPA and personally, I think that it is exactly what a beer of this style should taste like. I can't lie, I would take the 90 Minute over this one, but this is another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of Realale
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper gold. Nice very fine 1/4" head stays throughout leaving a bit of lacing.

Nose is a beautiful mix of citric domestic and earthy English hops. Bit of crackery malt pokes through but its mostly hops on the nose. Nice complexity.

Medium full in the mouth and quite malty on the palate. Excellent candied orange zest and marmalade presence throughout. Bitterness is very well-balanced and the hop flavor is intense without seeming stewed. Long lingering malty/hoppy finish.

Soft mouthfeel does well to avoid emphasizing the bitterness. Very, very drinkable. Thanks to Ave for the sample!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If they wanna call it a "Wisconsin IPA," it's a pretty good way to make their case. Bottle pours with a big head over a just a bit darker brown than a pale ale color. Good aroma, smells like the point when you add hops to your homebrew boil. Hop taste is nice and spicy, not overly bitter or fruity. Very well balanced by a warm, slightly nutty malt flavor. Leaves me wanting more... and I have five left!
I actually waited two months before trying my second bottle for this review, and it seems to have improved. Hops smell more apparent, like the smell you get when boiling your own IPA. Homebrewers especially will like this one.

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck, no freshness dating and New Glarus’s quaint label.

Beer pours a dark copper with a ½ inch tan head. Nice lacing as well.

Beer smells very nice. Lots of grapefruit and pine-hop notes.

Taste is bracing with a great hop bite. This beer has a cleansing type effect when you drink it. Very nice IPA here, clear hits of citrus and some underlying malt backbone that keeps the hops from running away with the beer.

Nice carbonation per style and the beer has a creamy yet biting mouthfeel.

A very nice beer here that is worth searching out.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks tavernjeff for this offering. Jeff was nice enough to send a care package home with my cuz stubob during a MN BA gathering I could not attend.

It pours to a deep copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is just full of citrus hops, really fresh too...like the hops were just recently dropped into the beer. The flavor is citrusy and spicy, flowing to a bitter hop finish that sticks with you through each sip. It is a medium bodied brew that is full of juicy hop bitterness. This is one tasty IPA. Thanks Jeff!

Sampled 9/28/03

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully rich Cascade type aroma, but not too intense. Fresh and flowery with bits of citrus.
Amber, clear with a steady head and lacing.
Wonderfully complex hop profile with both the Cascade and East Kent hops apparent. Enough malt backing to prevent excess. Surprisingly low dryness. Even a little bit of malt sweetness.
Farily soft and smooth with nice ale qualities.
An outstanding beer. Recommend to any IPA lover.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This amber bodied princess struts down the runway confident -- a full head on her shoulders. She takes hold of you, devastates you, knows she's being watched, and stares right back.

And she smells divine. Perfumey, but as though she had been kissed with it -- not of extracts and chemicals, but of her newborn breath. Sweet, floral, caramel. She tastes much the same, but with a rational bitterness: angry, but wise. Fresh and green with a solid malt backbone, New Glarus Hop Hearty wasn't brewed, it was raised.

If we speak of great IPAs, we must mention Bell's Two Hearted Ale. This New Glarus product fills in a lot of the gaps in Two Hearted (though there are only a few). The body is much fuller than a typical IPA and it's balanced by a fantastic hop schedule. While Two Hearted uses Centennials to create what I identify as a rosey taste, New Glarus keeps a more traditional beer character, quite British, yet very original.

I read somewhere that Dogfish Head Brewery made their "minute" IPAs because they wanted to blur the lines between "bittering" and "flavoring" hops -- a sincere utilization of hop components. Whatever DFH tried to do, I think New Glarus has achieved (I believe they use decoction mashing). The dry hop infusion of both Cascade and Kent Goldings is a wonderful idea; doing so, New Glarus overcomes the "Cascade curse" of American Pale Ales (overly sweet, floral, and aromatic). The KG is subtle and tames the Cascade on the nose.

An all around excellent IPA with just a touch too much astringency. Otherwise, this is probably about as good and as true as it gets. I just tried this, several months after New Glarus cut its distribution (fortunately, we have an excellent beer store down here and they know people). I might just wipe out the Illinois stock of this beer tomorrow evening. Sorry, it's all mine.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of bditty187
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, auburn/bronze hue, a finger of slightly off-white head. Truly eye candy! Good retention… the head slowly fades to a soapy cap… some spotty lace. The nose is wonderful, perfectly potent with loads of assertive raw piney hops with very distant caramel malts. Very nice… quite the invitation. The palate is not as bitter as expected… piney, floral with light fruit zest, equally light toffee malt. It is plenty hoppy yet not all that bitter… mildly spicy. The finish is two-tiered; the light fruitiness is quickly brushed aside with piney hops… this feature lingers well into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a smidge thin… firm carbonation… could use more malt for a solid foundation. Tremendously drinkable… a lovely quaff. This IPA is recommended to all!

Thanks tavernjef!

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear, medium-copper colored brew, with a slow procession of bubbles heading surfaceward. Tan head is about 1/4" of fine bubbles, with a bit of lace sticking around. There is a rich, full whiff of floral hops, but with a decent sweet, toffee-ish aroma underlying the hops. Body is medium, and it is medium-plus in smoothness on the tongue. A good balance of hops and malt exists throughout the tasting experience, each having a solid base. The malt is a bit biscuity, with some caramel. And the hops are strong without being overpowering. A good whack of Cascades is present, leaving a floral and somewhat fruity aftertaste. A slight bit of bitterness surfaces near the finish, yet not enough to detract at all. Another nice Midwest bier, with thnx to jeffboo!! Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of beerguy101
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is piney hops. Medium bodied IPA. Slightly sweet malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are grassy and piney, with a slight touch of citrus. Hoppyness is between an English and a West Coast IPA. Kind of juicy. Nice flavors. Smooth taste for a IPA. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle with a simple white background label with dark green writing, the neck label is inverted, a dark green with the letters “I.P.A.” in white.

Appearance: A very inviting deep copper colored body, perfectly lucid and absolutely clear with a lovely slightly off-white smooth marshmallow head that has good staying power.

Nose: A thick glob of Hops mixed with some light toffee caramel. More hops and mown grass break through in the latter quarters.

Taste: The hop-bitterness is there in the beginning. But whilst the hops are oily, and often resinous to start with, they transpond into a bitterness that circulates in a caramel filled latter third. Some malt sweetness in the back end that is far from cloying.

Mouthfeel: Solid mouthfeel that ends with a lingering astringent bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good, the fact that they have retained a beer that is very much content over style, actually lends massive Drinkability to this beer. The myriad of Cascade and East Kent Goldings Hops are nicely poised on the fulcrum of Caramel Malts.

Overall: Whooaaahhh, another nice one from BigHuge. Not one of those oh-so Over The Top I.P.A.’s, more of a proper, original IPA; American, but with some English traits that help restrain this from becoming one of those awful West Coast Six Pounds of Hops in a small Glass offerings. A very nice, well-balanced, accomplished Anglo-American IPA. Excellent!

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beauteous translucent burnished copper color on the pour, the head plentiful, the texture spumescent, the color a light tan and as it evanesces the lace forms a nice concealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of hops dominates the ambrosial nose with the malts playing second fiddle, quite a treat for this old “Hop Head”. Start is malt laden and somewhat sweet, the top middling in its feel with the finish spiteful in its acidity, the hops masterful in their spiciness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste and a quite good and thirst quenching beer for a hot and humid Arizona day.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 1 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: It is copper colored with a medium head.
Flavor: The flavor has medium hoppiness, and is slightly bitter.
Aroma: A schnauzola fulls of hops greets your nostrils.

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep bronze in hue, covered by a nearly steadfast, solid, vanilla white head that leaves muddled lace. The aroma is an alluring, hop driven melange of pink grapefruit, fresh peach and spicy cinnamon like notes, accompanied by agreeably sweet and contrasting, slightly singed medium lovibond caramel malt. Incipient snap of quinine like hop bitterness quickly tapers into a clement, sweet orange zest presence, with underlying nectarine providing a perfumed, fructose laden, yet bridled contrast. Subtle biscuit emerges late along with desegrate, lightly honeyish caramel that provides a suitable bracket to the dominant hop character. Slightly skimpy and somewhat insufficient in body to bolster the overall flavor profile, with middling viscosity. Finishes with a bittersweet suggestion of acidic, lemon macerated peach and toothsome toffee. Hop Hearty is a highly enjoyable, unique brew that meanders between an assertively hopped American pale and English IPA. Seemingly quaffable or can be savored. Flavorsome, for sure! Kudos to Feloniousmonk for delivering the bottle.

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Photo of MJR
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright amber with copper edges. A foamy tan head starts a full finger deep and fades to a nice cap.

Smell: Rich and inviting aroma of fresh hops, with a heavy dose of caramelly malt. The hops are a curious blend of Cascade and East Kent Goldings...kind of a hybrid of American and English flavors. Very piney and grapefruity, with perhaps a hint of apricot. Very nice!

Taste: The flavor is much more balanced than a lot of other American IPA's that get all the attention. While the hop flavor and bitterness is quite big, there is a big malty sweetness underneath that is rich and caramelly. The hop flavor is quite spicy, with pine, grapefruit, apricot, and flowery notes. Ghost-like alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Round and full with a soft, medium mouthfeel. Ends bitter with a touch of dryness from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite good. This is a very well done IPA that doesn't ever seem to get the attention that it deserves. It's use of Cascade hops, strong caramel flavor, and softness of body remind me of Hop Devil IPA. That's pretty good company!

I was suprised by how good this one was. I love their Belgian Red, but I didn't expect such a good IPA from them. Good stuff here!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice glowing deep coppery amber color with a small cream hued head about a pencil width high, fading quickly to leave a thin haze on the top and curtains of lace. Smell is quick smackin' of hops, waxy and green, fresh and clean with nice light pine and citrus. Sharp taste of hops early of earthy-herbal quality, nice waxy fresh green, close to fat and bittering dry with a firm mildness balanced in from a malts. To bad it didn't stick around, it disappeared a little to fast, could be held a smidgon longer in its bite and feel, but whats there is pretty soild and balanced well, making it quite enjoyable and refreshingly drinkable. Feel is full and rounded in mediumness bodyment with some drying qualities located at the start and slight pineyness plays on the tongue and roof of the mouth, then mellows out for a smooth ride and held firmly. One heck of a decent IPA.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is typical clear, reddish hue, with a firm, if smallish, white head. Nose is sharp, and hot, pine and spruce associations jumping forward. Some citric tones, too, but however you divvy it, it's all hops, baby! Fresh and bold on the palate, though the finish is a bit too brief, but not unmemorable.
Body's medium, malt back-up is quite good, very substantive. Very tasty, and very rewarding! Deee-licious! Quite a treat for this card-carrying hophead. I sampled this brew after having last had a draft pint of an all time fave, Summit IPA, upon my lips, and it handily held a candle! Onward, Wisconsin!

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Photo of maxpower
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color, decent frothy white head that sticks around for awhile. Strong piney-grapefruity aroma, nice and balanced caramel and citrus flavors with a great hop bite, medium body with a full round mouthfeel, finishes sharp with some dryness, a very good IPA.

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Photo of Winter
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper in color with an everlasting creamy off-white head. Superb aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit and spicy/herbal hops. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp sharp front. Grapefruit and hop spiciness dominate the palate. We're talking near-hop overload, in a good way. Behind that lies a malt middle. Finish has a biscuity ghostness in flavor with a spicy hop goodness. Hop Hearty IMO ranks right up there with HopDevil, with the only difference being that it lacks some of the creaminess in the mouthfeel. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper bodied with a well-retained ivory head.
Hops burst into the nostrils. Understated, yet sufficient in the caramel maltiness.
Taste falls along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Or perhaps just east of it. Equal parts UK and USA, leaning slightly towards England. The divergent fault line spews forth hoppy magma. Cascades and Goldings bubble upward. Cooled in the depths by a toasted caramel malt. Turns chalky and dusty late, which is my sole complaint here.
Igneous-solid bodied. A rock of an IPA.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden american pale ale color with thick white head, bursting with
grapefruit and pine aroma. Medium body with herbal and citrus
flavors,lots of chewy grapefruit and malt. Bitterness lingers long with nice malt sweetness to balance the finish. A great Pale Ale when you need your dose of hops. One of my favorite american pale ales,lots of hops and not overly sweet-the malt takes the backseat.

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Photo of brakspear
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very distinct English IPA from a great brewery. Because most IPAs are now modeled on the Pacific Northwest style, it is nice to run across one that breaks from the mold. This beer pours clear and copper with a very slight head. The smell is an nice blend of EK Golding and perhaps Cascade hops along with a very present malt aroma. The taste is where this beer shines, it has the sufficient hop bitterness and spicy tang of an IPA, but the malt body is not lost in the IBUs. Another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus really hit a home run with this one...One of the better IPA's I've had...Great looking beer...Rust colored with a puffy white head....Herbal/oily hop nose invites you in and then your buds are assaulted with a great hop bite...citrus style hops dominate but some herbal hoppiness is evident as well...in the background lurks a nice malt/caramel backbone that the spotlight never shines on, but it does it's part as a bit player...kind of like the house band playing for the star entertainer....the hops are the "star" of this one...I think this rates right up there with Hop Devil and really might be better..I love burping up the hop flavor as I drink this....Seek this one out if you like IPA's...

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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