Hop Hearty Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
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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Reviews: 401 | Ratings: 561
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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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is clear and has a nice deep copper hue. A decent creamy off-white head sits on top and retains fairly well. This has a lovely hop nose reminiscent of pine and rind. Another nicely dry hopped IPA. Now this is an IPA that has great hop characteristics, but also a very solid malt offering. Full bodied and viscous, this beer is still pretty drinkable. A large bitterness quotient hits the buds on first touch and remains long after the drink. The caramel malt tones provide a firm foundation for the heavy hop load of this brew. Very nice grapefruit rind, citrus, herbalness and pine tones dance about the tongue and make this a very pleasurable drinking experience.

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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