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Hop Hearty Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed copper color with a small tight white head. The beer leaves decent rings of lacing on my pint glass. Good nose with a dominant scent of heavy hops and a slight grass scent with a touch of caramel about half way down. The taste is balance of toasted malt, slight caramel flavor with citrus fruit making its way onto your palate. The hop bitterness blends very well with the caramel flavor the entire beer. Lightly carbonated body, but it leaves very little aftertaste after swallow. Light carbination makes for an easy drinking and solid beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up in Wisconsin/Minnesota from work friends that don't understand my beer problem... but I love them and thank them none the less. Enjoyed very much from my shaker pint.

Very Clear Dark Honey (was sort expecting a hop haze with this kinda nose) with a big.... very big pillowy lite tan head with long lasting lacing. Maybe a little too dark, but I am not complaining that much.

Citrus aromas, you can smell from feet away, mixed nicely with spicy English Noble hops... prevalent dark caramel... this smells great. Restrained and not over the top.

Very clean taste.... no yeast fruitiness... just hops and malts.. More caramel and toasted wheat breads... perfectly balanced bitterness followed by malts and floral spicy hops... with a floral hop finish... good if not very good. Medium body with carbonation that develops flavors as opposed to dissecting them.

Had I not know better, I would swear this is from a brewery in Oregon's central coast. It is every bit as good/balanced as many West coast IPA's... but my palate does lend itself on IPA's to prefering a balance. I've had this beer a few times before, but this is my first review, and I am very much looking to adding more Midwest brews to my list in coming days. If this was available in Boise, there is no doubt it would be added to my rotating IPA list.

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Photo of Gump
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a cloudy flat pour. The head is gone quickly.

It's the rich, wheat grassy aroma that sets this beer apart. Not sweet.
Wet syrupy sugary sweet taste, faint green apple. A little hoppy, but nothing over the top. The grassy aroma carries over into the flavor.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this IPA pours a light brown with a slightly reddish tint with a half of a fingerr of tan froth, beneath it exists plenty of carbonation and sediment as well

S - several layers of a boquet, the first and biggest is the floral/piney/grapefruitty hop profile, it is large and in charge, quite invigorating hoppy bitter aroma, definitely can smell the quality, secondly is a resident sweetness, thsi layer is more of a segue from the first layer to the last, a deep raisin-y nearly chocolate sweetness in the back of a very deep inhalation, quite a nice aroma

T - the taste is similar to the aroma with a glaring exception, the hoppiness is still the most dominating feature (of course), however instead of melting into a background sweetness like the aroma, it lifts the sweetness up and never leaves, the sweetness peeks in with the hoppiness still supporting, a great layered flavor in a great IPA

M&D - smooth for such a high amount of IBU's, easy to drink and easy to enjoy, a great beer from a great brewery

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a mug.

An aggressive pour unleashes a monstrous, khaki-tan head that recedes slowly, as it's fueled by a torrent of carbonation from below. The lacing is thick and sticky, and the body is a vibrant, orange-golden hue on the outside that transitions to a deep caramel-colored center. Truly eye candy. I only wish the aroma was on par with its appearance. Don't get me wrong, it smells fine, with notes of hoppy resin, sweet caramel malts, and a touch of spice...but it's just not on par with what I consider a great IPA-syle aroma.

Hop Hearty, as its name might suggest, packs a hearty hop and caramel flavor. It borders on aggressive, with a foresty, piney hop bite, but its onslaught is curbed in the nick of time by a great toffee malt balance. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but never watery, and the carbonation level is solid. I'd like to see the hoppy notes linger a bit longer, but they do their job quite well. Drinkability is very high, I could pound a few of these in one night and still come back for more a week later. Good all-around IPA offering from the boys at New Glarus.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Good God. Beer pours an absolutely enormous head, just a huge pillow of off-white fluffiness sitting atop a really intense ruby red body; it's a really nice looking beer- a lot deeper than the yellower IPA's, and even more so than the stronger IPA's/DIPA's that can sometimes be a little orange. This is almost Dorthy's shoe-worth. With the big head it's a posterized beer. The head for all its hype recedes pretty quickly and noisily. Some good lacing left, and to be honest, when it's receded it kind of looks like dish water, or even guiness-type head.

Really nice, balanced aroma. This is what an IPA should smell like; some pine is distinguishable, but it's not the pine like you're getting hit in the face with a 2x4 of the most aromatic pine known to man. It's a nice, rounded, almost sweet pine, and I have to say, it's nice to know that beers can still exist that are still, [in a good way] normal. Maybe even a hint of eucalyptus here; though I'm not sure. Change that. It smells like laundry detergent- the powdered kind. Specifically, this beer reminds me of original Tide. Interesting indeed.

Really a super excellent tasting beer- a great caramel finish, interlaced with a [still] growing pine/almost mint-coolness. It's a bizarre sequence of flavors; the caramel starts in the back of your palate but moves its way forward; as it moves forward, eventually coming to rest on the tip of the tongue it's replaced by a pine; they're almost moving in harmony. This is a very very tight, very very focused beer; there is a lot going on here and, at least in regards to the flavor profile, how this isn't mentioned with the top IPA's right now astounds me. This is a shocking good IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, but it definitely not great; what makes this beer so awesome in some other areas, especially the nose where there is some subtle flavors, also kills it in regards to its mouthfeel. This is not a grip your whole palate and beat it into submission beer. This is concentrated and precise; the outer parts of the mouth are virtually un-touched, and most areas outside the tongue's immediate vicinity are pretty lacklusterly affected.

Did I just give this beer two five's? Yeah, I think I did. Just over 6% alcohol, with a flavor profile that is both sweet and piney and a focused taste that most beers lack? A beer that will play with your taste buds, and not leave everything tasting like white bread for three days after? This beer has all of that, and then it has some more. There is no way that this should not be mentioned in regards to not only the top sessionable IPA's, but the top sessionable beers. This beer is fantastic; if this had Bell's distribution capacity this rivals Two Hearted. In fact, I think this beer is, to me, as good as Two Hearted and better than Celebration and HopDevil. A really outstanding effort and a beer that I will for sure be seeking out in trades every couple months. If you do not have this beer on your wants, have never had it and enjoy IPA's, you are doing yourself a disservice.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle. Wanted to try this for a while. Poured this beer slightly chilled into a pint glass from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Poured a pretty hazy amber orange color that had some brown tints in it. About two fingers of tannish white head formed with a pretty easy pour. Head faded pretty slowly and left plenty of lace behind. Smell: Nice strong earth aromas, tons of hops and thick malt. A little bit of yeast makes it's way into the nose as well. Nice flavor as well. Hops, more hops, thick sweet malt with a touch of caramel and bread. Pretty bitter but overall pretty well balanced. A nice thick , full mouthfeel. Awesome drinkability. A great IPA from New Glarus.

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Photo of ianrca19
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, opaque caramel color, with a big creamy head. Smells floral, with hints of grapefruit rind. Sips fairly full-bodied for an IPA, with a strong grapefruitiness throughout, though the hop bitterness is a bit scaled back, making it a bit smoother. Nicely balanced with nutty malts, and a short lingering fruity hop finish.

A very good all-around IPA.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, copper colored brew, medium tan head on top leaves some lace. Nice piney hops on the nose, hints of grapefruit, caramel malt. Fairly malty out of the gate, nutty tones, hint of roast almost. Nice bitter hop backbone. Nice, creamy, med to full mouth. A nice place to turn if you like your IPA but crave a little extra malt. Not bad.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy deep amber with a thick head of foam with lots of lacing. The foam subsides after a few minutes but there's still a fine layer left as I get closer to the bottom of my glass.

The smell is a nice mix of caramel malt and citrus hops.

The taste has a very good caramel malt flavour up front..very nice. That's followed by some hops..some grass and some citrus and a touch of dark fruit. The hops aren't overpowering at all and that's fine by me as there are plenty of American IPAs that give you that real hop punch. This is nice and tasty and smooth. It has a fairly thick mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly light as well. It finishes with a nice balance of malt and hops. I like this son of a gun! Thanks a bunch John for sending this one my way!

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a good one fingered flothy head that settles down to a small cap. Leaves nice lacing. Definately better head retention than the other New Glarus beers.

The smell is piney hop and a slight sweet citrus aroma.

Not as bitter as I expect in many American IPAs. It is rather subdued but evident. There is a bit of sweet malt also noted that makes this a rather well balanced beer. Not a big beer but true to style. Feels medium bodied and well carbonated. A good introductory to American IPAs.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of a mellow grapefruity hop. In the taste was about the hop, grapefruity and fantastic. A grapefruity hop sweet mouthfeel and a dry hop aftertaste. Hops everywhere and smooth. Probably the the best IPA I have had in while.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark copper with a dense one finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a thick cap that leaves behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; mild citrus and pine, with a bit of some sweet malts and cardboard. Unfortunately I think this bottle may be a little past it's prime, at least I hope so.

Taste; as with the aroma, a bit of some pney and citric hops with a fairly solid malt backbone, but it's all really hurt by a nagging cardboard/oxidized flavor. I can see how this would be a pretty good beer when it's fresh, but this bottle is definitely past it's prime. I had to trade to get this bottle, and I hope that I can have a chance to try this again, but a bit more fresh than this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is good despite the oxidation.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a head that does not go away. Not a very hoppy IPA, but good for the common beer drinker. Those who love the mouth puckering ability of some of the more well known IPAs will not enjoy this as much. But, when not comparing it to the other IPAs out there this is a very good and very drinkable brew. Very much an entry level IPA.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burned orange amber with big fluffy head that dies slowly to a thick layer and laces along the sides. Lively carbonation. Smells of hops, malt, caramel, fig. Tastes of hops but is very well balanced with some biscuity characters, malt and finishes midly bitter. Feels a little thin in the mouth and is highly drinkable. A delicious, very well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, picked up on my recent adventure through the heart of wisconsin. No freshness info offered. Pours slightly darker then average almond, mostly clear, under a long lasting frothy tan head, leaving plenty of impressive sheeting. Nose here is mostly of malt, with a hint of peppery spice and hop notes mixed in. Again I initially get mostly malt here, honey, vanilla, then quite late, some mild, drying hop notes show up on the tongue, more light pepper also in evidence. Respectable sessioner, could use some more hops to satisfy my tastes in an "American IPA"

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notches on the label, but no way to tell what they mean, into a pint glass. Was a hazy reddish orange color with some carbonation. It had a good head that settled into a constant film with good lacing. The aroma was heavy hops. Not sure which hop variety was dominant but I liked it. The taste was really good with a good hop bite with no bitterness at the end. Good creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer but I've before in the past and remember liking it a lot better so need to try again to make sure I had a good sample. Recommend if you can get without to much effort. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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 demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ive enjoyed this brew before, but had another taste last night and will finally review.

Looks great, a deep, clear, amber hued ale. Huge pillowy light tan head formed on a pour that was too aggressive. Decent head retention, medium level of carbonation, and nice sticky clumps of lacings present.

Big caramel nose from the malts. Then a big bitter blast of Goldings with an earthy woodiness with hints of leather and tobacco shows up and is followed by a much more muted grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops.

Taste is pretty similar to what was revealed in the nose. Toasty caramel malts give way to a big, bitter, earthy and woody, slightly floral blast of Goldings that morphs into the more subdued grapefruit of the Cascade hops. The hop combination worked better in the tasting than the aroma.

A medium bodied brew, slight caramel sweetness is muted by the dry toasty malt characteristics, and blown away by the big woody Goldings bitterness. Even with the pronounced old world hops the bitterness level still screams american IPA. While still hop forward my issue with this beer was the choice of hops, as they just didnt work well together in my opinion.

Big woody bitterness greatly reduced the drinkability of this brew. Certainly not approable as far as most IPAs go. It is interesting and tasty in its own right, but I would have a difficult time sessioning this one due to the big blast of Goldings. Ill come back to this again sometime, but probably not anytime too soon.

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Photo of ttu94
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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 MiScusi
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
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 lonestar4lunch
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
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 screwcitybeernut
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

:::purchased from the New Glarus Brewery's gift shop:::

a::: A very nice golden orange. Fluffy, rocky head, excellent head retention until the very last sip.

s::: Limey hop up front with a teeny caramel sugar background.

t::: Not a complete hop bomb! Well balanced between malty body and hoppy astringency. Balanced IPAs are rare in today's craft market, but the Hop Hearty is not overpowering in any direction.

m::: Medium bodied - not too filling and not too astringent.

d::: Very drinkable IPA. Could have several in a session and not feel weighed down.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to flyingbison and ThomasHardy for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slighlty hoppy, some citrus and caramel. The taste is mostly a nice blend of malts/hop, with some citrus/caramel thrown in. Nice little dry/bitternes finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice IPA, recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for sharing this beer.

Pours a clear amber, thin off white head, some lace spots, decent retention, thin layer. Smell is pine and citrus, caramel, some sweet malts, grapefruit, grainy, dirty grass, interesting. Taste is grainy, some bread, pine and citrus, grapefruity, light perfume, biscuit, interesting mix of flavours, light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth. Interesting beer, good and not so good elements, but decent overall. Thanks Russ!

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 564 ratings
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