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:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 09-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent fizzy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale and caramel malts with lots of citrus and pine. Flavor is caramel, citrus, grapefruit, pine, and grass. Mouthfeel is light to medium, dry, an average bitter finish. Good beer, solid and well balanced.

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Photo of camp0474
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours red-orange copper color. No haziness. Decent off white head with creamy appearance.

S: Mostly picking up citrus and grapefruit hops, maybe a little grassy. Faint notes of caramel malt.

T: Initially the citrus punch of the hops come through, then the flavor of caramel malt comes in to balance the hoppy bitterness. There is no real winner between sweet malt and bitter hops. The flavor is very well balanced compared to most "hop-forward" IPA''s.

M: Light-Medium body with perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Gives a slight prickly feeling as it goes down. Hop oils linger on the tongue to leave a slight bitterness.

D: The well balanced flavor of this beer makes it very drinkable. Not overly bitter on the finish either. Could have a few of these no problem.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 3/23

Thanks to Brian23456 for this bottle

A: Pours a nice copper hue. Clear, no haze. Eggshell head fades to a thin layer rather quickly.

S: Sweet hoppy aroma. Little bit of pine. Some citrus floating around. Very generic hop aroma...nothing specific. Nothing stands out.

T: Very well balanced. This is drinking more like an APA. Doesn't have the hop aroma or flavor I would expect from an American IPA. By no means unpleasant.

M: All is well here. Proper carbonation. Creamy feel. Just a touch of prickly bubbles.

D: Could drink this one all night.

Not sure how old this btl is...maybe it is a little faded, but it doesn't feel aggressive enough. At the same time I wonder if I haven't just gotten so infatuated with Imperial this and that, that I'm not really in the right place to appreciate a good 'ol single IPA right now. Having said that, I like the beer. I would definitely drink it when out if I could get it here. Seems like a nice "sessionable" beer.

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Photo of herman77
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich orange copper color. Thick off white/very light tan head. Clear appearance. Very nice lacing.

S: Oranges, sweet citrus hops. Some carmel malt too. Smells delicious.

T: Lots of citrus and carmel malt to start. These two flavors are fighting over to take center stage. Has a citrus, slight grassy hop finish. Not overly hoppy at all. Good balance off malt and hops. Slight bitter aftertaste, I can feel the residual hop oil left in my mouth.

M/D: Medium to lighter body. Somewhat creamy. Hop oil leaves a residue in your mouth, similar to furious in that regard. Very good drinkability, I love these types of beers that are malty and hoppy.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep copper color with a bubbly white head that settles slowly. Good lacing.

Maltier aroma than expected, given the style. Good caramel, balanced by fragrant, floral hops.

An excellent balance of estery hops with a slight grassiness and caramel malt.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Well-balanced for an IPA- maltier than expected. would buy again.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

another swing from the eminent Peesie.
tumbles into my glass, the color of a nw spring morning longing for summer, yearning for that light but the darkness still presents. smelling this, i'm reminded of the futile morel hunt from last week, walking through the woods, staring at the ground, breathing in the fresh doug fir air. one sip and i'm still there, waltzing along, drinking fashionably, wandering aimlessly. it stays a bit sweet, little hop presence in the flavor, but it doesn't bother me much. instead, i wish i were in those woods, bottle in hand, whistling a disney tune.

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark amber color with a big thick white head that foamed up pretty good when I poured it. It had very good head retention and left pretty good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is strong with earthy, piny and citrus hops. it has a lot of lemon rind to it with some spicy herbalness from the hops as well. The taste is maltier then I expected, it has some roastedness with some slight hints of bitter coffee and chocolate as well as some caramel sweetness. The hops also come through with with some citrus and a moderate bitter, herbal spiciness present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a pretty drinkable beer that I enjoyed having. It's definitely a different and unique IPA which helps set it apart.

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Photo of billyzoom666
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had New Glarus been ramping down production on this for a while? I can't recall seeing it recently until it popped up in one of the sampler 12 packs I bought (sidenote: Those New Glarus 12ers that have four different styles in them rule!). Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Has a nice creamy brown head and the beer itself has a pretty golden brown color. It looks like a beer should. Holy smokes the name of this beer backs up the smell and vice versa. There's just a hint of malt there, but this smells like a Christmas tree. After that heavy pine scent, this ended up being an extremely smooth beer. Surprisingly smooth actually. The hops are there and are evident throughout the drink, but it's never overpowering. Really high drinkability here with a nice creamy feel on the tongue. I'll miss this one.

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

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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bright reddish-orange color with medium thick white head that lasted to mid-glass and left okay lacing. Both the nose and taste were a pleasant mix of citrus hops, grass and pine, with malty caremel undertones. Mouthfeel was tingly and slightly biting and the body of medium thickness. Though alcohol never made itself know, this rounded nicely to a long, pleasant finish.

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

Appearance: Reddish copper in color, with the full head and lacing charactertistic of hoppy beers.

Smell: There's a fragrant and pleasant hop aroma.

Taste: Earthy hops dominate, but the beer is well-balanced. The hops hit you first, but then a malty caramel sweetness sneaks in. Then there is a clean, fresh finish from the hops, leaving only a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation to offset the hop punch.

Drinkability: For a hoppy beer, this is quite drinkable. When my glass is empty, I'm left wanting more, and I feel like I could drink two or three bottles.

Notes: I'm not a big IPA fan, but this may be the beer to put me on the track to liking hoppy beers and IPAs. I really haven't tried too many of this style, but it only makes sense that my favorite so far would be brewed by what is probably my favorite brewery. Hop Hearty's name is apt because it accomplishes what many IPAs do not: there's a hearty malt backbone to balance and compliment the hops. Now that I realize that I like this beer, it's a shame that New Glarus is no longer brewing it.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Hearty Ale is officially my first IPA. I didn't know what to expect really, I've heard IPAs can be pretty bitter. The beer looks great. Its a dark caramel color with a thick foamy head. It has a decent aroma to it. The first drink is fairly bitter. The bitterness becomes less prevalent as you continue drinking. There is also a slight sweetness to this beer, bu the bitterness pretty much overshadows this. I would drink this beer again and recommend it. Now I need to try a few more IPAs.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

It pours a brilliantly clear amber with a generous white head that dies down to a nice layer of bubbles protecting the beer underneath. There is a medium amount of lacing on the sides as I drink the beer.

A nice citrus/orange aroma is what hits me first. It is then followed by a nice bready and crystal malt sweetness. It seems very balanced for an IPA.

Smell is much like the nose in that the citrus type hops hit me first. The bitterness is a tad on the harsh side but balances very well with the residual sweetness from the malts. This is one of the more balanced IPA's I've had and I personally prefer balanced. It is full bodied and kind of chewy. The carbonation is medium and contributes to the beer not having much of a harsh bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a brilliantly clear, orange-amber body topped off with a full inch and a half head of off-white foam with some notable staying power to it.

Smell: The nose has a bright zestiness with a lightly oily, pithy lemon character. Pale malts with a note of delicately toasted grains and a plastic-wrapped cube or two of milk caramel.

Taste: Pale malts with a hint of clean, fresh, washed grains and a moderate amount of sweetish caramel tones preclude the citrusy, zesty, spicy hops from the Cascade and EKG's. Medium amount of bitterness. Appropriately dry on the back end with a light, ending malt hint and slight, lingering bitterness. Presents a good balance from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I dug it! A very nice, well balanced India Pale Ale from New Glarus that presents a firm hoppiness but also a nice amount of balancing maltiness.

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Photo of solargoat
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bon Voyage my friend, Picked up what could be my last IPA six pack.

Copper color, bright white billowy head. Nice lacing throughout.
IPA nose, citrusy. Very balanced, slightly bitter at the end (What a generic IPA Review)
One of my go to drinkable beers. I will miss you.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I poured in the Sam Adams glasses my wife gave me for Christmas. Poured with a nice copper color and thick head, maybe two fingers. Not a lot of powerful aromas, very typical IPA smell. The taste hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so and lots of citrus. Very balanced but a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Well balanced.

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Photo of samie85
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/31.

A-Pours a dark orange/amber with an off-white, one finger head.

S-Grapefruit citrus and caramel notes with a hint of alcohol.

T-Bitter grapefruit citrus and sweet caramel malt with the slightest bit of alcohol.

M-Creamy and smooth, this oen has a medium body and low carbonation.

D-It's pretty easy drinking, but once it reaches room temperature the caramel malt really comes out and it can be a little much.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

NG Hop Hearty

Figured I would pick this one up for a final farewell.

A: Pours a beautiful bronze with ruby highlights. Giant peach/brown head that shows great retention. It nestles in like a pillow on top of the beer, and shows no signs of moving anytime soon. Great lacing as it goes down the glass. This beer looks fantastic.

S: Smell is of juicy citrusy hops, with an abundant dose of pale and caramel malt. Hops bow before the malt after it warms.

T: Sweet citrus, then layers of caramel malt, with the citrus becoming bittersweet (grapefruity) in character in the finish. A little "graininess" lingers as well. As it warms the malt profile emerges much more. Layers of caramel malt, and a little roasty/nutty element is noticeable as well. The hop profile becomes a bit more earthy as it warms. Light leafy/earthy aftertaste as well.

M: Highly carbonated, with a large flow of bubbles cascading to the top non-stop.

D: This beer is better than I remember it. While good for what it is, bring on the "Moon Man"...

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Photo of EJNibs
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A solid, pleasing orange-amber hue all the way through. Two fingers of head that dissipate a bit quicker thatn I would have liked without great lacing.

S: Ah now that's the nice IPA nose I love; strong hop aroma with a sublte floral undertone. If I'm being super critical I would have liked more floral notes with maybe some citrus, but the Cascade dry-hop comes through well nonetheless.

T: Similar to the smell; lot's of straight hops with a hint of floral notes, but mostly just straight up hoppy goodness. It is, however, a bit lacking up front: there isn't much of a malt presence whatsoever, and the hops that are here lack the complexity to totally compensate for that. The hops are prominent to be sure, but it's not tongue shatteringly bitter.

M: A little too aggresively carbonated without enough malt to give it any real structure I'd say. It isn't bad, but not great.

D: The lack of tongue destroying hop bitterness (but don't go giving this to your honey-beer loving friends, it's still bitter) makes it pretty drinkable, but there's something missing for me. There isn't really anything about it that would make me race to the fridge for another which, in my book, downgrades the drinkability.

Verdict: A solid American IPA, but maybe not one to drive down to Wisconsin for. I love New Glarus, and I like this beer, but it's not my favorite of theirs, nor is it my favorite IPA, not by a long shot.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade from brian23456. Thanks Brian. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: A dark orange color with a nice one finger off white fluffy head. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops hit the nose with a bready malt smell with some sweeter notes also.

T: Hops start with some nice citrus flavors of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and some slight floral flavors. Hops are very light and are overcome by a hefty bready malt flavor coupled with a sweeter caramel and toffee tinge. Not overly sweet and not overly hoppy. Good balance, but it needs more of both hops and malt, a bit thin actually. Bitterness is slight on the finish. Not overly complex.

M: A bit thin actually, not overly coating or bitter and not at all lingering in flavor.

D: Good because it's a lighter IPA.

Overall a decent IPA that I felt was a bit lacking in flavor. It's drinkable and enjoyable but there are much better IPAs floating out there. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

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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 bonk0076
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Figured I better rate this one before its discontinued. Pours a clear reddish color with a very slight head. Aroma is dominated by caramel notes, with citrus and pine as well. Taste is full of hop bitterness, but is definitely malt forward, with a minimal aftertaste. Definitely one of the more easier drinking IPAs.

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Photo of chas1326
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite IPA, but pretty good. I was a little let down because it was from my favorite brewery in the US, but it was a better than average IPA. The pour had a thick head but the hoppiness was only average. The "freshness" was above average but that should be expected from a brewer that only sells in its home state.

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

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Light lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit and floral hops are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel and floral hop bitterness is hearty but not overbearing. Grapefruit and pears round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is an easy to drink IPA that has a nice balanced flavor. Refreshing too. Worth finding this one and giving it a try.

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Photo of BeerInReview
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: My pour left about a finger's worth of head and the color is a clear, light caramel.
S: I smell a light, crisp, almost citrus, hop aroma. It smells inviting.
T: The aroma of the hops hits the nose and mouth at the same time. As it passes over my tongue, I can taste the malt as it gives off a light caramel taste. It finishes with a little spice and a subdued citrusy hop. It's a very clean finish, and the hop flavor does not linger around long. Refreshing.
M: It is well balanced with a clean finish. The finish does not sacrifice the savoring aftertaste of its citrusy hops.
D: This is a great beer and one that I will seek out when I'm in an American IPA mood.

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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