Hop Hearty Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale
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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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Ratings: 563 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a nice bubble white head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of fresh green hops and some citrus hops is very fragrant with a hint of grapefruit in the finish.

T- A nice malty backbone with a slight sweetness blends with an almost white grape hopiness. The caramel flavors come out a bit more as it warms and the hop bitterness is light but complex in the finish. A taste of cat pee, in a very good way, is in the finish hop flavor

M- medium mouthfeel with some creaminess that makes it feel smoother.

D- This is a very well balanced IPA. Many IPAs focus on the hop complexity where this beer takes it a step further. It really brings in the malt and the complex layers of hops to give it a very smooth but bold Drinkability. Well-built and unique IPA.

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Photo of beerinator
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish gold, with a retentive off white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: The hops seem subdued, but the flavors seem vegetal and piney. They are balanced by the bready nuttyness of the malts.

Taste: The balancing is good, the mouthfeel is solid. The hops seem to be blanced well with the bready malt flavor. The bitterness doesn't quite strip the sweetness, so the bitter finish lingers a bit on the tongue. But the flavors are never overpowered by the bitterness.

Notes: Not the most bitter IPA, but it still holds it's own. Very drinkable. Especially good, if you aren't a fan of the citrusy hops.

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Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Orbitalr0x, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a one finger light tan head over a nearly clear rust/orange liquid. Smells piney hops with some citrus and a hint of apricot. There's a woody quality to the piney aroma. Tastes smooth vienna malty on the lips, but piney hops in the mouth. Some grapfruit pith beneath as well as some lighter fruits and a sweet that carry the hops. The hops have a soapy and soured quality about them and the sharp carbonation adds to this. So, I swirl to release some CO2 and get a two finger head. The taste is now much better...the sweet supports the hops and a sharp edge has been dropped. Apricot stands much taller and I pick out mango and tamarind. Hops still dominate, mind you, but it's a much more balanced beer. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation started out too strong.

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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 Dithyramb
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received via wayward Xmas BIF courtesy of kmpitz2. Nice rough labeling with not much info. No born on or freshness dating. Little info about the beer, except for the top label reading IPA.

Beautiful brown beer with slight amber highlights. A tan head had big bubbles and nice staying power. Excellent lacing and nice retention. Not alot going on in the body of the beer after the pour.

Smell of faint piney hops.

Talk about full flavored! Piney, grapefruity and hearty earthy hops are excellently paired against the malts. Caramel and molasses hold everything in check.

Mouthfeel was medium and easy. The finish sucks all the liquid out of your tongue and leaves bitter hop oils in its wake.
The flavor was so tasty, you just keep drinking more just to see other bursts of hop oils in your mouth. Yes, I would like another.

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Photo of hero27
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper color with an off-white (nearly tan) head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass due to it's sticky consistency.

Smell: Beautiful, fragrant hop aroma. Not overpowering, but definitely enough to let you know that it's there. Not to be outdone, the sweet malt aroma lingers in the background as well.

Taste: The caramel, biscuit-malt flavor is evident with the first sip..and merges into the bold (yet somewhat subtle) hop bite. The perfectly blended citrus & herbal hops are delicious as the finishing touch on a great tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to make it lively in the mouth, but not overdone. Crisp & clean going down, and velvety smooth to the last drop.

Drinkability: This is a session IPA all the way..it's a pity I don't have more of these, but I'll do my best to track some down. At 6.1%, this is still one of the easiest drinking & smooth tasting beers I have ever had. Ridiculously well made.

Overall, this is a great IPA. Disturbingly well-balanced and well-crafted all-around. Big thanks to battlekow for the bottle.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a nice bright, clear amber color with hints of red and orange as well. A nice one inch head builds up and falls to a half inch that covers the brew. Aromas of citrus and big pine resiny hops waft up into my nostrils. A rich, sweet caramel malt is there as well, but the main player is the big, sticky hop nose...lovely!

First sip brings a bountiful mix of caramel maltiness along with a citrusy, grapefruity, pine sap hoppiness. Initially sweet, this brew brings a nice trail of bitterness on the way down. This one is all about the vibrant hops but is still nicely balanced with a chewy maltiness. A tasty IPA for sure.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a good malt backbone that fills the mouth nicely and provides a great balance. A must try for any fan of the style, this is an easy drinking IPA. I will be looking for more the next time I'm in Wisconsin.

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

Huge thanks to kmpitz2 for adding this one to the mix...
Pours a worn copper color with a full finger of creamy, off-white head...lacing is somewhat thin and cascades nicely back into the tulip glass.
Sweet malt hits the nose, caramel comes to mind. A generous distribution of hops as well, but nothing over the top.
Taste is fantastic...I was expecting more of a bitter smack, but this IPA is real mellow yet full of hoppiness. Nice balance and the mouthfeel is quite thick for its style. Carbonation is just where it should be...tasting so fresh.
If only it were possible to make this one a session brew...would be mindless...has to be among the handful of the finest IPA's I have tried to date.
2 for 2 today...New Glarus is really making an impression on me.
2 fine BA's supplying me w/ back to back winners...thanks gents.

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

Appearance: A bright clear amber brew. The carbonation is a little short-lived on top, but it's decent.

Aroma: Mostly dominated by piney hops, a little sweet malt brings it somewhat into balance.

Flavor: Creamy, solid balance of malt and hops. Very nice interpertation of the style. Flavor and aroma combination is not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-like brew that's perhaps a little cloying. It would be nice if the finish was a little more clean.

Drinkability: A tasty pale ale. If it's possible to have a sub-subclass of American PA's that includes Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, then the New Glarus interpretation fits perfectly into that sub-sub-category. Possibly even a little better than SNPA, this is a fine brew, and easily worth the purchase cost here in Wisconsin. This would go especially well with Indian food.

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

Nice clear carmel color, good clarity. Head rises to fill the top of my point, and fades unevenly to a rocky surface. Nice hops in the nose, floral and resinous. Taste is hop dominant, and delicious. Hops are the start and finish of this beer, malt takes a back seat. The bitterness is full and pleasing, I really like it. Mouthfeel is well carbonated andfitting. What a great beer, one of my favorites from New Glarus.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GV for this one! Shared w/ sckressler.

Nice amber body with a frothy off-white head that sticks around. Real nice lacing as this one goes down. Thought I may need a scrub brush after this one. Real nice carbonation w/ a few bits of hops noted in the bottom.
To me, this one smells really nice. It's not an over the top IPA but you can tell this one should be good just by the smell of those dry hopped Cascade and East Kent Goldings.
I love the way it tastes. Not a pretender by any means. It really gets better as it gets warmer and towards the bottom of the glass. The taste resonates for several seconds after the swallow, making sure to leave a caramel hop explosion swirling in the mouth. Nicely balanced. I wish I could always get this one. I could drink them all night if I had a case.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect balance and support that occurs between Hop Hearty's toasted, biscuity, and caramelish malts, and its citrusy and piney hops is what makes it work so well. It's just slightly hazy despite its bottle-conditioning, and its reddish copper body glows with orange and gold highlights beneath a creamy head of white foam. The head retention is very good, and it leaves wide rings of lace at the outset of the glass, and walls of spotty lace as it goes. Piney and citrusy hops grace the nose over a caramel-soaked maltiness, and return moments later in the flavor. It's not agressively hoppy, nor abusively bitter, and its wonderful balance leaves it quite drinkable. In fact, it's soft, juicy grapefruit character is so well entwined within its biscuity/toasty/caramel maltiness that at times you don't even notice it and percieve the combination as one whole. It finishes dry with some short-lingering dull caramel and a sprinkling of hops. It's not a knock-your-socks-off IPA, but it's really well-done and exceptionally balanced. Very drinkable!

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper amber body with a smooth, beige hued head that retains well. Sheet lacing quickly fades into a nice spiderweb of lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with floral and pine cone hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with active carbonation. Some hop oiliness is noted.
Taste begins with a thick, almost syrupy, caramel maltiness, backed up a strong and assertive hops profile of citrusy grapefruit and spruce pine. Well balanced, overall, with a bitter hops finish and pine cone aftertaste.
Tasty IPA, and very hoplicious. Very drinkable, as the abv is well hidden. Thanks to mtnlover for sharing this pleasant sipping ale.

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

Pours a clear medium amber with a healthy two finger tannish head that laces on the way down.
Aroma is hops citrus rind mixed with pine cones floating in a caramel malt river of goodnesssmells good and inviting.
Taste is good but the caramel malt overpowers the grapefruit like hops a little, not quite bitter enough for my tastes either a light pine coating of the tounge is there but caramel seems to steal the show so to speak.
Mouthfeel is good a solid medium plenty of malt backbone for the hops to ride on.
Drinkability is good overall a nice regular IPA few more hops would bump it up to great so far the best I have had from New Glarus thanks go to Ave for this sample also.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a amber color with some orange tints. A nice creamy head topped the beer and laced the glass.

Already from 12 inches away, the hops hit me. An inviting citrusy aroma that made you want to test this beer out. Once you get by the hops, there is some caramel and malts. Aroma is hop dominate, though.

A very interesting blend of hops (European?). Nice flavor that leaves you wanting another taste. Medium body.

Overall a very nice IPA. Worth a try...and another try.

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

Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head and a fair amount of lacing. Nicely hoppy aroma with some citrus and a faint nutty smell occasionally. Medium-bodied and not quite as hoppy as expected. Still it is very well-rounded with roasted malt offsetting the hops bite. There is also a bit of pine and nuts in the flavor. The finish is fairly bitter with hints of sweet malt and caramel. Not as bold as some IPAs but it is very refreshing and easy to drink. One of New Glarus’ best.

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Photo of Ave
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lightly bubbled amber orange, an OK light tan head that settles into pillows. Very citrus hop nose… Crap, I just spilled some in my keayboard! Guess I don’t use the ‘ key that much anyway. Anyway… Some booze is present in the aroma as well. sweet slick mouth feel. Perhaps not as rounded out as the best IPAs out there, but good over all non the less. Not too dry, bitter enough to keep things interesting. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color wtih a 3 finger head that didn't fall much. The nose had a lot of nice piney hop and caramel. The nose was pretty thick. The flavor was a little more like an APA in my book. A touch of dirty hop, but with good pine and caramel in there as well. I enjoyed it. The feel was just a touch thin, needing more body, but still not all that bad. Overall, the beer is very nicely built, wtih a good flavor and a good nose. I think it may be better called an APA, but I am still not sure where where those styles separate.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from garymuchow
Pours a faded amber color with a very dense 2 finger head. Carbonation is decent and the lacing and collar are both very nice. Pretty standard for an IPA.
A nice grassy hop aroma with a nice hint of fruitiness and some malt thrown in there also.
The taste is very refreshing. This is a fine and balanced IPA with a very good hop bite and sweet malt balance.
Were this available in my area, I could see this being my "every day" beer. I can't seem to find much fault in this one, it's pretty much an up to snuff IPA and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has always been one of my favorite offerings from New Glarus.

The beer pours a deep amber colour, almost copper, and has excellent head retention.

Upon the first taste, I knew there was a strong foundation of malt to live up to high level of hopping. And how it is.... deep caramel and the clean sweetness of maltose... as usual, a technically sound brew from New Glarus. The hops seem domestic - and I think I smell Cascade? in there too, which is rare for New Glarus.

The beer is definitely balanced. There's a good hoppy snap in the aftertaste, and you can tell they definitely didn't hold back on the flavor hops.

This beer is medium to full-bodied, and it leaves me wanting more. Every time I go back to Wisconsin, I will snag a couple of bottles if I see it in the liquor store. It's a winner.

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

Crystalline orange-copper with a portly head of orangish beige. The stiffsticky cap of foam looks as expected given what I assume to be the generous hop load in this IPA. There's a perfect one finger ring at the top edge of the glass with fat, vertical rivulets leading down to the beer's surface. Perhaps I could foretell the future by reading lace as some do by reading tea leaves. I predict... that I'm going to like this beer.

The wonderfully hoptastic nose certainly doesn't hide its robust caramel maltiness. Hops win going away, but if the aroma is any indication, they're more than well-supported. Now, to the actual drinking. Hop Hearty is one of the more balanced hoppy IPAs that I've run across. Heavily toasted malt provides more than mere support, it provides flavor as well.

There are still plenty of hops in the house (pine sap is particularly strong), but they don't soar and explode in my mouth due to the restraint imposed on them by the sweet caramel-toffee. The hop bill appears to reside somewhere over the North Atlantic, closer to the U.K. by my palate. There's nothing at all amiss with the medium-full, sparsely carbonated body/mouthfeel.

Hop Hearty Ale is a well-crafted beer from a solid Midwestern microbrewery. Again, even though I like my IPAs to be more hoppy and less malty, I'll still finish the bottle with relish. Another quality offering from the good folks at New Glarus, courtesy of Skidz.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown colored ale with a nice big head with better then average retention. You can easily feel the bitterness in the aroma. Taste is as expected, i.e. quite bitter with a side of roasted malt and subtle floral notes. I would put this one on a par with Victory Hop Devil as one of the great IPA out there.

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

Pours out orange brown and sits reddish-brown in the glass with a small off-white/light tan foamy head.

Smells quite malty and lightly nutty with light hops backing it up. Sweet fruitiness of apples and grapefruit make the bridge between hops and malt.

Taste is quick to bitter with plenty of hops Apples, lemon, grapefruit in a brown sugar coating. Tasty hop concoction. Malts serve as a nice backbone.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with full and delightful carbonation in a medium body.

A power session IPA. Delicious and full of flavor.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, hoppy brew from the good folks at New Glarus.

Appearance: Darker copper color. Clear. Poured vigorously, maybe a bit to much CO2 to start, but diminshed into a creamy head (still, I'd prefer less carbo overall).
Smell: Whomever their hop vendor is must love this brewery! Aromatic hops prevail, with fruit-y (tangerine) tones, too. Great aroma.
Taste: Again -- Wham-O! Hops all around. Starts bitter, ends dry.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much a one-trick-hoppy-pony. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; I just prefer a better malt/hop balance. That said, this certainly is a hoppy, West Coast-style ale.
Drinkability: Good. I'd certainly love to try this beer on draught somewhere, especially pulled from a beer engine, served at a temperature of about 55F.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a nice yellowish head that stuck around for a bit. Nice hoppy aroma. Toffee was the biggest malt character of both the aroma and the flavor. The hops stuck more to the bitter than to the fruity in the flavor, but it was still a nice IPA. Pleasant to drink.

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73.9% out of 100 with 563 ratings
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