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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Ratings: 563 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of paulie
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. Hands down, my favorite commercial IPA. There are hoppier IPAs, maltier IPAs, more alcoholic IPAs. But this one just hits the perfect balance.

Pours a beautiful amber and very clear. Hops come wafting out before you get the glass near your nose. The blend of Cascade and EK Goldings makes it neither an "American" nor and "English" IPA but something in between. The hops are very bold but let the malt through.

Once you start drinking, the hops ride along on the malt in perfect balance. I wish the mouthfeel was just a tad more full, but that is the only flaw in the beer. The finish is not overly bitter but is dry enough to make you want the next sip.

Overall, this is just a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear, deep copper-amber color that sits beneath a creamy tan head. As I pour this beer, I get suprisingly malty aromas that waft to my nose. As I go in for my first deep smell, I get more malty notes of toasted malt, and carmel. I go in for a deep snort, and just confirm that malt aromas dominated the nose on this beer. Perhaps I get a hint of citrus in the nose, but that is it.

The taste has a zingy, hoppiness to it that is slightly herbal and definitely floral in character. The finish is nicely bitter,but is dominated by a dry, austere maltiness that is evocative of lightly toasted biscuits, caramalized sugar, and raw malted barley. I get flavor notes of lemon, grain husk (a certain astringency in the finish), crystal malt, biscuit malt, and a certain elusive grassiness. The hops certainly are dominant in the front of this beer, but there is a really nice complimenting malt component in the finish, which ends up competing with the bitterness to balance this beer out.

I would, perhaps, have enjoyed this beer a bit more if it had not been labled an IPA. It is so malty as to almost throw me for a loop. It is quite hoppy as well, it is just not a conventional IPA (and really who wants that). While there is a pronounced maltiness here, the hops still play a central role.

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

A red-copper ale, this one pours out a strong foamy head that leaves fair chunks on a pint.

Smells of fully pungent and fresh Cascades with licks of EKG - the latter round out the brazen citric qualities of the former. Some caramel scents are present, and deep and sweetly so.

This is all the character of an IPA without the palate destruction. A large caramel base provides a thick ballast to the citric and woody hop flavors, creating an almost candied hop flavor. Balanced but complexly so, the hop flavors are even and their bitterness is, nicely, smothered by the judicious malts.

A great median between English and American-styled IPAs.

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

Very bitter and somewhat thin (for an IPA). Overly dry and grassy. The pour is promising, full head-good retention. Hops leap out of the bottle, but less fruity than some of my favorites. Mouthfeel reminds me of Indiga, but it doesn't have the flavor or substance of the Lost Coast offering. Not a bad IPA, but I've a many that are much better.

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

12oz Bottle No Date Pours a clear bright copper color with a head of very loose bubbles that seem to be diminishing rapidly. Grassy hoppy aromawith nrtes of pine and bubblegum. Very interesting. Flavor is only slightly bitter with hops but well balanced and unoffensive. Very middle of the road IPA and a good session brew as well. Body is right on target for the style, medium even carbonation. Very light lacing left behind. Overall a good IPA that I recommend highly.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of light tan head over the orangey-amber brew. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is malty, but shares the stage with piney hops. Taste is solid malts up front, smoothly flowing over the tongue, and then the hops kick in the door and ransack the place. But not so bad that everything can't be put back in order, for an overall balanced flavor from both ends of the malt/hops spectrum cancelling each other out in the end. Wonderful stuff. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent.

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

Appearance - This is clear, dark orange in color, almost brown, with a thick, foaming head that left some good lacing.

Smell - This is a big 'un. The huge piney hops and heavily-toasted malts stand out at the nose. I can also pick up some lighter citrus sugar notes.

Taste - The malts turn almost dark at the taste, and the hops are in full effect. This is East Coast hopping at its finest.

Mouthfeel - The almost full body will floor you. This is not for the faint of heart. It is very flat with a huge mouthful of malt in every bite and a sharp, pine and citrus hop punch that keeps you busy.

Chugability - If The Bros knew how fast I sucked this one down they would probably delete my review.

Comments - Garthwaite took it to the house with this offering from New Glarus. It is my first from this venerable brewery and I hope not my last. Cheers, mate!

Update - I had the wonderful opportunity to pop a bottle of this again in 2008. The hop profile is classic. The bitter grapefruit and peach especially stand out. Other than the fact that it doesn't seem as big in the body as I first wrote - I'd call it medium - this is right on.

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

Pours a beautiful deep copper with a bit of a reddish tint and a full white creamy head. Aroma of floral, peppery hops & fresh cut grass. Initial tastes are sweet caramel & biscuity woody malts - but these flavors are followed very smoothly & effortlessly with a spicy, herbal introduction of well rounded hop flavors. Bitterness is balanced almost perfectly by the substantial malt profile. Mouthfeel is wonderfully full & creamy with active carbonation. Finishes dry and with loads more peppery, spicy, herbal, floral hops. Immensely enjoyable and in my opinion, quite a nice contrast to the citrus heavy IPA's being brewed so often today. Unique & excellent.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped with Cascade and East Kent Goldings.

Hazy caramel, forming a small dark beige head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is sweet and sharp with fresh citric hops with a resinous, piney bite, followed by pleasant toastiness and the suggestion of roasted barley and abundant pale and amber malts. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is initially quite spicy and bright, with a medium-dense body and smooth finish. Taste begins with abundant, well-balanced fresh citric and resinous hops with mild astringency and pungency, followed by a dry, complex toastiness, a middling malt body with caramel overtones, a medium intensity tart bitterness, and a clean, semi-dry very toasty finish with lingering hop flavors, lots of dust, and grain husk. No off-flavors, and alcohol is imperceptable.

A very nice IPA. This has alot of hop flavor, and is somewhat a mix between the Midwest and West-Coast styles. The toastiness is quite pronounced from other IPA's and makes it enjoyable, and the clean ferment and nice mouthfeel add to it's enjoyment. A solid IPA. I'd be very interested in trying this BC's other brews.

A hearty thanks to Mike (TikkiGodxxx) for the sample.

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

Nice cream tinted head. Rich and deep golden liquid. Nose is fruity, flowery and hoppy. Crisp biscuity maltiness mixes with fresh hop notes with lingering bitterness. The finish is long and quite dry. A well made and very drinkable brew.
Thanks to CRJMellor!

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Photo of marburg
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If IPAs sometime have a piney bitterness, likened to Pine Sol, perhaps, this is All New (!) Lemon Pine Sol. Extraordinary citric flavor.

Anyhow... Soapy, pasty white head. Copper hue, fairly still. Potent hop aroma that mingles very floral, spring-time aromas with citric hints at the bitterness to come. More lemon than grapefruit on the palate -- bits of rind and chewable flowery flavors. Interesting -- it's almost as though the little bit of sweetness up front comes from the hops too. Remarkably dry.

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

12oz. bottle: The beer pours a slightly orange-amber color. A bit of an off-white head. The aroma: YES! A strong, but not overpowering hop nose. They are balanced well, as there isn't one jumping out on top. Some floral notes. Not as much hops in the taste as one might expect from the aroma. They are still quite evident, however. Semi-sweet malty flavor comes through. Very nice!

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