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New Glarus Brewing Company’s Hop Hearty IPA

Many moons ago, my dad was in the Navy on the USS Forrest Sherman. He’s been the chaplain of their alumni association since its founding, which means he roadtrips out to the East coast every year for the reunion. For the past few years it’s been in Ocean City, Maryland, but next year it changes locations to Bath, Maine. Beer roadtrip, anyone?! One of the nice things about these trips is that he stops in State College on one of the legs; it’s always great to see him, and he always brings me beer from New Glarus. This trip was no different- it wasn’t as obscene as last summer when he brought 2 mixed cases, but I did get a mixed 6-pack, which is much more manageable. Though their IIPA continues to thwart me drinking it, the six-pack included their “No Coast Pale Ale” Moon Man (also known as “one of my favorite beers ever”), and their Hop Hearty IPA, which took last year off from production, among others. Consider me excited.

The fine folks at New Glarus describe Hop Hearty by the following:

Finally, Hop Hearty Ale, the Wisconsin I.P.A. you’ve been thirsten’ for. This ale is brewed with the best of Old and New World Hops. Then we infuse the aging tanks with a dry hop addition of Cascade and East Kent Goldings to bring home the hops!

Expect this ale to pour a glass brimming with rich caramel flavors along with an intense hop aroma that you won’t soon forget. Cleanly bitter and aromatic, this ale is not for the faint of heart.

Hop Hearty IPA
Hop Hearty poured a dark caramel color into an imperial pint glass. There was only a little over a quarter of an inch of off white head, which dissipated into bubbles covering the beer, attenuating on the side of the glass. Minimal lacing as I drank through it.
The aroma was most prominent directly after pouring it into the glass. There was no 'hopsposion' of smell right when it opened, which I've become accustomed to with IPAs. Though initially pretty grassy and fresh smelling, it was unremarkable after a few minutes-- I couldn't pick up anything enough to identify it.
There are nice hops in the front of this beer, which are well balanced with the malt. There is a somewhat watery portion in the middle where the sweetness disappears a little bit before the end bitterness comes in. It seems to go along with New Glarus' 'No Coast' mantra, because it definitely doesn't fit into the West Coast style IPA, and is still distinct from East Coast IPAs as well. That being said, it's very enjoyable to drink as the hops assert their presence without beating you over the head or burning out your palate.
Hop hearty has medium body with pretty low carbonation. I think it reaches a balance where the two work together at the edge of good drinkability, because if it was any heavier in body or lower carb, it wouldn't work.
Last time I went to Simon's Cheese shop, this was $9.99 a six pack. For a 6.1% IPA, I think this is really reasonable.
Though this isn't my favorite IPA, or even my favorite New Glarus beer, it is a really solid brew. It thrives on being balanced; the bitter hops are well balanced with the floral and grassy hops, the hops as whole are well supported by the malt. Plus, the precise balance in terms of mouthfeel. I'm glad that New Glarus decided to bring this one back.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 6.10%
BA Score: 88
RB Score: 97

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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