Commercial description: 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.
Special shout-out to Jacob, a.k.a. “Sud Savant” for this little gem. Sadly, New Glarus is not distributed in Ohio : (
Pours golden amber with an orange hue with a sticky, frothy and thick two finger off-white rocky head. It slowly recedes to a thin film and juicy collar. Loads of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass. Really nice looking beer.
Resiny and sticky hops are present upfront and there is a nice caramel and bready malt backing that is slightly sweet in nature. Wonderful pine notes. Not overly done. A good amount of sweetness and malt. Good grass with limited citrus. Little acidity present in the nose. Relatively balanced.
The taste is not as hop-forward as the nose. Mostly malt with some pale malts and slight bread roll sweetness, followed by a slightly grassy and light resin hop profile with a finish that is the same with a hint of flower touches of citrus zest Finish is short-lived.
Typical of New Glarus. The body is light and refreshing with a nice carbonation. The finish isn’t really all there though in terms of lingering taste.
OVERALL IMPRESSION (8/10)
The best way I can term this IPA is accessible. Perfect balance hops and slightly toasted malts. Finishes pretty dry. Hop-heads can probably pass on this one.
FINAL SCORE (42/50)