DSC02098Local beer #2 in my celebration of American Craft Beer Week. And when I say local, I’m talking regionally brewed.

New Glarus is a fantastic little brewery out in, well, New Glarus, Wisconsin, and most of their beers get a lot of rating respect on sites like Beer Advocate and RateBeer. I’ve had several of their offerings, including Spotted Cow, Unplugged Iced Barleywine, and Edel Pils. And their Hop Hearty IPA is right in line with the rest, very well-crafted and exceedingly delicious. 

Aroma is filled with a boat load of piney hops — possibly Simcoe, Warrior and Amarillo — with a very pleasing caramel backdrop from the malt. They also dry hop with Cascade and East Kent Goldings, kicking up the hoppy nose. Beautiful deep amber coloring, and a big fluffy head that leaves sticky webs of hop resin and lacing on the glass. The taste is very nice, a blend of caramel and some citrus. A formidable bitterness after the caramel fades, but not overpowering, giving way to small hints of alcohol heat in the finish from the 6% ABV. 

My overall impression is that this is a very nice, balanced beer. Not one of the masterpieces in the IPA world, like Russian River’s Pliny the Elder or even Dogfish Head 60 Minute. But Hop Hearty definitely holds its own, and really reminded me of Oskar Blues Gordon, an ultra-hoppy IPA brimming over with aromatic hops and bready malt.

Rating: B+