Jan 22, 2014

Breckenridge Brewery Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale

Late last year, Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery announced it’s first new seasonal release in over a year. That beer is Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale, a 5% ABV wheat ale that comes to the party with a basket of hops under each arm. The brew is made with a combination of pale, wheat and Victory malts and a citrusy, piney blend of Mosaic and Palisade hop varieties. While, Ophelia does bring a welcome citrusy hop character to the palate, it’s not overwhelmingly bitter at just 23 IBU — which may also keep it out of the white IPA categorization.

Smooth bodied and flavorful, Ophelia is a beer that may be more suited for the warmer months of Spring or Summer, but I suppose for those looking to mentally escape the snow outside, the timing of this release may be more than appropriate. It’s got a light character that makes for a refreshing drinking experience.


Ophelia pours a hazy straw in color with a fluffy crown of off-white foam.

Breckenridge Brewery Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale photo


Soft wheat and grain notes lead the way for grapefruit, citrus juice, pine and grassy hops.


The grain and wheat, along with a light bready malt presence, are there, it’s an unexpected wash of grassy, citrusy hops that takes the stage here. Grapefruit, lemon zest and some mango all play a part as a moderate amount of bitterness awakens the palate. The mouthfeel is medium to full thanks to the smooth wheat backbone as Ophelia transitions to a slightly drying and lasting finish.


I liked Ophelia quite a bit. It’s got a distinct hop character with a bit of an up-front bitterness, but not enough to distract from the well rounded and overall balanced nature of this beer. Light, refreshing and smooth bodied, the brew goes down easily with flavors that linger gently long after each sip. Again, I think it’s probably more suited for warmer weather, but every one needs a bit of a distraction from the colder Winter months too.

Rating: 3.75/5

This is a review of a promotional sample from the brewery.

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