Brewed by Dark Star
Style: American Pale Ale
Horsham, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Special - March 2011.
The Brewersí love affair with zesty aromatic hops continues with this alternative version of Hophead using Citra as the single hop variety for bittering and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap. Clear, pale gold pour with a foamy, white head. Lots of grass and some tangerine on the nose. Flavor is just sweet enough, with some toasty cereal and hay, plus grass and straw, light pine bitters, some soft florals. Light to medium in body with fine to average carbonation. Mild sticky finish, perfect balance, bit more citrusy fruits here, some pineapple, light malts and toasted grains. Ah, wonderful! Makes you want to just keep drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Hand pulled cask at the Harp. Pale gold with a lively white head. Unbelievable aroma and full flavour for a beer of such modest strength. The best Citra based brew that Iíve tried to date.Pound for pound, the best beer Iíve enjoyed this year. Superb!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1813) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 Cask at the Southampton Arms, London on 8th March 2011. Gold with thin white lacing head. Rich and intense hoppiness in aroma and liquid. Rich, cheesy notes and grassy hop plus rich fine grapefruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - MAR 30, 2011
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki. Poured pale golden in colour with a white head. Citrus, grassy and fruity aroma. Flavour similar with a nice sweet fruity and slightly malty taste too. Ending was nice fruity citrus with a light grassy bitterness twist. Very crisp and refreshing on the whole. Leaves a nice albeit fast dimishing lacing on the glass. Fruity citrusbomb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2011
Cask at The Rake. Finally got around to trying this after hearing so much about it, and it didnít disappoint! Pours a hazy gold, with a medium pure white head. Huge piney hop, followed by a big lemon and lime hit, light toffee and a hint of madarin in the aroma. Taste was piney, grassy, lemon, lime, with a smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (4414) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2011
Cask @ The Rake, London. Pale golden yellow colour with a good head. Very strong hoppy aroma. Strong hop & citrus fruits flavour. Very smooth with bitter aftertaste. A very interesting golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2011
Cask@Akkurat, Stockholm. Golden colour with a small fluffy white head. Aroma is a bunch of zest, some fruits, floral notes as well as some grassyness. Flavour is floral and grassy hops with some mild malty and fruity notes as well. Pleasantly balanced and very nice. Long zesty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Euston Tap, London 17/3/2011. Pale gold in colour with a decent, white head. Big, grapefruit and pineapple aroma. Flavour had more of the same with a solid malt backbone and dryish finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at The Harp, London. Golden coloured pour with medium fluffy white head. Great fresh hoppy aroma. Similar to the original Hophead but this was slightly more bitter. Very fresh sample, crisp, hoppy and great taste for a beer of this strength. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
Cask handpull at Artillery Arms Ramsgate. I have been looking for this for ages. Clear perect gold colour with thin bubbly white head. Some cat pee aroma. Some toast. Geat in mouth lovely citra flavour on the finish. Very impresive flavour.

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