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Porterhouse Hop Head

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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In response to growing interest in American style pale ales the Porterhouse has decided to resurrect a beer from our past. Based on a beer brewed somewhat ahead of its time, in our brewpub days, Hop Head is a highly aromatic, bitter, pale ale, made with the intention of satisfying the hop heads amongst us. Amber coloured, with a distinct malt character, generous use of hops for bittering and the triple addition of cascade and Hallertau Northern Brewer hops gives a conspicuous citrus character for both aroma and flavour. Along with a slightly higher alcohol content this results in a rich, fruity beer with an oily, citrus hop character and wonderfully rich, full mouthfeel.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tasurinchi (14) - ROMANIA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours amber with a medium head. Piney, bitter, grassy. Too grassy. I like my pale ale more fruity/citrussy. Also, its flavor goes away with each sip. Correct, but there are far better variants for this style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3796) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear, copper-ish, dark amber colour with average, frothy, half way lasting, decently lacing, off-white head. Hoppy aroma has notes of lemon tea, caramel malty basis, hints of orange zest and grass, a very cautious fungous yeasty touch. Taste is minimally sweet caramel malty, hints of lemon tea, dry, grassy, and slightly soggy, strawy hoppy overtones; dry, minimally herbal-spicy hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (253) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2014
On tap at Dublin International airport. Ruby copper color with small tan head. Big floral grassy hop aroma. Hop bitter up front, nice balance of malt. Finish is pine, grassy, some onion. Very nice hoppy pale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2539) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap, copper pour, white head, nose is hoppy, taste is hoppy, bitter, some citrus, okay.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (941) - SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2014
Pint at Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland (€5.30):
Lots of bitter hops & strong citrus notes, a combination of fruits in the background & floral note with some pine. Relatively fresh with the odd bit of malt & some bitterness right at the end but it was definitely the hops that dominated.
Amber to copper, 1cm tall & bubbly white to light beige head. with at touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Bitter with lots of strong hops & pine coming through initially, some citrus & tropical fruits with touches of floral. Quite a bitter aftertaste to this one that was in direct opposition to some of the caramel malts that appeared around the middle & balanced things out some.
Well carbonated, almost fizzy & fairly smooth with a medium body & huge amounts of bitterness throughout. The beer was quite easy to drink with a lingering bitter & dry finish to it.

A nice change for me with regards to Porterhouse beers, the first non-stout I’ve tried from them & it was a good one that I’d probably rate as my favourite of the three beers I’ve tried from the brewery.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tayeth (223) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2014
Schöne Mahagonifarbe, Geruch erinnert mich leider sehr an Klostein bzw. Badreiniger. Geschmack deutlich hopfig, aber auch hier kommt die Zitrusnote sehr stark Richtung Kloreiniger rüber.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gueuze (355) - - JUL 29, 2014
(Cask) Der Geruch ist phantastisch. Leicht C-hopfig, aber auch herb. Im Geschmack dann eher eine Bombe, aber netter Citrus-Nachgeschmack.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barnoloid (174) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Draft pour at the Porterhouse brewpub in Temple Bar, Dublin. For an APA style beer, this is a very muted and toned down pale. With the name ’Hop Head’ you might be expecting more of a citric/hop punch. Very easy drinking but more like a bitter than a true pale ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden amber, nose is floral, citrus, taste is caramel, fruity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (772) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 30, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL from dcmchew. Look: clear copper, off-white frothy to creamy head. Aroma: hops - red grapefruit, some sweetness, some resin, a bit toasty, More sweetness and caramel as it warms up. Taste: starts with some generic fruit light sweetness, light resin, dry, strong dry bitterness.


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