Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hardypc (38) - - APR 24, 2013
Comes out of the bottle in a very nice amber color with a whiteish head on top. Has the smell and taste of hops that we all know and love. Good tasting and linguring finish make this a great pale ale to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
2013-04-12. Crisp orange body small white Head. 3+ Hopy aroma is mild, grassy light greenery to the hops. 6+ Flavour is similar green sort of grassy leafy muddled fruit. Soft average bodied balate. 3+ Interesting overall, light fruitiness as it warms. I suspect the hops have a bit more zip to them on it’s home turf.Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Thanks for the bottle gethinbeer. Pale golden pour. The aroma is a little bit fruity with some herbal spicy notes and a bit of lemony character. A touch of pepper and some fruit along with a bit of pine and some grapefruit. Pretty nice actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 11, 2013
Chopp, not cask. Clear nice deep golden colour with a small but firm white head, good lacing indeed. fresh citrus fruity piney like hoppy sweet like aroma. Good mouthfeel. Fresh hoppy fruity piney citrus caramel flavour. Dry , good bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 4/30/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Botella. Nice amber golden brown looking colour, beige head. Fruity pleasantly hoppy piney like aroma. Good lively mouthfeel. Flavour has of fruity and piney hops with some malt, good bitterness indeed, well alsting, bit citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2013
The head is robust, the color intensive red-brown, chestnutbrown. It smells malty and hoppy fruity, a bit bitter. The taste is refreshing bitter, hoppy-bitter, a bit malty. Overall refreshing and tasty. 12/12/12/11/13/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Martinhfp (61) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
Fine head fine aroma, I would have wabted a litttle mord myrecene of something american. This is flat on the front and bitter on the back. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2013
Half, keg, chilled down too far at Charlie’s Bar. Clear amber coloured body. Low head lacing the glass as it goes down. Fruity aroma with a punch of oranges. Sappy taste of fruity hops added by citrus shells and offset by caramel sweetness. Semi dry bitter tail. Crispy in the mouth. Refreshing and flavoursome (Copenhagen, 23.03.2013).
Earlier Rating: 9/1/2008 Total Score: 2.9
Draught ale served in a third pint glass at Porterhouse, London. Film-type head over a deep amber-brown body. Fruit-hoppy aroma and taste. Nice bitter endnotes. Very smooth and rounded mouthfeel. Medium bodied (05.08.2008).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2013
Tap @ Charlies. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops and grass. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, grass, little citrus and medium bitter.
Earlier Rating: 4/25/2011 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle. Clear amber with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dry, little fruit, bitter, hops, little citrus and pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11651) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
Tap @ Charlies, Cph. Pours clear dark golden with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has sweet caramel, some grass, light pine. High, prickly carbonation, okay dry and fine mouthfeel. Flavour has good hops, piney, grassy, light grapefruit. Good lingering bitterness. Solid.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle, bought @ Beermerchants.com.
Clear dark amber with a big, frothy, off-white head. Good duration. Aroma is mild peppery, grass and light pine on top of biscuity caramel malts as base. A bit of red grapefruit and citrus. Highish carbonation, fine light and good dry mouthfeel. Flavour is fine caramelly, lightly toasted with a good grassy and mild grapefruit bitterness. Light resiny and quite lingering. Fine APA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aniela (4198) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
Cask at Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London. Dark amber beer with a medium offwhite head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with some bitterness. Didn´t enjoy this one :-(

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