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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ken1 (1310) - DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013
A very grapelike bitterness with dry aftertaste, but watery mouthfeel. Amber in color with a white head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14259) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Cask at Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Fruity floral hop aroma, citrus, grapefruit, red apples, biscuits, some pear. Hoppy flavor, citrus, floral, caramel, lemongrass, grapefruit, biscuits, some herbal notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3263) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
On tap at Cardinal. Sparkling clear ccopper body covered by a small fluuf light brown head. Herbal, floral, cat piss, tropical fruits, pollen and spruce on the nose. Light to medium body. No sweetness. Dry mouth. Earthy, light glandular, light grassy aromas and a pulpy bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
330ml ring-pull bottle from Beers of Europe. 5%. Very slightly hazy, transparent, amber. Small, off-white head that persists well. Mid-high carb. Aroma - Quite malty for an IPA; grainy, caramel malt. Just a bit pissy & yeasty, but not too noticeable. Light, zesty hop aromas; distinct tangy smell. Piney, grassy and a bit orangey citrus. Taste - Balanced. Sweet, orangey, blossomy hop notes and caramellish malt upfront. Tangy, citrussy hop resin, giving way to moderate bitterness stuck on tongue for a short time. Some darker malt flavours noticeable at the end, with some trace lightly burnt, bitter choc flavours on the tongue at the finish, along with alpha acid and bits of citrus. Mid-light, slightly creamy body, quite refreshing and palate-cleansing, which is very enjoyable and makes this quite easily drinkable. This grew on me a fair bit as i drank it. Seemed ok at first, but began to realise it wasn’t as straight forward as i assumed. Some interesting, darker malt flavours for an IPA and decent, tangy hops, with mid citrus levels.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Clear amber, frothy white head. Caramel malt, resin, pine hop nose. Bitter hop middle, hint of caramel. More bitterness in the finish. Little unbalanced for my taste, way too bitter with no malt character to balance it out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9611) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Sample from cask at Porterhouse Central. The beer is a clear reddish-amber color with a medium thin creamy white head that recedes slowly. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and citrus. Light body with flavors of citrusy hops and sweet malt. The finish is malty up front with a fruity hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1805) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Draught at tuulensuu, tampere. Clear red-brown color, long lasting medium white head. Aroma of hops, fruits. Fruity hoppy taste, long hoppy aftertaste. Nice body for 4,8% beer. Also some vanilla?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7876) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2012
Draught @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, Tampere.
Pours clear copper color with a medium-sized, thick head. Aroma of hops, grass, goose berry bush, some mild caramel and fruits. Flavour of fruits, grassy hops, faint caramel, some malts and goose berries. Bitter palate. Decent.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1923) - Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draught @ Janoinen Lohi. ABV 5%. Pours a light amber with a medium, white head. Aroma is loads of hops, mostly pine, some citrus. Taste is pine, light citrus, some caramel. Finish and aftertaste is pine and caramel. Palate is light and stingy. Good, light, American pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
15th December 2010
Clear amber beer, frothy white head. Softish palate. Mildly tangy orange. Splash of tea and then a sweet piney orange finish. All over the place but very drinkable and strangely endearing!


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