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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 209   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9856) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2011
Hazy orange with a big off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - grapefruit and flowers. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and bitter finish. 240511

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of citrus. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles, grass and citrus. Dry hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2011
From Salling, DK. Bottled, 140511. Amber with white head. Aroma of citrus and hay. Flavor with fruit and malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malt, dust, fruit, hop. Flavour is malt, hop, pine, dust, fruit, hop, citrus. Bitter finish. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5086) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle from Superbest Rødovre. Clear amber colour with and off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, caramel and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 30, 2011
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2327) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 30, 2011
Flaske: Orange klar øl med et fint skkumhoved. Til at begynde med overvælder duften mig på den positive måde. Er det en af de øl der overrasker super positivt. Desværre nej, duften fader hurtigt og bliver mere domineret af malt. Smagen er ok men igen lidt kedelig.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (12722) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. It’s a more or less clear one, dark golden in color and with a nice off-white to pale beige head on top. Some lacings. Pine cones, lemon peel and some maltyness in the rather nice aroma. The flavor is pretty much the same, and of course there’s a good bitterness in it too, both initially and in the lasting finish. Full-bodied and decently carbonated. Not what I would expect from Ireland, in a positive way. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. 110330

Bottle. It pours a clear, dark amber colored body and a small but dense off-white head leaving some cute lacings. The aroma has a touch of butterscotch in the back, but mostly clean bready maltyness. Pine cones and some lemon peel from the hops. It’s full-bodied and maybe a bit over-carbonated, at least it’s not as soft as I would like it. There’s a good bitterness in the flavor, with orange rind and some green pine cones-like notes. Lasting bitterness in the finish, but it stops too suddenly. Well, overall this is a nice beer indeed, and it’s been fun in the same month having both my first real Irish and German American-style pale ale or IPA. But it still isn’t up there with the classic ones. 110427.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (3962) - rødovre, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
Bottle.Copper colour with medium white head who stays.Fruity of citrus and lemon,dry bitter and with taste of cacade hops and good malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
Drank @ The Porterhouse, London in both bottle and keg form. Pours a hazy copper/red, with a thick creamy off white head. Fruity aroma, mainly citrus and a light berry, with a solid malt backing. Same for taste, with a medium bitter finish.


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