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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 268   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18664) - , 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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange. Fruity malt aroma. Slight bitterness. Taste is full and a good balance of biscuity malt and bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2409) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange/brown with very little head. Aromas malt and grapefruit, heavier on the malt. Similar flavors with a bit of caramel and pine. Nice bitter finish. Hoppy for a European brew, which also makes it nice compared to some of the hop overloads in North America. Tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (3658) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2012
Flaske på Cardinal: 4 sorter malt og Pilgrim, Nugget, Cascade og Cenmtennial iflg etiketten. Skarp, bitter ettersmak men ellers a bit forgettable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2367) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
Very pleasant hop aroma of fruit and wine gums. Copper colour with a frothy white aroma. Thin texture , yet still very nice. Just expected more from experiencing the initial aroma. Cross between a traditional British style IPA with the aroma of an American version. One of the best IPA?s ive sampled from that side of the pond and definitely in Ireland.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopfenWeisse (1287) - - SEP 20, 2012
From tap. Hazy amber colour with tiny head. Aroma is hoppy. Flavour is hops, malt, citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1345) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
Clear amber colour with a slightly laced appearance. Very big aroma, considering I thought this was over filtered. Showing big hoppy notes --> pine cone and slight citrus goodness with a malted/caramel like backbone and a hint of funk. the palate is bitter, medium bodied, slight malted/caramel like backbone, again, with a dry hopped finish. it surprisingly expressive givin’ the style and clarity of the beer as well as the somewhat low alcohol level. it is a decent brew, just not worth the big bucks.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5803) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2012
330 ml bottle with tear-off cap, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Malts are pale, crystal, wheat and black. Hops are Pilgrim, Nugget, Cascade and Centennial. Orange to amber colour, large white head. Pleasant aroma of fruity / citrussy American hops. The fairly dry flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout, with grapefruity and resinous notes, and a sharp bitterness in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (3618) - FINLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Tap@ahven. Reddish amber, clear. Nose has a wonderful bouquet of citrus, pine, caramel. Body is medium light, caramel, fruity, pine, wood, citrus. A very nice hoppy ale.

-- bb/h

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2012
330ml bottle. Clear amber/copper pour with off-white head that leaves a little lace. Citrus dominates the nose with a good caramel backbone. There’s really nothing else going on there. A little strange on the palate. Caramel comes out first and then a strange pine and soap hoppiness comes along. Finishes with a weak bitterness.


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