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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 264   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1787) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
[Bottle from Beers of Europe that Jim shared with me - cheers!] Deep amber with a moderate white head. Spicy red berries up front with a twang of grapefruit, then some bread and butterscotch. The hefty bitterness in the finish is perhaps a little cardboard-y, but nevertheless this is pretty decent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9302) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2012
On tap (@Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen):Deep golden, unclear,big stable off-white head leaving rings on the glass, flowery to piney hoppy nose, a bit leafy as well; relatively dry bitter-sweet flavour, almost medium bodied; bone-dry lingering grapefruity-hoppy finish. A fine one…

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielecamo (798) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma ottimo, finale molto amaro, troppo resinoso...anche questa apa la trovo sbilanciata...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6523) - ITALY - AUG 25, 2012
ambrata poca schiuma non molto persistente agrumata luppolata buona secchezza caramello luppolatura decisa

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Japalo (1467) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Tap @ charlies bar. Small head. Yellow slight hazy. Fine citrus hoppy notes. Gentle well balanced bitter taste and finish. Fresh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15381) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2012
On tap at the Wharf. Half a finger of dense, light beige head sits on top of a clear, copper coloured body. There’s a light hint of butterscotch on the nose, but it’s mostly piney, citrusy hops, with support from some roasted notes. Medium to full body, pleasant carbonation, and quite bitter on the palate. Lasting bitterness in the end. Some caramel too. More of an Amber beer than an IPA I think, but tasteful and pleasant anyway. 120816
Earlier Rating: 4/27/2011 Total Score: 3.4
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
netvare (37) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
Amber color with medium head. Very light citric hop aroma and same taste with moderate bitterness. Refreshing and easy.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Deu (898) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 21, 2012
On tap at the porterhouse in Dublin. Strong taste with a bitter ending. I recommend.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn, 5% ABV
Amber color; medium sized creamy head. Nice aroma of malt and caramel, with resiny hops. The caramel flavor is quite strong, the mouthfeel is dry; the hop is dry, very resiny, with some fruit (bitter oranges); strong bitterness.
Very American style; too much dry caramel flavor and harsh resins.
Earlier Rating: 6/1/2012 Total Score: 3.5
Draught at The Wharf, Aalborg
Hazy amber color, small creamy head. Another non-IPA, but a Golden Ale with a fair malt and caramel profile and a quite good hopping with mild aromatic components and resins.
Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - JUL 15, 2012
I liked this one. Pours dark amber with a v small white head. Lovely citrussy nose. Taste is citrus and malt.


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