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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 208   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2011
01-MAR-2011, bottle @home, from "Magasin". Orange looking with lasting beige head. Nose is hoppy in a fruity way. Grape fruit, hmm! apricots? and tangerine. Taste is on the fruity side as well. Don’t get me wrong here, it is hoppy bitter all right it just has much more going on. I have had two of Porterhouse brews lately but this is the best so far. Light in body, quite malty though. Fantastic pale ale. I cannot believe it is from Ireland:-)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle 330ml at Beer2000. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is flowers, citrus and caramel. Taste is medium to heavy bitter, light sweet. Medium body, thin to oily, soft carbonation. Surprise number one this evening. Great session beer albeit a bit on the bitter side. Love it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6393) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle 330ml @ Beer2000
Pours clear dark golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and citrus. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle.Pours clear golden with a white head.Aroma of citrus, lemon, caramel and floral notes.Flavor is bitter and somewhat sweet with some resin.Medium to thin body, average carbonation.Nice hoppy beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
At Kolding Ølmesse. Hazy golden with a small white head. Huge citrus hop aroma, with peach and pine. Sweetish citrus hop flavour

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Orangey-amber. Mango-papaya kind of tropical fruit aroma. The taste is similar, but less bright, and with some crackery malts in the background.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2011
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is malt, citrus and light grapefruit. Flavour is malt, grapefruit, peach and citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (1891) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a dense off-white head. Decent lacing. Crispy and slightly fruity, hop aroma. A bit tart. Sweet and with hints of vanilla. Malt in the background. Tart, bordering vinegar, notes as it warms. Tart, sweet, citrusy hop flavour with metallic and floral notes. Remote notes of liquorice and bread. Tart, malty, liquorice-bitter finish. A bit too much carbonation. A nice beer, but nothing special. 22.03.11.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours golden with creamy white head, lots of small bubbles heading for the surface.Aroma of floral hops, hints of grapefruit, peach. Taste is floral and citrusslike hops, clean and refreshing. Medium body, soft but lively carbonation. Nice beer. 200311

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle [330ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o garthicus. Pours a very bubbly orange-amber with a small diminishing frothy off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy and resiny along with some fruit and caramel malt -- a bit mild and a not as hoppy as I prefer but still nice. Flavour’s just slightly watery with a decent amount of hops and caramel malt in the background. Average bodied. Pretty good for an Irish APA.


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