Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5989) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (3909) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3595) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Bardzo dobre i wytrawne ale z Irlandii. Mocno nachmielone i w aromacie także dominują przeróżne chmiele. Nawet śmiało go można przyrównać do najlepszych IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 10, 2012
Cask@Porterhouse temple bar Hazy amber with fluff off-white head. Very resinous nose with some orange. Rich citrus hops and robust bitterness balanced by sweeter malts. This was a great pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6930) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2015

First rating: Medium beige head. Hazy opaque brown body. Perfumy resiny freshly cut wood aroma with floral notes. Very vivid and clear. Dry wooden resiny taste with floral notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish chalky mouthfeel. Dry resiny floral aftertaste with citric mealy notes. Nice, drinkable, full of flavour, and very fresh. (0.3l draft at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen.) 7,4,6,3,14=3.4

Second rating: Big beige head. Clear brown body with strong carbonation. Spicy resiny herbal aroma with dusty rye and caramel notes. Dry resiny tropical fruit taste with wooden perfumy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry wooden spicy herbal aftertaste with fruity notes. Pretty good, but too dry and austere in the finish. (0.33l bottle, from Kihoskh, Copenhagen.) 6,4,6,3,12=3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6252) - Utah, USA - SEP 5, 2012
On tap at The Porterhouse in London
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Fruity and pine
Taste: Fruity, caramel and pine resin
Nice and mellow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1876) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9521) - 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…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielecamo (845) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma ottimo, finale molto amaro, troppo resinoso...anche questa apa la trovo sbilanciata...

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