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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 228   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
TheJestersBeer (2039) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2011
Bottled. Clear Amber, white head. Very hoppy, fruity nose, lots of grapefruit peel, apricots, pine, herbs. Dry, medium body, high bitterness. Fruity, hoppy taste, grapefruit, malt, pine, apricots. (2011-10-05)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KingCecil (2043) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle..... it pours clear amber with a large tan head.... The aroma is hops, anise, berries..... the flavor is bitter hoppy, licorice, anise....

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Draft at Black Door in Helsinki. Darker copper pour, citrusy bitterness. Like a hopped up smithwicks. Tobacco notes in the malt driven flavor.decent bitterness Ok

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 21, 2011
Shared at a tasting, thanks Eyal for this one, pours clear orange to red with a nice head, aroma of pineapple, lemon, malt and some cheesy notes, flavor of onion, grapefruit peel, intense bitterness and low sweetness, medium bodied, nice

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5730) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Clear amber with a white head. Hoppy aroma of flowers, grapefruits and a bit of pine needles. Bitter hoppy flavor, piney and slightly resinous. Medium-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10125) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2011
Cask conditioned at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London. Amber with white head. Decent, mid roast malt with an oily, bitterish hop flavour, reasonably citric with hints of grapefruit. Dry in the finish. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSkull (1264) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
The aroma is hops with plenty of fruity notes and a slightly musty tone (a bit like horse piss?). The taste is fruity hops (including elements of over-ripe tropical fruit) and caramel malt. The aftertaste is very dry and a bit rough. The beer seems a bit incomplete in the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finwe (412) - Grankulla, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Draught @ Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki. Dark coppery amber with a white head. Aroma of citric and grassy hops and caramel malt. Bitter, hoppy flavour with fruity tones as well as a hint of nuts. Dry, bitter finish. Nice beer to enjoy in the heat of summer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2011
pine, heavy dry hops, little lemon, wet grass, feel is light, carb is medium low, taste is heavy bitter hops, metallic, light notes of elderflower, quite weak finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2062) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
Dark mahogany body, khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, some metals, noticeable hops. Some bitterness, fruity flavour, malty backbone. Very bitter like. Don’t know why this is APA.


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