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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Clear amber, frothy white head. Caramel malt, resin, pine hop nose. Bitter hop middle, hint of caramel. More bitterness in the finish. Little unbalanced for my taste, way too bitter with no malt character to balance it out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Sample from cask at Porterhouse Central. The beer is a clear reddish-amber color with a medium thin creamy white head that recedes slowly. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and citrus. Light body with flavors of citrusy hops and sweet malt. The finish is malty up front with a fruity hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2396) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Draught at tuulensuu, tampere. Clear red-brown color, long lasting medium white head. Aroma of hops, fruits. Fruity hoppy taste, long hoppy aftertaste. Nice body for 4,8% beer. Also some vanilla?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9007) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2012
Draught @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, Tampere.
Pours clear copper color with a medium-sized, thick head. Aroma of hops, grass, goose berry bush, some mild caramel and fruits. Flavour of fruits, grassy hops, faint caramel, some malts and goose berries. Bitter palate. Decent.
3525

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (2410) - Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draught @ Janoinen Lohi. ABV 5%. Pours a light amber with a medium, white head. Aroma is loads of hops, mostly pine, some citrus. Taste is pine, light citrus, some caramel. Finish and aftertaste is pine and caramel. Palate is light and stingy. Good, light, American pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , 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 (1282) - 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 (3027) - 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 (4701) - 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 (2452) - 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.


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