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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 232   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSkull (1311) - 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 (2119) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear golden - white head. Toasted, medium hoppy, medium bitterness, red berries, bread, ryebread, amber malts, light roasted notes, light sweetness, caramel, toffee notes. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6446) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2011
Draught @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio.
Pours a dark copper colour with a white, lacy head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and grass. Flavour of crispy hops, caramel, mild nuts and grass. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a long, bitter finish. Highly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3938) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2011
Draught @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio

Pours orange with a foamy head. Aroma has hints of hops and citrus. Taste is quite hoppy with notes of malts and fruits. Bitter, sticky finish. Quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2726) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Bottled. Pours clear, pale amber with a large, off-white, rocky head. Fair lacings. Nose of citrus and piney notes. Medium sweet flavour with grass, pine, citrus and caramel notes. Watery texture. Average carbonation. Medium bodied. More dry and nice bitter finish. A crisp and enjoyable brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11058) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malt, dust, fruit, hop. Flavour is malt, hop, pine, dust, fruit, hop, citrus. Bitter finish. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (6113) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle from Superbest Rødovre. Clear amber colour with and off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, caramel and hops.


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