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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 231   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.


3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5887) - 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 (11209) - 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 (12723) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6094) - 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 (6144) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle from brewpub, drank in Dingle. Mostly clear with a chill haze, orange. Smells as fruity as it looks with a cocktail aroma. Swathes of orange, tangerine, peach, and orange candy. Very soft carbonation and high drinkability. The flavors are not as fruity as the aromas. Begins as a continuation of the fruity aromas and finishes with a delightful lingering herbal hop bitterness. The hops are wisely chosen. I really like the way the nose is not like the flavors, giving a good counterpoint. Not sure what the wheat malt adds technically but the malt and hops work really well together. The hops are allowed to shine without getting out of hand. Impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - MAR 8, 2011
Tasted 2011-03-08. Pours clear, orange with an almost pinkish hue. Hoppy, earthy scent. Rich, bitter taste. Decent. Quite heavy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3308) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2011
Tap @Kaunis Kampela, Helsinki. Poured light copper color with a white head, frothy. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Flavor is hops, grapfruit and malt. Quite sweet. Sweetness disturbed me a bit. Finish is bitter.


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