Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5108) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle. ABV 5 %. Pours clear amber/brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of those fruity hops, some pine and caramel. Taste is very refreshing fresh bitter hops, long dry aftertaste. Good, but not balanced in any way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle @ Kolding Ølmesse , 2011. Pours cloudy copper with a small creamy white head. Grassy and fruity hoppy aroma. Dry, bitter, fresh and piney. Dry end

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2337) - FINLAND - FEB 25, 2011
On tap. Poured amber in colour with whitish head. Slightly sweet malt aroma along with some grassy notes. Flavour grapefruit, grass and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9007) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 Tap (Hilpea Haukki, Helsinki)
6 Fresh hop aroma.
4 Orange, with persistent ring head.
6 Just so much a had-it-before hop profile, lacking a little balance. Fruity and citrussy.
4 Simple smooth palate, OK carbonation. A little sweet, but not quite to US levels.
12 Pretty tasty. Had hop and sugar fatigue by this stage of the evening, due to US weeks in pikkulintu, so might rate this differently at a different time.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Baar, Tallinn)
Rich amber, large tight persistent head. Very hoppy aroma, sweet, and a bit "red". Good balance in the mouth, but a little thin. Drinkability high, some spicy nuttiness. Finish hoppy, bitter and a little grainy. Might drop the palate a smidge, but similarly might raise the overall. Let’s just say I was right first time, and they are pleasantly consistent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6493) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2011
Draught at Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki, Finland.
Clear copper colour with small creamy white head. Dry bitter fruity hoppy aroma with sweetish caramel malt. Flavour is quite sharp fruity floral bitter hoppy. Caramel malt and mild alcohol too. Long-lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7099) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Hop Head, eh? Bottle, back to back with some Kernel and Mikkeller. Brass-coloured with some fine, unexpected granules of...stuff, and a receding cream head. Actually a really decent aroma once it’s settled down, with notes of peach, pine, pecan; oily dark nuts sprayed with Pledge. Flavour has half a head in the sick bowl (Southern Comfort, regurgitated orange juice), but I’m not fussy this time of night. That thick, varnished walnut taste is actually more interesting than the hops, which are there, but muddied, peachy and a bit pencil-like. Picking up some shampoo and chocolate as it warms. Decent, if no Hop Head. The depth of the two Porterhouse brews I’ve had tonight has surprised me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2011
A pretty good season beer with a decent level of bitterness. Pours orange with an good sized and long sustained head. Aroma of pine, fruit and caramel malt. The flavour is quite dry and bitter, citrus, pine, earthy, restrained malt character and quite dry on the finish. Firm to moderate body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2655) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle at one of the brewpub. Appearance: Ruby red with a snow white head. Aroma: Uber hoppy, tons of sharp cascade hops, mango and a nice sharpness to it. Flavour: Super hoppy again, good amount of hops, mango again, quite rich with a long bitter finish. A good APA. Fantastic by Irish standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle at the Porterhouse brewpub in Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland, 06.19.10. Pours crystal clear yellow orange gold, white head. Aroma is hoppy peaty, citrus fuzzy. Flavor is hoppy bitter, and malty. Lacks a complex floral/citrus quality common to many great APAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
Bottled at Porterhouse, Dublin. Clear amber, rich head. Marked citric grapefruit aroma. Mid sweet and rather fruity with clean, rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Cookie malt backs hop flavours of kumquat and grapefruit. Really bitter finish. Like an American brewpub pale ale.

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