Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - JUL 15, 2012
I liked this one. Pours dark amber with a v small white head. Lovely citrussy nose. Taste is citrus and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2374) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Cask in Porterhouse Covent Garden. Light brown, clear, white head. Nose is citrousy fragrant, pithy orange. Taste is pithy orange juice, bitter orange tang, lots of citrous, but crystal malt caramel. Not really an American pale ale, as the crystal malt character makes the balance a bit wide of the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4627) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle. Hazy looking bronze beer with a strong head. The aroma is strongly hopped with a reasonable amount of bitterness, the flavour is very bitter and hopped with a yeasty dry finish. Overall a nice well hopped and bitter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2531) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
Tap at Porterhouse Central Dublin. Pours a orange yellow colour with a white head that soon goes. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and pine, the taste is light citrus grapefruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
moonbeer (5) - IRELAND - JUN 21, 2012 does not count
Wow what a pale ale, as soon as I popped the cap the hops hit me.lovely golden glass of ale from the bottle and the nose is hoppy and crisp.on taste its a winner, fruity malty and bitter, the hops just sing for me in this beer, I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2927) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2012
Draught at bar. Amber color, white head. Bitter, hoppy taste with caramel, grape and citrus. Dry bitter finish. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bren_Beer (19) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours golden/copper colour with small head. Fruity aroma. Flavour is again fruity hops, hints of turkish delight! Tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xatu (22) - vitoria-gasteiz, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2012
Cupper colour with low white head. Aroma is hoppy, quite grassy and fruity. Taste is also grassy with some caramel notes and a lasting hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1839) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
(Bottled) the nose is fatty and syrupy , with sticky hops and woody aftershave intertwined with smells similar to a musty cabin located in an isolated forest .... A large beige head takes over a tulip , above deep ass copper .
rich aromatic hops , sticky and cloying , rather woody and dry too ..faint caramel vibes .rather like the texture of DIPA minus the booze .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, red-gold with a moderate, foamy white head. Aroma holds some wet pine, berries, toast, caramel and light grass. Nice flavor, if a bit wimpy. Light to medium sweet with some resinous pine, ripe orange citrus, toasty malts, light dirt and grass. Light bodied with average carbonation. Pretty smooth. Light to medium sweet to finish with bready, lightly toasty malts, some mild pine that’s slightly oily, very mild caramel, some faint citrus rind. Some soft but lasting gritty hops, like dirt, grapefruit rind and grass. It’s an OK APA. Good and drinkable, but it doesn’t have much kick.

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