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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 245   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.


3.3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2766) - 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.

2.9
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20450) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2793) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off white head. Does exactly what it says on the label. Hops all the way through from Aroma to finish. Finish is a bit too sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Pours reddish gold into the glass with a small white head. Aroma is full of resin and citrus. Flavor is a very pleasant hops with a bit of malt leading to a bracing bitter finish. Body is a tad thin, but this beer is extremely quaffable. For hop heads that find IPA’s a bit boozy in the summer, this beer is for you!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2010
bottle - Pours hazy copper with a one finger off-white head. It smells mainly of hops with notes of citrus. The flavor is moderately bitter with a solid malt balance. There’s lingering bitterness and it’s not crisp which makes me think this beer should be consumed as fresh as you can get it. Decent brew.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thedm (5002) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Thispretty purple metallic labelled bottled brew marked bbf 01 04 10 from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were and left behind a typically carbonated slightly hazy orange brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was musty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The strange flavor contained notes of floral coriander hops and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4355) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAR 19, 2010
On tap at the Porterhouse, Dublin. An amber beer with nice head. A very nice and impressive ale, the hops flavours are impressive and well balanced, not too heavy, with citrus notes. A very nice surprise, to be tried ever !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle. Copper with a thin foam. Aromas are woody pine with floral, spicy notes. Very resinous green hops, like a pine tree car air freshner. Flavours are bitter green pine hops with lots of herbal spiciness. Some hints of toffee malt sweetness. Bitter on the finish with a dry, woody aftertaste.


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