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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3177) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Aroma: grain and caramel malts, some citrus fruits. Appearance: hazy gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: pine, some grapefruits, turns very bitter in the finish Overall: nice APA, solid in both aroma and palate. Pint at Porterhouse, Soho.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (5720) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at Ånnaboda Restaurant. Hoppy smell, flowery and fruity with some pine. Similar taste. Strong bitterness. A bit laid back on the hop aroma, but definitely drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6748) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2015
Clear golden color with a fine thick white head. Lovely lacing down the glass. Toffee, fruity and citric. Quite fresh and ok ale. Medium body and a smooth carbonation. Ok balance.
[On tap @ source]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2015
11.2 oz. bottle thanks to David. Appearance: golden, clear, great head retention, 3 fingers head, good lacing. Aroma: slight molasses, lemon, citrus, light pine. Palate: medium body, average to lighter carbonation, sticky, bitter finish. Taste: sweet molasses and light caramel, into a decent piney and light lemon bitterness that lasts, but not super long. Really more of a pale ale in the US. Overall, very pleasant, nice beer, interesting for the region.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (3986) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle at the Porterhouse, amber-brown with an earthy more English IPA bitterness and a metallic tang.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrracuda (44) - AUSTRIA - SEP 4, 2015
Thick white head, beautiful shiny amber color. Intense hop aromatics little citrus flavors and resiny, spicy. Taste - intensely hopped and clean medium long lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. Truly a beer for hop heads!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Keg in the Porterhouse Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin. Golden with a thin white head. Mild citrus aroma. The taste is crisp with light spice and marmalade citrus. Lingering bitter finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaVillum (841) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2015
330 ml, flaske, 5,0 % ABV, BB: 23/09/15, købt i Frederiks Villa i Fakse Ladeplads, 8. august 2015. Sirupsfarvet og ufiltreret irsk American Pale Ale med smuk, ungefär 2 cm, offwhite skumtop. Aroma: dejlig tydelig og humlefyldig af harpiks og gran. Maltnuancer af karamel og hø. Dette er en bitter øl. Der er næsten ingen sødme i smagen overhovedet, og derfor er vi ude i at skille fårene fra bukkene. Masser af maltsmag og smagen er næsten ude og røre det beske område. Overordnet: solid bitter, minimal sødme og zero salt eller surt. Mellem fyldig krop og en karbonering på et middel niveau. Konsistensen er glat. Smagsafslutningen er bitter, let sød, pænt tør og kort. Lækkert flaske- og etiketdesign, som sammen med navnet sender et klart signal, brygget kan leve op til. Jeg er nøjd!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciocanelu (1071) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 7, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Orange color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly resiny, earthy, somehow even woody. Taste follows the nose with the same hop profile and a long, bitter finish and aftertaste. There is no sweetness to speak of but the beer doesn’t really seem dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Not bad overall but kind of one sided.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (604) - Offenbach, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2015
Maker: Porterhouse Brewing Company, Dublin, Ireland *** Beer: Porterhouse Hop Head ("beyond the pale" - bottled, 330ml) *** Style: American Pale Ale (APA) *** ALC.VOL.: 5.0% *** "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." [brewery notes] *** Colour: Bright, clear amber, medium-sized fluffy off-white head. *** Nose: Relatively weak floral aroma with grass, very mild citrus fruit, herbs. *** Texture: Medium body, still a bit watery, moderate carbonation. *** Taste: Bitter and dry at first: strong pinewood, resinous notes, fruit is muted. Herbs, but mostly pinewood. More resin towards the middle, though not so much to numb one’s tongue. A hint of grapefruit behind the wood and the herbs. Resin and bitter hops in the finish, with a long aftertaste of the same, and then herbs. *** Impressions: Not quite like drinking a tree (there are drier, more resinous APA’s still!), but not too far from it either. This APA clearly puts the emphasis on pine, resin and herbs - over fruit. If you like that, it’s a superior specimen.


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