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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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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MunBro (222) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
Pours a clear orange/amber. Minimal foam head with some lace. Very hoppy taste which fades away to notes of orange and citrus with a malty punch. I liked it!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Padchenko (66) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 12, 2014
330ml bottle, 5% pale ale. Very hoppy pale ale. elegant amber orange colour. Disappointing aftertaste. Definitely worth a try but I’m not in a hurry to try it again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (959) - ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2014
Clear amber orange, thin white head with filmy retention. Nose is malts, oranges, flowery perfume notes, grass. Taste is mild biscuity malts, crisp flowery hops, citric tones, caramel. Grassy, bitter crisp finish. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (1938) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Draft @ The Wharf, Aalborg. 5.0%. Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with a light tan head. Fresh, floral hoppy aroma. Slight berry note as it warms. Further warming brings out a distinct apple note. Flavour is sweetish, floral hops with a slight old hops/cheese note, as well as malt, light molasses and a slight bread note in the background. Apple note as it warms. Bitter hop finish; not that strong. A wee bit too much carbonation. 09.01.14.
Earlier Rating: 3/21/2011 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a dense off-white head. Decent lacing. Crispy and slightly fruity, hop aroma. A bit tart. Sweet and with hints of vanilla. Malt in the background. Tart, bordering vinegar, notes as it warms. Tart, sweet, citrusy hop flavour with metallic and floral notes. Remote notes of liquorice and bread. Tart, malty, liquorice-bitter finish. A bit too much carbonation. A nice beer, but nothing special. 22.03.11.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Keg at the Porterhouse Covent Garden. It pours an orangebody with a creamy white head. The aroma is fruity with notes of citrus and malt. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of citrus, fruit, caramel, and the finish is dry with a light bitterness. Quite decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Herbaceous hops, goes down easily with hints of grass, citrus and multivitamin tablets. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7895) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle at home, from BOE, 14/12/13. Pours a hazed reddish amber with a good sized off white head. Nose carries a light hoppy punch, bitter tropical tones, orange pith, light metallic tinge. Taste comprises orange sherbet, hops, light mineral bite, citric tang, hop tingle. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light grassy bitterness in the closure. Ok stuff but likes the hop and tropical punch I seek in an APA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
Draft @ Hoppy Loft. Cuivrée, col beige. Arôme est houblonné subtil restant très basique et noble dans un style très anglais. Note noble sur un citronné très léger, le tout offre des effluves rappelant le bol de céréale et léger caramel. Palais est très léger avec encore une fois une influence typiquement anglaise, centré sur des malts de base, caramel, pâle sur une amertume moyenne. Houblonné ajoutant juste ce qu’il faut d’amertume et de fruité sans pou cela nous faire rêver. Reste ici dans une approche basique, et loin d’une IPA, plus proche d’un pale ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
330ml brown bottle. Orange golden colour with some haze. Small soapy white cap. Nose has grapefruit and orange and fruit and caramel. In the mouth the beer has a mild caramel base, orange and grapefruit hop notes. Dry finish. Aftertaste has orange peel and grapefruit. Lightish body and mouthfeel. A nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
77ships (3530) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2013
Sampled draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Pours textbook amber with a creamy & nicely lacing off-white head. Nose is mild hops with light passion fruit, grass & grains. Tastes of bitter grass, cereal, lightly metallic with bitter floral touch cut down a bit by grains & sweeter malts, hint metallic honey. Dry & light body. Okay but not overly impressive & clearly doesn’t live up to the name.


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