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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 228   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 1, 2012

Draught @ Charlies Bar, Pilestraede 33, Copenhagen, Denmark.

[ As Porterhouse Irish IPA ].
Clear medium to dark orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, heavy to moderate hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, mango, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity, citrus, light mango. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120320]
Earlier Rating: 10/9/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Draught @ Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London, England WC2.
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate hoppy, flowers, grapefruit, prange, buttery notes. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (040808)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2012
From tap at Charlies. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild fruity and toasted caramelish. Bitter, malty and caramelish flavoured. Bitter, toasted and smooth fruity flavoured. 
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2011 Total Score: 3.4
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy and slight grapefruity. Bitter, citrusy and grapefruity. Citrusy and crisp bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
Draft. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel as well as lighter notes of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and wet hay as well as lighter notes of caramel and citrus fruits, leading to a dry and bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/11/2009 Total Score: 3.4
Draft. An amber beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of caramel, sweet malt, bisquites, and flowery hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of chewy malty, caramel, bisquites, and grassy hops, leading to a bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012
On tap. Pours amber with a slight haze and a creamy beige head with some lacing. Fairly fresh, citrusy hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied, first lightly fruity, distinctly hoppy but with an unfortunate chemical tang. Hoppy, bitter finish. Starts of quite nice but some of the flavour components aren’t really all that charming. 170312
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Greasy hoppy aroma. Medium body, fruity and somewhat caramellish with a solid bitterness. 050411

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012
Draught at Charlies Bar. Cloudy orange coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of grass and hops with notes of citrus and pine needles. Fruity flavour of hops and pine needles with notes of grass and citrus. Dry hoppy finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/22/2011 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle at home. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of citrus. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles, grass and citrus. Dry hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20295) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Draught. Golden colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is fruity and flowery along with some mild herbal notes. Flavour is hops, fruity and flowery along with some grassyness. Wellbalanced and very pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19309) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2009
Draft @ Porterhouse, Covent Garden WC2. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Hasa malty hoppy piney grapefruit aroma. Sweetish malty pine needles hoppy flavor with hints of grapefruit. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
15th December 2010
Clear amber beer, frothy white head. Softish palate. Mildly tangy orange. Splash of tea and then a sweet piney orange finish. All over the place but very drinkable and strangely endearing!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn, 5% ABV
Amber color; medium sized creamy head. Nice aroma of malt and caramel, with resiny hops. The caramel flavor is quite strong, the mouthfeel is dry; the hop is dry, very resiny, with some fruit (bitter oranges); strong bitterness.
Very American style; too much dry caramel flavor and harsh resins.
Earlier Rating: 6/1/2012 Total Score: 3.5
Draught at The Wharf, Aalborg
Hazy amber color, small creamy head. Another non-IPA, but a Golden Ale with a fair malt and caramel profile and a quite good hopping with mild aromatic components and resins.
Good.


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