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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 235   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.


4.8
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3307) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Bardzo dobre i wytrawne ale z Irlandii. Mocno nachmielone i w aromacie także dominują przeróżne chmiele. Nawet śmiało go można przyrównać do najlepszych IPA

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlweathers (9) - kildare, IRELAND - MAR 27, 2009 does not count
On tap in Porter House Central. Great oily mouthfeel. Then hit by a fuity hop burst. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2008
Tap at the porterhouse, London with Duff. The f*cker drank it all too. Aroma is immencly hoppy, citrus, darkstar like goodness. Taste is similar, very very good citrus hoppy chactly what i wanted in ever sence.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (3554) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 27, 2014
Hand-pumped at the Porterhouse. Smooth in the beginning, very nice floral with hints if caramel. Nice Ale-Charakter, smooth and floral. Pine and earthy, smooth. The aftertaste is floral-caramel, hints of sourness, intense Ale-characteristic. Very nice! --> 13/12/13/13

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Draught at Porterhouse Cork. Pours amber with nice off-white foam. Nose of citrus, pine, caramel. Taste of strong bitter, light sourness. Blueberry, pine, lemon and vanilla hints. Lovely bitter palate, medium body and carbonation. Beautifully bitter pale ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2009
Got this on tap at Porterhouse Central after hearing about its release this season. Pours a nice orange yellow color with a 3/4 finger fizzy white head that goes down pretty quick. Smells great-hoppy with a bit of citrus/pine aroma but not overwhelming at all. Very inviting. Tastes great as it smells-a great combination of fresh hops, light citrus grapefruit, and buttery biscuit. Very true to the APA style. Not too bitter and the hops are very nice so it goes down smooth and relatively light for an APA with little carbonation. This was a bit of a surprise hit for me and I’ll definitely recommend it to those looking for a light hops hit in the land of the stouts. I’d like to try it in bottle too for comparison sakes but the on-tap format is pretty tough to turn down when you’re actually in the bar!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2346) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Amber colored pour, hint of a caramel hue. Big off-white head that stays the course and leaves ample lacing behind. Big hop aroma. Citrus and malt mixed in as well. Taste of hops an malt. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. Nice beer to have when you want Celebration Ale, but don’t want all the ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2212) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
Very pleasant hop aroma of fruit and wine gums. Copper colour with a frothy white aroma. Thin texture , yet still very nice. Just expected more from experiencing the initial aroma. Cross between a traditional British style IPA with the aroma of an American version. One of the best IPA?s ive sampled from that side of the pond and definitely in Ireland.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senka (587) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2014
33cl bottle in IPA glass. Pours clear dark amber. Head is tanned, thick, soapy and with a beautiful lacing. Aroma of herbal hops. Quite raw. Strong malts, bitter hops, pleasant carbonation, full bodied velvet APA. If you need a hops-shot -> this beer is the right choice. I was saturated after one bottle.


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