HoppityHop (206) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2015 rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s a good, crisp IPA. It’s not overdone with the hops and it has a pine tree aroma and taste. Good, crisp, and refreshing.
This IPA has almost everything going for it.....the color, mouthfeel, drink ability, etc. Unfortunately, the hopping is very muted. Either that, or I got a very old bottle. Still a decent IPA. j12601 (11571) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Pouring at TAP NY 2015. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Big citrus, orange zest on the nose. Medium bodied, bold citrus. Crisp, bright, malt into a slow grapefruit finish. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
(bottle - 22 oz) Orange/gold pour with a puffy white head. Heavy citrus fruit and sticky pine hop resin aroma. Flavor is bitter and piney with some nice juicy citrus in the middle and a bitter and lingering aftertaste. ChadPolenz (1816) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2014
A lot of people think the IPA is an idiot-proof recipe since it’s easy to hide imperfections behind all the hop character. To some extent that may true, however, if you’ve got a boring or even standard IPA recipe, it’s still going to come across as boring or standard. I guess that’s how I’d describe Horseheads IPA – a pretty typical East Coast-style brew that’s in no way “off,” and does have some redeeming qualities, but is far from great.
TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. I bought it at the brewery for $5.75 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Mostly clear copper/orange hue. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Flowery hops with some earthy/piney character. Quite mild overall, though.
Taste: For a beer claiming 91 IBUs, Horseheads IPA is surprisingly malt-forward. Some caramel malt and even brown sugar sweetness are present right away. Mild toasted character can be found as well. Through the middle and finish come the hops, and they’re of the earthy/piney variety. I do notice some orange flavor as well, mostly in the aftertaste. There’s bitterness here for sure, though the actual hop bite seems rather tame. This is a brew I’ve had dozens of times before and while it’s not bad, it’s just not that interesting – at least not to me… anymore. This would probably be a good introduction to the style for newcomers.
Drinkability: This is a beer that should be pretty hefty, but doesn’t feel like it. On one hand it’s nice to be able to quaff down an 8.6% ABV brew - what with its thin, crisp mouthfeel and smooth finish. However, I think there should be more complexity and more overall body than this.
On draft at "Top Hops" in NYC, back in August. My first sample by this brewer was impressive. Nice balance with citrus flavor and smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours a clear copper body under a large frothy white head that left some sparse sticky lacing. The nose is a bit too heavy on the caramel malt sweetness than I’d like to see for the style, combined with a less than aggressive hoppiness. Doesn’t seem like my preferred composition for the style. Yeah, the flavor is even worse than the aroma. Tastes like instant iced tea with a little bit of hops thrown in. Really sweet from front to back, with very little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Light to medium bodied with a little stickiness and soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty poor IPA. Ferris (15236) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle - Fresh pine and some grapefruit. Clear gold with a rich white head. Nice caramel sweetness and piny, grapefruit pith flavors. Pretty good. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
The body has light orange amber color with bit of a hazy appearance. A two finger tall white head of loose bubbles quickly settles down to a very thin covering of foam. This head makes some nice lacing on the glass as I drink. The aroma is big and bold with an intoxicating floral/citrus grapefruit bouquet. There is a light malt base that adds some mild sweetness to the big citrusy grapefruit hop flavor that dominates the overall character. Its flavor is strait forward and tasty. The fruity/floral hops bring good bitterness late into the finish and hangs on the tongue. Body, palate and carbonation are in good balance for ease of drinkability and taste. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz. bottle. My first rating from this brewer. Pours a very lightly hazed warm gold with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma that is lightly sweet with notes of orange and grapefruit. The flavor begins with malt and is followed by some orange and grapefruit bitterness that retains much of the fruit in the flavor and does not yield to the bitterness of the pith. Medium bodied. Nice solid IPA. Slipstream (2625) - USA - MAY 24, 2014
Dark pour. Tangy hop aroma with dashes of somked palt and pine. Actually make that "smoked malt". No, I’m not durnk. There is orange punch, malty sweetness, and snappy hops in the flavor. A nice tingle on the palate, with some of that grapefruit pith flavor. It is a little too bitter/harsh in the finish actually - something seems a little off - but is still good overall.