Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: American Pale Ale
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
Cask at Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London. Dark amber beer with a medium offwhite head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with some bitterness. Didnt enjoy this one :-(

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle, beers of Europe. Sharp bitter citrus aroma, pours a sparkling red with a foaming thick head. Very tangy on the tongue with orange and peach notes. Very bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Creedence (292) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (2197) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2013
230213. Tap at Salhojankadun pub, Tampere. Pours slight hazy golden with a really high head. Too a while to get it. Aroma citrus, fruits. Fresh hoppy taste. Medium bodied. Not Bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Tasted at Hilpe Hauki. Slightly hoppy nose. Pale beige head. Clear dark coppery color. Hoppy slightly bitter taste. Slightly sour. Some fruitiness. At the end hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ken1 (1967) - DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013
A very grapelike bitterness with dry aftertaste, but watery mouthfeel. Amber in color with a white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18846) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Cask at Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Fruity floral hop aroma, citrus, grapefruit, red apples, biscuits, some pear. Hoppy flavor, citrus, floral, caramel, lemongrass, grapefruit, biscuits, some herbal notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3593) - Mostery, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
On tap at Cardinal. Sparkling clear ccopper body covered by a small fluuf light brown head. Herbal, floral, cat piss, tropical fruits, pollen and spruce on the nose. Light to medium body. No sweetness. Dry mouth. Earthy, light glandular, light grassy aromas and a pulpy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
330ml ring-pull bottle from Beers of Europe. 5%. Very slightly hazy, transparent, amber. Small, off-white head that persists well. Mid-high carb. Aroma - Quite malty for an IPA; grainy, caramel malt. Just a bit pissy & yeasty, but not too noticeable. Light, zesty hop aromas; distinct tangy smell. Piney, grassy and a bit orangey citrus. Taste - Balanced. Sweet, orangey, blossomy hop notes and caramellish malt upfront. Tangy, citrussy hop resin, giving way to moderate bitterness stuck on tongue for a short time. Some darker malt flavours noticeable at the end, with some trace lightly burnt, bitter choc flavours on the tongue at the finish, along with alpha acid and bits of citrus. Mid-light, slightly creamy body, quite refreshing and palate-cleansing, which is very enjoyable and makes this quite easily drinkable. This grew on me a fair bit as i drank it. Seemed ok at first, but began to realise it wasnt as straight forward as i assumed. Some interesting, darker malt flavours for an IPA and decent, tangy hops, with mid citrus levels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Clear amber, frothy white head. Caramel malt, resin, pine hop nose. Bitter hop middle, hint of caramel. More bitterness in the finish. Little unbalanced for my taste, way too bitter with no malt character to balance it out.

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