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Headstrong Pale Ale - Big Hole Brewing Company

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Hole Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-23-2002)
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
4/5  rDev +15.3%

IDABEERGUY, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

shiguy16, May 16, 2013
Photo of Sark
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very nice bright orange with swirling carbonation, pebbled light tan head with good lacing

Smell- light aroma of citrus and earthiness

Taste- caramel and light malt, hop finish is limited yet balanced, little astringent last finish

Mouthfeel- Medium-light, light carbonation tingle, relatively smooth

Overall- A good pale, something nice for an outdoor activity and for a session but not really standing out

Sark, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

tbeckett, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Huffaroma, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

harpus, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big Hole Brewing HeadStrong Pale

A: Clear amber in color. Forms a minimal white head. Little retention. Light lacing.

S: Mild caramel malts and some light earthy and herbaceous hops.

T: Flavor is mildly malty, light caramel, and a bit of bread. Very light piney hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Mildly dry.

O: As much as I like big holes, I found this beer to be an unexciting and very average pale ale.

Florida9, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

BeerBadger, Jul 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

durlta, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; listed at 5.5%. This was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, some time back around 2006-07. I don't recall much about it, didn't bother reviewing it, and - until now - had never seen it since. Also, it's really cheap, so why not give it a retry?

Pours a lovely copper colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of puffy, off-white coloured head. Very good retention; the head lasts many minutes and leaves plenty of sticky lacing behind before finally dying down to a rocky cap. It's quite attractive visually, but the aroma isn't much to write home about. It smells of bready caramel malts, light citrus and honey - not off-putting, but nothing exceptional for the style.

The flavour leans on the sweet side, with grainy malts, toasted bread and brown sugar rather prominent. Some vague fruitiness that is hard to put my finger on - it's a little citrusy, but the sweetness and buttery mouthfeel reminds me more of brown pears. Decent hop presence that comes forward at the finish - their earthy, slightly herbal dryness make a valiant attempt to cut through the sweetness, but do not completely succeed. The aftertaste is mostly malty, with some honey sweetness. Light-bodied and a bit watery, with restrained carbonation that still provides a decent bite. Very easy to drink.

This is actually a pretty decent beer - and given the price, I might even buy it regularly (if it were available locally). It's not memorable, but it's a decent session ale that I wouldn't mind having the option of. As far as session beers go, I am not always in the mood for hoppy ones, or dark ones with lots of roasted malts, or pale lagers/pilseners. This is an enjoyable compromise that offers an alternative to those categories.

Final Grade: 3.5, on the higher end of a B-. Headstrong Pale Ale isn't going to blow anyone away, but it's still a highly drinkable ale that I wouldn't discourage others from trying. It's only two bucks - what have you got to lose? Not especially English in style, but definitely not exactly American-style either, so there's no reason to quibble over such details. Pretty good value for the price.

thehyperduck, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

JohnLynch, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

WeissBoy, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

bigox420, Nov 29, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep copper brown, thick creamy head left lots of random lacing
S - some grassy and earthy aromas, biscuity and sweet with a metallic hint
T - much like the nose with a bit of added spiciness and mustiness
M - slightly creamy and a bit prickly, finishes with slight dry bitter
O - a decent pale that has more of an ESB flavour, pleasantly surprised

joemcgrath27, Nov 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - very clear golden color with an eggshell color head thats pretty big and last pretty well and laces pretty well.

smell - grapefruit, pine, something odd, interesting.

taste - figured out the oddness, chlorine and horse hair. a nice combination but not what i was expecting here. naturally theres some yeast flavors, pale malts, and pine

mouthfeel - good body with good carbonation, still i like it oddly enough. interesting... might've just been my batch. but i liked it quite well.

claytong, Nov 01, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice golden/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet caramely malts with some piney hops and some citrus and grapefruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasty caramel malt feel with some piney/floral hops and some citrusy notes ending with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance of malts and hops.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavours and aromas.

SebD, Oct 14, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can, 5.5% ABV. Somehow I missed trying this last month when I was in Montana, where it was available in every grocery store and gas station that I trod through. Yet, it's now made in Utica, NY?

This beer pours a clear medium copper colour, with three fat fingers of foamy, rocky pale beige head, which leaves some very nice honeycomb lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of biscuity, bready malt, and herbal grassy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, with a bit of caramel, and a decent bitter grassy, earthy hoppiness. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, a little clingy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, yet with the hops more or less running the show, in an herbal, musty sort of manner.

Not a bad pale ale, definitely British in style, but the edgy herbal character leaves me somewhat non-plussed, especially when the can proclaims "Cold Hopped with Cascades". Caveat emptor, I suppose.

biboergosum, Aug 10, 2011
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Headstrong Pale Ale from Big Hole Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.