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Headstrong Pale Ale - Big Hole Brewing Company

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Headstrong Pale AleHeadstrong Pale Ale

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88 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-23-2002)
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark golden amber, nice head and lacing, very inviting looking. Aroma is citrusy and grassy.

Taste is very Jekyl & Hyde. Starts off with a nice citrus blast, then finishes with an odd grassiness that leaves me totally puzzled. Every sip was the same way.

Feel is nice & solid, very good job here. Very drinkable, but leaves me with an odd grassy taste that is too pronounced to ignore. I really wanted to like this more, but that grassy taste is really mystifying.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 21:06:54 | More by Chugmonkey
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Noelito76

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-25-2014 12:49:07 | More by Noelito76
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-26-2013 00:20:10 | More by MJ63
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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

4/5  rDev +15.3%

07-24-2013 18:16:37 | More by IDABEERGUY
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

06-15-2013 17:48:48 | More by TheBeeraholic
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shiguy16

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-16-2013 15:09:02 | More by shiguy16
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Sark

Montana

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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:33:54 | More by Sark
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-05-2013 13:41:43 | More by tbeckett
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Huffaroma

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-03-2013 19:05:19 | More by Huffaroma
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-18-2012 17:24:51 | More by harpus
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Florida9

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:28:55 | More by Florida9
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +15.3%

10-05-2012 19:29:57 | More by Johnhaley1989
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

09-13-2012 00:33:09 | More by Molson2000
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BeerBadger


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-31-2012 00:30:55 | More by BeerBadger
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durlta

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-22-2012 23:16:00 | More by durlta
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

07-11-2012 23:50:41 | More by thehyperduck
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JohnLynch


4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-22-2012 22:43:27 | More by JohnLynch
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-19-2012 07:18:26 | More by WeissBoy
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-09-2012 01:14:26 | More by imperialking
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-29-2011 06:39:17 | More by bigox420
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: can

11-27-2011 01:14:17 | More by joemcgrath27
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-24-2011 03:14:36 | More by oldp0rt
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-21-2011 02:02:59 | More by RedAleMan
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claytong

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 06:26:12 | More by claytong
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 19:41:40 | More by SebD
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Headstrong Pale Ale from Big Hole Brewing Company
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