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Horseheads IPA - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Horseheads IPAHorseheads IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: naproxen on 01-19-2010)
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Reviews by olivianjeremie:
Photo of olivianjeremie
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer had a good initial taste, but a sweet finish. It was an interesting IPA, especially as a cask ale at room temperature. I would prefer a bitter IPA, but would have this beer again. I had this beer at the Old Toad in Rochester NY, which had a lot of great beers on tap, good food and good service.

olivianjeremie, May 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour with a quarter inch of bubbly white head on top. Great clarity and active carbonation throughout. Aromas kick off with lots of citric hops with a grapefruit accent. Bright and vibrant with some sweet pale malts bringing up the rear. Slightly herbal as well, the hops come through nicely here with a good mix.

First sip brings a wave of citric hops with grapefruit and herbal accents. Smooth with pale malts and a light caramel undertone. Good hop balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Goes down easily even for the slightly elevated abv. Somewhat creamy as well. This is a solid IPA from a brewery I've never tried before. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one!

orbitalr0x, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has very little in the way of info. There is a website for the brewery where you can find info on the beer.

Appearance: 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.

Smell: The aroma is big and bold with an intoxicating floral/citrus grapefruit bouquet.

Taste/Palate: 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.

Notes: The Bright and juicy hops satisfies my hop tooth and give this big beer good drinkability.

generallee, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of westcott
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

westcott, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

virinow, May 19, 2013
Photo of butters_mcgee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

butters_mcgee, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; semi-clear orange with a good fluffy white head made of dense tiny bubbles that fades slowly and leaves lots of delicate lacing.
Smell is quite enticing; clean malt covered by pine, citrus, fruit and a hint of booze. Smells more like a double IPA (which it almost could be, by the %abv)
Taste is quite good; explosion of flavor. Malt starts out, quickly pushed aside by waves of hops. Big pine and herbal hops, with lesser notes of citrus and fruit. Very bitter, this is not for the fair-weather IPA fan.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, medium-thin.
Overall, this is an excellent IPA, and at 8%abv and as bitter as it is, it could be a solid DIPA.
No date on the bottle, but compared to others' reviews, I obviously got a pretty fresh one (I bought it at a little beverage shop in Horseheads, so I'd hope it was fresh).

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: A slightly hazy peach orange color, topped by a fairly frothy white head that leaves nice drops around the glass toward the middle of the bulb part.

Smell: A nice balance of citrus and other fruits comes through nicely, along with some hints of sourness. The bouquet opens up some more with hints of sweetness as it warms.

Taste: Out of the fridge, the finish is extremely bitter, but as it warms, it starts fairly sweet, but doesn't stay that way for too long. A melange of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and some sweeter, brighter fruits like tangerine. Finish starts sweet and curbs into a nice bitterness, with lingering bitter fruits and grapefruit rind in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorites from Horseheads. Not too flashy but done extremely well, especially the balance for a beer at over 8% ABV. I'd buy a case of bombers pretty easily, and may have to eventually.

asabreed, May 19, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horseheads has delivered a solid American IPA that's really nicely done and very well balanced. This is the second beer I've had from this small brewery and I have to say I'm impressed.

Appearance: Golden body beneath a bright white head that lasts. Nice lacing. It appears orange in the full pint glass.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops over a gently sweet malt base. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine... the hops are bright and just resinous enough without going overboard, yet the malt still has an equal presence. That's too often lost in American IPA's, but this one is nicely rounded.

Taste: Following the aroma, the flavor blends the hops in with the malt nicely. It's not over-done in hop flavor or bitterness, and the subtly toasty biscuit character of the malt clearly comes through, rather than just hovering beneath the hops and acting as a spring-board. Balanced from start to finish. It may begin with hops turning to a blend of hop and malt at the start while it's cold, but as it warms it becomes much more equalized. Some apple-like fruitiness from the yeast also appears.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly dextrinous, but not overly done - still medium-full. Quite appropriate for an American IPA. Gently bristling tiny bubbles suggest that it may be bottle conditioned. Creamy with a slight edge.

Drinkability: The alcohol is surprisingly well-cloaked, but the bitterness will still build on the pallet towards the end of the first serving. The alcohol will also become apparent in the second glass, but hey, if it didn't it wouldn't exactly be an IPA now would it? Quite drinkable. Absolutely worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Jpriano
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Jpriano, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage a few weeks back.

A: The IPA has a glowing golden yellow hue, crystal clear except for a stream of bubbles. A finger of white head on the first few pours are quick to dissolve away.

S: The nose is hop-heavy. Plenty of zesty floral citrus to go around. I was expecting something strong but was caught off-guard with the power of this one. Pale bready malts and that unique Horseheads aroma are also present.

T: The ale doesn't taste like an 8.1% brew. The hoppiness, floral and citrusy, a grapefruit and a field of fresh flowers. What a great combination. Behind the hops, biscuity pale malts and Horseheads house yeast flavor hang out. The booziness, hidden for so long, makes itself evident during larger swigs from my tumbler. The hops, star of the show, have an oily fullness that coats the palate during each sip, allowing the flavors to come out stronger. A good IPA.

M: The oily hops, citrusy strong, are vibrant and rich. A serious IPA from Horseheads.

D: The booziness is a little high and a little too present to really dig into the IPA. I'll nurse my bomber and be content with that.

akorsak, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of naproxen
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Illustrious BeerTruth and I welcomed this new offering and gladly rewarded ourselves with some bottles at the brewery this weekend. This review is from a bottle shared 1/18/10.

I fell in love at first whiff with this one. My first inhalation at the brewery made me snicker and nod in shared acceptance with my co-conspirator. It might have been time to do my shirt laundry, but the distinctive Simcoe hops are really holding their own here upfront, with a slightly creamy grapefruit and lemon finish.

This looks just as delicious, the almost pure white head is creamy and resilient, leaving a dancing display of lace down the glass (a most BAMF Darkness, thanks Dan-O).

The light golden, slightly hazed appearance will mislead you into thinking the body will follow suit. The carbonation is just high enough to balance out the slightly oily quality the hops add to the body. Bitterness is not lacking at all, it jumps right in at the end and sticks around as long as it likes.

I am 93 IBU's of smiles after drinking this one, again. And again. The alcohol creeps on you like a ninja, it is undetectable in every sip and yet is always there at the end of the bottle. I really should drink another one, now :-)

naproxen, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of zaparzynski
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zaparzynski, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of kingston2
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kingston2, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Mudawg
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Mudawg, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +23.2%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber with a nice white head that gaded leaving a ring of lace around the top. Smell was big time piney hops with lots of resin. Slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol were present. First impression was hop bomb, a little slick due to not being overly carbonated, but not a detriment at all. Really strong hop presence with nothing balancing this at all. Slight alcohol presence but nothing distracing at all

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of floral hops and pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops but it quickly transitions to flavors of piney hops that persist and linger through the finish, although there are also some hints of tropical fruits that peek through near the end. A moderate amount of bitterness is perceptible along with slight hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine resin hops in the finish lend some bite to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well and isn't overly bitter, which makes it rather easy to drink considering the heavy dose of hops. I enjoyed the blend of citrusy and piney hops in the taste.

metter98, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured am earthy caramel and piney hop.

The taste offered toasted malts, burnt sugar and a lingering piney hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced transitional beer.

plaid75, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of GratefulNole
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GratefulNole, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of tviz33
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to a Horseheads pint glass

A- Hazy orange/amber color with a craggy two finger head, some lacing

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus. One of my favorite smelling beers

T- Following the nose with grapefruit and more citrus, this time followed by some floral notes, finishing with bitter pine. Bitter, yet balanced with just the right amount of malt.

M- This one just feels right. Packed full of flavor, yet surprisingly drinkable. Keeps you coming back for more.

O- My favorite from Horseheads. I may have some local bias, but this is probably in my top five IPA's. You can't beat it at $4.99 right from the brewery.

tviz33, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of BushwyckCraft
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BushwyckCraft, Aug 04, 2014
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Horseheads IPA from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.