Horseheads IPA - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Horseheads IPAHorseheads IPA

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: naproxen on 01-19-2010

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Reviews by orbitalr0x:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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).

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of naproxen
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 :-)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of tviz33
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Byrne Dairy in Syracuse by the fairgrounds.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head fizzes away gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is citrus with a sweet undercurrent.

Taste starts with a quick shot of sweetness, which promptly cedes to the citrus, followed by bitter through the close. Long aftertaste of same. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is reasonably good as well. Wish depth of flavor had more to show for itself.

Photo of olivianjeremie
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to jump at the chance to get my hands on this one. It eluded me its first pass through the area. Overlooked it several times due to the plane Jane bottle labels but heard it was phenomenal from my local beer merchant so it went on the better luck next time list. There is no bottled on date but I would imagine this is fresh as hell since I haven't seen it on shelves in over a month. Onto the review.
Pours a nice hazy dark straw gold.the head on the initial pour is phenomenal! Like a root beer float, fluffy and thick like a cloud. No real lacing to speak of. Smell is like a punch in the nose. Sharp, grassy, piney, intensity fades after a couple of minutes and you can pick up some citrus and a tad of caramel. The taste is where this beer shines. Strong citrus hop character. Like biting into a juicy white grapefruit rind and all. A tad bitter but I am digging it, reminds me of a West Coast IPA for sure, just a tad more balanced. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit oily on the palate but very nice carbonation and the bitterness lingers on the palate for a bit.
Overall I was not disappointed. This is a highly drinkable IPA and only $5 of a bomber = WIN. Not sure what the distribution on this brew is but I would recommend seeking it out if you enjoy a nice American IPA

Photo of Noahtrumble
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta like this one, good hop with a solid taste

Photo of JAramini
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Horseheads is pretty consistently great, but I had no idea they had an IPA like this in them. Let me preface this by saying I tried Pliny the Younger last weekend for the first time. So I have memories of world-class IPA in my head, and this is indeed world class.

The smell hit me before this beer even exited the bottle, so I need to start with that. The biggest aroma I've ever gotten from an IPA. Huge grass, pine, and maryjane. An almost overpowering nose on this. It smells so good I couldn't wait to try a sip.

This is tasty tasty hop candy. More of what you get in the nose with grapefruit rind, bitterness, and serious hop flavors. This is the closest to a West Coast style IPA I've ever tasted from this half of the country. The bitterness is one step down from Hopsickle, but still very aggressive and lingering.

At 8.1% alcohol, and 93 IBUs, this is infringing on DIPA territory. Unfortunately Horseheads has next to no distribution outside of the town itself (I believe the Village Beer Merchant guys roadtrip to the brewery to bring back beer to sell) but if you happen upon this beer, do not pass go, do not collect $200, buy it instantly. You can thank me later.

I realize this has been gushing fanboyism, but I've been severely underwhelmed by hoppy beers lately and this one is an all-out hop assault on my palate and I couldn't thank these guys enough for it.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome pale malt scent along with a lovely hop nose. It's floral as hell! The taste is great as well. It's loaded with hops; a real hop heads' delight. The base is mainly pale malts, but it provides adequate balance. It goes down easy with rich, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. The hops really come out and bite you. Nice job Horseheads Brewing.

Photo of suspect
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a flaired pint glass.

A: Very nice amber color, slightly cloudy with really nice lacing. Poured a perfect 2 finger head without too much of an aggressive pour.

S: Kinda weak for an IPA. It wasn't an awful smell, it just wasn't as powerful as other IPA's. Not that it takes away from the beer, it just wasn't what I expected.

T: Very nice flavor. Hops are balanced nicely. Not overly bitter, which is a concern with some IPAs but this has a very nice, even yet complex flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated, creamy and smooth. Very well done.

D: This is it's shining moment. I killed a 22 ouncer and could have easily ripped into another 6 if I had em. This really could be a staple of my refrigerator at $4.99 per 22oz.

Notes: I could drink this all night long. Very well done and I'm proud to call this a neighborhood beer seeing as they are only 40 minutes or so away. Nicely done, Horseheads, nicely done.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium, cloudy orange color with a nice, fluffy two fingered head and very limited amounts of carbonation.

S - Has some mild grassy notes, some citrus dankiness, mild grapefruit aroma, mild amounts of oranges, and light crackery malt.

T - First taste yields a caramel, crackery, buttery malt that stays underneath throughout to support the generous hopping. Orange citrus, grapefruit, and lightly peppery finish. After the sip there's an orange citrus after taste in the mouth that leaves a coating and a moderate grapefruit presence that lingers for a few minutes.

M - Lighter side of medium body and is pretty crisp for a big IPA. Has a mild prickliness on the tongue.

D - Nice balance, not obtrusive in any way with no dominating flavors.

Was very enjoyable and I would buy this again. Nicely done and I'm very curious as to how this would taste off the tap with a really fresh batch. Cheers, Horseheads!

Update: 3-13-12 - Had on tap and had a similar experience, except with more intensely pronounced grapefruit bitterness.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Bomber care of pmsawyer, thanks Pete.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed orange color with a white head of fluff that retains well. Lacing sticks with patches of lace all along the glassware.

Sweet aroma of grains coming across a bit caramelized but with a predominant amount of citrus like oranges and a bit of herbal/spicy aspect contributed by the hops.

The taste is malty sweet and overall just well balanced with a countering amount of hop bitterness that tastes herbal like the aroma led on. The alcohol is noticeable with a bit of a solvent taste to it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. Quite drinkable with a lingering herbal bitterness that has minor malt contribution as it warms. Also noted is an increased "catty" taste from the hops as the brew increases to room temperature. Overall a fine example of the style.

Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this since BeerTruth graced us with his review, rare as that is these days. Also of note, this was about the fullest bomber I have ever seen - it was filled to within about 1/2" of the cap. This has to be more than 22oz. Anyway...

Pours a hazed golden color with one finger of off-white head. Head settled very quickly and left only a rimjob and a small splash of stick here and there.

Smell has some zesty lemon and grapefruit, plus a good amount of pine. Nice hoppiness going on here. If this beer had more head that kept better I think it would burst through on the nose even more.

Taste is full of piney, resiny, citric hoppy goodness. Pithy bitter grapefruit too. Wow, this brew has a surprisingly nice smack of hops. There's a bit of pale malt sweetness here too, but this is pretty much all about the hops which are showcased well. Substantial bitterness in the finish with some sticky, resiny hop flavor left over too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick on the palate. Carbonation is a bit on the light side actually, but it still feels very crisp because the finish is dry and so bitter. It has a nice slickness to it as well.

This is a damn good IPA, plain and simple. Get your hands on it if you can.

Photo of vermontham
1.89/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

had from a bottle from wegmans ... this beer is old and sucks

Photo of utopiajane
2.69/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours hazy orange with a lot of yeast in suspension. One finger of foam that fell pretty fast. Left some lace, a small ring and a thin layer on top. There was no nose. Honest! I glimpsed a nose then it disappeared. A brief moment of some tropical fruit and some caramel malt. As the beer warmed the fruit peeked out a little but was muddled and not crisp. It was mangoish. The malt became very sugary. Taste is lots of hop oil, resin, bitter that’s just a little biting and sweet, sweet malt. Lot’s of malt. So much malt and with all the oil it’s heavy. Some nutty flavor as it warmed. It drinks heavy and even sits heavy in the glass. There is no alcohol on the nose but as the beer warms it creeps on to the palate. Not well balanced and the mouthfeel is coarse. Finish is sweet, heavy and dry.

I am really surprised at this beer because the Pale Expedition Ale was fantastic and light. I can’t help but wonder if the fact that there is no freshness date means that the fruit and the nose faded. This beer was literally hop oily bitter sitting on top of sugary malt. Unsophisticated and awkward.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a DFH glass a nice hazy golden orange color, some carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some grapefruit/citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, with some nice malt notes thrown in, lots of grapefruit/citrus notes. Medium Body, Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, would not mind checking other's from them.

Photo of cbros
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 65 ounce growler poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a darker straw color. There is ample carbonation activity after the pour and a white one finger head that quickly dissipates to a small lingering foam. Overall a nice looking beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

S- Reminescent of any other IPA, there are citrus notes coupled with other floral hints that because of the combination of flavors are difficlut to decipher.

T- This is where this brew comes out to shine. I am picking up a strong and bitter start to the taste that stays constant throughout. I am also picking up the piney citrus flavors as well. Overall a nice tasting IPA that might seem a little too bitter for some up right up my alley.

I recieved this growler from Aliza in this leg of growling at the Moon. This is a nice and solid IPA and Aliza was not wrong in stating that I would find this beer to be a good offering. I can see why this is becoming her go to beer. Without this BIF I probaby would never have heard about this beer and certainly never have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Aliza!

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Horseheads IPA from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.