Horseheads IPA - Horseheads Brewing Inc.
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4.8/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
02-28-2010 03:53:49 | More by JAramini
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
09-17-2012 02:55:39 | More by tviz33
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
10-05-2010 00:46:43 | More by NeroFiddled
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
11-17-2010 15:37:12 | More by generallee
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
02-01-2010 20:50:57 | More by WesWes
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
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
06-11-2010 01:27:38 | More by Pdiddey3d
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
03-08-2010 01:47:58 | More by number1bum
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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 :-)
01-19-2010 02:54:39 | More by naproxen
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Finally, I get a shot to grab one of these down south. I have been wanting to get to this brewery for months. Poured into a pint glass from a bomber
A- pours a straw yellow look that has quite the hazy appearance. There is a decent head that resides while not leaving much lacing behind. There is no question that the brew looks like it's going to be a heck of an ipa
S- an bouquet of floral and grapefruit hops are unleashed in this brew! Major citrus themes emerge from this, with an equally impressive sweet malt taste at the end. This is one of the most impressive IPA scent profiles I have come across in some time
T- Yup, the taste delivers just like the scent. A piney and bitter grapefruit theme engulfs your tastebuds. The brew is tremendously bitter towards the end. This brew displays a bitter IPA at it's best.
M- full bodied and creamy. It's pretty carbonated and chewy at the same time. The brew no question leaves some flavor behind
D- this is a fantastic IPA. The brew has high alcohol, which means you need to be careful. The taste is fantastic and that will mak you want more. There are so many IPA's out there... yet in one sitting, Horseheads IPA will be a brew that I bring up in conversation. I am confident that once they increase their distibution... more people will agree with that statement
07-25-2010 00:03:39 | More by lovindahops
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Traveled to Horseheads with naproxen this past weekend and picked up this gem. We sampled it in the tasting room and knew we were taking it home.
22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.
Pours a clear pale golden hue with a one finger off-white head that falls to a thin layer of foam. Some random chunks of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Aroma is herby dank with a light citrus undertone. Earthy hops with a touch of biscuits and malts in the nose as well. Taste starts with sweet grass and some sticky pine. Midway the malt bill comes forward with some caramel sweetness. The finish is pretty fucking bitter and forward with hops. Grapefruit rinds, straight up herb, and dirty earth in the aftertaste...awesome. Big chewy mouthfeel with a very mild carbonation. To me, the body is spot on for such a beefy IPA. I like this beer a lot, but I liked it ever more on tap. If you like simcoe hops, you'll definitely appreciate this beer. I really hope Bob gets this beer at J Ryan's here in Syracuse...along side some Nugget Nectar, sticky icky...OOOWWWEEE!!!
01-19-2010 03:01:36 | More by BeerTruth
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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).
09-30-2013 01:38:56 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Horseheads IPA from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.