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Horseheads IPA - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Horseheads IPAHorseheads IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | 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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utopiajane

New York

2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:01:42 | More by utopiajane
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

03-12-2014 00:25:38 | More by Zetcha7x
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Mudawg

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-11-2012 18:37:46 | More by Mudawg
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Slashytits

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-06-2014 05:09:45 | More by Slashytits
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Ithica. Pours a clear golden orange amber with decent head, some lacing. Mild aroma unfortunately has the tinge of diacetyl, or slightly soured milk. Flavour is more pleasant, but certainly not a "hop bomb" for its 8.1% ABV. Subtle citrus elements, caramelized malts and a nicely dry finish. The diacetyl is not as noticeable in the taste. Hope this reflects only a temporary issue with a specific batch rather than any systemic issues... Regardless, look forward to making a trip to physically see the brewery before the end of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:30:21 | More by hopsolutely
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-06-2013 00:57:31 | More by GreesyFizeek
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-23-2012 05:08:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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sirsteve42

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-30-2014 22:44:47 | More by sirsteve42
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-14-2013 03:13:22 | More by DonFrap
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Seanibus

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with slight fluffy head. Aroma is grapefruity but a little murky. Flavor is big and simcoey, grapefruit and grassy, but there is a bananaish ester that is distracting, though it lessens as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick. Good but unsophisticated.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 14:30:46 | More by Seanibus
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 20:50:27 | More by ppoitras
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SLeffler27

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brass and almost clear in the inaugural use of my Horseheads Brewing pint glass. A slight white head develops, leaving some lace, while modest carbonation continuously generates from within.

Fresh oranges with some tropical fruit. There is a suggestion of suntan oil and malt.

Bitter grapefruit with some pine notes. The hop profile is somewhat subdued. There is a lasting bitter finish.

Medium body with slick texture and moderate carbonation. This IPA very dry and lightly astringent. Alcohol is suppressed.

A good IPA brewed locally. This one is best accompanied with wings and pizza while hanging out on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:34:57 | More by SLeffler27
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virinow

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-19-2013 00:58:27 | More by virinow
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-23-2014 14:05:03 | More by NJBeer265
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Teddy-Pickles

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-16-2014 06:40:06 | More by Teddy-Pickles
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blguillen

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-08-2013 21:13:26 | More by blguillen
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-15-2014 05:22:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-20-2013 20:37:18 | More by Knapp85
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-17-2012 19:43:46 | More by THECPJ
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-22-2014 05:16:10 | More by boszormeny
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jeanphony

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-24-2013 19:00:21 | More by jeanphony
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olivianjeremie

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2013 00:45:18 | More by olivianjeremie
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 20:18:43 | More by Wasatch
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Horseheads IPA pours a mostly hazy orange, with scant tangerine highlights and roughly two and a half fingers worth of foam. Head retention is pretty good, but there's not all that much lacing left behind. The nos is a little on the tame side, but there's a decent grapefruit aroma, offset by a subtle note of pine. There's a nice, brief dollop of caramel to open things up. Next is a wave of bitterness that, while noticeable, could stand to be a little bit more "in your face". The hop finish has some grapefruit, though it has a little bit of that bitter pith character that sometimes find in IPAs (and don't particularly care for). As with the nose, it's offset by a secondary pine note. The mouthfeel is just a little too slick for my taste. I don't know if it's a too full body, or a dull carbonation level, or a little bit of both, bu it just wasn't great for me. This IPA is my first brew from Horseheads Brewing, and it's got me looking forward to future family trips to the area.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 04:31:36 | More by axeman9182
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:59:30 | More by jzeilinger
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Horseheads IPA from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.