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Horseheads IPA - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: naproxen on 01-19-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 02/08/2013
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2013
Glass: East End Tulip

Excited to finally see some brews from this small upstate brewery on the shelves in Brooklyn. Here we go now.

Pours a light brown mahogany in color w/ a 1 finger white head that left nice sticky lacing. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and damp wood. The flavor started off w/ caramel malts and orange peel, leading into piney bitterness, and finished w/ grapefruit. Medium bodied and lush w/ appropriate carbonation. Pretty drinkable stuff as no booze detected.

Overall, this brew impressed me alot as I was not expecting too much. Specifically, I thought the nose was off the charts! Fantastic job by Horseheads! This small NY brewery is definitely on the upswing and should be beginning to get noticed more, w/ this brew and their Pumpkin Ale which is equally delicious. Will be purchasing more of this brew.

Photo of hirliman
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of axeman9182
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of tviz33
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
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 laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear medium amber with a fluffy white head. A thin white head remains throughout drinking and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is straight Simcoe goodness (white grapes and citrus) and a slightly biting alcohol. Once the beer is near room temperature a true harmony between the malt, hops, and alcohol exists. The mouthfeel is sharp and hoppy, but also possesses a rich sweetness that makes the beer drink more like a double IPA than in AIPA. The astertaste is all grape and citrus. Very tasty IPA that i'll definitely get again for $5/bomber!!

Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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 GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 hardcor33
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sliverX
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.38/5  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.

Photo of Mudawg
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of dwoolley1
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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

Horseheads IPA from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.