Hop Head - The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Really nice dark amber color. Perfect balance of Hop Flavor without being too overbearing like some hoppy beers can be. Complex flavors include citrus and herbal. I chose between this and getting a second stout, and I'm happy with my choice. Has a nice linger. One of the better IPA's I've had.
Serving type: on-tap
06-12-2014 02:13:46 | More by marshmarsh
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pull tab bottle poured into an English pub glass. A dark reddish amber color, a little murky, with a quick-breaking but initially large creamy beige head comprised of rather small bubbles, this brew features the somewhat rare hop Pilgrim and the more familiar Cascade and Centennial, so I am expecting ample fruit and perhaps some green spicy flavor notes. This was the case by and large, although there is a rich and assertive malt backbone that the hops fail to completely overtake. Aroma is subdued but slowly reveals itself if one is patient, orange marmalade and lemon rind along with some classic English malt dry biscuit, maybe a hint of iron. Palate largely follows suit. The hops are reasonably assertive, dilute pine resin, grapefruit and lemon citrus, maybe a little orange as well, green peppercorn and savory ... I am noticing less of the Centennial "orange cotton candy" flavor than expected but I am not complaining, as this is doing alright for itself. Fresh brown sugar and dry biscuit emerge in the background. Black malts are usually used (in tiny amounts) for color in this style but I swear there is a near-roasted malt flavor in this. Moderately carbonated, maybe just grading into fizzy territory, with a slightly prickly, tangy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and a little toasty, with some lingering malt flavors along with citrus rind and green peppery spice. Pleasing enough brew if not superlative in any one area. I like the malts and the citrus hop presence builds a little over the course of 330 ml.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2014 00:22:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Amber, one finger fluffy head, nice retention.
Hops (bringing peach, oranges and pine resin) are felt in the smell, but equally balanced with caramel malts.
Caramel fails to overpower the hops in the taste tho. Low biscuity malts, followed by a "hop parade": orchard fruit (peach, pear), grapefruit, going to green grassy notes, pine, then dry leafy really bitter finish. Aftertaste is really hoppy.
Medium body and carbonation, gets drier in the finish from sip to sip.
A very hop-oriented beer, tasty, but doesn't surpass other in its category. Easy to gobble up a few of these.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 14:35:29 | More by dcmchew
3.76/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle, with that same pull-tab cap. This one purports to be for refined Hop Heads. What if I'm more of an ill-mannered Hop Head? Anyways, if any brewer is within their rights to use the phrase 'beyond the pale' in their marketing, it's one from Dublin town.
This beer pours a mildly hazy medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, bubbly, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some decently craggy layered lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of sweet caramel and bready toffee malt, softly astringent orange marmalade, some well-aged lemon rind, dilute pine resin, and earthy, leafy, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more assertive tropical fruit salad and pine needle hops up front, followed dutifully by a crackery pale and caramel malt, semi-sweet bread pudding, and a further musty, leafy bitterness.
The carbonation is adequately peppy, and even a tad zingy at times, the body a mostly medium weight, and pretty smooth across the board, with an ethereal suggestion of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and bitter essences of the hop fighting a certain yin/yang seizure, while the malt is still sure as shit who it is.
A tasty, fruit-forward IPA, with enough hop bitterness to keep it rubbing shoulders with the moderately aggressive ilk of its stateside colleagues. I do need to bring some of these (not necessarily the IPA) to a party, and play an abridged version of Buffalo - i.e. give hell to anyone who drinks this with their left hand.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 02:24:49 | More by biboergosum
Hop Head from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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