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Hop Head - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 26.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StJamesGate on 08-11-2009

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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.

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Orange color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly resiny, earthy, somehow even woody. Taste follows the nose with the same hop profile and a long, bitter finish and aftertaste. There is no sweetness to speak of but the beer doesn't really seem dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Not bad overall but kind of one sided.

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330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A clear brown beer with a white bubbly head that quickly shrank to a very thin foam.

S. A lovely floral bouquet, quite fruity especially tangerines and oranges, other citrus fruits are floating about in the background.

T. Unfortunately, there is not much happening on the taste buds, some hop bitterness and a little bitter orange citrus taste.

M. Medium.

D. Fairly pleasant beer. A little too carbonated for my liking. Having now appreciated beers with more hops I hoped the name of this beer would reflect the amount of hops in it, sadly not so. Having said that, it is still a good beer if you like an ale with a certain amount of carbonation.

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A: Clear straw-coloured with a nice amount of creamy foam.

S: Smells like a no-coast IPA. Big citrus: grapefruit, passionfruit, orange. There's a tad of cane sugar sweetness there as well.

T: The flavours don't come through as well as the aroma. The lower ABV doesn't feel like enough the counter the hops and the balance goes a little off-kilter.

D: Easy drinking stuff. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I guess that's to be expected with this ABV. I like that I can get these big hop flavours without downing tons of alcohol.

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Hop Head from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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