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Hop Head - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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86
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StJamesGate on 08-11-2009)
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Reviews by richmof:
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one last weekend on a tasting back in my home town (moved to the Porterhouse after a spell in the Bull and Castle). It was the best of the lot I tried...and then some. It was only available in bottle when I was there but they do it on draft as well depending on the season.

Deeper orangey amber colour; limited head; limited lacing.

Hops and earthy herbs on the nose but not too pungent. It does what it says on the tin and the hops do their work throughout. There is nice citrusey undertone throughout with grapefruit the lasting impression. A nice juicy dry IPA.

I would be happy enough to be served this beer anywhere in the world but it is particularly nice to be able to find a brew like this in Ireland, where good beers are in short supply.

More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AEK
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of marshmarsh
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a tulip pint.

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.

Overall: The guys at Porterhouse know their way around an American IPA. This is more along the lines of a 'session IPA' by they nailed the aroma hops. Not among the best IPAs, but a good option if there's nothing else available.

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Hop Head from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.