Buckethead IPA - Thirsty Planet Brewing Company

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Buckethead IPABuckethead IPA

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86
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 06-29-2010

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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 17
Photo of ElJacobian
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has a sour taste. Kind of oaky. Not a huge fan but it's ok.

Photo of FearnoABV
2.19/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

People giving this beer a 4 need to try a Sculpin or Racer 5. Color is a nice dark amber. The beer has very little bouquet. An IPA should introduce itself through the nose. The first sip give a distinct dry hop bite with zero malt follow up. It reminds me of the English IPAs of old. "Balance" is not a word I would use here. Disappointed.

Photo of shellmate
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite brew. On tap at reds porch in austin tx

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a thick head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Thick lace develops on the glass too.

Smell: only some soft hop bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pear, and a decent bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Long lasting bitter aftertaste here.

Overall: this beer was decent but nothing to rave about. A slightly above average higher ABV IPA that is easy to drink.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Was not crazy about the smell but also was not turned away by it. I prefer very strong hoppy smells. Taste is not overly hoppy but still has the slight bitter aftertaste that I enjoy. Alcohol content is perfect. I don't drink slot of beer and this is a one hitter that provides taste and kick. Overall a great sipping ipa that would not turn away non ipa drinkers. I would drink it again.

Photo of MattLBC
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in an Imperial pint glass at B.D. Riley's in Austin. This is a heavily hopped IPA. It was nice that I was warned about the hippiness, it is very bold and hop forward. A good solid hopped IPA but only a single pint beer, then the taste buds need a rest!

Photo of stumac
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a rusty afternoon, hands covered on the spices of hatch, Dortmund rolling the ball, this brew entertains me. Ruby, staring back at me, waiting for the connection, sending me messages of cherry, honey, flowers. Then... It happens. I taste sweet bitterness. Everything an I.P.A. Has to offer and then some. Everything I smelled is there. But in a language my taste buds understand. Apricot, chillin with me. Smooth, nice, I dig it.

Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a rich golden-caramel color in the glass, topped with a cap of thin foam made of tiny, tightly laced bubbles. There is a present but not overpowering hop aroma that’s misleading—because the taste is all about hops! From first sip on there’s a bitter intensity—or an intense bitterness—that defines the Buckethead IPA for me. I would describe it as a sharp, biting hop-forward piney-grassy flavor, with just a touch of sweetness for balance.

Photo of Amyaw
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, Buckethead IPA is best by the half pint on tap. This allows the head to cream up nicely. It also concentrates the flowery hop nose. It is best very cold straight off the tap. The amber color is a bit cloudy, but this does not affect the crisp taste. The overall taste is a bit sweet up front for an IPA, but still has a nice bitter back end.

I like this beer and it is within my top 10 IPA's available on tap in Austin Texas.

Photo of obrike
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lakeway Alamo Drafthouse.

Beer was delivered just before the lights went down for the movie, so I got a decent look in decent lighting. Really liked the color... vibrant deep, dark orange, average to light head, but nice streaky lines of lace.

Crisp pineapple hop scent...liked it. Resiny pine as well...could not catch much sweet malt, but still...smelled quite good.

Certainly a hop punch to the face...strong citrus, mainly pineapple...a bit of orange...followed by a trace a malt, and then finished off by a bitter pine finish. Man, this is a hop bomb...good, but a bit unbalanced. Kind of a Ruination baby brother.

Sharp carbonation, a bit dry...not as smooth as I prefer, but does not detract from taste.

A very nice local IPA for those looking for a hop punch for sure.

Photo of Fenris244
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, medium amber in color, 1 finger thick creamy head, wonderful retention. Leaves a very thick lace along the glass.

Hops and some citrus peel aroma, not very strong in aroma though.

Not much sweetness or malt character, just hops resiny and a little citrus peel flavor.

Light in body, pretty smooth, has a refreshing quality to it

Overall not a bad beer, just a little one note.

Photo of bisonkron
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- simi dark, similar to other IPAs. Poured with very little head, even with a hard pour.

Smell- was similar to other IPAs such as 90minute IPA but the smell was slightly weaker

Taste- I enjoyed the taste, it was smooth for an ipa, super fresh, great IPA

Mouthfeel- very crisp and had a great pop to it.

I enjoy a good IPA and this one did not let me down. I will return to this one soon.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of BeerMeNowBitte
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Great amber color and very eye pleasing. A decent sized head on it, not too much, not too little.

Smell- Citrusy and pleasant. Smelled a little sweet, malty and good noseful of hops.

Taste- Very balanced. Nice mild sweet taste with a clean hoppiness. Had a defined malty taste. Again, extremely well balanced. About 70 IBU and 7.25 % alcohol, nice nice nice.

Mouthfeel- Head size was decent, not over powering, good manageable size.

This is a very clean, balanced, and tasty craft beer. Thirsty Planet is on to something. I had this on tap. I hope they are able to expand on their distribution because this is something everyone should try. Looking for something surprising and addictive....give it a try.

Photo of Duttonic
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/20/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear in Waco, TX.

A- Yellow/copper in color, 1cm off-white head, decent lacing.

S- Citrus, faint caramel and toffee, hopness.

T/M- Bitter, dry finish, light/medium body, great malt character, with a hint of caramel.

D- Great. I really like this and would make it a point to have this if it were readily available.

Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and slightly hazy, it is served with dense head that evolves into a small amount of lace. Aroma leans towards the malty side, with a honey sweetness winning out over the earthy hops. Bit of a carbonation bite up front. Some malt sweetness front and middle. Hop bitterness comes out at the back end. Medium rich mouthfeel. A better than average IPA as Texas IPAs go.

Photo of jzm2500
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep amber in color. The shop where I had this beer had some kind of issue with their keg, and the beer was being poured at half-carbonation, so there was no head. Not the beer's fault.

Smell- Don't recall

Taste- There is a bubblegum-like character up front that morphs into a piney hop flavor which is balanced nicely with mildly sweet malt. Finishes with a lingering clean hop bitterness and more bubblegum.

Mouthfeel- Due to the issues with the keg/carbonation level, it felt a little thick. Must try again when I can get a better pour.

This is a very drinkable, well-balanced, and delicious brew. I can only imagine how good it will be w/ a better pour. Will try again this weekend. I'm a fan.

UPDATE: Had another pint, this time @ Flying Saucer in Austin. Pour was good this time, and this beer was exceptional. I tasted a little less of the bubblegum flavor this time and a little more piney hops with a pleasant sweetness throughout. This brew has a lot of character. Much respect to Thirsty Planet.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Houndstooth Coffee, Austin.

First off, congrats to Thirsty Planet for helping lead the charge of new Austin breweries! Buckethead pours with a vibrant amber-orange hue. Not much head develops in the standard glass, but the thin veil of custard foam clings to the sides of the pint with the stubbornness of a well-hopped IPA. The aroma is difficult to discern in this coffee-rich atmosphere; pair that with a less-than-ideal carbonation level, and all I can pull from this beer is a light dusting of piny hops and an amber malt body. Hints of tropical fruit in the background.

The flavor hits the tongue with a good dose of caramel-toffee sweetness, amber malts, and a strong balance of hop flavor. The hops taste fruity at first with tropical undertones, but towards the end of the sip they turn into a resinously bitter, piny taste-bud killer. Okay, so my palate isn't "fresh Stone Ruination"-wrecked, but Thirsty Planet got the bitterness levels nearly perfect in this beer. The hops linger long after each sip, turning a bit woody and dry in their flavor towards the very end. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy due in part to a low carbonation level, but the medium-full body is a nice change from most IPA's. Overall, Buckethead could use a few minor tweaks here & there, but it's a great-tasting hop-bomb of a beer nevertheless. Looking forward to the rest of Thirsty Planet's line-up...

Original rating: Overall-3.95 B+; A-3.5; S-3.5; T-4.5; M-3.5; D-4.0

[EDIT: tried again on 8/24/10 at Flying Saucer Austin. Much better carbonation level, very piny bitterness rides out long into the finish. Mouthfeel much improved. Sticky/attractive lacing all the way down]

Buckethead IPA from Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.