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Buckethead IPA - Thirsty Planet Brewing Company

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Buckethead IPABuckethead IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 06-29-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

kscaldef, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Gatordaddy, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  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]

wagenvolks, Jul 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

2dogbrew, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

zonker17, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JohnBender, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jame515, Sep 25, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

elNopalero, Mar 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
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Big_Dave, Aug 22, 2014
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redfox405, Jul 08, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

stumac, Aug 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

valkyre65, May 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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Buckethead IPA from Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.