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Buckethead IPA - Thirsty Planet Brewing Company

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Buckethead IPABuckethead IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

hankbenzenberg, May 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

ElkSherpa, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

tony17, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

coryscanes, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bkrbdan, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

elNopalero, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ThirstyInAustin, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

videofrog, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

SquidVicious, Feb 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sarunas7, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

JAramini, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Amyaw
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Amyaw, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

obrike, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Fenris244, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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

bisonkron, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of BeerMeNowBitte
4.85/5  rDev +25%
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.

BeerMeNowBitte, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Duttonic
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Duttonic, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

LittleDon, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of jzm2500
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

jzm2500, Jul 02, 2010
Buckethead IPA from Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.