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Hammerhead IPA - Beach Brewing Company

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Hammerhead IPAHammerhead IPA

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83
good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beach Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 02-15-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

A good head but a light looking body. Decent bitterness, I'm guessing 60 IBU,however a bit on the mouthfeel light side. C-hop aroma certainly there.The malting does not do it justice in terms of bringing out the flavour. Playing around, we put in a very bretty beer and it worked great but that it us and not ratable.radek's bottle from his most recent trip down to the brewpub.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothy layer, leaving back a moderate cascade of spotty lacing which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and herbal, with some light tropical fruit notes, which is undercut by notes of pine and some green grapefruit flavors. Toasted grains round out the edges of this well, as the overall nose is coming off to me as fresh, herbal, and fruity feeling.

The taste has a crisp citric bite up front that spreads green leafy bitterness and citrus tones out into the mouth. Light ripened tropical fruit character and a toasted graininess balance this, although the malts in particular mostly stay in the background. Hops hang in the finish, with resins, spice, and a lingering herbal feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm creaminess upon first sip that get’s progressively sharper the longer it sits in the mouth. Fortunately, there is enough of an underlying slickness here to keep this moving along. That 6% ABV is spot on here, with just the tiniest bit of warmth present but is mostly here to jut add a touch of fullness to the feel.

This was my first experience with this new brewery and I have to say… not bad at all! It seemed like this IPA could have used a bit of refinement but the overall fresh and flavorful crispness here helped pull it through to the end. A little further tweaking and this could really be right there for the style. I’ll be checking back in with this one.

Kegatron, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ejimhof, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

ShanePB, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

Judging by past reviews, the brewery has updated the recipe and come out with a better beer (according to most, I would say) or the fact that I had a fresh keg (tapped same day) made a huge difference. Poured a golden orange body with two finger head and the aroma is fresh, piney, citric, even soapy hops with a touch of malt behind it. Beer is smooth, easy to drink, the hops are fresh and tasty with citric, even some grape, notes and finish prickly and crisp on the backend and there is balance from minimal (caramel) malts.

clayrock81, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

lupercmda, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

My first review from this local brewer. Hammerhead is a good IPA...not a real hop bomb, but nicely balanced with a good hoppy aroma.

Pours a hazy honey color into my pint glass. A hard pour will provide a big slightly off-white frothy head with good retention. Thick bands of lacing.

Smell is very pronounced citrus hops...very good.

Taste is a bit more subdued. There is a malty balance between the citrus and piney hops. You can enjoy the hops but it is not a head shrinker with a pronounced hope "bite".

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. A little hops bite. Nothing watery about this beer. I did not notice any metallic aftertaste that some reviewers mentioned. Grape and Gourmet sells a lot of Beach Brewing beers, so I know this one was fresh.

Overall a good IPA but not the hophead delight that so many expect. I enjoyed the 22 ozer myself and would drink one again.

JayQue, May 30, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +9.9%

AndrewMichael, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +3%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

LambicKing, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +9.9%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
2.13/5  rDev -41.5%

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Thanks leedle brudda for bringing it from VA!

Pours slightly cloudy and slightly orangish. Huge fluffy head. Smell is floral with a surprisingly sweet fruity smell.

Taste is catty and off. Not cool. Some interesting hops character, but dominated by unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel is oily and astringent, leaves a strange texture in the mouth. I hope this just happens to be a bad bottle, but this is not a good beer. I'll give it a few more sips to see if I warm up to it, but it seems a likely candidate for drainpour.

snaotheus, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +3%

seanchai, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of BRYeleJR
4/5  rDev +9.9%

BRYeleJR, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

vandemonian, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ThreeFishes, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Cubatobaco, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of rodlavers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

rodlavers, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GaryMarkle84, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Hanselpb
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hanselpb, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev +9.9%

BltByKrmn, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of hornsup
3.75/5  rDev +3%

hornsup, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of FenwaySquid
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/copper color, small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer with some lacing. I like the color.

Smell: Piney, floral hops. Quite the bouquet, man that smells good.

Taste: Citrus hops with toasted malt in the background. The hops turn piney in the middle and stay strong through the finish. The hoppiness lingers for quite a while afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a crisp finish. The carbonation was moderate, and fit nicely.

Overall: A nice hoppy American IPA. It could use a little tweaking, mayby some more malt in there and subdue the hops a little bit. Even still, I'd recommdend this one to anyone who likes American IPAs.

FenwaySquid, Feb 19, 2012
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Hammerhead IPA from Beach Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.