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HopHead - Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2003)
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-16-2014 16:04:32 | More by CwrwAmByth
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

04-01-2012 12:58:01 | More by JRaburn
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-06-2013 03:56:06 | More by chickenm
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Had on tap at the Wenlock Arms in London

A: Transparent dull gold, zero carbonation and just a little fuzz for a head.
S: A very mild, smooth, almost sweet hops. bitterness is very mild yet retains a powerful hop smell. slightly planty. slightly cat quality to is as well (but not in a negative way)
T: Mild, slightly sweet grassy hops, but so mild bitterness. Very hoppy,. pretty damn smooth and delicious.
M: Turns your tongue into a fine grain sand paper, , dry, softish and fairly smooth.
O: Great, easy going down and very tasty.

10-28-2011 23:35:46 | More by sfprint
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United Kingdom (England)

4.93/5  rDev +26.1%

Hophead - the ultimate session beer!

I've had this beer many many times over the last 10 years or so.

If it's on at a beer festival with dozens of beers I've never tried before, I will always push some aside for a pint of Hophead - that's how highly I rate this beer

Light to golden blonde in colour and ordinarily little head, it refreshes the palate immediately with cascade hops tingling your tongue

You really can drink this all day (within reason and your own capability of course!)

12-02-2011 22:41:07 | More by Ruds
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-14-2012 17:27:44 | More by Neffbeer
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3.48/5  rDev -11%

Had on cask at Moan and Dove. The appearance was definitely a slightly amber-colored gold color with a really bubbly head that extinguished quickly. The aromas were moderately potent of sweet citrus and hops. The taste had a bitter-sour balance going for it with vocal orange flavors. The thinness of the drink was enjoyable and light but I felt it did not have to be that watery. Overall, a simple but good drink.

04-19-2008 18:08:48 | More by fitzy84
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-18-2013 22:08:27 | More by Pelicanrocks
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-03-2013 19:37:55 | More by Dracook
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

On cask at the White Horse in Parsons Green. 3.80% abv, stamped pint glass.

Even, stable straw body. Generous white cloud and collar with lots of lace.

Stale lemon, pale malt, floral hops in aroma.

Palate is astringent, light, a bit acetic, on mild fruitiness and hop oil. Reasonably well balanced, although noble hop spiciness in the finish might be a bit overdone. Caramel cake, bitterness round out the finish well. Carbonation is a tad aggressive.

08-03-2008 15:17:10 | More by Antilochus
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

05-20-2013 17:49:54 | More by pin
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4.53/5  rDev +15.9%


Bright straw-yellow with low, fluffy head. The piercing citrus scent gives fair warning of the grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. Nice juicy finish that sets you up for another one. Yummy, easy drinking.

They call it a bitter, but I'd say it's an excellent rendition of the juicy American IPA, like Concord IPA or the Bastard.

04-30-2004 17:01:25 | More by gentlebubbles
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Big Beer night and this kicked it off

a good looking pint pale amber, clear and full on thick white head

nice citrus notes on the nose

tasted like a fairly standard bitter, okay the hops were slightly turned up
but not that much

good easy drinking beer but considering just HOW good cask beer can be
and how distinct Original Boddies was in it's day and the biting brews of Dobbins a bit run of the mill IMHO

10-10-2013 20:52:30 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-26-2014 18:35:10 | More by timsoder
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-08-2012 23:37:37 | More by MatJones
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-03-2013 16:41:26 | More by jroof1
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-27-2011 23:24:37 | More by ChapelTom
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

02-22-2014 18:16:32 | More by windypete
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-10-2013 03:55:23 | More by IPeteA91
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

09-28-2012 18:19:59 | More by spry
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4.85/5  rDev +24%

Presentation: Presented in a straight sided Pint Glass at d.b.a. on a rather chilly and drizzly dark November night during a recent week long stay in NYC. Straight out of the Cask and dispensed through one of the Beer Engines at the end of the bar. Enjoyed a Pint of this with my fellow BA and Ex-Pat Sir Alex the Imbiber.

Appearance: Luscious golden body, clear with some residual milky conditioning, a good sign that, took some time to settle but this must have helped it form a nice looking tightly compacted white head when it did, which in turn must have contributed to its great staying power. Impressive soft carbonation and a fine presentation.

Nose: High strength aroma for a Cask Ale. Lots of fruity odors mixed in with a laid back but juicy hop character, cut grass and a very floral dimension, all of which is nicely balanced by some grassy tones and light hints of toasted malts.

Taste: As good as it gets; more lightly toasted bready malts merge with a supreme balance with an accent on grassy hops and a classic English Bitterness. Immense clarity of vision and a very refreshing crisp and clean feel. Bloody Hell this is a great brew.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning in the HopHead on the day I had the beer was very impressive. Obviously my pet bitch that US Bars so often mis-use or never use spiles properly is not the case at d.b.a. The talcum soft mouth feel mixed perfectly with the hoppy tang and fruity aspects of this one. Quite Simply – Perfect.

Drinkability: You what?!?! A straight 5. And its only 3.8%!!! Easily one of the most quaffable English Ales that I have had in New York. I am sure it is partly down to the fact that this was served “reet on form” and at the epoch of its cask prime, but a majority of the quaffability is down to its supreme balance.

Overall: A long overdue Beer Review that I promised my good friend Imbiber and the BeeryMatts that I would add, even though I don’t usually add them for Beers drunk in Bars, it took a while, but I make no excuse for making an exception in this case. This truly was and is a really great Working Class English Session Bitter with a killer hoppy twist.

Sampled alongside one of New York’s favorite Englishmen, and at the same time appropriately dedicated to another one. Is it really 25 years? Dr. Boogie could have got his Pension in England this year…….doesn’t seem right does it?

“You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate. Power to the People”
John Winston Lennon, 9-Oct-40 to 8-Dec-80.

12-08-2005 07:26:58 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

The colour is yellow with some hints of gold. The thin head is airy and white.

The smell is sweet with some notes of honey and lots of hops. It is bitter and a bit rough.

The taste is bitter. Lots of bitter hops, but in a very English way. More like an IPA than a Bitter. The malt is clearly in the second room here. Notes of beef stock and perfume-like esters. The aftertaste is a bit sour. It is rather short and finishes with notes of shortbread.

The liquid is creamy; the mild carbonation got some medium sized bubbles.

This beer was a bit if a disappointment: I found it unbalanced. Perhaps some American α–hops would have made it a bit better?

09-16-2007 12:39:04 | More by bark
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%

Had this brew on cask the other night at Mahars. The brew was pulled to a darker golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that had quite good retention and left chunks of lace at the top of the glass and a fair amount rings through out the rest of the brew. The first thing that I noticed about the aroma was hops, pleasant grass note aroma. Also can pick up the malt, gives it a somewhat sweet scent that seems to balance out the beer quite well. The taste was good, nothing spectacular but had a pronounced bitterness to it that was not as enjoyable as I was expecting. Also had a nice malt backbone that seemed to tie everything together. Over this is a pretty good brew, I would have this one again in the future but will not be one that I go out of my way to get.

05-08-2005 12:53:53 | More by Stimack
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%

On cask at the Wenlock Arms, near Wenlock Basin, London.

Pours clear yellow with ringy white head. Resiny hop nose. Sourdough bread malts, a twiggy bitterness and citrus hops. Grapefruit pith leave. Light to medium, clean and a bit sticky.

As much hopping (both bitter and aroma) as you can fit into an ale without it being an IPA.

I'd love to have an American beer this low in ABV yet still this hoppy that I could quaff with impunity.

08-05-2010 15:43:33 | More by StJamesGate
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-25-2012 23:48:50 | More by monitorpop
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HopHead from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
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