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HopHead - Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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BA SCORE
87
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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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served hand-pulled at The Harp in London at cask temp in an imperial pint glass (is there any other way?).

A - Was REALLY surprised at the color; it is a clear yellow, almost like a classic pilsener or (dare I say it) a big American brewer. Very little head present upon handing over the pint.
S - A nice mix of malt and hops but not too much off the nose to be honest.
T - An American seeing the name "HopHead" might expect something different than this beer, and perhaps justifiably, as this really is more like an English bitter to me. However, taken in the context of the low ABV and the brewing location, that means a bit of pale malts at the front, and then a perfect balance of hops on the finish.
M - Very low carbonation (it's a cask ale) and a bit on the thin side.
Since drinkability category has been removed, I'll just note that you could drink this all night and be pretty happy; just a very well-made, perfect-for-sessioning beer.
Wish the appearance had a bit more "character" to it, but that's a fairly minor complaint; this is a great-tasting example of the English bitter style.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2011 17:17:42 | More by bosox941827
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HopHead from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.