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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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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

pin, May 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

windypete, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

On cask at 7 Stars in London. From notes.

A - Poured with a half finger soapy white head on a light gold body. Head gone fast to thin ring then nothing. No carb as to be expected. Bright. No lacing. Looks weak.

S - Mild. English hops with a little spice and lemon.

T - Slightly spicy and peppery hop. A little lemon and that English hop profile again.

M - Mild carbonation, very light body. Dry and slightly bitter finish.

O/D - Tasty, light, and hopppy. Pump clip read 'light and hoppy' which is exactly what this is. Refreshing, crisp, and highly drinkable. Better than BMC anyday. Easy drinker.

tbeckett, May 24, 2011
Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -13%

Light copper color, english foam, quite beautiful and creamy. One finger.
Inthe smell, quite a lot of hop, malty notes, and grainy. Light background grapefruit. Citrussy. Pleasant and light.
Soft taste, again citrusnotes, pink grapefruit like. Anyway, good, good hop.
Good drinkability, quite dry,pleasant, drinkable.

stcules, May 21, 2011
Photo of bark
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?

bark, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
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.

fitzy84, Apr 19, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dracook, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

monitorpop, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of klewis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

From the firkin at the Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH - 5/28/07

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a frothy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Mild hop aroma with a slight smell of caramel malt.

T: Very dry malt flavor with a kick of hop bitterness in the end. A bit unbalanced, the bitterness overwhelms any other flavors.

M: Light-bodied and soft with mild carbonation. Extremely dry.

D: Not bad, but a bit one-dimensional. The dryness of the flavor and palate would make this a difficult beer to session.

klewis, May 28, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

CwrwAmByth, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jrfehon33, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Handpump halfpint at the Harp.

A: Clear gold body beneath a finger of creamy ecru foam that towers above the glass's brim, recedes slowly, and leaves some solid lace. Excellent.

S: Hoppy indeed, in a spicy, herbal, piney kind of way. Very sharp. Some husky malt as well. Good, not great.

T: Starts out with spicy hops, then mellows out with a nice wave of dry, bready malt, and finishes with powerful bitterness. A little astringent.

M: Medium-light body, low carbonation. Ok.

O: I honestly expected more out of this beer, having had good experiences with other Dark Star offerings, but this one was only a little above average for a session bitter.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Antilochus
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.

Antilochus, Aug 03, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Neffbeer, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 18, 2013
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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

EmperorBevis, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

timsoder, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jroof1, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

alexworsnip, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Stimack
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.

Stimack, May 08, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +1%

Hand-pumped at the Wenlock arms in northern London.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a frothy white head. Subtle hop aroma with slight pilsner malt presence. This is a very smooth drinkng beer. It is kind of watred down yet has a creamy characteristic with nice subtle soft hops. Crispy, refreshing nice dry finish but not very bitter.

corby112, Nov 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ChapelTom, Dec 27, 2011
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HopHead from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.