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Howard Street IPA - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Howard Street IPA
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2003)
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Reviews by Norfawkers:
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

For an organic/hippy beer, this is pretty decent beer

Appearance: Clear golden/tangerine with minimal head an noticable CO2

Smell: Citrus and hops

Taste: Earthy hoppy with barley notes

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Enveloping flavors with a good balance of earthy tones and hops

Norfawkers, Jul 11, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of g00dness
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Got a growler of this to celebrate filing my taxes.

Pours bronze colored with a small creamy-looking white head with tiny bubbles travelling through.

Nose is citrus and malt with a piny undertone. Smells like a sessionable IPA.

Taste starts out with really good pine and citrus flavors, but about midway through there is a yeasty skunky flavor. Maybe I got a bad keg? Still highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side of the IPA debate.

Its a little too highly carbonated to get full drinkability marks (although a couple of hours in the growler ought to fix that), and there is that skunkiness. Not sticky or sharp though, and no alcohol burn at all despite 7% ABV.

Overall a good brew, although next time I'm there I'll get a pint to see if the yeasty/skunky flavor is intentional.

g00dness, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of kdoc8
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

I had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It poured a reddish-golden color, with lots of head and lacing - highly carbonated. The aroma was mainly of fruity sweet hops. Taste was mainly of hops up front and then with a bitter and acidic aftertaste.

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mc4z, May 08, 2013
Photo of earthling
1.83/5  rDev -50.9%

This is a bitter IPA, even for IPAs. This is coming from an IPA lover.

In terms of style, it isn't a West Coast (USA) IPA by any stretch of the imagination. The citrusy, dry-hopped aromas are completely missing. It isn't an East Coast (USA) IPA, being even too bitter for that and lacking big malt characteristics. It certainly isn't an English IPA either, being so bold and lacking the smooth mouth feel.

It has good color, but beyond that that this IPA is not a pleasant one to drink. Its overpowering, imbalanced bitterness leaves the drinker with little else to come away with.

I should add that this review is for the non-cask-conditioned version. The other is such a different beer it should have its own review page.

earthling, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of BubblesandFoam
4/5  rDev +7.2%

BubblesandFoam, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -46.4%

12 oz on tap at the brewery.

Golden-amber with slight haziness; the thin head quickly dissipates to a film.

Smells strongly of butter toffee. Diacetyl and caramel malts are dominant, though there's a touch of herbal hoppiness.

Toffee-like malt flavors and a buttery yeast character nearly overwhelm the herbal, earthy hop profile. Medium bodied with a bitter herbal finish that lingers unpleasantly. Pretty underwhelming stuff, bordering on undrinkable.

largadeer, Jan 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

JonAdams, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Arborescence, May 27, 2012
Photo of baiser
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Thirsty bear's best brew IMO. This is a very well balanced IPA, named after the street where the restaurant is situated. Lots of citrus and fruit in the nose. Balanced taste - good amount of pine, citrus and bitterness balanced by sweet malt flavours. Pours a nice golden orange with a creamy white head. Slick mouthfeel and great drinkability. A joy to drink!

baiser, Jul 24, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

A surprisingly good IPA! I'm usually wary of brewery/restaurants, but apparently Thirsty Bear puts out some good beers. This one was right on par with some of the better IPAs out there, Ballast Point, Stone, etc. It's pretty hard to do an IPA right these days, but these guys have it down. Will definitely go back.

audiojon, May 18, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

DrMindbender, Jul 20, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%

Bumblebtna, Aug 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

AngusOg, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +7.2%

This was a solid, balanced IPA. The brewer has not surrendered to the over hopping craze. I would classify this version as more English than American.

Nice bronze with a tight compact off-white head. Decent lacing.

The smell was of pine, a bit of citrus and some fresh bread.

The taste was similar to the smell. Nice bracing hop bite that is moderated by some slightly sweet malt. The taste is slightly citrus tart (grapefruit with maybe a hint of tangerine). Taste stayed balanced as the beer warmed.

Nice oily mouthfeel and extremely easy to drink due to its balance. I would like to try this on cask!

Redrover, May 26, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev 0%

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Clear, dull golden body. Dense and sticky off-white head.

A: All hops on the nose, grapefruit and fresh cut grass.

T: Hops! Ruby red grapefruit and very grassy. Light malt backbone, just enough to balance it out.

litheum94, Aug 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of JDV
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

Looks and smells great. Light orange, clearish pour. Smell is bright, big, citrusy, floral, fresh, and hoppy. Big hop taste, fruity with a nice better tasting finish. A good IPA although a tad bitter for my liking at the time I reviewed this. Looking back, this is possibly their best brew.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Dark gold color, medium head. Aroma is malty and a little hop spicy. A medium bodied very hoppy IPA. Hops are floral and spicy. Nice malty background. This is a big hoppy IPA, yet there are a lot of malt flavors to balance them. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 27, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

eawolff99, Jan 07, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

Served off a cask at the brewery in San Francisco.

Pours a light golden colour tending to amber, with only minimal head from the cask which is probably to be expected. A bit filmy and insipid - I'd give it some credit for the cask conditioning, but it still looks a bit weak.

Sharp resin on the nose, with a decent west coast hop character which mingles together to give a light butterscotch and menthol character. Sharpness is nice though. It's not bad overall.

Green sharpness on the palate, quite herbal with a light astringency coming through, nicely balanced with some malt sweetness. Really very well balanced indeed leaving a lovely pleasant flavour in the mouth. Mouthfeel is really smooth from the cask.

Really benefits from the cask conditioning - the imprints of the low carbonation and silky mouthfeel are all over it, and the fact that it's a very decent base beer to begin with meant that this was probably my favourite of their beers I sampled.

lacqueredmouse, May 24, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Served in a proper, 20oz, pint glass. Hazy orange with a foamy beige cap. Tons of thick lace and great head retention. Sharp citrus rind aroma, lots of grapefruit pith, with some fruity sweetness. Strong bitterness with plenty of hop flavour up front, citrusy and spicy. Lingering hops and bitterness. Medium to low bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and a tad dry. This really worked on cask, better than I expect for most American IPAs. It may have helped that it was served at cellar temp and in great condition, allowing the hop aromas and flavours to really shine.

DrJay, Apr 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

AgentMunky, Nov 19, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Had this on cask at the brewpub in November (just entering from notes now). I don't see anything listed that could be this beer. The bartender said it wasn't the same as any of their other beers on tap. Menu had it listed as "Cask Ale", but I didn't write down the abv.

Pours a cloudy orange colour with thick white head. Nice rings of lacing after each sip with some nice head retention. Smells of huge earthy hops and vanilla. Small bitterness in the flavour, though backed with some nice malt balance. Very smooth mouthfeel. Quite a well done cask ale.

kwjd, Jan 14, 2011
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Howard Street IPA from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.