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Howard Street IPA - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Howard Street IPA
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 53
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2003

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 53
Reviews by Norfawkers:
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4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (324 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of g00dness
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (795 characters)

Photo of kdoc8
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (262 characters)

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of earthling
1.87/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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. (727 characters)

Photo of Niedzws
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BubblesandFoam
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (456 characters)

Photo of JonAdams
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Arborescence
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of baiser
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (360 characters)

Photo of audiojon
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (314 characters)

Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (616 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (266 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (290 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (306 characters)

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Howard Street IPA from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.