Howard Street IPA - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Howard Street IPA
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 by earthling:
Photo of earthling
1.83/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of g00dness
3.68/5  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.

Photo of kdoc8
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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!

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.

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 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!

Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JDV
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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.

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Howard Street IPA from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.