Horseheads IPA | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Horseheads IPAHorseheads IPA

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Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of utopiajane
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours hazy orange with a lot of yeast in suspension. One finger of foam that fell pretty fast. Left some lace, a small ring and a thin layer on top. There was no nose. Honest! I glimpsed a nose then it disappeared. A brief moment of some tropical fruit and some caramel malt. As the beer warmed the fruit peeked out a little but was muddled and not crisp. It was mangoish. The malt became very sugary. Taste is lots of hop oil, resin, bitter that’s just a little biting and sweet, sweet malt. Lot’s of malt. So much malt and with all the oil it’s heavy. Some nutty flavor as it warmed. It drinks heavy and even sits heavy in the glass. There is no alcohol on the nose but as the beer warms it creeps on to the palate. Not well balanced and the mouthfeel is coarse. Finish is sweet, heavy and dry.

I am really surprised at this beer because the Pale Expedition Ale was fantastic and light. I can’t help but wonder if the fact that there is no freshness date means that the fruit and the nose faded. This beer was literally hop oily bitter sitting on top of sugary malt. Unsophisticated and awkward.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Ithica. Pours a clear golden orange amber with decent head, some lacing. Mild aroma unfortunately has the tinge of diacetyl, or slightly soured milk. Flavour is more pleasant, but certainly not a "hop bomb" for its 8.1% ABV. Subtle citrus elements, caramelized malts and a nicely dry finish. The diacetyl is not as noticeable in the taste. Hope this reflects only a temporary issue with a specific batch rather than any systemic issues... Regardless, look forward to making a trip to physically see the brewery before the end of the year.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with slight fluffy head. Aroma is grapefruity but a little murky. Flavor is big and simcoey, grapefruit and grassy, but there is a bananaish ester that is distracting, though it lessens as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick. Good but unsophisticated.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Byrne Dairy in Syracuse by the fairgrounds.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head fizzes away gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is citrus with a sweet undercurrent.

Taste starts with a quick shot of sweetness, which promptly cedes to the citrus, followed by bitter through the close. Long aftertaste of same. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is reasonably good as well. Wish depth of flavor had more to show for itself.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brass and almost clear in the inaugural use of my Horseheads Brewing pint glass. A slight white head develops, leaving some lace, while modest carbonation continuously generates from within.

Fresh oranges with some tropical fruit. There is a suggestion of suntan oil and malt.

Bitter grapefruit with some pine notes. The hop profile is somewhat subdued. There is a lasting bitter finish.

Medium body with slick texture and moderate carbonation. This IPA very dry and lightly astringent. Alcohol is suppressed.

A good IPA brewed locally. This one is best accompanied with wings and pizza while hanging out on the deck.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: earthy, with tropical fruit undertones;

T: follows the nose; taste dissipates between mid-palate and finish; light grapefruit rind bitterness on finish;

M: medium bodied; somewhat prickly carbonation;

O; not outstanding in any way, but very enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a DFH glass a nice hazy golden orange color, some carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some grapefruit/citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, with some nice malt notes thrown in, lots of grapefruit/citrus notes. Medium Body, Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, would not mind checking other's from them.

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Photo of olivianjeremie
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer had a good initial taste, but a sweet finish. It was an interesting IPA, especially as a cask ale at room temperature. I would prefer a bitter IPA, but would have this beer again. I had this beer at the Old Toad in Rochester NY, which had a lot of great beers on tap, good food and good service.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Horseheads IPA pours a mostly hazy orange, with scant tangerine highlights and roughly two and a half fingers worth of foam. Head retention is pretty good, but there's not all that much lacing left behind. The nos is a little on the tame side, but there's a decent grapefruit aroma, offset by a subtle note of pine. There's a nice, brief dollop of caramel to open things up. Next is a wave of bitterness that, while noticeable, could stand to be a little bit more "in your face". The hop finish has some grapefruit, though it has a little bit of that bitter pith character that sometimes find in IPAs (and don't particularly care for). As with the nose, it's offset by a secondary pine note. The mouthfeel is just a little too slick for my taste. I don't know if it's a too full body, or a dull carbonation level, or a little bit of both, bu it just wasn't great for me. This IPA is my first brew from Horseheads Brewing, and it's got me looking forward to future family trips to the area.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium, cloudy orange color with a nice, fluffy two fingered head and very limited amounts of carbonation.

S - Has some mild grassy notes, some citrus dankiness, mild grapefruit aroma, mild amounts of oranges, and light crackery malt.

T - First taste yields a caramel, crackery, buttery malt that stays underneath throughout to support the generous hopping. Orange citrus, grapefruit, and lightly peppery finish. After the sip there's an orange citrus after taste in the mouth that leaves a coating and a moderate grapefruit presence that lingers for a few minutes.

M - Lighter side of medium body and is pretty crisp for a big IPA. Has a mild prickliness on the tongue.

D - Nice balance, not obtrusive in any way with no dominating flavors.

Was very enjoyable and I would buy this again. Nicely done and I'm very curious as to how this would taste off the tap with a really fresh batch. Cheers, Horseheads!

Update: 3-13-12 - Had on tap and had a similar experience, except with more intensely pronounced grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle smuggled back from Ithaca.

A: Really nice looking golden color. To say they do not filter would be an understatement. Tons of yeast floating in suspension. Poured with a quarter finger of white head with excellent head retention. Visible carbonation from my Ithaca tulip as well.

S: The nose is a little tight. A little bit of citrus with a touch of piney notes as well. The nose is a bit of a miss for me.

T: Reminds me of Flower Power in a lot of ways and that is a great thing. Nice malt backbone. The hops are floral with a little bit of citrus in there as well. A really nice and balanced IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium which helps drinkability but it did feel a little thin at times. The carbonation is right on spot though.

D: I went into this expecting a lot and got a solid IPA. I was really hoping to be blown away. Instead I got a solid IPA that would be a regular drinker if it were available in the area.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Bomber care of pmsawyer, thanks Pete.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed orange color with a white head of fluff that retains well. Lacing sticks with patches of lace all along the glassware.

Sweet aroma of grains coming across a bit caramelized but with a predominant amount of citrus like oranges and a bit of herbal/spicy aspect contributed by the hops.

The taste is malty sweet and overall just well balanced with a countering amount of hop bitterness that tastes herbal like the aroma led on. The alcohol is noticeable with a bit of a solvent taste to it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. Quite drinkable with a lingering herbal bitterness that has minor malt contribution as it warms. Also noted is an increased "catty" taste from the hops as the brew increases to room temperature. Overall a fine example of the style.

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Photo of suspect
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a flaired pint glass.

A: Very nice amber color, slightly cloudy with really nice lacing. Poured a perfect 2 finger head without too much of an aggressive pour.

S: Kinda weak for an IPA. It wasn't an awful smell, it just wasn't as powerful as other IPA's. Not that it takes away from the beer, it just wasn't what I expected.

T: Very nice flavor. Hops are balanced nicely. Not overly bitter, which is a concern with some IPAs but this has a very nice, even yet complex flavor.

M: Nicely carbonated, creamy and smooth. Very well done.

D: This is it's shining moment. I killed a 22 ouncer and could have easily ripped into another 6 if I had em. This really could be a staple of my refrigerator at $4.99 per 22oz.

Notes: I could drink this all night long. Very well done and I'm proud to call this a neighborhood beer seeing as they are only 40 minutes or so away. Nicely done, Horseheads, nicely done.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage a few weeks back.

A: The IPA has a glowing golden yellow hue, crystal clear except for a stream of bubbles. A finger of white head on the first few pours are quick to dissolve away.

S: The nose is hop-heavy. Plenty of zesty floral citrus to go around. I was expecting something strong but was caught off-guard with the power of this one. Pale bready malts and that unique Horseheads aroma are also present.

T: The ale doesn't taste like an 8.1% brew. The hoppiness, floral and citrusy, a grapefruit and a field of fresh flowers. What a great combination. Behind the hops, biscuity pale malts and Horseheads house yeast flavor hang out. The booziness, hidden for so long, makes itself evident during larger swigs from my tumbler. The hops, star of the show, have an oily fullness that coats the palate during each sip, allowing the flavors to come out stronger. A good IPA.

M: The oily hops, citrusy strong, are vibrant and rich. A serious IPA from Horseheads.

D: The booziness is a little high and a little too present to really dig into the IPA. I'll nurse my bomber and be content with that.

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Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this brew BeerTruth for being awesome. He's been raving about it for weeks so it better be good. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish with a beautiful one finger creamy white head that's got some serious staying power. A decent cap and collar remains the entire beer but not much lacing sticks around.
Smell- Very earthy and dank with a shit load of grainy grass and dandelion. The hops are somewhat dark smelling and piney. A light buttery caramel undertone is noticeable but its light.
Taste- Starts with a fairly bitter bite of hoppy goodness. Like the nose it's grassy and super earthy with a bit of pine tossed in. Not a total hop bomb though as plenty of crystal malts are caramelly and nice. The finish is somewhat bitter though and it lingers for some time.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body that is nice and creamy with a light bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty tasty and a definite change of pace from what I'm used to. Almost no fruitiness what-so-ever as the hops are purely danky goodness. Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber, light bubbles on the body. Head is straight white maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: very light flowery scent, comes off a little too mellow for an IPA.

Taste: Not complex but definitely not a starter IPA. Has strong bitter grapefruit notes.

Mouth: Medium and somewhat sticky, citrus skin after-taste sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, took it by chance here at the Taproom here in NYC. More of a pleasant afternoon brew or maybe even better summer beer. Salud.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy bright pale golden amber, visibly effervescent, with almost a full finger loose foamy white head that faded fairly quickly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell has nice hop presence of grassy pine but at the same time substantially citrusy. Adequately carbonated yet a lighter mouth feel than i'm used to from an IPA. The flavor is wonderfully well balanced citrus tropical hops and sweet malty ending. The 8% ABV is well integrated...would never have guess it's that heavy because the mouth is so light. The best beverage coming out of Horseheads IMO!!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear medium amber with a fluffy white head. A thin white head remains throughout drinking and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is straight Simcoe goodness (white grapes and citrus) and a slightly biting alcohol. Once the beer is near room temperature a true harmony between the malt, hops, and alcohol exists. The mouthfeel is sharp and hoppy, but also possesses a rich sweetness that makes the beer drink more like a double IPA than in AIPA. The astertaste is all grape and citrus. Very tasty IPA that i'll definitely get again for $5/bomber!!

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Photo of cbros
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 65 ounce growler poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a darker straw color. There is ample carbonation activity after the pour and a white one finger head that quickly dissipates to a small lingering foam. Overall a nice looking beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

S- Reminescent of any other IPA, there are citrus notes coupled with other floral hints that because of the combination of flavors are difficlut to decipher.

T- This is where this brew comes out to shine. I am picking up a strong and bitter start to the taste that stays constant throughout. I am also picking up the piney citrus flavors as well. Overall a nice tasting IPA that might seem a little too bitter for some up right up my alley.

I recieved this growler from Aliza in this leg of growling at the Moon. This is a nice and solid IPA and Aliza was not wrong in stating that I would find this beer to be a good offering. I can see why this is becoming her go to beer. Without this BIF I probaby would never have heard about this beer and certainly never have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Aliza!

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of floral hops and pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops but it quickly transitions to flavors of piney hops that persist and linger through the finish, although there are also some hints of tropical fruits that peek through near the end. A moderate amount of bitterness is perceptible along with slight hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine resin hops in the finish lend some bite to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well and isn't overly bitter, which makes it rather easy to drink considering the heavy dose of hops. I enjoyed the blend of citrusy and piney hops in the taste.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured am earthy caramel and piney hop.

The taste offered toasted malts, burnt sugar and a lingering piney hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced transitional beer.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Golden yellow, nice white foamy head, and decent lacing.

S= The nose is great on this one, I get some citrus and floral hops and some pine.

T= The taste basically follows the nose you get a bunch of floral and citrus hops up front in this beer.

M= Medium bodied, right amount of carbonation.

D= Really enjoyable glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: A slightly hazy peach orange color, topped by a fairly frothy white head that leaves nice drops around the glass toward the middle of the bulb part.

Smell: A nice balance of citrus and other fruits comes through nicely, along with some hints of sourness. The bouquet opens up some more with hints of sweetness as it warms.

Taste: Out of the fridge, the finish is extremely bitter, but as it warms, it starts fairly sweet, but doesn't stay that way for too long. A melange of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and some sweeter, brighter fruits like tangerine. Finish starts sweet and curbs into a nice bitterness, with lingering bitter fruits and grapefruit rind in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorites from Horseheads. Not too flashy but done extremely well, especially the balance for a beer at over 8% ABV. I'd buy a case of bombers pretty easily, and may have to eventually.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A celebrated brew courtesy of a world class BA, number1bum. Thanks Josh!

Appearance: Poured from an overly filled bomber (seriously, filled straight up to the bottle cap) into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy yellowish golden color with a surprising amount of bubbles billowing up from the bottom of the laser-etched glass. Head is slightly disappointing, only about a centimeter worth, and as such there's not much to retain. Lacing is decent...not exactly thick sticky stuff adhering to the sides of the glass, more like a smooth film slowly working its way down.

Smell: A nice hop presence, mainly a sweet citrusy smell that's not quite the potency of ripe grapefruit. There's a very subtle malt backbone that attempts balance, but hops are what stand out the most.

Taste: I was hoping the hops would be more pronounced, but they are right in line with what the smell would indicate. Not exactly subtle, but not quite "in your face" either. While this beer is much better than your average IPA I feel it could use a slightly stronger hit of hoppy goodness. Then again, I am a self-diagnosed Hop Head and there can never be enough hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much nails what I feel an IPA should be. Plenty of carbonation and a nice medium body. Very well done here.

Drinkability: I have to give this brew top notch drinkability ratings. As much as I do love a good hardcore hoppy IPA, this brew has enough hoppiness to keep me happy, yet is subdued enough to be an all night drinker. I would definitely recommend this brew to anybody in need of steady, all night hop fix.

Thanks Josh!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour with a quarter inch of bubbly white head on top. Great clarity and active carbonation throughout. Aromas kick off with lots of citric hops with a grapefruit accent. Bright and vibrant with some sweet pale malts bringing up the rear. Slightly herbal as well, the hops come through nicely here with a good mix.

First sip brings a wave of citric hops with grapefruit and herbal accents. Smooth with pale malts and a light caramel undertone. Good hop balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Goes down easily even for the slightly elevated abv. Somewhat creamy as well. This is a solid IPA from a brewery I've never tried before. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one!

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