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 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 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 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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; semi-clear orange with a good fluffy white head made of dense tiny bubbles that fades slowly and leaves lots of delicate lacing.
Smell is quite enticing; clean malt covered by pine, citrus, fruit and a hint of booze. Smells more like a double IPA (which it almost could be, by the %abv)
Taste is quite good; explosion of flavor. Malt starts out, quickly pushed aside by waves of hops. Big pine and herbal hops, with lesser notes of citrus and fruit. Very bitter, this is not for the fair-weather IPA fan.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, medium-thin.
Overall, this is an excellent IPA, and at 8%abv and as bitter as it is, it could be a solid DIPA.
No date on the bottle, but compared to others' reviews, I obviously got a pretty fresh one (I bought it at a little beverage shop in Horseheads, so I'd hope it was fresh).

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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 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 mikeyv35
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 02/08/2013
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2013
Glass: East End Tulip

Excited to finally see some brews from this small upstate brewery on the shelves in Brooklyn. Here we go now.

Pours a light brown mahogany in color w/ a 1 finger white head that left nice sticky lacing. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and damp wood. The flavor started off w/ caramel malts and orange peel, leading into piney bitterness, and finished w/ grapefruit. Medium bodied and lush w/ appropriate carbonation. Pretty drinkable stuff as no booze detected.

Overall, this brew impressed me alot as I was not expecting too much. Specifically, I thought the nose was off the charts! Fantastic job by Horseheads! This small NY brewery is definitely on the upswing and should be beginning to get noticed more, w/ this brew and their Pumpkin Ale which is equally delicious. Will be purchasing more of this brew.

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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 tviz33
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to a Horseheads pint glass

A- Hazy orange/amber color with a craggy two finger head, some lacing

S- Lots of grapefruit and citrus. One of my favorite smelling beers

T- Following the nose with grapefruit and more citrus, this time followed by some floral notes, finishing with bitter pine. Bitter, yet balanced with just the right amount of malt.

M- This one just feels right. Packed full of flavor, yet surprisingly drinkable. Keeps you coming back for more.

O- My favorite from Horseheads. I may have some local bias, but this is probably in my top five IPA's. You can't beat it at $4.99 right from the brewery.

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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 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 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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber with a nice white head that gaded leaving a ring of lace around the top. Smell was big time piney hops with lots of resin. Slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol were present. First impression was hop bomb, a little slick due to not being overly carbonated, but not a detriment at all. Really strong hop presence with nothing balancing this at all. Slight alcohol presence but nothing distracing at all

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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 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 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 generallee
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has very little in the way of info. There is a website for the brewery where you can find info on the beer.

Appearance: The body has light orange amber color with bit of a hazy appearance. A two finger tall white head of loose bubbles quickly settles down to a very thin covering of foam. This head makes some nice lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is big and bold with an intoxicating floral/citrus grapefruit bouquet.

Taste/Palate: There is a light malt base that adds some mild sweetness to the big citrusy grapefruit hop flavor that dominates the overall character. Its flavor is strait forward and tasty. The fruity/floral hops bring good bitterness late into the finish and hangs on the tongue. Body, palate and carbonation are in good balance for ease of drinkability and taste.

Notes: The Bright and juicy hops satisfies my hop tooth and give this big beer good drinkability.

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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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Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin beige head caps a cloudy-with-fine-yeast, golden brew. Nice lace on the glass, really good looking.

Not a killer smell, some bready sweet, citrus, tasty floral, and a hint of deeper bitter at the edge.

Great taste. Hints of tart join sweet at the beginning of a sip that transitions through all the hop flavors American hopheads enjoy in IPA. Sweet citrus, goes into bitter citrus then floral, then the finish stretches into the far reaches of light drying pine, bitter herbal, lemony citrus, bitter pith, and ends with the combination balancing on the palate with sweet hanging in there for just the right duration. As it warms vegetal hints creep in and it gains a delicious complexity.

Considering the flavors it is a bit light in the mouth, and has amazingly low viscosity, but these are assets for the flavor profile. Nice med. carb.

Very refreshing, very drinkable. Next.

Impression: Never heard of this local brewery. Until now. Tomorrow I will be buying the rest of the lineup. Suggest you do the same.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horseheads has delivered a solid American IPA that's really nicely done and very well balanced. This is the second beer I've had from this small brewery and I have to say I'm impressed.

Appearance: Golden body beneath a bright white head that lasts. Nice lacing. It appears orange in the full pint glass.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops over a gently sweet malt base. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine... the hops are bright and just resinous enough without going overboard, yet the malt still has an equal presence. That's too often lost in American IPA's, but this one is nicely rounded.

Taste: Following the aroma, the flavor blends the hops in with the malt nicely. It's not over-done in hop flavor or bitterness, and the subtly toasty biscuit character of the malt clearly comes through, rather than just hovering beneath the hops and acting as a spring-board. Balanced from start to finish. It may begin with hops turning to a blend of hop and malt at the start while it's cold, but as it warms it becomes much more equalized. Some apple-like fruitiness from the yeast also appears.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly dextrinous, but not overly done - still medium-full. Quite appropriate for an American IPA. Gently bristling tiny bubbles suggest that it may be bottle conditioned. Creamy with a slight edge.

Drinkability: The alcohol is surprisingly well-cloaked, but the bitterness will still build on the pallet towards the end of the first serving. The alcohol will also become apparent in the second glass, but hey, if it didn't it wouldn't exactly be an IPA now would it? Quite drinkable. Absolutely worth trying.

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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 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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