Horseheads IPA | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States
horseheadsbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by naproxen on 01-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
15
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0
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 40
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome pale malt scent along with a lovely hop nose. It's floral as hell! The taste is great as well. It's loaded with hops; a real hop heads' delight. The base is mainly pale malts, but it provides adequate balance. It goes down easy with rich, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. The hops really come out and bite you. Nice job Horseheads Brewing.

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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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Horseheads IPA from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
4.04 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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