Horseheads IPA | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Horseheads IPAHorseheads IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of blguillen
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 virinow
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ipas-for-life
4/5  rDev -1%

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 DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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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4/5  rDev -1%

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 laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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 hardcor33
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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