Hop Head | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by StJamesGate on 08-11-2009

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 20
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pull tab bottle poured into an English pub glass. A dark reddish amber color, a little murky, with a quick-breaking but initially large creamy beige head comprised of rather small bubbles, this brew features the somewhat rare hop Pilgrim and the more familiar Cascade and Centennial, so I am expecting ample fruit and perhaps some green spicy flavor notes. This was the case by and large, although there is a rich and assertive malt backbone that the hops fail to completely overtake. Aroma is subdued but slowly reveals itself if one is patient, orange marmalade and lemon rind along with some classic English malt dry biscuit, maybe a hint of iron. Palate largely follows suit. The hops are reasonably assertive, dilute pine resin, grapefruit and lemon citrus, maybe a little orange as well, green peppercorn and savory ... I am noticing less of the Centennial "orange cotton candy" flavor than expected but I am not complaining, as this is doing alright for itself. Fresh brown sugar and dry biscuit emerge in the background. Black malts are usually used (in tiny amounts) for color in this style but I swear there is a near-roasted malt flavor in this. Moderately carbonated, maybe just grading into fizzy territory, with a slightly prickly, tangy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and a little toasty, with some lingering malt flavors along with citrus rind and green peppery spice. Pleasing enough brew if not superlative in any one area. I like the malts and the citrus hop presence builds a little over the course of 330 ml.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of KarlMcGowan
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Ang_Olive
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, with that same pull-tab cap. This one purports to be for refined Hop Heads. What if I'm more of an ill-mannered Hop Head? Anyways, if any brewer is within their rights to use the phrase 'beyond the pale' in their marketing, it's one from Dublin town.

This beer pours a mildly hazy medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, bubbly, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some decently craggy layered lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet caramel and bready toffee malt, softly astringent orange marmalade, some well-aged lemon rind, dilute pine resin, and earthy, leafy, and somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more assertive tropical fruit salad and pine needle hops up front, followed dutifully by a crackery pale and caramel malt, semi-sweet bread pudding, and a further musty, leafy bitterness.

The carbonation is adequately peppy, and even a tad zingy at times, the body a mostly medium weight, and pretty smooth across the board, with an ethereal suggestion of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and bitter essences of the hop fighting a certain yin/yang seizure, while the malt is still sure as shit who it is.

A tasty, fruit-forward IPA, with enough hop bitterness to keep it rubbing shoulders with the moderately aggressive ilk of its stateside colleagues. I do need to bring some of these (not necessarily the IPA) to a party, and play an abridged version of Buffalo - i.e. give hell to anyone who drinks this with their left hand.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly resiny, earthy, somehow even woody. Taste follows the nose with the same hop profile and a long, bitter finish and aftertaste. There is no sweetness to speak of but the beer doesn't really seem dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Not bad overall but kind of one sided.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AEK
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A clear brown beer with a white bubbly head that quickly shrank to a very thin foam.

S. A lovely floral bouquet, quite fruity especially tangerines and oranges, other citrus fruits are floating about in the background.

T. Unfortunately, there is not much happening on the taste buds, some hop bitterness and a little bitter orange citrus taste.

M. Medium.

D. Fairly pleasant beer. A little too carbonated for my liking. Having now appreciated beers with more hops I hoped the name of this beer would reflect the amount of hops in it, sadly not so. Having said that, it is still a good beer if you like an ale with a certain amount of carbonation.

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Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of harripat
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of marshmarsh
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice dark amber color. Perfect balance of Hop Flavor without being too overbearing like some hoppy beers can be. Complex flavors include citrus and herbal. I chose between this and getting a second stout, and I'm happy with my choice. Has a nice linger. One of the better IPA's I've had.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Jose9e
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Boone1504
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a tulip pint.

A: Clear straw-coloured with a nice amount of creamy foam.

S: Smells like a no-coast IPA. Big citrus: grapefruit, passionfruit, orange. There's a tad of cane sugar sweetness there as well.

T: The flavours don't come through as well as the aroma. The lower ABV doesn't feel like enough the counter the hops and the balance goes a little off-kilter.

D: Easy drinking stuff. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I guess that's to be expected with this ABV. I like that I can get these big hop flavours without downing tons of alcohol.

Overall: The guys at Porterhouse know their way around an American IPA. This is more along the lines of a 'session IPA' by they nailed the aroma hops. Not among the best IPAs, but a good option if there's nothing else available.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy amber with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-grapefruit,orange zest,spicy,pine
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
Good one, in the vain of old school american PAs

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Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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