Buckethead IPA
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company

Buckethead IPABuckethead IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,089
Ranked #24,027
3.85 | pDev: 13.77%
Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Buckethead IPABuckethead IPA
Notes: Buckethead IPA is like riding a bucking bull, naked. Big buckets of hops give you a bitter and bold kick in the mouth that makes you feel alive. To up the intensity, we add four types of hops that are balanced by a light caramel malt sweetness.
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades away fast leaving a small amount of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is light overall with just a little bit of caramel and tropical fruit. There is a touch of bread and some very light grapefruit as well.
Taste- The taste begins with a toasted malt flavor that has a good showing of grapefruit and some herbal hop . As the taste advances some sweetness of caramel and tangerine come to the tongue and are accompanied by some earthy and light pine hop. With a increase in the sweet and malt at the very end, one is left with a moderatly hoppy and slightly more sweet and malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a lower carbonation level. For the malty taste and more moderate hop the feel is great and makes it a rather nice sipper overall.
Overall - While not a hop powerhouse this is a tasty and enjoyable brew with a little warming feel overall. Pretty enjoyable!!

Oct 08, 2019
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wejohnsn from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this at HEB in Belton Texas. 9.99 for a 6 pack. it has nice art work and graphics on the box that the bottles come in. Tastes like an IPA but there is nothing special about it, not even bitter no citrus peel taste or flavors. While it tastes good and has a awesome ABV content it is a bit disappointing when i expect some kind of grapefruit peal pucker. I would drink this again but I wont go out of my way to get it.

Oct 05, 2019
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Labeorphile from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper look, clear with few bubbles, and a somewhat thin head but good lacing.
Not much in the nose. Very malty, not much in the way of hops.
A good tasting beer, but not really an IPA. Like the nose, much more malt than hops.
Good mouthfeel and high ABV. Not really sure when this beer would fit. Probably with a spicy meal.

Jul 27, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by date of 6-9-19 (opened 6-1-19).
3/4" off white head. Deep copper gold IPA, clean and clear. Great lacing.
Big, malty base...floral and faint piney hops. Brown bread and caramel.
Caramel, some brown sugar and a big, blast of piney-floral hops. Some hint of a yeasty character.
Medium-full body and an oily mouthfeel. Long sweet malt/bitter hop finish - floral / earthy hops.
Unique IPA experience based on what's out there now...malty, big, bold, bitter, clear, copper colored...different and good.

Jun 02, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2016-05-19] Draft at Chicago House, Austin TX. Another solid Austin IPA. Clear orange copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of citrus and flowers. Taste is well balanced, some sweet malt with a flowery hoppy finish.

Oct 24, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Hopdoddy’s Burger Bar in Austin, TX.

This one pours a slightly hazy reddish amber, with a small white head and lots of lacing.

This smells super malty and not much else, with slight mustiness and lots of caramel soaked bread.

This is not very good, unfortunately. It’s too malty with barely any hop flavor other than vague stale bitterness.

This is kind of overly sweet, and too thick, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is just a poorly constructed DIPA that I can’t recommend.

Mar 16, 2018
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SneerBob from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one tops them all. I started drinking IPAs almost exclusively when I could afford to after I got a good job some years back. I have had one from every state I could. Austin has some of the best but this is the crown jewel.

Oct 23, 2015
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FearnoABV from California

2.19/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

People giving this beer a 4 need to try a Sculpin or Racer 5. Color is a nice dark amber. The beer has very little bouquet. An IPA should introduce itself through the nose. The first sip give a distinct dry hop bite with zero malt follow up. It reminds me of the English IPAs of old. "Balance" is not a word I would use here. Disappointed.

May 01, 2015
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Gavage from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a thick head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Thick lace develops on the glass too.

Smell: only some soft hop bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pear, and a decent bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Long lasting bitter aftertaste here.

Overall: this beer was decent but nothing to rave about. A slightly above average higher ABV IPA that is easy to drink.

Dec 31, 2014
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Andyyyyyy from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Was not crazy about the smell but also was not turned away by it. I prefer very strong hoppy smells. Taste is not overly hoppy but still has the slight bitter aftertaste that I enjoy. Alcohol content is perfect. I don't drink slot of beer and this is a one hitter that provides taste and kick. Overall a great sipping ipa that would not turn away non ipa drinkers. I would drink it again.

Apr 12, 2014
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MattLBC from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in an Imperial pint glass at B.D. Riley's in Austin. This is a heavily hopped IPA. It was nice that I was warned about the hippiness, it is very bold and hop forward. A good solid hopped IPA but only a single pint beer, then the taste buds need a rest!

Apr 13, 2013
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a rusty afternoon, hands covered on the spices of hatch, Dortmund rolling the ball, this brew entertains me. Ruby, staring back at me, waiting for the connection, sending me messages of cherry, honey, flowers. Then... It happens. I taste sweet bitterness. Everything an I.P.A. Has to offer and then some. Everything I smelled is there. But in a language my taste buds understand. Apricot, chillin with me. Smooth, nice, I dig it.

Aug 16, 2012
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elNopalero from California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a rich golden-caramel color in the glass, topped with a cap of thin foam made of tiny, tightly laced bubbles. There is a present but not overpowering hop aroma that’s misleading—because the taste is all about hops! From first sip on there’s a bitter intensity—or an intense bitterness—that defines the Buckethead IPA for me. I would describe it as a sharp, biting hop-forward piney-grassy flavor, with just a touch of sweetness for balance.

Mar 06, 2012
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Amyaw from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, Buckethead IPA is best by the half pint on tap. This allows the head to cream up nicely. It also concentrates the flowery hop nose. It is best very cold straight off the tap. The amber color is a bit cloudy, but this does not affect the crisp taste. The overall taste is a bit sweet up front for an IPA, but still has a nice bitter back end.

I like this beer and it is within my top 10 IPA's available on tap in Austin Texas.

Sep 30, 2011
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obrike from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lakeway Alamo Drafthouse.

Beer was delivered just before the lights went down for the movie, so I got a decent look in decent lighting. Really liked the color... vibrant deep, dark orange, average to light head, but nice streaky lines of lace.

Crisp pineapple hop scent...liked it. Resiny pine as well...could not catch much sweet malt, but still...smelled quite good.

Certainly a hop punch to the face...strong citrus, mainly pineapple...a bit of orange...followed by a trace a malt, and then finished off by a bitter pine finish. Man, this is a hop bomb...good, but a bit unbalanced. Kind of a Ruination baby brother.

Sharp carbonation, a bit dry...not as smooth as I prefer, but does not detract from taste.

A very nice local IPA for those looking for a hop punch for sure.

Jul 12, 2011
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Fenris244 from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, medium amber in color, 1 finger thick creamy head, wonderful retention. Leaves a very thick lace along the glass.

Hops and some citrus peel aroma, not very strong in aroma though.

Not much sweetness or malt character, just hops resiny and a little citrus peel flavor.

Light in body, pretty smooth, has a refreshing quality to it

Overall not a bad beer, just a little one note.

Mar 28, 2011
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bisonkron from Alaska

4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- simi dark, similar to other IPAs. Poured with very little head, even with a hard pour.

Smell- was similar to other IPAs such as 90minute IPA but the smell was slightly weaker

Taste- I enjoyed the taste, it was smooth for an ipa, super fresh, great IPA

Mouthfeel- very crisp and had a great pop to it.

I enjoy a good IPA and this one did not let me down. I will return to this one soon.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 13, 2011
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BeerMeNowBitte from Texas

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Great amber color and very eye pleasing. A decent sized head on it, not too much, not too little.

Smell- Citrusy and pleasant. Smelled a little sweet, malty and good noseful of hops.

Taste- Very balanced. Nice mild sweet taste with a clean hoppiness. Had a defined malty taste. Again, extremely well balanced. About 70 IBU and 7.25 % alcohol, nice nice nice.

Mouthfeel- Head size was decent, not over powering, good manageable size.

This is a very clean, balanced, and tasty craft beer. Thirsty Planet is on to something. I had this on tap. I hope they are able to expand on their distribution because this is something everyone should try. Looking for something surprising and addictive....give it a try.

Jan 04, 2011
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Duttonic from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/20/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear in Waco, TX.

A- Yellow/copper in color, 1cm off-white head, decent lacing.

S- Citrus, faint caramel and toffee, hopness.

T/M- Bitter, dry finish, light/medium body, great malt character, with a hint of caramel.

D- Great. I really like this and would make it a point to have this if it were readily available.

Dec 24, 2010
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LittleDon from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and slightly hazy, it is served with dense head that evolves into a small amount of lace. Aroma leans towards the malty side, with a honey sweetness winning out over the earthy hops. Bit of a carbonation bite up front. Some malt sweetness front and middle. Hop bitterness comes out at the back end. Medium rich mouthfeel. A better than average IPA as Texas IPAs go.

Jul 18, 2010
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jzm2500 from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep amber in color. The shop where I had this beer had some kind of issue with their keg, and the beer was being poured at half-carbonation, so there was no head. Not the beer's fault.

Smell- Don't recall

Taste- There is a bubblegum-like character up front that morphs into a piney hop flavor which is balanced nicely with mildly sweet malt. Finishes with a lingering clean hop bitterness and more bubblegum.

Mouthfeel- Due to the issues with the keg/carbonation level, it felt a little thick. Must try again when I can get a better pour.

This is a very drinkable, well-balanced, and delicious brew. I can only imagine how good it will be w/ a better pour. Will try again this weekend. I'm a fan.

UPDATE: Had another pint, this time @ Flying Saucer in Austin. Pour was good this time, and this beer was exceptional. I tasted a little less of the bubblegum flavor this time and a little more piney hops with a pleasant sweetness throughout. This brew has a lot of character. Much respect to Thirsty Planet.

Jul 02, 2010
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Houndstooth Coffee, Austin.

First off, congrats to Thirsty Planet for helping lead the charge of new Austin breweries! Buckethead pours with a vibrant amber-orange hue. Not much head develops in the standard glass, but the thin veil of custard foam clings to the sides of the pint with the stubbornness of a well-hopped IPA. The aroma is difficult to discern in this coffee-rich atmosphere; pair that with a less-than-ideal carbonation level, and all I can pull from this beer is a light dusting of piny hops and an amber malt body. Hints of tropical fruit in the background.

The flavor hits the tongue with a good dose of caramel-toffee sweetness, amber malts, and a strong balance of hop flavor. The hops taste fruity at first with tropical undertones, but towards the end of the sip they turn into a resinously bitter, piny taste-bud killer. Okay, so my palate isn't "fresh Stone Ruination"-wrecked, but Thirsty Planet got the bitterness levels nearly perfect in this beer. The hops linger long after each sip, turning a bit woody and dry in their flavor towards the very end. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy due in part to a low carbonation level, but the medium-full body is a nice change from most IPA's. Overall, Buckethead could use a few minor tweaks here & there, but it's a great-tasting hop-bomb of a beer nevertheless. Looking forward to the rest of Thirsty Planet's line-up...

Original rating: Overall-3.95 B+; A-3.5; S-3.5; T-4.5; M-3.5; D-4.0

[EDIT: tried again on 8/24/10 at Flying Saucer Austin. Much better carbonation level, very piny bitterness rides out long into the finish. Mouthfeel much improved. Sticky/attractive lacing all the way down]

Jul 01, 2010
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