Bodega Head IPA | Third Street Aleworks

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Bodega Head IPABodega Head IPA

Brewed by:
Third Street Aleworks
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ale, or IPA was developed to quench the thirsts of British settlers in the East and West Indies. Our Bodega Head IPA recreates the stylistic ideas of the 1800’s. High alcohol and aggressive hop characteristics are matched with a dry malt background and finish.

Added by beerguy101 on 10-13-2003

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 50
Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Handsome clear amber with plenty of foam. Sprightly mouthfeel and fairly light body. Some pleasant mango-like aromatics. Flavor is grapefruit and a lingering pithy bitterness. And an even longer bitter aftertaste. Faint touch of malt is pleasant while it lasts. Sharp and acidic. I can't see any point in this one. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Mollie Stone's market in San Francisco.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this last night, reviewed from notes. Bomber to pint glass, no dates

Pours a nice golden orange with a finger and a half of foam. Alright lacing and retention

Smells of earthy mandarin, pine, light grapefruit, with a solid caramel malt

Taste follows the smell pretty well, earthy and floral citrus hops- mostly mandarin and orange with some grapefruit. Finishes with caramel and a little bit of alcohol

Feel is a moderate body with good bitterness and low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, pretty easy to drink

Overall not bad, nothing special about it either

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Photo of kflorence
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours copper with hints of gold and amber. Carbonation levels look average with a nice two finger thick head atop that subsides to a film. Lacing is present as well as some residual hop oils. Looks delicious, but also nothing out of the ordinary.

S: Fresh cut hops; floral and tropical fruits with notes of pine and rosemary and an earthy, toasty malt undertone.

T: A balanced blend of bitter, soapy pine hops and toasted, bready malts. Finishes slowly with the bitter tang of grapefruit rinds and flowers. Decidedly hop forward, especially in the finish, though quite balanced for a West coast IPA offering. The malt profile reminds me a lot of New Belgium's Fat Tire. Alcohol is masked nicely until the final few swallows.

M: Medium bodied with average, but lively, carbonation that tickles the tongue. Thought this would be a little bit more chewy based on appearance, but comes off a tad bit thin. Does like to stick around after the swallow, most likely from the hop oils, but doesn't leave the tongue overly sticky. Fairly drinkable for the ABV, but not quite smooth.

O: Slightly above average for the style, this brew is fresh, tasty and balanced. It certainly will not offend, though perhaps that's its flaw. This is my first brew from Third Street Aleworks, and it's certainly got me interested in trying out more of their offerings. This seems like a decent IPA to grab for a picnic on a hot summer day, but I'd probably pass on it if I were searching for something a little more memorable. Cheers!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a fairly clear, dark gold color. Minimal head. Head does leave some lacing.

S-Not incredibly intense but a bit coarse. Grapefruit and pine mostly. Hop forward but I don't love how the hops are presenting themselves here.

T-More of the same. Each sip makes me like this beer less and less. It just tastes like it was put together in an awkward fashion. Bitter but without much flavor behind the bitterness.

M-Medium to light bodied. Dry and bitter. Not too high in drinkability.

O/D-Not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent bang on west coast ipa, enjoyed at the brewpub. Light reddish colour. A lot of hops , everything was on the higher hoppy side, but also a lot of carbonation. Still decent drinkable bt would be more so if not so much carbonation. Some off notes.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Hophead247 for this growler. Cheers Jason!

Slightly hazed golden yellow body. Two finger bone white head is set atop. The head recedes rather quickly leaving scattered lacing clinging to the glass.

Citrus aroma is centered up front. Pine smells linger just behind. Very slight floral aroma sits in back. Lightly sweet pale malt is in perfect proportions with the hops.

Biting pithy bitterness rolls across the tongue,soon followed by a sweeter citrus flavor. Grassy hop flavor towards the back of the palate was completely unexpected from the nose. Soft sweetness from the malt, I am very pleased to see a lack of caramel malt.

Medium bodied, slightly oily feel on the tongue. Finish is dry and pleasant.

Good beer, glad to have had the chance to try it. Bodego Head will not stand out amongst many of the IPAs out there but it is very solid. The flavor is well balanced and the finish dry, makes for an easy IPA to drink.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap to a light reddish-orange with a thin white head that lingered thru mid glass and left decent lacing. Nose was a nice crisp citrusy grapefruit, mouthfeel was full and tingly and the flavor even accentuated the grapefruit more than the nose. This all led to a full long finish.

A pleasant surprise from this out of the way place.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy honey orange almost has a maple finish color (if that make sense). Firm white head and okay lacing.

S - Fresh Citrus, muted pine and some toasted malt.

T - Bitter up front with the citus and pine the background has toasted and carmel malt notes.

M - oily and slick with an unexpected dry finish.

D - Everytime I come to 3rd Street Aleworks I enjoy this tasty brew.

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Photo of Offa
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent IPA that has some light maltiness and flavour to balance the hops and is fairly drinkable. It is also definitely better from the cask.

It's orangish gold with a medium off-white head that soon thins but leaves a little foamy lace.

In taste and aroma, it is citrusy with light pine, and a little sweet, faintly caramelly grain but not much. It's a little bland still for the bitterness and this fault is more pronounced when on tap. From the cask, it is more balanced and flaovurful.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This AIPA is light orange in color and crystal clear with a nice, retentive head.

Smell – The big, citrusy hops are lightly spiced and come with some orange peel remnants and a bit of a malt balance.

Taste – Where did all this malt come from? This is a malt bomb. There are some grainy notes here at the tongue but the hops turn sharp and leafy.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale has a strong, uncomfortable bitter finish.

Drinkability – This was a very awkward ale that I managed to finish due to an incredible display of drinking discipline.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Third Street Aleworks over the New Year weekend. Listed on the chalkboard just as IPA from recollection.

Appearance: Simple looking brew, orangey body with a soft but flaccid looking whispy head. Average carbonation. Basic looks.

Nose: Malts seemed more prevalent than the hops, baked bread and a light grass floral middle.

Taste: A soft IPA, light hops but solid malts. Verging on a half decent Pale Ale but not that enthralling for an IPA. Lacking.

Mouthfeel: Enough conditioning to carry through the malts but the lack of hops lends a flat feel overall.

Drinkability: Did the Pint, but one was enough.

Overall: Very average and forgetful when compared to other local IPA’s.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange with a nice head of light tan foam. Aromas of light cascade and citrusy hops and a nice slightly bready maltiness. Kind of boring and one dimensional with the hop variety and flavors though. Taste is not hoppy enough and the maltiness proves kind of boring. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and the drinkability is just 'ok'. Not horrible, just lacking, especially considering what I was drinking around the corner...

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Photo of watermelonman
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sat a plain looking copper-orange in the glass without much of a head. Floral flavors are plentiful. This doesn't have the punch of hops that one has come to expect in this sort of beer, but it does have the expected bitterness. Nicely drinkable; I feel like I should have had another.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and a touch floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Touch of fruit. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Smooth taste. Balance is a touch towards the hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Bodega Head IPA from Third Street Aleworks
3.61 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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