HopHead
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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From:
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #9
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,342
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.31%
Ratings:
84
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 10, 2022
Added:
Nov 19, 2003
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  6
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: An extremely clean-drinking pale golden ale with a strong floral aroma and elderflower notes from the Cascade hops. This beer is full-bodied and full-flavoured yet gentle enough to make it a favourite session beer.

50 IBU
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4 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by James94 from England

L: Light lemon colour, good lacing
S: Peach, malt, vanilla, grapefruit, wheat, zestiness
T: Grapefruit, pineapple, peach, herbs
F: Crisp and balanced carbonation, somewhat dry finish

O: 4.25

Jan 22, 2022
 
3.79 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Nov 03, 2021
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3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Mig-gold, pours clear with 5mm cap of white foam. [email protected]+5mins, holds ok as a now 2mm foam lid.
S- Quite bright+fresh and perhaps a light citrus note.
T- Closely follows the smell. I'm not sure if the citrus is clear, it's more a relatively prominent dry contemporary hop profile. Not much space for malts to get a look in here.
F- Certainly over on the dryer side.
O - Might work better on a hot summers day when craving refreshment than some malt+feel fulfillment on the palate.
Review1985/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Lable looks like a still from a computer game; makes sense for the target demographic. 3.8% and expensive for it.
500ml bottle BB: 01/06/2022 £2.50 Bought from a branch of Waitrose in London.

Jul 28, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by xander10 from England

I don't know why this has been put under the style of English Bitter, seeing as it is a pale ale, but oh well here we go.
This beer is an excellent session beer with amazing citrusy hop flavours. It is the best golden ale I have had and the low ABV is no issue, in fact it just lets you enjoy more of this fantastic session ale.

Nov 05, 2020
 
2.57 by stephenlee93 from England on Jun 12, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

Cask at Fuller's London Pub, Heathrow Terminal 2, London, England

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short layer of white lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and notes of pale malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy for an English ale.

Serving type: cask

Nov 01, 2019
 
3.71 by jak from North Carolina on Oct 06, 2019
 
3.53 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Jul 05, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

500ml bottle. Clear, dark gold colour with several streams of bubbles rising to a thin head that hangs around. Sweet malt nose. This is a nicely balanced, pale, semi-sweet English golden ale with a heft of citrusy Cascade hops. Mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily. Bitterness is light. A fine example of an easy-drinking, low ABV, summer ale. Not complex, not remarkable, but highly enjoyable.

Jun 30, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

On cask at Akkurat in Stockholm.

Pours a clear yellow with some fine, soapy head.

Smell is hoppy and crisp with notes of citrus and rye.

Taste is floral and hoppy, very clean and crisp, with notes of citrus, rye and a solid, yet balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is real ale, soft and smooth with little carbonation.

Overall, a great summer beer, super clean and refreshing.

Apr 27, 2019
 
3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2019
 
3.74 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Feb 15, 2019
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4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by LondonTavernTours from England

This is a beer that will get your attention pretty quickly; that is, if you like a hoppy taste that is not overpowering. At 3.8%, this is a very suppable pale ale that hits the mark. Dark Star are well renowned in the UK for brewing hoppy style ales, and this is one of their best ever.

Jan 04, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

From a cask. Pours clear gold in color with one inch head. Taste is pear, lemon and chardonnay. Light bodied, moderate carbonation and bitter. Lovely beer. Fruity, English and tasty. Reminds me of Trilliums Dialed In. Would get again.

Jul 24, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by captaincoffee from Virginia

Pours clear pale-ale-gold with a smallish head that leaves minimal lace. Nose is not big, but pretty nice for such a small beer. Certainly citrusy/grapefruit, but also a bit of classical British hops with a little cardboard going on. Taste is actually pretty damn nice for 3.8%. Crushable for sure, but nice flavor. Clean citrus, a bit of tea, and really nothing off at all considering there isn't much to hide behind here. I wish they would teach other breweries how to make their low ABV beers this full flavored. This brewery has hit on every beer I've had so far.
Edit - sad to say, this beer has had a mild off flavor on the finish both of the last two times I've had it on cask (different locations). I've got to take them down a notch on the score.

Nov 04, 2017
 
3.85 by windowside from Germany on Apr 12, 2017
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4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Rob-Allen from England

Great season beer. Strong on flavour but very drinkable

Feb 18, 2017
 
4.15 by sephyrott from Spain on Feb 11, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Cask. Straw to light amber. Very little head but one that provides some lacing.
Citrus and floral hops. Caramel malt backbone.
Taste follows the smell with the floral hops much more pronounced. Background malt attempts some balance. Bitter. Hints of butter which I like in an EPA.
Soft feel from a cask dispensed brew.
An easy drinker.

Nov 16, 2016
 
3.91 by FCox143 from England on Oct 03, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jonb5 from England

Pint at the Hope Carshalton.

A: Golden, an initial haze cleared up to leave a clear beer, small head, a decent amount of lacing clung to the side of the glass.

S: Strong hints of grapefruit.

T: Sharp bitterness combined with hints of lime and grapefruit.

M: Smooth, minimal carbonation, slipped down quite well.

O: Lot’s of character and subtleness, outstanding session beer.

Sep 07, 2016
 
3.5 by tomcostello from England on Jun 22, 2016
 
3.75 by BdM from Netherlands on Jun 22, 2016
 
4.03 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jun 08, 2016
 
3.23 by hdtrice from England on May 12, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hopley from Massachusetts

• Look – 4.25 – Gold color and clear, 1 inch head that fades to nothing except a little layer on top and leaves sparse but artful lacing on the side
• Smell – 3.5 – Couldn’t get much smell but did smell fresh – more like a lager
• Taste – 4.0 – Bitter – just about right for an IPA.
• Feel – 3.75 – Light mouthfeel
• Overall – 4.0 – Enjoyed this beer but didn’t find it overly exciting as I’m more used to IPAs in the 6% - 8% range with a bit more body - but this one may be the carbonated, bottled version of what I’ve had on pulled on tap in Brighton at room temperature – prefer it that way.

Jan 31, 2016
 
4.21 by stephenlee from England on Jan 30, 2016
 
4.25 by risenz from England on Oct 18, 2015
 
4 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2015
 
3.52 by Tdenham from England on Aug 13, 2015
 
3.99 by steverx8 from England on Aug 01, 2015
 
4 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Jun 21, 2015
 
3.5 by Jose9e from Netherlands on Jun 08, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by Hoppsbabo from England

On cask at the Harp.

A pale looking ale with a nice white head. Toasty and bitter with floral hops. Otherwise very clean, somewhat on the insipid side. Some tea leaves in there. Has a Saaz like Duvel quality, especially in the aftertaste. Towards the end the tartness wears off. Toasty finish. Excellent mouthfeel. English in character, although slightly lacking in any. 4 four being clean and faltless, just a little insipid for my liking. I like that it tastes like Duvel.

Mar 28, 2015
 
4.19 by beer_bottle from Colorado on Mar 20, 2015
 
3.75 by samEBC from Belgium on Dec 21, 2014
 
3.75 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey on Nov 23, 2014
 
3.75 by atrocity from Virginia on Jul 21, 2014
 
4.25 by KevinRailton from England on Jun 30, 2014
HopHead from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 84 ratings