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HopHead | Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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3.91/5
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69 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
darkstarbrewing.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,046
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
69
pDev:
11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of captaincoffee
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of windowside
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rob-Allen
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great season beer. Strong on flavour but very drinkable

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinicole
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to light amber. Very little head.
Citrus and floral hops.
Taste follows the smell and is balanced by some subtle malt.
Soft feel from a cask dispensed brew. An easy drinker.

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Photo of FCox143
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonb5
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of tomcostello
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hdtrice
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopley
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

• 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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of risenz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redsoxjim
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of robotiks
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KevinRailton
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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HopHead from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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