Howard Street IPA | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

BA SCORE
3.65/5
59 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States
thirstybear.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,328
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
59
pDev:
13.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ the brewpub.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz on tap at the brewery.

Golden-amber with slight haziness; the thin head quickly dissipates to a film.

Smells strongly of butter toffee. Diacetyl and caramel malts are dominant, though there's a touch of herbal hoppiness.

Toffee-like malt flavors and a buttery yeast character nearly overwhelm the herbal, earthy hop profile. Medium bodied with a bitter herbal finish that lingers unpleasantly. Pretty underwhelming stuff, bordering on undrinkable.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served off a cask at the brewery in San Francisco.

Pours a light golden colour tending to amber, with only minimal head from the cask which is probably to be expected. A bit filmy and insipid - I'd give it some credit for the cask conditioning, but it still looks a bit weak.

Sharp resin on the nose, with a decent west coast hop character which mingles together to give a light butterscotch and menthol character. Sharpness is nice though. It's not bad overall.

Green sharpness on the palate, quite herbal with a light astringency coming through, nicely balanced with some malt sweetness. Really very well balanced indeed leaving a lovely pleasant flavour in the mouth. Mouthfeel is really smooth from the cask.

Really benefits from the cask conditioning - the imprints of the low carbonation and silky mouthfeel are all over it, and the fact that it's a very decent base beer to begin with meant that this was probably my favourite of their beers I sampled.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a proper, 20oz, pint glass. Hazy orange with a foamy beige cap. Tons of thick lace and great head retention. Sharp citrus rind aroma, lots of grapefruit pith, with some fruity sweetness. Strong bitterness with plenty of hop flavour up front, citrusy and spicy. Lingering hops and bitterness. Medium to low bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and a tad dry. This really worked on cask, better than I expect for most American IPAs. It may have helped that it was served at cellar temp and in great condition, allowing the hop aromas and flavours to really shine.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a small, off-white head. Great lacing. Good head retention.

Caramel malts with earthy hops and a hint of citrus. Balanced with good bitterness. Similar across both the aroma and flavour.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A solid, middle of the road IPA. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a slender weizen-type clear branded glass at Thirsty Bear Brewing Co (San Francisco, CA).

A: Clear amber with 1-finger of off-white, frothy head with good retention and lacing down the glass in several layers.

S: Great NW hops aromas of grapefruit citrus, orange, and lightly musky aroma mized with some pine resin. Solid pale malt backbone lends only a bit of sweetness.

T: Really flavorful and marks a really big improvement in TB's beers. A big punch of citrus and pine flavors up front with some of the leafier, musky flavors in the back end, all held up with sufficient pale malt sweetness with lighthanded use of caramel malts.

M: Solid with plenty of oily slickness and moderate carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O: I was pretty impressed with this brew from Thirsty Bear. I think they have upped the ante a lot from 3 years ago. Nice brew.

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Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of kwjd
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the brewpub in November (just entering from notes now). I don't see anything listed that could be this beer. The bartender said it wasn't the same as any of their other beers on tap. Menu had it listed as "Cask Ale", but I didn't write down the abv.

Pours a cloudy orange colour with thick white head. Nice rings of lacing after each sip with some nice head retention. Smells of huge earthy hops and vanilla. Small bitterness in the flavour, though backed with some nice malt balance. Very smooth mouthfeel. Quite a well done cask ale.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Thirsty Bear on 7/13/09.

A - Clear amber/orange body with subtle reddish hues and thin half inch of off-white foam that settled to a patchy retention but deposited thick, intricate lace about the glass.

S - Citrusy hop profile with orange and some more subdued grapefruit notes. A sweet malty character comprised of caramel, bread and toasted grains complements the hop profile nicely.

T - Citrusy hops suggest orange and grapefruit, while the malt provides sweet caramel and toffee notes as well as a prevalent bready character. Some toasted grains also poke through. Alcohol remains quite restrained throughout. Finishes with a distinctive toasted grainy malt character paired with a citrus hop bite.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, although there is a bit of oily slickness. Carbonation is on the softer side of the spectrum. Alcohol presence is subdued overall.

D - Fine IPA from Thirsty Bear that borders your typical West Coast style, but not quite. Still, this one is really well-balanced with a prevalent hop character and lots of malt to back it up.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a solid, balanced IPA. The brewer has not surrendered to the over hopping craze. I would classify this version as more English than American.

Nice bronze with a tight compact off-white head. Decent lacing.

The smell was of pine, a bit of citrus and some fresh bread.

The taste was similar to the smell. Nice bracing hop bite that is moderated by some slightly sweet malt. The taste is slightly citrus tart (grapefruit with maybe a hint of tangerine). Taste stayed balanced as the beer warmed.

Nice oily mouthfeel and extremely easy to drink due to its balance. I would like to try this on cask!

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Orange body with a rocky white head - good lace and retention. Strong citrus aroma reveals abundant grapefruit in the flavour, along with pine and floral hops. Nice crisp mouthfeel with moderate bitterness. This a a nice solid IPA from Thirsty Bear, and I would drink it again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color, medium head. Aroma is malty and a little hop spicy. A medium bodied very hoppy IPA. Hops are floral and spicy. Nice malty background. This is a big hoppy IPA, yet there are a lot of malt flavors to balance them. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Howard Street IPA from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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