Howard Street IPA | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2003

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Ranking:
#32,425
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
59
pDev:
13.7%
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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 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 litheum94
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Clear, dull golden body. Dense and sticky off-white head.

A: All hops on the nose, grapefruit and fresh cut grass.

T: Hops! Ruby red grapefruit and very grassy. Light malt backbone, just enough to balance it out.

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Photo of g00dness
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this to celebrate filing my taxes.

Pours bronze colored with a small creamy-looking white head with tiny bubbles travelling through.

Nose is citrus and malt with a piny undertone. Smells like a sessionable IPA.

Taste starts out with really good pine and citrus flavors, but about midway through there is a yeasty skunky flavor. Maybe I got a bad keg? Still highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side of the IPA debate.

Its a little too highly carbonated to get full drinkability marks (although a couple of hours in the growler ought to fix that), and there is that skunkiness. Not sticky or sharp though, and no alcohol burn at all despite 7% ABV.

Overall a good brew, although next time I'm there I'll get a pint to see if the yeasty/skunky flavor is intentional.

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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 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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4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an organic/hippy beer, this is pretty decent beer

Appearance: Clear golden/tangerine with minimal head an noticable CO2

Smell: Citrus and hops

Taste: Earthy hoppy with barley notes

Mouthfeel: Bitterness throughout with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Enveloping flavors with a good balance of earthy tones and hops

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1.87/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This is a bitter IPA, even for IPAs. This is coming from an IPA lover.

In terms of style, it isn't a West Coast (USA) IPA by any stretch of the imagination. The citrusy, dry-hopped aromas are completely missing. It isn't an East Coast (USA) IPA, being even too bitter for that and lacking big malt characteristics. It certainly isn't an English IPA either, being so bold and lacking the smooth mouth feel.

It has good color, but beyond that that this IPA is not a pleasant one to drink. Its overpowering, imbalanced bitterness leaves the drinker with little else to come away with.

I should add that this review is for the non-cask-conditioned version. The other is such a different beer it should have its own review page.

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