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Porterhouse Hop Head

Rating: 4.0

My third Porterhouse beer now, the second in quick succession and one that follows on from their Wrasslers XXXX Stout that I reviewed here a couple of days ago. Like that one, I tried this one at The Porterhouses’s Temple Bar pub in Dublin on a visit to the city earlier this month and this one was a stand-out beer from the brewpub that I enjoyed more that Wrasslers as well as their Oyster Stout that I tried a bottle of towards the end of last year. This one, the first non-stout I’ve had from the brewery, is an American IPA that boasts plenty of hops and that was the main reason I went for it over the numerous stouts the bar had on-tap; thankfully it wasn’t a decision that I regretted.
Porterhouse Hop Head

Appearance (4/5): Clear amber, almost copper in appearance with a thick, centimetre tall and bubbly head that holds quite well right up until you take the first sip of the beer. There is a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass once drank and the head is a white colour that hints at beige.
Aroma (8/10): This one starts with quite a lot of bitter hops and some strong citrus notes, there is a combination of fruits sitting in the background as well and I got some floral notes as well as some pine. The beer was relatively fresh with the odd bit of malt coming through and some bitterness right at the end but it was definitely the hops that dominated.
Taste (8/10): Quite a bitter and very American influenced IPA with plenty of strong hops and pine coming through initially, some citrus and a few tropical fruits back this up and hints of floral round things off at the start. There was quite a bitter aftertaste to this one that was in direct opposition to some of the caramel malts that appeared around the middle and helped balance things out.
Palate (4/5): Well carbonated, almost fizzy and fairly smooth with a medium body and huge amounts of bitterness throughout. The beer was quite easy to drink with a lingering bitter and dry finish to it.

Overall (16/20): This one proved a welcome change for me with regards to Porterhouse beers, the first non-stout I’ve tried from them and it was a good one that I’d probably rate as my favourite of the three beers I’ve tried from the brewery. The beer started as it meant to go on with quite a bitter taste and smell that featured plenty of hops throughout. This one was an enjoyable beer and one well worth trying for yourself.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: The Porterhouse Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2008
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Porterhouse (Temple Bar), Dublin, Ireland
Price: €5.30 (approx. £4.20)

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