hop·​head | \ ˈhäp-ˌhed How to pronounce hophead (audio) \
plural hopheads

Definition of hophead

1 slang : a drug addict
2 informal : a beer enthusiast Just look for the Latin words "In vino veritas, in cervisio felicitas" sometimes printed on brewpub menus. Translated by a hophead that comes out: "There's truth in wine, but beer drinkers have more fun."— Patrick Rogers et al. especially : one who is partial to hoppy beer and ale This dry-hopped selection offers upfront hop-derived aromas of citrus, fresh-cut grass and piny florals on the nose, making it an ideal choice for hopheads looking for a break from traditional IPAs. Wine Enthusiast Magazine Among consumers, a subset of people drives the IPA craze, affectionately dubbed "hopheads." We all know the type: folks who just can't get enough hop aroma and flavor in their beer. — Lauren Buzzeo

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in the early 20th century hopheads were people one expected to find only in the netherworld of jazz
Recent Examples on the Web This ale is a hophead's dream, despite the (surprising) 58 International Bittering Units. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers to sip in August (photos)," 2 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of hophead

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hophead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hophead. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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