hop·​head ˈhäp-ˌhed How to pronounce hophead (audio)
plural hopheads
slang : a drug addict
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

Examples of hophead in a Sentence

in the early 20th century hopheads were people one expected to find only in the netherworld of jazz
Recent Examples on the Web Is your pops a hophead? Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Mattress Jack was a hellacious hophead. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Labyrinth’s bringing out the big guns with a 15.5% barleywine, while Relic’s got a 10% Triple IPA for the hophead in you. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 26 Oct. 2022 With that in mind, Free Press deputy sports editor Ryan Ford ranked all 30 teams’ offerings this year — with some commentary by assistant sports editor Marlowe Alter, the Freep’s true hophead — while sorting them into five tiers. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2021 This ale is a hophead's dream, despite the (surprising) 58 International Bittering Units. Marc Bona, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hophead was in 1895

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“Hophead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hophead. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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