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Hop Head Double India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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87
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
At Tree Brewing Company, we take craft brewing seriously. So much in fact that we got a little carried away and brewed this occasional rarity, Hop Head Double IPA. Loaded with five different hop varieties, this bold IPA is not for the faint of heart.

(Beer added by: Hornet2003 on 12-13-2008)
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Photo of w00ddy
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of mrnobody
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650 ml bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a finger of creamy beige head which recedes but leaves some lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, candy sweetness. Very inviting.

T: Very hoppy! You can sense the malt in the background but the hops definitely dominate. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: Medium mouthfeel, a bit sticky. Perfect carbonation level.

D: Drinkability is outstanding! I haven't had a huge number of DIPAs but this is near the top of those.

Photo of ZachT
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Duckmancgy
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Tree's Hop Head IPA, so when I found some bottles of the Double IPA i had to try it. Larger bottle, with a similar label. Clearly defines the product and the alcohol content. Also a bottle certificate is hung over the neck of the bottle. This certificate notes which bottle number is being consumed, nice touch.

First after opening and pouring into my favorite beer glass, I took a deep smell. Immediately you are hit with a wonderfully floury smell of the hops. Mellows a little over time as the beer breathes, but is still very obvious at the end. The first taste swirled around the tongue and you notice the slightly bitter notes of the hops. Those who are not a big fan of the "bitter beer face" may not like what hits the tongue at the start. As you swirl it around the tongue, the flavors change. The bitter notes change to a sweet malty-ness but not overpowering. As you swallow the taste ends with a slight crispness, with only the flavor of the hops continuing on for a while.

The colour is a wonderful golden amber, with a nice cream head. Bubbles are medium but do not overpower the texture of the beer in your mouth. Pairs well with spicy foods or barbecued meats. But to be perfectly honest, it is great all by itself. It has quickly become one of my favorites and the only negative is that it isn't a regular brew from the folks at Tree.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been dropping down serious cash and gobbling this stuff up since it's come out. I suppose it's time to lay down a review before it's all gone...

Pours out a rich, deep transluscent nutty amber, tall spongy off-white head mottled with large bubbles, great retention. Thick chunky rings of lacing.

The nose is a glorious blend of rich sweet bready and caramel malts, along with a well contained bouquet of citrus, tangerine, pine, peach and zesty white grapefruit rind.

The flavour is also a nice little trip to paradise. Similar to their regular Hophead, but turned up to 11! Nicely balanced and contained for a double IPA, while still delivering the goods in an amplified manner. One of the most approachable and drinkable IPA's out there regardless.

Gets big points in the mouthfeel for not being sticky or oily, just a little bit of oily-ness on the finish, but for the most part coats the palate with a magic carpet of goodness. Very smooth, while remaining full-bodied (or at least the high end of the medium-bodied scale....).

Ummm, my combined Xmas wish and New Year's resolution is that Tree put this double Hop Head IPA into regular production, or at least produces more on a regular seasonal basis. Best thing to come out of Tree, and they should be proud. Best double IPA I've sampled out of Western Canada as well. If nothing else they should make this their regular Hop Head.

Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed many bottles that were seriously drinkable, but they pale in comparison to having this fresh on draft!

A: Copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, nectarine, pine, candied pineapple and hints of toffee.

T: Awesome, fresh, leafy hops. Grapefruit with plenty of rind, tangerine, nectarine and hints of pine; Some quality malt (biscuit & a touch of toffee). Solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, slight hop acidity, crisp finish.

D: Awesome.

Photo of prosper
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Says it's 'unfiltered' on the bottle, but it pours a crystal clear bronze colour. There's a small but sticky light tan head that disipates quickly.

Smells pretty good, lots of caramel maltiness, and distinctive floral hops with plenty of citrus and pine, and perhaps a blast of lemon there, too. There is an odd chemical type smell there too, sort of an odd sour note. Perhaps it's just a consequense of all those hops and the high ABV, but it reminds me vaguely of cleaning fluid; pine-sol, maybe. Still, it's not enough to put me off.

Taste is big, bold, assertive hops. It's hard to say which is bigger - the tart blast of bitterness, or the overpowering herbal pine and citrus flavours. And there's no one hop flavour that dominates, there are a lot of different characters in balance. There are floral notes, some herbal earthiness, grapefruit, lemon, pine and fresh grassiness. All pleasant. As it finishes, the hop medley fades to leave a clean lingering bitterness, and the smooth moderately dry maltiness becomes apparent, as well as familiar fruity ale esters. I'd hazard a guess that the yeast used is an english strain, as opposed to one of the the ultra crisp American strains. Or, maybe it's just the high gravity here, but I'm not detecting quite as sharp an 'edge' as many american style IPA's. As it's warming up, I'm detecting more and more munich-style maltiness (bread crust/biscuit/hay), which I've always really enjoyed. This is a perfect 5 in taste.

Body is moderately full but not thick and syrupy. Moderately low carbonation, and a full finish that would probably be downright cloying if it weren't for all those IBU's. So, I'd have to describe it as 'dry,' but not in the same crisp-dry sense as a lager, for example.

It hides its 8% ABV well, and I'd say that this is actually moderately drinkeable. I could see drinking this stuff all night, though the ABV would cause me to refrain from doing so. Still, I *could,* so I say this is damn drinkeable.

Photo of pudoo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Voonder
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found it at Kensington Wine Market for 8-50 per 650ml bottle.

Pours copper colour with thin beige head which dissapeared quickly leaving lots of lacing. Smell - great! Lots of hops plus grapefruiit, pine and some spices. Fantastic!
Taste - starts off with hoppy bitterness, then sour citrus kicks in ans nice bitter finish. Very well balanced, alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable for ABV. I would definately have this again, this is probably the best beer by Tree Brewing I ever had. Solid brew.

Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tree produces a delicious IPA, and their DIPA is nothing short of exceptional!

A - Pours a nice creamy orange colour with a thin layer of head which slowly dissipated leaving a little bit of lacing. Extremely appealing presentation!

S - The hop scent is almost sweet on the nose with strong citrus undertones.

T - Wow, what flavour! Not overly bitter, which is what I was expecting based off the smell. The sweetness of the hops comes through leaving a lemon citrus after-taste. If someone asked I would've said 6%, but the 8% alcohol is nicely hidden. Not the hop bomb I would've expected, but it's very balanced and I much prefer the mildness compared to other DIPA's I've had (i.e. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid)

M - Very creamy on the palette, with a nice light finish.

D - Very drinkable, even with the high alcohol content. If it weren't for the price, I'd start my sessions every weekend with one of these!

Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan22 2010

A hazy glowing amber with a thick thumbs width of off white head that stays put for some time leaving plenty of lace as the foam slowly falls

S a fair bit of biscuit and caramel with some tangerine, grapefruit and a little pine

T toffee and a little bread mixing well with mild hops, some citrus, a little earthy malt, and very well concealed booze

M coats the mouth just a bit, I knew I drank a beer well after my glass was empty. not to heavy but thick enough to please with a light syrup texture

D I was tricked by this beer when I read the alc%, much higher then one would assume. I waited for this gem for the better part of a year and was not disappointed when it finally touched my lips again.

a great seasonal beer from the west, so get it while you can when you can. I don't have anything bad to say about this one other then the stupid price and the two week window it's available

Photo of Graham5161986
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, today marks my 200th review and, also, my 24th birthday. What better way to cap off a great day than with a double IPA to commemorate my double century mark of reviews! Here's to the next couple hundred . . .

This DIPA pours a really attractive orange colour with a definite peachy pink hue that makes for a nice surprise right away. Into my snifter, I get a good 2 finger orange-y, rocky off-white head that kicks around for a bit and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

The aroma pouring out of this beer is chock full of northwest pine, citrus and caramel with subtle hints of bread and spice. Orange zest galore! Very promising indeed.

Taste is full of caramel and, actually, a very good amount of sweet, candied dark fruit flavours that make way for the intense pine-y, citrusy hops that come in full force and follow through onto the finish and linger. With a decent hit of alcohol late-sip and a good amount of bread on the linger as well, this well balanced finish of hops and malt goes on and on and on . . . I'm even picking up some faint cotton candy flavour on the long linger as well.

Mouthfeel-wise, this brew is a chewy, sticky hop nectar with a good hit of spicy carbonation and that classic oily pine finish that coats the palate, both warming it with alcohol and soothing it with a creamy texture that makes for a powerful, yet soft finish.

This beer has a high ABV and is not afraid to show it! As we all know, sometimes high ABV beers can feel out of balance. However, while this beer's alcohol is blatantly present, it is worked in very well with the other strong flavours going on so as to not overpower the palette. Don't get me wrong, this is a BIG beer - it does provide quite the workout for the palette. However, I could see myself having a couple of these in one go. This is a definite must-try for all IPA-loving BA's.

Photo of shamus
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exquisite colour liketreacle or honey and a such a creamy sudsy head. it smells of the many hops used in the brewing process. It's a forest of pleasure. Tastes just as an IPA should. Flavourful, bitter and smooth. I know I have to fil this box up but realy thats all I have to say.

Photo of rappmann
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip. Undated bottle.

A - Opaque amber, half finger of head, great sticky lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, despite the lack of citra used in this, it smells just like it. Malt is pretty hidden for a DIPA.

T - Beautifully hopped all the way through, balanced but has a much smaller malt bill than most DIPA's which to me is a good thing!

M - Drinks like most great DIPA's sticky, nice carb, medium mouthfeel.

O - Great DIPA glad i grabbed a couple of these, can't want until next year when it's back!

Photo of bryehn
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a small, but frothy white head that leaves lacing and settles as a collar.

Unsurprisingly smells of hops. This beer has a rich, buttery caramel tone and a defined spiciness to the aroma. A citrus backing comes through as the beer warms.

Tastes like honey-coated orange peel, with a peppery bite. The orange peel taste becomes a distinct grapefruit tone in the finish. Does a devilish job of concealing its ABV.

Creamy on the tongue, but with enough carbonation to give a prickly feeling as well. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with an ever-so-slight malty sweetness that keeps your lips from puckering.

I'd drink this year-round if it were always available here in Ontario. Next year please ship more. Lots more.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a meringue head that dissipates quickly. Scads of lacing completely coat the glass. A nice pine hop aroma mingles with caramel malts in the nose. Peach, pine and grapefruit hop notes show upfront in the taste. Bready malts mix in and provide solid balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly, active carbonation. Mouth numbing bitterness mingles with a restrained alcohol heat in the finish.

This is a moderately hoppy DIPA, but a killer one. Complex malt and hop flavors abound. Seek this out.

Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a large snifter...

A - Pours a very beautiful hazy orange body, with a nice dense beige head. Looks a lot like the real American IPA's. Good head retention and okay lacing.

S - Grapefruit, oranges, a bit of bread and caramel. A slight hint of alcohol on the nose.

T - This beers starts out with a very impressive and intense hop bite, with juicy grapefruit and orange notes and a moderate sweetness. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and peach. The after-taste is fairly bitter and a little bready. After the beer warms up you get more fruity notes and a hint of passion fruit. I also liked the fact that it's not very malty, so the hops get to shine.

M - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is high at first, then average. Lots of hop oils, which are quite intense on the palate. Overall, this goes down very smoothly, and the faint alcohol note does not get in the way.

O - Wow, this was very impressive. Despite this bottle being a few months old, it still is very hoppy and intense. This is highly recommended to anyone who likes West Cost-style IPA's and enjoys the juicy, fruity side of India Pale ales. Will seek out this again!

Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber pour with a sticky off-white head that exhibits decent retention. Wonderfully enticing aroma of tangerine, pine and caramel, smells exceedingly fresh. Excellent flavour, bursting with all kings of citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, orange and more. Strong pine notes also tickle the taste buds. Thankfully this is not a one-dimensional hop assault, as the sweet caramel malts provide excellent balance and drinkability. Medium body and carbonation are fitting. Ridiculously easy to drink and its hard to make it last... I wish I had more bottles of this!

I thought it was absolutely phenomenal!

Thanks to Derek for this bottle.

Edit: Subsequent bottlings seem more run-of-the-mill. N ot sure what's going on with this one.

Photo of canucklehead
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was super happy to find this in a Government store as I thought it was very hard to find. The beer pours fairly dark with medium head. The hop notes are more subdued than the regular IPA from Tree but it has considerable depth after it warms up. I really loved the thick mouthfeel that anchored the hops and the malt. This is a bigger beer than the IPA and the solid finish really works with the style. I found some American Strong ale style in the beer that showed up in the way the hops worked with the bigness of the beer. One of BC's best DIPAs

Photo of tbeckett
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sort of thing I like to see coming into the LCBO. Not a bad price either. Bomber into a tulip before poker.

A - Thick, frothy, head coming in at beige and two fingers in height and remaining with two chunks on the sides and a thin film. Average lacing. Strong carbonation with small bubbles coming up the sides and middle of the glass. Between medium and dark copper...probably hitting the 78% mark on the copper scale I just invented. Bright.

S - Big aroma on this as soon as the bottle was opened. Nice juicy hops. Mango, grapefuirt, pineapple sorta business. Spritsy sort of feel to them. Bready character is present too. Sort of a dark rye bread element creating balance, but don't get me wrong, the aroma is tipped towards the hop end.

T - Sticky, juicy, oily hops really shine here. The more oily/resinous hop character comes through as opposed to the fruity element, yet it's still quite good. Malt is there in a backup role for sure but provides decent balance to keep this from getting out of control. Bitterness lingers for a few seconds but isn't wild. Very faint alcohol lets you know what you're in for.

I can understand the English IPA comparisons some other reviewers have thrown out there due to the sharp end of the bitterness and the seemingly low hopping for the style, but it still qualifies quite nice as it's so crisp and refreshing while being resinous and oily.

M - Really fills the mouth and the small bubbles move it along well. Definately full bodied. The carbonation is quite a nice compliment. Not chewy at all, moving in the mouth, nice.

D - Highly drinkable. Great hop punch with adequate balance providing body and a complimentary flavour. Only the slightest hint of alcohol is there. Quality IIPA, now let's have more stuff from B.C.!

Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Server in a 650mL bottle from the LCBO. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance - this double ipa looks amazing, if you hold it up to the light in the bottle it just glows orange. Nice head on it, turned in to a thin layer after a while. Hazey orange, copper colour.

Smell - little citrus and zest notes, but nice and piney. Little but of an earthy character. If you dig deep you get the slightest hint alcohol.

Taste - bit of malt in the taste, not too much though, theyre differently targeting the hophead with this beer. Maybe a little citrus in the taste but heavy pine.

Mouthfeel - pretty thick and oily, really stricks the your tongue and roof of your mouth. Medium bodied.

Overall - solid beer, well put together for the hop head. Awesome brewery, keep it up. Looking forward to the LCBO Brewery Spotlight.

Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Hop Head Double India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.