Hop Head Black India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing
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Reviews by Duke:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.78/5 rDev -1%
(From a hollow-stemmed beer glass)
Appearance: Hop Head Black IPA pours a dark amethyst colour, almost black and almost opaque. There's a pretty just-off-white head, which hangs around and leaves moderate lacing.
Smell: Blackcurrant jumped out at me from a distance, both from the bottle and my glass. After that, the smell is piney, and I'm getting aniseed in there. The smell is very deep indeed and quite complex. If I think about it, I'm noticing digestive biscuits too.
Taste: Lovely hoppy profile which is offset ever so slightly by the fruit, and then matched all the way by that liquoricey aniseed. The flavour is all quite bold. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel: I think Hop Head Black India Pale Ale feels surprisingly full and bold. There's a low level of carbonation, which befits the beer's appearance.
Overall: I hope Tree Brewing Co. makes this one a year-rounder. The bold mouthfeel, combined with the rindy, resiny flavour, bullies the early fruity smells out of the game, so I certainly wouldn't call this beer "balanced", but it's an interesting beer and I certainly wouldn't refuse a glass.
03-11-2012 08:35:46 | More by Duke
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3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: pitch black with chocolate head that's thick and sticky
Aroma: some bitterness from the roast; burnt; I found it light, but my girlfriend smelled it across the room so must have had some strength, guess my nose was off
Taste & Mouthfeel: battle of bitters - from both roast malt and hops - is a great back and forth; malt starts things off, trades places with grassy, spicy hops, and lingers in the mouth with intense espresso notes; thick and silky mouthfeel; some raisin flavour
Overall: great mouthfeel and flavour, almost a meal in itself
09-25-2012 23:46:15 | More by BGDrock
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
330ml single bottle, 8.0% ABV, part of Tree's Hop Pack.
This beer pours a very dark reddish brown hue, with two pudgy fingers of densely puffy, silky, and foamy beige head, which leaves a thoroughly consistent pock-marked cement wall of lace around the glass as it evenly seeps away.
It smells of dry bready malt, a bit of burnt toast, some caramel and vanilla cream sweetness, a twinge of bittersweet chocolate, and a pithy wet ashy character. The taste is roasted caramel malt, some tart citrus fruitiness, a bit of astringent pine, a dry oily nuttiness, and some faint grainy woodiness.
The carbonation is average, and well supportive, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, the ash and hop notes adding a certain mild edginess. It finishes off-dry, the beleaguered sweetness of the malt (roasting, drying, hopping) still gamely holding on, in the conspicuous absence of a single modicum of alcohol warming.
An enjoyable enough ABA (no lawyers, here, mmmk?), the roasted and bitter hoppy sides of the equation fairly well balanced, and the booze well integrated. I would gladly have another of these.
12-28-2012 04:55:25 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Fresh bottle at the LCBO, brewed for the Ontario market. Pours black with a generous lasting head. Big roast aroma. above average mouthfeel, with a bold roasty flavour and also a citrus grapefuit hoppyness Big abv to match. Good drinkability. Decent for the style.
06-07-2012 00:54:51 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
Near enough black as matters I suppose. Thin mocha head, not great retention. Not much in the way of lacings, but it may have been sitting around a bit too long.
Dark fruit on the nose with boozy chocolate.
The hop flavour is crowded up front. Slight pinyness gives way to roasted malt flavours. Transitions to very dark chocolate in the finish with a bit of heat. Restrained resinous bitterness in the finish. Nice chocolate flavours stick around for awhile.
Great mouthfeel, just the perfect body for a roasty beer like this.
I'm not a hophead, but tried to judge this according to style. No doubt the hops are less in your face than the style might dictate. That said, they're certainly evident and the stout aspects of this one are just great. Would certainly drink again. At 8.8% this is dangerous.
08-11-2012 18:00:40 | More by CanuckRover
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
big up to andrenaline for including this in a recent trade, surprised this never appeared in Calgary stores as far as I know
A - fully black and impenetrable, solid tan head retained at half a finger and left ample lacing
S - chocolatey, nutty, light roasty, and a touch of grass in the background
T - cold coffee and pine hops out of the gate, nutty malt and a touch of perfume hops towards the end with a subtle boozy bite
M - somewhat heavy body, bitterness cuts through it, finishes full
O - a black DIPA is an interesting challenge, and they've done a great job making it a big beer with balance, its not a mind blower but a solid offering that i would buy regularly as a seasonal
10-06-2012 00:56:21 | More by joemcgrath27
3.18/5 rDev -16.8%
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted alt with some hoppy bitter and dry notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. I thought this was too bitter and almost astringent with the body too thin for the style.
10-03-2013 20:21:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle dated 12/09/12. Poured in to Bruery tulip.
A - Poured dark brown and settled black. Half a finger of bubbly light brown head formed and receded to a thin layer.
S - Huge roasted malt aroma up front with a touch of coffee. Some lighter hop aromas are present as well but they take a back seat to the roast. Some very light pine and floral aromas come though.
T - Big roasted malt profile up front with a prominent hop bitterness. The malts really overpower the hops and make it difficult to pick out any of the hop flavours but some light citrus and pine flavors are present. Finish is dry and bitter.
M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.
06-27-2012 01:41:50 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
650ml Bottle from the LCBO Ottawa for 6.50$
Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.
Smell - Malts, chocolate/coffee, smoke
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with coffee/chocolate and hops. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a dark fruit sweetness. It ends with a malty chocolate aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.
Overall - I expected more from this one. It basically tastes like a hoppy imperial porter/stout. Perhaps a storm king by victory. Not really an american black ale in my books. It doesn't have any of the west coast lip fruity smacking qualities found in a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous. (one of my favourite ABA's)
06-29-2012 23:51:49 | More by spinrsx
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.
Black body with a light brown head. Good retention and nice lacing. Nose has some lightly burnt bready malts, char, dark fruits, molasses and sweet malty notes. Not a lot in terms of hopping I thought. Taste is roasty, milk chocolate, charred notes, dark fruits and caramel. Bitter hopping is really evident. Mouthfeel is full, bitter and really roasty long into the finish. Not the Black IPA I had expected, almost idenifies with some hoppier imperial stouts. Bottle was too much for me to finish alone.
07-29-2012 18:42:33 | More by liamt07
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
Bomber picked up at the LCBO; best before Sept 23 2012.
Pours an opaque black colour, with tinges of crimson visible under the light. Topped with about one finger of dense, creamy beige-coloured head that soon wilts away, leaving behind a filmy cap and a few smudges of lacing. The aroma is a pleasant blend of malt and hop notes - caramel, molasses and chocolate sweetness along with some subdued piney citrus. Gives off a nice roasted vibe.
The hop flavours aren't exactly mild, but they are still forced to take a backseat to the more prominent malts. They give off impressions of toasted bread, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee; an enjoyable combination that plays nicely with the earthy, slightly piney hop flavours which come forward toward the finish. Dry, earthy aftertaste with a bit of heat from the ethanol. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation - a bit flat for my liking, but not really a huge cause for concern. Not something I'd want to drink quickly or in large quantities - this bomber is plenty for a night.
Most of the Cascadian dark ales I've tried in the past have clearly focused on the hop bill - and as a big IPA fan, that has always worked out well for me - but this one switches it up a bit with a powerful malt profile and just enough hoppy bitterness to justify its categorization. Let's get one thing straight though - even if it's not a stereotypical black ale, it's a thoroughly enjoyable brew.
Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. This is the third (and last) of the Tree bombers I picked up at the LCBO last month. I was not a big fan of the doppelbock or hefeweizen, but this one is right up my alley. True hopheads expecting a wallop of West Coast hoppiness might be a bit disappointed with Tree's Hop Head Black IPA, but I happen to appreciate this one's unique, more balanced profile. A fabulous sipper for the relentlessly hot weather we've been forced to tolerate this year. Pick up a bottle before they're all gone!
07-20-2012 04:13:14 | More by thehyperduck
British Columbia (Canada)
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Black with ruby hues, beige head, good retention and great lace.
Aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, nectarine and pine, with some underlying biscuit, roasted nut, tropical fruit and Swedish berries. Plenty of depth here.
Resiny hops are upfront in the flavour, with plenty of pine, grapefruit rind, tangerine, mango and papaya. Dark caramel and roasted nuts with a bit of biscuity malt come through mid palette, with a hint of black licorice in the finish. Solid bitterness; alcohol is really well-hidden, more-so than their (weaker) Double IPA.
Well-attenuated, moderate body has a hint of hop acidity with a crisp finish.
This is a nice CASCADIAN DARK ALE!
02-14-2012 01:39:47 | More by Derek
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Beer is black with some brownish/reddish hints. A smallish tan head. Head fades quickly.
Big roasted malt smell, hints of cocoa. Behind this are some hops scents- some pine and citrus. Malt is dominant, for sure. I like it but it is more "black" than "IPA".
Taste is like the nose. Focused on roasted malt, hints of chocolate, but with a bit of a hoppy backbone, some citrus and pine. Relatively bitter. Almost like a light-bodied, hoppy stout. Works for me! I think it is quite tasty.
Medium bodied, a bit heavy for an IPA but thin for a stout. High carbonation- a bit much.
Overall, really quite good. Could probably be criticized for losing a lot of the IPA characteristics of a Black IPA, but I think it is a nice beer.
07-20-2012 01:21:23 | More by jrenihan
Hop Head Black India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
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