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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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Hop Head Black India Pale AleHop Head Black India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hop Head Black IPA is dark brown / black in colour, delivering an aroma of roasted malt tones. With five different varieties of superior hops and six malts, Hop Head Black IPA brings out a malt forward taste with a lingering hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: Derek on 02-14-2012)
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Reviews by WeedKing4:
Photo of WeedKing4
4.05/5  rDev +6%

Pours a jet black with good carbonation. Tastes roasty up front, with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Could use a bit more hops in this, then it would be awesome. Still pretty good overall though, and it drinks down very smooth. No hint of the high alcohol at all in this one. Wish these black ipas were easier to get.

WeedKing4, Aug 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.7%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
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

BGDrock, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
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.

CanuckRover, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

irishkyle21, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
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)

spinrsx, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of DarkHorse83
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

DarkHorse83, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RedAleMan, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

gloryhole, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
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!

thehyperduck, Jul 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

georgiaboy8686, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of bryehn
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

bryehn, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Derek
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!

Derek, Feb 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Ericbeech_87, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
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.

jrenihan, Jul 20, 2012
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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.