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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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85
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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:
Beer added by: Derek on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 650ml bottle, partially poured into a snifter

Appearance - Pours a very, very dark brown. It's almost opaque. The little light that gets through shows the beer to be a brownish-red colour. On top of this sits at least 2 fingers of thick brown head. It seems to last forever, but when it does give way it leave behind a spectacle of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts. Chocolate. Maybe even some light coffee. Between the appearance and the smell, this brew is feeling more like a stout. Some fruits are coming through as well, perhaps plum?

Taste - Some light smokey notes and some chocolate up front. Some fruity notes come in towards the middle, with a decent bitter kick towards the end, along with a lingering booze-y taste. There may be some light spices in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Given the taste, smell and appearance, the mouthfeel is shockingly light. It's about average for an IPA, but this isn't exactly a standard IPA. Combined with the light carbonation, I'm finding this dangerously drinkable.

Overall - 4.5/5

Photo of bryehn
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In 12oz bottles this is part of the great new Hop mix pack which also contains regular Hop head and Double Hop Head. This is a fantastic take on the Cascadian style as it really backs up the hops with lots of dark malt and blends it together into a very smooth drinking beer. Add to the fact it is in the DIPA zone with the ABV you have a beer that demands to be sipped. Possibly the best beer Tree makes.

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northyorksammy for hooking me up with this bottle...

A: Pours a really nice deep brown, pretty much black, with one and a half fingers of khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly, and there is a good amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: Mmm. Nice roasted malt, tons of chocolate, light caramel, light licorice, and mild citrus. The nose is mainly stout-like, with just a touch of hops. I'm into it.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. It's bitter roast, chocolate and caramel to start. The hops come in toward the back end, and they come on strong. They hit hard with a good amount of pine, but some sweetness lingers. The hops linger for a bit, but fade nicely into the background as the palate clears.

M: Full bodied beer. It's roasty and creamy to start, gets bitter as the hops shine through, and finishes sweet. Nothing stick around for an excessive amount of time.

O: This is a pretty darn good beer. Black IPAs aren't my favorite style, but the huge roast helps it out in my opinion. It's way more coffee and chocolate forward than other beers of the style. I'd drink it again if presented with the opportunity.

Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with ruby highlights, 1.5 fingers of tan head, some lacing near the top of the glass. Smell is roasted with a noticeable pine presence, fairly hoppy, some fruits in there as well, orange, chocolate and coffee scents as well. Taste is nice, tons of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavours, big bitterness, pine and grapefruit flavours in the aftertaste, some anise/black liquorice comes through mid palate, mildly astringent hop flavours, fruity aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body, oily and quite dry. A fine beer here, tons of roasted flavours and chocolate that would have struck me as more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA if I didn't know any better but this is damm tasty and possibly my favourite beer from Tree to date.

Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/ black with a lovely creamy tan head, excellent lacing and film. 4.25
S - rich coffee bean note, a rich floral hoppiness, dark malts, 4.25
T a really rich tarry molasses malt with a slick full hop character, tons of strong espresso character, dry and rich, a full earthy spicey hop, tons of pepper and chile on the finish, dry and 4
M a full bodied, moderate big bubbles of carbonation and a big slick body 4
O 4 a big thick black ipa with a ton of rich coffee character and a nice spicey hop burn, big full mouthfeel and a tasty all round experience.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of timiskin
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 8.8%.

A - Poured black with a 1cm tan head, head reduced to surface bubbles, good lacing.

S - Toasted, roasted, hint of sweetness, grapefruit, pine.

T - Toasted, roasted, brown sugar, grapefruit, pine. Alcohol is well masked.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, sticky, some heat in the finish.

O - To me this one came across as a hoppy RIS. The hidden ABV made this quite easily drinkable.

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the LCBO in the Loo.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with very good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Some roasted aromas, cocoa powder, sweet cream, vanilla notes and floral hops on the nose. Nice, bold and plenty enticing.

TASTE: Lightly roasted with caramel sweetness up front, moving into a bitter-sweet finish with roasted notes, bitter floral hops, some caramel sweetness and light cocoa powder. Coffee bitterness as well. Like a very hoppy stout, and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. BItterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is pretty solid for sure. This was a better black IPA than the others I sampled were examples of their respective styles. Looks like a porter ans tastes like a really hoppy, bitter stout. Enjoyable and worth drinking again. Recommended.

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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.