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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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86
very good

67 Ratings
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: Derek on 02-14-2012)
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Photo of ZachT
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of JoshRosario
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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 smekermann
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leaddog
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650mL bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown/black with two fingers of beige frothy head.

Smell - Roasted malts, hops, cocoa.

Taste - Strong roasted malts balanced with piney hops. Hint of bitter cocoa. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A black IPA that is more roasted malts than hops-based. It is balanced, however I expected more of a "hop bomb" based on their other Hop Head brews. Still an enjoyable brew.

Photo of gloryhole
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Easy on the pour there.... huge billowy head. Quickly patches up and drops to a reasonable level. Clear, ruby red liquid underneath.

S - Lots of roast with hints of char and pineapple. Dark sugars.

T - Big alcohol punch seems too strong for a dark ale like this. There's hops here, but they take a back seat to the booze and sweet malt. Dark, roasted grain and hoppy bitterness compete on the back end. Hints of apple and mild fruit as well.

M - Medium-light in mouthfeel. Low carbonation despite the big foam.

D - Pretty drinkable given the bigness of this brew. There's a lot going on here. Seems to lean a bit too much on the sweet side for me.

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Crimson red pour. Nearly black. Two finger creamy light brown head. Good lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Biscuity, citrus, chocolate, dark fruit. Well balanced.

T - Earth, citrus, roasty as hell, dark fruit, more citrus in finish.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, roasty finish with noticeable hop bite.

O/D - A well balanced and strong Black IPA. Could be fresher I think, but all in all it was a good example of the style. Easy drinking and subtle when needed and aggressive in the departments required. Good.

Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 drinkininthewood
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle from the LCBO $6.25 served into a Guinness glass.

A- Dark brown pretty much black color with a thick frothy head of light brown foam and good lace.

S- Nose is fairly malty with aromas of roasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. Hops are in the background and barely noticeable.

T- I must say, a Black IPA is a style im relatively unfamiliar with but if this was a blind tasting id swear that this was a stout or some kind of dark Christmas ale. Its is quite roasty with flavors of caramel malts, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, mid palate is smoky and slightly grassy with a touch of coffee. Only in the end do i really find the hops to be noticeable and give way to mild flavors pine and some citrus in the finish. Alcohol is not present in the taste whatsoever which is surprising given the high ABV%.

M- Appearances can be deceiving. After pouring this beer it resembles that of a world class stout, but the mouthfeel is really quite light as is the carbonation.

D- a tasty beer with excellent mouthfeel, if the alcohol wasn't so high it would be quite sessionable.

Overall I was expecting more of a typical hoppy IPA with a darker appearance. I think a touch more hops would bring this brew to a higher level but im happy with the final result. Worth a try.

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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