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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

Hop Head Black India Pale AleHop Head Black India Pale Ale

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86
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%


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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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:21:23 | More by jrenihan
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with plenty of ruby glints and rays. The tan foamy head on top quickly dissipates but musters up plenty of lace patches on the glass. Coffee and dark chocolate notes fill the nose. Some burnt molasses mixes with citric PacNWt hops. The taste is more malt driven, in fact it reminds me of a strong Porter with a compliment of American hops. Roastyness and milk chocolate mix with caramel soaked bread on the malt side. a piney, earthy hoppiness provides a solid hop background. The mouthfeel is full bodied and more affected by the sweetness of the malt than the bitterness of the hops. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. The finish is moderately bitter and chocolatey.

This is a decent American Black Ale, could be a lot less restrained with the hops though, they tend to be one dimensional here. Still, a delicious beer worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:23:55 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Near pitch black. Pours with a cola-like fizzy foam head that appears quite creamy.

S: Dark dried fruits (cherries, dates, figs), molasses, caramel-like malt, and somewhat fainter dark chocolate. Full and robust roasted malt aromas that are enticing.

T: Dark chocolate upfront coupled with other roasted malt tastes of caramel and dark fruits. Pleasantly sweet with a certain creamy and smooth quality. Tart hops poke through enough to provide bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: Very pleased with this offering from Tree. Enjoying the smooth and creamy aspects in relation to the amount of tart bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:27:03 | More by Digimaika2
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:51:49 | More by spinrsx
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:41:50 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 21:23:19 | More by trxxpaxxs
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to peensteen for the hook up on this gem.

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour with a ruby red hue, two fingers of mocha head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Rather mild on the nose, but nice cocoa notes, hints of coffee and espresso, and an earthy cedar hop note.

T - Not your typical black ale, this one is dominated by the cocoa and roasted coffee malts, the hops are definitely more earthy than citrusy. The alcohol comes through with a touch of heat and bite. The chocolate notes linger on the palette reminiscent of an imperial stout.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty ale, though my preference for the style lies more on the citrus hop side. This one was definitely heavier on the malt side. Nonetheless, a tasty brew and worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:31:05 | More by andrenaline
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear brown with significant red highlights. Limited head and no lacing, with little carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Aroma focuses on roasted dark malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is also very malt-forward, albeit with a delightful bitterness that lingers for an impressive length of time. Alcohol burn in the finish highlights the 8.8% ABV.

Unfortunately none of the "west coast" citrus, pine or tropical fruit “cascadian hop” elements for which I'd hoped - and that I typically associate with this style classification. Glad to have tried it. I have a lot of respect for this brewery and will try any future releases, but not certain I'll buy another in 2012.

Just tried first 2013 and much more impressed - unbelievable roasted malts with decent bitterness - look forward to trying again!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:09:06 | More by hopsolutely
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:54:51 | More by Sammy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 20:08:38 | More by peensteen
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, with ruby highlights and a mountain of tan head, good retention. Aroma is very nice with the roast malt and hippos playing off each other. Coffee and chocolate mix with citrus and earth hops. Taste follows with currents and chocolate, mixed with Chris and earthen hops. Not sure I would call this an ipa, more like a porter on the hoppy side of the spectrum. The us breweries are calling this a cascadian dark ale. Mouthfeel is smooth, but bitter. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:24:31 | More by IllNate
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Duke

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 08:35:46 | More by Duke
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:39:47 | More by Derek
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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
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