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Hop Head India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

Hop Head India Pale AleHop Head India Pale Ale

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Over a decade ago, we brewed one of the most innovative IPA's in Craft Brewing. To this day, our award winning IPA is the benchmark for Real IPA's...as our saying goes "Drink Real Ale Cause Bud Is Just For Smoking"! Hop Head is full bodied and loaded with hops, delivering a distinct taste and aroma.

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Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tree Brewing 'Hop Head IPA' @ 5.6% , served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $14 / $2.33 a bottle

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass , with a big frothey off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-pleasant hoppyness

T-not as big and bold as HH DIPA , butt has some boldness to it with a slight dry finish

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent enough PNW IPA for the price

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:48:27 | More by LampertLand
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I never go to Beer Revolution here in Calgary without sampling at least one IPA. This was last night's example, a light bronze/dark amber pint with whitish froth an inch or so deep. Smells somewhat floral and quite tropical, with a sweetish citrus iced tea undercurrent and a whiff of darkish malt. This IPA does possess some English character even if the hopping regime is American, with pleasant brown sugar, mellow molasses, raisin, and toast flavors propping up non-aggressive but flavorful hops ... These evoke lemon/lime/grapefruit rinds and oils, peach, refined (not harsh) pine/menthol, melon. Very balanced and the individual flavors meld together. Finish is pleasantly mentholated and bitter but not over the top or coarse. I need to develop some sort of matrix-type rating system in which to plot IPAs along various dimensions like citrus, floral, tropical, orchard fruit, pine, etc. to capture the hopping. This one is mild on most of these dimensions in terms of intensity but they are all present to some degree, and I enjoy the dark malt flavors lurking in there. Great if I am in the mood for something hoppy yet refined and balanced, as opposed to aggressive, uber-flavorful, and harsh. Depends on the mood.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 17:27:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of smakawhat


4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Deep rusty red and copper orange and very clear. Some good slow rising thing carbonation below a somewhat thick and faint tan four finger billowing controlled head. Some ring like lacing and island retention thick capped top. Always manages a puck while drinking.

Great nose on this. Soft hop citrus, and juicy sensing qualities. Some sweet leafy herbal tea and faint caramel. Highly aromatic but nothing exceptionally large.

Palate delivers nicely with a varied hop quality. First taste is bitter grapefruit oils and warmth, followed by a minty aftertaste and refreshing soft bitterness. Nice toned down sweetness with some caramel like senses in the mid palate. Great controlled lingering bitterness finish with orange pekoe like tea. Very light bodied with just a touch of playful carbonation, but not a wet palate at all.

This really packs a great hop punch for an easy low ABV. One of the better Canadian made IPAs I've had in some time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 21:54:26 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Jeffo


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO back in The Loo.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, fluffy, off-white head with very good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking beer for sure.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon, toffee and some floral hops on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, melon flavors, then some bitter-sweet flavors after the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel and toffee, decent hop bitterness and floral flavors. English in style for sure, with a solid malt backbone.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Solid beer. Nothing worth writing home about, but a good English style IPA that's easy to drink. Enjoyable and worth drinking for sure. Pretty good looking too. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 19:15:04 | More by Jeffo
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : crisp golden amber, 1/2 finger of really white head which dissipated pretty quick and left nice lacing

S : potent hops, piney, citrus, pineapple and some banana, well balanced

T : starts off fast with a strong slap of delicious hops and citrus into a sweet and then slightly bitter finish

M : creamy and easy flowing, full bodied and well carbonated

O : I suspected i would enjoy this when i saw the name but it exceeded my expectations. Very pleasant aroma and taste combination of hops and citrus. This is my first time trying anything from Tree and i am just upset that i only bought the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 12:48:25 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle poured into tulip, colour is a bright orange gold, cap of white soapy head, pretty good retention and lacing that sticks around. 3.75

S – sweet grapefruit citrus, honey, some subtle pine notes, pleasant citrus notes, bright florals. nice caramel toffee notes. I imagine it would be brighter if a little fresher, this has a bit of dankness. 3.5

T – sweet caramel malts with dry grapefruit, clean toasty biscuit, with some slight drying floral and piney notes coming in on the end. Full citrus, pear, lemon, some nutiness and cherry, all fairly tight and not that deep, some graininess with carbonation, the finish is dry, crisp and biscuit with some lingering citrus. 4

M – moderate body, good amount of malty body, plenty of carbonation with a bit of a souring bitter kick. Easily sessionable, enough bitterness to keep it fairly balanced. 3.5

Makes me want to try it really fresh, feel this has put on some age on the trip to the lcbo here. Still a pleasant though standard citrusy IPA, some pine and spiciness to it, wouldnt mind some more hops in it. I’d like to see how it is fresh, but with some improving local IPAs Im more inclined to head for that direction.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:38:03 | More by mick303
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a pale copper with a finger width of bubbly and fluffy head.

Smell- Piney hops, citrus, tropical fruits, caramel.

Taste- Piney hops upfront. The citrus, tropical fruits and caramel shine through afterwards. Leaves a slight to moderate bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess.

Overall- A good representation of an American IPA by Tree. This definitely hits on the hop level for the style. One of Tree's better offerings. This is a good intro into the style of American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:52:10 | More by leaddog
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

330 mL undated bottle purchased at the MLCC, fairly fresh to them. Chilled to 4C and poured alongside 2 other Canadian IPAs (Smashbomb & Mad Tom). Served in sampling glass.

Pours a light amber with a light white head that drops much too quickly, yet leaves nice dabs of lacing. The aroma is quite enjoyable, with fruity notes alongside honey & floral notes. The body itself is less flavourful going down without major hop flavours bursting forth. Some dankness, with strong earthy notes. The beer has a strong bitterness(though not as strong as Smashbomb), especially when paired with a seemingly dry body (why they call it full-bodied on their bottle I know not). Finishes cleanly.

A nice IPA worth drinking fresh. It just needs a little more hop presence in the body.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:24:02 | More by kjyost
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New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a mix six from my g/f's uncle after sharing with him some beers from the states.

Not bad, not great.. easy drinking... flavor on the backend, not much from the Start... good brew, just not one that stands out or screams... take me home and drink me

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 21:46:36 | More by digdug1810
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Head pours a golden color, with a very small lacing head. There are surprising sea water aromas, with bits of hops. The taste is nice and has a full hoppy taste. Rather dry, but not as dry as others. Rather easy to drink. Overall a very good IPA, a bit different form others, so worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:55:07 | More by vette2006c5r
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Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chad for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 17/09/12.

Appearance: A light honey colored body with at least 4 fingers of foam and latches onto the glass. Very nice.

Smell: Sticky hops, some caramel and some sweetness.

Taste: A bit of sugar cane but not much fruit. Flavors are more in the back end and not very prominent as upfront it's kind of neutral.

Mouthfeel: Clean, a bit bitter in aftertaste and slightly better than taste.

Overall: A timid IPA and ordinary. Doesn't distinguish itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 15:25:03 | More by papat444
Photo of maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a six-pack of bottles. I have really liked what I've had from Tree Brewing so, even though IPAs are not my favourite style, I am hoping for a high quality beer.

It pours with a finger of white-caramel-coloured creamy head. The body is slightly hazy, bronze or caramel coloured. The aroma has fresh hops, earthy-grass, burnt sugar, and some light citrus. The taste has clean clear hops of course with floral and grapefruit notes, but also creme brule and little pepper. I find it feels full bodied with a buttery quality. Perfect carbonation. Overall, good. I'm not the best person to judge an IPA but I liked it better than the standard Alexander Keith's IPA but Tree Brewing has better beers available than this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:06:52 | More by maclean25
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice semi cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney, earthy and citrusy hops with some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has the piney, earthy and citrusy character but also has a decent malt presence with some caramelly notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel but it doesn't leave a lingering bitterness, something I look for in IPA's.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 19:38:59 | More by SebD
Photo of Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a bormioli beer tasting glass

A: pours a clear golden color, with good head

S: really reminding me of pot, resin, leafs, nice smell

T: pretty light, refreshing and hoppy. I like this style of beers

O: well done, cheap, refreshing. A nice go to thirst quenching beer

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 20:05:24 | More by Caudalie
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Nutty malt and floral hops dominate the smell profile.

T: Citrus, pine and mostly floral hops dominate the taste profile.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: An approachable IPA for those who cannot handle the more bitter varieties.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:12:48 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange colour, slight haze. Foamy off-white head retains well and leaves a patchy lace. Light citrus, tropical fruit, and pine on the nose. Mildly sweet and fruity up front with notes of toast, mango, and red grapefruit. Finish is leafy, bitter, and long lingering. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and slick, with lingering oiliness between mouthfuls. A solidly built but unremarkable American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:59:36 | More by mintjellie
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big foamy white head. Three fingers off a hard pour. Rusty copper hue. Good head retention, nice and foamy. Solid lacing clings to the glass thoroughly.

S - Lots of piney, citrusy hops. A little bit of tropical fruit going on; grapefruit and orange. Not a lot of malt though, and I'm not really picking up any caramel malt. Nice floral character to it as well.

T - Solid floral hop presence, not quite as citrusy as anticipated. Bigger caramel malt presence in the finish than the aroma had me thinking. Overall, really clean ale with a nice hop kick to it. Fresh mango, unripe orange, and a touch of grapefruit. Much more balance between the malt and hop character than I had expected too. More pine than fruit in the hops, but it's really good.

M - Subtle, but prickly carbonation, with a medium-bodied feel. Well done, but nothing spectacular; very easy to drink though.

D - A domestic IPA that I'm sure will be a mainstay in my fridge for years to come. Well hopped, tasty, and easy to drink. Definitely beats out a lot of other Western Canadian IPAs too. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:12:04 | More by Converge
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Russian Federation

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. I reckon it's the new design.

A - Looks beautiful! Pours a slightly hazy copper-coloured body, with a nice white foamy head. Suberb lacing and good head retention. Almost looks like a perfect IPA!

S - Grapefruit-like citrus hopness. Hints of tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango). A bit of caramel. Smells pretty promising.

T - Starts out with a very pithy, grapefruit hop kick. Then you get some pine and caramel. Not very sweet. The after-taste is dry and bitter. I was a little upset that I didn't taste any tropical fruits, though.

M - This definitely is a full-bodied IPA (as claimed on the label). However, it is way too dry for my taste; and that does not necessarily have to do with the level of bitterness (which is okay). Slightly astringent. No trace of alcohol.

O - Overall, this is a solid and HOPPY Canadian IPA. Nothing less, nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 23:43:15 | More by NightINgale
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-amber with a thin white head, barely any lacing.

The aroma is somewhat subdued, some spicey, floral hops and light citrusy notes.

Tastes sharp and hoppy upfront, not much of a malt backbone here. Lots of citrusy, floral hops and lots of different spice notes. Seems a bit harsh, nice and bitter, but almost too much, not balanced well enough.

Overall a good beer, but I enjoyed their double IPA more.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 23:48:58 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavily malted ale is a pleasure to drink.

Beautiful amber colour with decent head. Mouthfeel and carbonation level is also pleasant, although oilier than 6% typically warrants. Aroma of roasted and caramelized malts, which transcends directly into the taste. Flavours also yield a pleasantly hoppy & dry finish, although without the citrus highlights often associated with an APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:54:42 | More by hopsolutely
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 12-pack of BC Craft Brews and this was thankfully one of the beers included. I've had it before and enjoyed it and looked forward to having it again.

Brought to you by your friends at Tree Brewing, I found this IPA - rather weak by IPA standards at only 5.6& ABV - to be rather delicious, if you're a fan of hops. It's easy to drink, and easy to have a handful of these - if you're a fan of hops. I would definitely recommend this beer, and I'm happy it's slowly becoming more easily available in the Vancouver area.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 06:29:59 | More by timtwoface
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. Solid foam.

S - A light citrus/pine with hints of grass and honey. Lightly earthy.

T/M - Good hoppiness - leaning towards the bitter side over flavour. A bit of acid up front and fairy bitter with a long finish. A little bit of apple, herbal notes. Moderate body and good carbonation level.

D - A bit coarse. I would prefer a bit more citrus from the hops but still, fairly drinkable, solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:28:06 | More by allergictomacros
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this!

Pours a nice clear, light amber color. Head was rather white, fluffy, leaving waves of lace. Aroma was lightly floral, with a big caramel malt backbone. Taste was much more bitter than the nose let on, with a subtle floral, but more grassy hop bite. Nutty, caramel malts make for a nice balance. Very creamy mouthfeel, with a definite full body.

Nothing "wow-worthy", but there's no arguing that this is a nice, tasty, drinkable daily ipa.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:16:43 | More by EgadBananas
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium orange. Cloudy with one finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly receded leaving some good lacing behind.

S - A seemingly balanced IPA nose. Some bitter citrus and piney hops with a sweet caramel backbone.

T - Follows the nose. Balanced flavour profile with a good hop bitterness and a sweet caramel malt backbone. Some citrus and floral notes come through from the hops as well.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:03:00 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle different than one pictured.

pours marmelade orange, honey brown. two finger offwhite head. beer is cloudy. head is sticking around.

pulling tropical fruit on the nose. a little candylike though. might be a sweet syrupy malt bill. smells nice overall

an almost cloying bitterness attacks the palate and leaves a sharp spiked edge on the finish. some of that sweetness comes through in the middle and stays around on the finish.
bitterness is slighlty metallic. not terrible but..
beer has some chewiness to it but leaves some alchohol burn and almost medicinal bitterness on the way down.
love ipa's but a failure is a failure.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 21:13:56 | More by paxkey
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Hop Head India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
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