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Hop Head India Pale Ale - Tree Brewing

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very good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Orbex, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KrisDLSmith, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

leaddog, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

artemh, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

kjyost, Jul 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

59rockabilly, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

MrTinnedPEach, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of digdug1810
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

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

digdug1810, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mspang, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

vette2006c5r, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Edgerrin32, May 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

coder, May 24, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

papat444, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

maclean25, Apr 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

ScottWestmaas, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hewsinator, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MattPS, Mar 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

SebD, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ShadyJay, Mar 04, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

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

Caudalie, Feb 25, 2012
Hop Head India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.