Hop Head Double India Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

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Hop Head Double India Pale AleHop Head Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Tree Brewing Company, we take craft brewing seriously. So much in fact that we got a little carried away and brewed this occasional rarity, Hop Head Double IPA. Loaded with five different hop varieties, this bold IPA is not for the faint of heart.

Added by Hornet2003 on 12-13-2008

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4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 or so for a 650ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well. Pours a good head that dissipates to a film within a minute. Dark amber

S- More malt than hop.

T- Lots of hops. Malt galore. Not much else.

M- Pretty dry yet creamy. Good job

O- Just missed out by not having finishing hops. Too bad

Food Pairing

This pretty good malty hoppy beer goes well with... Chili!!


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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tree Brewing's 'Hop Head Double IPA' @ 8.0% , served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $13

A-pour is a slight pale gold from the bottle to a murky amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-bigger pine presence than citrus , also a solid malt presence in the background

T-big beer , big taste , big hops , tad harsh on the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , big full body

Ov-ok beer , "rather heavy handed" - pocket beer guide , I agree !

prost LampertLand

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with very good retention. Cloudy burnt orange with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon, toffee and some floral hops. Bold enough, but much the same as it's little brother.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and toffee, with a bitter-sweet and slightly boozy finish. Medium but lingering finish of bitter, floral hops, toffee sweetness and some spicy alcohol. Tastes much like their regular IPA with some more booze.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamier and smoother going down, finishing slightly sticky. A touch of booze lingers on the palate. Bigger with more residual sweetness, making it solid for the style.

OVERALL: This is just a bigger version of the regular IPA, which I guess really isn't a surprise. Flavors are much the same with more alcohol presence. Here is an example where bigger doesn't always mean better, as the extra booze presence doesn't make it any more interesting or enjoyable. Still a good beer, though not all that special.

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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had first at Toronto Beer Fest. Then this review from bottle. Poured a very cloudy hazy medium brown with an orange tint. Good head and lacing, nice retention to it.

S - a bracing citrus, grapefruit, florals, cherry, very full of west coast hops, also a strong crystal malt character, some spice to it, peppery, quite full, with some resiny aspects, some caramel, toffee, biscuity with a juicy citrus.

T - starts full and semisweet, lots of robust grapefruit, pine notes, orange, florals in the background, malt base is quite solid with the crystal creeping in but not too overbearing, toffee and caramel biscuit. Some piney resins, but mostly grapefruit, blood orange, then some peppery aspects to the finish. Finish has some clean juicy citrus, cherry, and a dry malt.

M - full, good even carbonation, some slick hop bitterness but tempered mostly by a very malty and somewhat sweet body. Very easy to drink, juicy and just enough of a mild spice to coat and give a bit of a prickle.

Overall, a very hop forward citrusy DIPA, not very alcoholic, quite citrusy and with some not insignificant crystal malt character. Together is makes a tasty, decently balanced. Tasty and hoppy, decent spice as well. Maybe not the most complex dipa, and the crystal could be toned down I think which I imagine would benefit it, but certainly flavourful and one I wouldn't mind having again. A really solid dipa with strong balanceand has great complexity as it warms. I also really appreciate them listing the makeup on the bottle. This really grows on you, excellent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours and orange colour. The nose has big caramel malt notes along with canned pineapple and and grapefruit from the hops. Taste has more of the same: canned pineapple, peach, caramel and an earthy, hugely bitter finish. Tasty.

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Hop Head Double India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 151 ratings