Hop Head Double India Pale Ale
Tree Brewing

Hop Head Double India Pale AleHop Head Double India Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
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3.92 | pDev: 11.22%
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Hop Head Double India Pale AleHop Head Double India Pale Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of decimator
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured a pint glass. ABV 8.5%.

A - Poured a slightly hazy rusty orange with a 2cm white head. Head reduce to a thin cap. Minimal lacing is produced.

S - Grapefruit, pine, orange peel, sweet bread, some caramel.

T - Light caramel malts and then plenty of hops (grapefruit, citrus, pine, tobacco) in the middle and through to the finish. Aftertaste was milder than expected.

M - Average carbonation, medium-heavy body, mouth coating resin, slick, some heat in the finish.

O - Decent DIPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color, a bit on the dark side for how I prefer my IPAs (or double IPAs). The aroma opens with nice pine hop notes and a mild citrus character. The sweet malt comes through quite a bit. Maybe a touch of herbal hops on the back end. The flavor is just okay. Moderate sweetness with some pine and citrus peel notes providing the bulk of the hop flavor.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a large snifter...

A - Pours a very beautiful hazy orange body, with a nice dense beige head. Looks a lot like the real American IPA's. Good head retention and okay lacing.

S - Grapefruit, oranges, a bit of bread and caramel. A slight hint of alcohol on the nose.

T - This beers starts out with a very impressive and intense hop bite, with juicy grapefruit and orange notes and a moderate sweetness. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and peach. The after-taste is fairly bitter and a little bready. After the beer warms up you get more fruity notes and a hint of passion fruit. I also liked the fact that it's not very malty, so the hops get to shine.

M - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is high at first, then average. Lots of hop oils, which are quite intense on the palate. Overall, this goes down very smoothly, and the faint alcohol note does not get in the way.

O - Wow, this was very impressive. Despite this bottle being a few months old, it still is very hoppy and intense. This is highly recommended to anyone who likes West Cost-style IPA's and enjoys the juicy, fruity side of India Pale ales. Will seek out this again!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a hazy burnt orange color with moderate cabonation leaving a small white cap, some lacing

S: Mainly grapefruit, a bit of pine and loads of bitterness coupled with a booze sting

T: A big grapefruit, bitterness upfront with some pine needles. It was abrasive. A muddy, sticky, heavy big body, moderate boozy concoction of bittering hops and from what I tasted a homebrew extract.

M: Big body, heavy, bitter, boozey and off balance

O: This beer needs to go back to the drawing board and shame on Alibi for charging $7.50 a pint. I did not finish this beer.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from Liam. Thanks! Cheers!

The beer is copper in color, very clear with a nice dense head on top of it. Tenacious head that sticks well to the glass. The aroma is intense... and dominated by citrus with grapefruit. Some caramel malts in there too but in the background. The foreground is hops, hops and hops. Taste is very powerful and strong. Aggressive beer too. Hoppy. Tropical fruits is the main character of this beer. Some caramel malts too in the mouth. Effervescent in the mouth. Refreshing. Warmth.

This is a very good IPA. Very westcoasty.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy bronze colour with a creamy finger of head resting atop. Commendable retention but negligible lacing.

S: A healthy dose of pine, sweet toffee, chopped walnuts, lingering grapefruit aroma, and freshly baked & buttered bread. Emitting a certain freshness and a very earthy-like quality. Alcohol slightly detectable.

T: Strong bitter pine upfront that transcends into toffee and bread-like malts. Tart and acidic qualities of grapefruit are present but not those refreshing juicy qualities of the fruit. Chopped nuts and spices are quite noticeable. Alcohol presence is a bit more than I'd prefer, however, still a deliciously bitter and creamy Imperial IPA.

M: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Pleasingly creamy and oily with quite a chewy/resiny texture.

D: A solid Imperial IPA that I'm happy to see in Ontario. However I'm curious to know when this bottle was brewed as my previous experience seemed more positive with a fresher product.

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Photo of kjyost
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660 mL bottle acquired & consumed on the second day that the MLCC had the on shelves, I should hope that this is fresh, although a cursory search of the inter webs shows this was finished in late January! Poured ~5C into a large bowl shaped glass.

A: Orange brown and incredibly hazy. Even with a hard pour this beer only gives a 1/2 cm of head (1/4" Yanks!) and it drops quickly leaving little lacing.
S: Fairly strong piney hops, this bodes well... Definitely smell some booziness and the sweetness of malt.
T: A very malty DIPA. This is sadly not to my liking... I want a tongue scraper dripping with hops, and this is not this beer. It would be best considered a "balanced" DIPA, a little more than an American Barleywine, but not much more. Bitterness is lacking, and builds only lightly over time. Sweet caramel and booze. Some fruitiness and pine needles, just not enough of it and certainly not enough of the fruity hops I love ...
M: A little thicker than I would like, with a fish that has a sweetness that initially hides the light bitterness. I had to drink the second half of the bottle before I realized that the IBUs were building up on my tongue.
O: At this point, I think I need to get some Furious and see how it tastes... I am beginning to think that my tastebuds are shot and I have hit the dreaded Lupulin threshold. I was massively looking forward to this beer, and instead I am non-plussed by it. I really wanted to love but was disappointed from my first sip on.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a meringue head that dissipates quickly. Scads of lacing completely coat the glass. A nice pine hop aroma mingles with caramel malts in the nose. Peach, pine and grapefruit hop notes show upfront in the taste. Bready malts mix in and provide solid balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly, active carbonation. Mouth numbing bitterness mingles with a restrained alcohol heat in the finish.

This is a moderately hoppy DIPA, but a killer one. Complex malt and hop flavors abound. Seek this out.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from LCBO in Ottawa.

First thing you notice, what an amazing pour. THICK, i mean THICK creamy head and a nice hazey unfiltered light amber.

Aroma is slightly floral with some pinapple and other tropical fruits.

The mouthfeel is pretty fantastic, its not often i comment on that, but with this, there is a really creaminess to it, very very creamy. Taste is not too over the top for a double IPA, but certainly you get the pinapple bitterness with a touch of woodsy pine.

A fantastic beer, first one i've had from this brewery. One of the TOP canadian Double IPA's i've had, not quite a Garrison, but up there.

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Photo of Yeoman9459
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Server in a 650mL bottle from the LCBO. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance - this double ipa looks amazing, if you hold it up to the light in the bottle it just glows orange. Nice head on it, turned in to a thin layer after a while. Hazey orange, copper colour.

Smell - little citrus and zest notes, but nice and piney. Little but of an earthy character. If you dig deep you get the slightest hint alcohol.

Taste - bit of malt in the taste, not too much though, theyre differently targeting the hophead with this beer. Maybe a little citrus in the taste but heavy pine.

Mouthfeel - pretty thick and oily, really stricks the your tongue and roof of your mouth. Medium bodied.

Overall - solid beer, well put together for the hop head. Awesome brewery, keep it up. Looking forward to the LCBO Brewery Spotlight.

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Photo of Groulxsome
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy orange copper. A moderate amount of head.

Smell: It's really complex, I get a little of the citrus as a zesty note, but overall it's earthy and somewhat muddy.

Taste: More of the same. It's got a little sour citrus bite at the beginning, but then it gets into these really earthy bittering hops and a pretty robust bitter. Not a whole lot of malt either, aside from some sweetness. I'm not getting a great deal of aroma hops from this one, but maybe it's older than it ought to be. Shipping to Ontario cannot be a quick process.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty much on the money here. It's slightly creamy and medium-bodied. It's got a pretty overwhelming alcohol finish which almost overrides the bitterness of the hops. The hops also leave a really piny/resin coating, which can be good but is a little off here.

Overall: It's not as hoppy as I might hope from a DIPA. I expect in shipping to Ontario it's lost some of the aroma hops which might make it have the rating it has, but it just tastes and smells kinda messy to me.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/copper 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 citrus, grapefruit, pine with bready, toasty and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice juicy character to it from the hops, a nice citrusy and tropical feel with some sweet pine notes, mostly bready malts with some toasty caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

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

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Photo of rappmann
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip. Undated bottle.

A - Opaque amber, half finger of head, great sticky lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, despite the lack of citra used in this, it smells just like it. Malt is pretty hidden for a DIPA.

T - Beautifully hopped all the way through, balanced but has a much smaller malt bill than most DIPA's which to me is a good thing!

M - Drinks like most great DIPA's sticky, nice carb, medium mouthfeel.

O - Great DIPA glad i grabbed a couple of these, can't want until next year when it's back!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL bomber from the LCBO. Enjoyed their earthy IPA last time around, so I was excited to see this - and more Canadian bombers in general - available on the shelves.

Poured into a nonic. Nice hazy orange-amber brew, with a half-inch of foam that recedes into a generous ring. Patchy lacing. Good looking DIPA.

Nose is citrus and earthy hops, biscuit, candied orange.

Nice DIPA where the extra malt doesn't overpower the hop bitterness. Earthy, citrus, nice marmalade flavor as well. Solid DIPA, I really enjoyed this. Full bodied, slightly creamy, good carbonation.

Second brew from Tree was a fine example of the DIPA style that, thanks to its solid hop presence is definitely a brew to my liking. Will be back for another bottle or two!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burnt orange with brighter orange highlights. Hazy and turbid appearance. Head is tight, retentive, and lacy. Aromatic notes grapefruit and pine, with a hint of alcohol. Flavour-wise, this is definately a hopheads beer. It has a malty toasted bread note, but it's buried pretty far below the citrus zest and pith, and the long lingering leafy bitterness it finishes with. Alcohol is less apparent in the mouth than it is to the nose.

Full-bodied with fairly low carbonation. It feels heavy and slick in the mouth, with an oily and resinous sensation left between mouthfeels. And those mouthfeels become more frequent as you make your way through the bottle - this is a very moreish DIPA, leaving you wanting that next sip as you finish the last. Good beer. I should pick up more.

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Photo of shamus
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exquisite colour liketreacle or honey and a such a creamy sudsy head. it smells of the many hops used in the brewing process. It's a forest of pleasure. Tastes just as an IPA should. Flavourful, bitter and smooth. I know I have to fil this box up but realy thats all I have to say.

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Photo of Converge
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a big head a bubbly tan foam. The beer is a murky, rusty-copper hue. Nice head retention that leaves patches of lacing.

S - Tons of pine resin and citrusy fruits. Big grapefruit and orange along with strong undertones of toasty caramel malt and bready biscuits with butter. Much more balance in this department than anticipated.

T - Piney hop astringency and bready caramel malt dominate the palate. Finish is lingering bitterness and clearly pronounced alcohol warmth; maybe even alcohol burn. Hop character never really shines outside of the bitter finish and feel of this one. It just doesn't have a great hop profile to it. Despite the great deal of balance between the malt and hops, the overall feel is still overly astringent in comparison to the flavor. Other than the alcohol and bitterness, this almost borders on watery. By the end of the glass, the malt takes on a really strong nutty feel.

M - Really thin for a big ABV, double IPA. Carbonation is kept fine, but rests on the lower side, and probably a bit flat feeling. Feels slightly astringent and quite hot and alcoholic. As it warms, the feel definitely thickens up and grows quite sticky.

D - Overall, this DIPA feels too hot and bitter, without enough real hop flavor to back it up. A rather simple and unremarkable beer; I'll probably pass next time. It's still a nice Western Canadian DIPA, something there isn't enough of out here, but in the end it's nothing too special.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium amber colour with a very thin white head. Quite hazy.

Smell - Citrus fruits (orange, slight grapefruit), honey.

Taste - Very nice hops bitterness that is present from start to finish. Citrus flavours come through as well (as detected in the aroma).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation and slight tingles.

Overall - A nicely balanced DIPA from Tree Brewing. I enjoy the citrus flavours and bitterness in this brew. Worth a try for those that like the style.

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Photo of korguy123
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, bomber into snifter.

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange pour with a three finger soapy eggshell head. Lacing is sticky and chunky.

S- Sweet malts with pine and citrus hops. Strawberries and grapefruit.

T- Roasted malts, grapefruit and orange peel. Slightly muddled.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, slightly chewey.

O- Decent, not overly bitter. Seems to be a bit more malt forward than I like.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

LOOK (3.5/5) Pours about 17-18*SRM - a medium copper with a lot of orange to it. Clarity is fairly good, it has a bit of a haze to it but not much. the head was a bit disappointing for the style. The bone white and rocky head didn't really rise as high as I would have expected. It also feel too quickly. Some good lacing, though.

SMELL (4/5) The nose is particularly good. Malt shows up a bit stronger than I have thought -- I had some apricot, like an english pale ale. The hops are not as strong on the nose, I'd say firmly present, but not dominant. They were grapefruity, which is a type I'm usually not 100% crazy about, but it worked very well here and with these malts. The yeast may have added a bit to the fruit, but the overall impression was more neutral.

TASTE (3.5/5) The hops are a bit more present on the tongue. Again, the lighter fruit malt works well with the grapefruit and citrus hops. The hop bitterness is much stronger than the flavor. I like the flavor a bit more. The finish was dry, with maybe a slight carbonate flavor.

FEEL (3.5/5) Body is medium and carbonation is medium-low. This makes for a velvetty feel that really distinguished this IIPA.

DRINK (4/5) More drinkable that many of this style. It was not face-melting hoppy like a hop-head might want. The balance was a lot more even between hops and malts. Very nice.

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Hop Head Double India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 151 ratings