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.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, slight white head, sticky and slight lace appear. Smells of malt, slight grapefruit, hops and faint alcohol. The taste is malty, good bitterness, some hop oil, faint citrus though it is not as clean as I had anticipated it would be. Good mouthfeel, some oily slickness, good weight, decent carbonation. Drinks really well, ABV is not as noticeable as the nose would suggest. More of an English style IPA than American in my opinion. Solid effort.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Jan for this brew obtained in our annual beer bet/trade. Pours dark amber. Not much head. Smells a bit sweet for a DIPA. Taste is sweet with pine hops. Not super hoppy but that is not the DIPA style of our bro's up North. Mouthfeel is smooth. A quality brew. Cheers.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass.

Appearance - beer is copper and cloudy in appearance, off-white head about 2 fingers in height, not much carbonation in the beer. Lacing is pretty decent.

Smell - i can smell pine, caramel and earthy tones, some nodes of citrus as well.

taste - pick up the pine right away, a very strong bitterness from the citrus, lasting bitterness in my mouth.

mouthfeel - strong citrus bitterness from the mouthfeel. added carbonation brings fwd the pine/citrus, almost drops the sweetness.

drinkability - glad i tried it, decent beer just found wasnt well balanced.

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Photo of chickenm
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Citrusy aroma with little bit of caramel malt. Taste is dominated by the hops with citrus and pine flavors. Long bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a pretty good DIPA, I'll be buying more while this is still available.

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Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Tree's Hophead IPA was the beer that kicked off my love affair with IPAs and all things hoppy. Now that they've made the natural forward step of producing a DIPA, I'll try to not let my bias be too obvious...

This beer pours a hazy dark bronzed amber hue, with a healthy amount of thick puffy, rocky off-white head, which slowly fades away, leaving some thoroughly dense and attractive honeycomb lacing around the glass.

It smells quite strongly of citrus - grapefruit and orange - a little forest pine, and a less intense sweet caramel essence. The taste is tangy citrus hops at the front, which blend into a more pine-like flavour as it moves across the palate, all deftly supported by a decent caramel/toffee malt backbone. A wee bit of warming alcohol simmers innocuously beneath.

The carbonation is barely noticeable, yet a tad frothy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as these pesky hops will allow. It finishes with a nicely bitter floral hoppiness lingering well into the aftermath. The rather elevated alcohol is well-hidden through the balance of strong, but not overbearing hops, and the silky malt. Flavour-wise, I could drink this all night - booze and retail cost considerations being a whole other matter.

As this looks like, smells like, and tastes like a veritable DIPA, it stands to reason that it is indeed the Real McCoy. It appears that Tree has outdone themselves, making the appropriate amount of enhancements to their base trendsetting IPA, to produce a true West Coast DIPA, one for which they should be proud. I can only currently truly compare it to examples I've encountered south of the border, but given this, and Alley Kat/Sherbrooke's Bad Hare Day, Western Canadian brewers are on the absolute right track, at least in my titular-inspired book.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this, along with some Red Racer, while in BC in late July.

22 oz. brown bottle with paper neck tag that claimed this was bottle 1964.

Served cool into the Watou glass, Hophead is a hazy, coppery, orange color with thick white head. It's sticky too leaving some nice lace behind. So far so good as it looks a lot like a certain Cali DIPA that I know and love.

Aroma is hoppy but not totally in your face fresh hops like the great ones. There's some nice candied citrus that I really enjoy but, other than that, it's not far removed from a barley wine style in terms of smell.

Flavor confirms it - this isn't the freshest. It's still a tasty, hoppy, strong ale but it doesn't have the crisp citrus and pine that it likely once had. Hops have mellowed but still have enough bite to please the casual hophead. The malt backbone is strong enough to support the bitterness and gives it balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low in carbonation.

Much like a barleywine light. It has the bitterness but it's more of an east coast ipa than the west coast double I was expecting. I'd be curious to know just how this beer would be if it were truly brewery fresh.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Voonder for this tasty bomber. A great hop aroma, with resins and hop oil galore. A feast for the nose, and the taste lived up to it. Understated carbonation, which worked tremendously to drinkability. The contents were shaken up and more than a bit spilled in very cold handling, but this robust trooper was most satisfying. One of the best of the style and not a taste bud killer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one! Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Cloudy vermilion liquid glows a pumpkin or Portland orange when held to a strong light. A thick soapy off-white head recedes to a lasting multi-tiered slick.

Perfume-like hops with evergreen, mint, and overripe pear as well. Little to no citrus is suggested. Sugary, faintly malty base suggests honey and cotton candy.

Sandalwood, olive oil, evergreen, and spices on the palate. Moderate bitterness gives way to a strange maltiness and incoherent hop profile (though I'd guess there are Chinook among other C-hops in here). Hints of oak or cedar in the finish, along with a bit of soap. Some hints of aspirin.

Creamy, medium-bodied, well carbonated, vaguely astringent. ABV well hidden.

Not a bad beer, but a rather poor showing of the style.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pugdogbeer
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark DIPA with a small head but good lacing all the way down the glass.

Tree Brewing Double IPA is a very bitter IPA with a more balanced taste. Hops, hops and more hops with a big strong alcohol backing along the alcohol taste is very much in the background.

A mouthful of it taste more piney and sticky than citrus like Californian DIPAs .

Definitely a great beer from Kelowna in BC but I much prefer their regular Hop Head single IPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised that I didn't review this last year...
A - hazy copper orange, medium head left consistent sticky lacing
S - herbal oily hop smell with grainy malt and a citrus hint
T - hops dominate with oily herbal, resiny, and light perfume, some toasty bread malt, definite alcohol bite
M - smooth start that builds to a tart bitter with pleasant dryness
D - a hop bomb for sure, the very oily resiny aspect is a little heavy and unbalanced for my taste, but still for hop lovers and very drinkable

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Photo of heebes
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle.
Spring Seasonal at LC.

Pours a cloudy, deep citrus orange with minimal head. The nose is grapefruit and pine hops, resin and a plethora of caramel malt. Taste is sharply bitter from pine hops at first then mellowed considerably by a smooth tasting caramel backbone. A rather easy drinking unfiltered DIPA from Canada. A rather resiny, heavy mouthfeel that becomes dry in the finish. Slightly phenol as it warms. Interesting west coast beer that I'll likely buy again.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of eat
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not too sure who supplied this one...beers were flying all over the place. Thanks to one of ritzkiss, viggo or bobsy for sharing.

Pours a dark honey colour. A thin covering of off-white head fades to a ring around the glass with bits of lacing.

Not much presence in the smell, surprisingly. What I can pick up is grapefruit, grass, caramel malt. Smells like what I remember Hop Head to be. I didn't think to check the date, maybe this bottle wasn't too fresh.

Grapefruit, citrus, caramel malt. Malty for a double IPA in somewhat typical Canadian style. Bitter, dry finish.

Creamy, medium body with a light carbonation. Nice feel.

This is a bit too bitter to want to drink much of but tasty nonetheless. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of elricorico
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A coppery amber colour to the body. Quite clear. Two fingers of foamy beige head. Lacing as it recedes. Retention is fairly good.

Full on citrus aroma, grapefruit for sure, but a sweeter hint of orange in there.

A fair bit of malt right off the bat shows that there is some balance to this hop lover's brew, the tongue first gets a bready sweetness. Hops take over with a citrus blend. Orange and grapefruit again, with some lemon/lime as well. Certainly hoppy, but not as bitter as one would think.

Slick, full body with a medium carbonation level, the mouthfeel is what you want for the style.

I must say I expected more. I've been sucking down malty brews through the holiday and was looking forward to something that would bring home some bitterness. The hops are bang on in the aroma category, but they just don't seem to live up to it in the taste. Certainly a good beer, but fell short to my expectations. I'd have the regular Hop Head before this one.

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Photo of DaveBar
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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Photo of paxkey
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle different than one pictured. logo has no hop graphics but a plain green background.

pours hazy orange with no head on aggressive pour.

hops smell nice but not very powerfull. some pine notes mostly citrus aromas grapefruit and some malty sweetness underlying. complex nose but not a huge presence.

bitterness bitterness and more bitterness. not a whole lot else. a bit chalky on the finish. medium dry finish. bitterness lingers with grapefruit taste prominent.

sipping some more gives some sweet malt tastes on the very opening but this is pretty much a one note beer with its thorough bitterness.

i do appreciate the low carbonation and the successful masking of alcohol. these factors do increase the drinkability quite a bit. but flavorwise its a one note beer.

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Photo of Rutager
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a muddy amber with a finger of sticky yellow head.

Smell. Pineapple, apricot, some caramel, a little alcohol.

Taste. Thick roasted caramel malt, apricots, orange peel, pine sap. Lingering herby, sappy bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with alcohol not very well hidden.

Overall. Not a bad DIPA. Seems like a big alcohol presence for the abv.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus notes is quiet intense. Taste is dominated by citrus notes with loads of pines and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well brewed though maybe a bit too astringent for my taste.

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