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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Photo of crusian
1.8/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up at an LCBO in toronto... Best by 6-7-11.
Reviewing by style here...

pours a nice dark amber color with about a finger of head. not too much lacing.
Smell, is terrible. Seems like there were no aroma hops used here at all... smells extremely malty and nothing like I would expect from a IIPA. Caramel malts on the nose, some candi sugar... no hops.
taste, is a bit of the same, however, there are some hops there on the finish. not too much, pretty much as the nose tells me, this is very malty, with little hop presence. slight bitter finish, but seems to me that they upped the alcohol and because of that they are trying to call this an IIPA... only due to the alcohol content... I want at least an attempt at hops... perhaps this is a very old bottle, but the best before date is still 3 months away.
Sorry guys, this is a big failure in my opinion.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
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 TerryW
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love a good hoppy beer and this brew has tons of hop presence, but it is hopelessly unbalanced. The malts are waaaay too pronounced and are far too sweet against the bitterness of the malts. There is a disconcerting clash happening with every swallow.

Great looking beer. Good sized head that settles to a heavy film that lasts throughout your drinking session and also gives up some good looking lace. Clear coppery orange in colour. Looks appetizing.

Noise is subdued, but remains distinctly hoppy. Lots of grapefruit citrus to taste, but then you're quickly overwhelmed by excessively sweet malts. Pleasant lingering bitterness to finish.

Lots of potential here, but as I said in opening, too unbalanced to properly enjoy. Worth a try, but not something I'd drink again and again.

BTW, offers up a pretty good kick at 8.3%. Pay attention.

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Photo of demcorhip
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshness dating please?

Not sure of the vintage of this bottle. Looked good. Smelled and tasted devoid of hop aroma and flavour. Quite nice malts, nice body, just missed out on the hops.

Will rereview if i have the chance to try this again. Until then i will just have to let this unflattering review stand.

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Photo of lumikuuro
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

650ml bottle, 2010 release.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but almost opaque coppery amber. Biege frothy head receding to a good ring and thin film, with decent lacing.

Aroma: Lots of tart hop, more sweetness than you would expect.

Taste: Huge tart hop profile, which is both citrusy and peppery, but more predominantly the latter. Tasty malty backbone. Unusually for an IPA, there is also a creamy, sugary, vanilla sweetness. Long bitter hop finish but sweet at the same time. 8% abv is not particularly obvious. The problem here is that this balance of flavours just doesn't balance. The sweet vanilla belongs in a porter, not in a highly hopped beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of medium bodied, smooth. Too creamy for the style because of the sweet aspect.

Drinkability: Certainly a good hop bomb; but the sweetness here will not be to everyone's taste. Tree Brewing's beers vary a lot, which might explain the surprise sweetness here. Maybe it was intentional: it does have vanilla flavour. But this beer just does not work.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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 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 Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: A predominately hop-scented mix of citrusy grapefruit, pine lumber, and spruce tips with a mild pale malt character tucked away in the background.

Taste: Standard pale malts with a touch of grain and a faint caramel sweetness starts things off. Then it's hoppy flavors of pine, spruce, and grapefruit pith with a bold bitterness that becomes a bit caustic and particularly harsh and astringent on the back end. Finishes dry with a long, foreseeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay; it could be better. I'm all down for a sassy hop profile, but caustic astringency is nothing short of displeasing.

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Photo of Jeffo
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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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Pine needles, grass, spicy hops, orange peels, tangerine and grapefruit are there but they are being pushed into the background by the other aromas.

Looks: Good sized, cream coloured head. Average head retention, leaving a small amount of lace behind. The Beer is a red-ish amber in colour with a slight haze.

Taste: Pine up front with spicy hop flavours to match. Not as much fruit made it into the flavour as it did in the aroma. Good amount of bitterness kept in check by the sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium bodied, could have been bigger for a Double IPA. Average carbonation level. The residual sugars from the malt left my lips a little sticky.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark orange with some amber throughout and one finger of foamy off-white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet caramel malts are the predominant flavour in the nose with some faint bitterness from the hops evident in the background. A weak nose for a DIPA.

T/D - Malt-forward. Sweet caramel and toffee are the dominant flavours. A sharp bitterness is predominant as well (more so than the nose indicated). Some very subdued earthy flavours come through from the hops, but for the most part then provide only bitterness. The bitterness lingers considerably in the finish.

M - A nice medium body with light to moderate carbonation a some noticeable hop oils.

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Photo of bearhugger
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice amber, orange colour with nice thick white head

S-sweet, yeasty smell with some hints of pine (my sense of smell is not very good so most beers tend to smell like the same yeast to me)

T-Not as bitter as I would expect from a double, but very pleasant use of hops nonetheless. I get hints of orange citrus, pine and a very slight flowery flavour.

M-Very smooth and creamy

D-Easy and smooth no harsh alcohol flavours, making this beer able to sneak up to you very easily at 8.3%

In conclusion I gave this a lower rating because it tastes more like an IPA instead of a double. But a very pleasant experience on the tongue.

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Photo of kjyost
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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