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 Double / 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 hopsolutely
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a brand new bottle, so hop profile has probably mellowed, but a delightfully well balanced and flavourful DIPA.

Beautiful dark & clear amber colour, with surprisingly little head or lacing. Decent carbonation in the mouthfeel and stylistically typical oiliness.

Citrus and tropical fruits on the aroma carry nicely into the taste. Sweet caramelized malts are followed by a pleasantly bitter finish, in which the alcohol is hidden scarily well.

All in all, definitely a DIPA I hope to find again.

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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 snap
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last of 12 bottles, so I've decided I should start rating. It's past it's prime at this point, but... For me, this is a perfectly balanced DIPA. This bomber was enjoyed out of a Duvel glass. There is a reasonable white head with thick lacing. The beer is a beautiful reddish brown colour with a good degree of cloudiness. The aroma is fantastic west coast hops, while the taste is all pineapple at this point. The hops are nicely balanced by the biscuity malts. A truly enjoyable Canadian DIPA!

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Photo of BigBry
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml brown bottle, same label as pictured, but with a gold medal winner seal from the 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards. Label also lists 8.0% alc/vol. "Unfiltered Double IPA. Can you handle the Hops?"

Poured into my standard pint glass. Burnt orange with a short white head. Foams quickly drops but never disappears and leaves good looking lace on the glass. Smells dominated by citrusy hops, mionr aroma of caramel malts. Taste is very hoppy, but not as sharp and bitter as some DIPAs that I have tried. Citrus from the hops, but also a lot of caramel sweetness from the malts. More earthy, leafy hoppiness comes as it starts to warm up. Slick, slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall, very enjoyable double IPA. I've had stronger, but this is nicely balanced.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Head taken up a notch. Dark, orange amber with a thick, off-white head. Sweet, almost syrupy background with a very pwoerful hop overlay. Definitely reminsicent of Hop Head, but a bit heavy on the malt. It creeps up on me.

Good carbonation, slight fizz but not overwhelming. Overall, a nice beer, but the flavour in this batch needs a bit better balancing.

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Photo of dragonofblood
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review in a long time, let's see if I can still do this right.

Excited to have this one in Ontario, bought all bottles available at local LCBO.

Appearance: Poured into a standard pint glass. Burnt orange with a lively head that quickly drops and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops, bready and caramel malts, dark fruit, and a slight vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I expected, but the west coast hops are definitely there and punch through nicely. Mostly citrus fruits from the hops, slick caramel from the malts, a little bit of toasted malt in the middle, a little too much malt sweetness, a touch of vanilla, pleasing bitterness, little alcohol detectable. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Slick, coats the tongue with a resiny, hoppy flavour like a good double IPA should.

Overall: A very enjoyable double IPA. I've had better, but this is a strong contender for consideration as a top ten Canadian beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
A bit hazy, medium amber/orange in colour with a dense cap of beige foam. Good head retention, some clumpy lacing. Smells good, plenty of grapefruit and tangerine along with caramel maltiness. A bit spicy and a hint of pine appeared as it warmed. Good flavour too. Bitterness was nicely balanced by bready and caramel malts up front, but lingered in the finish once the sweetness faded. Pine and grapefruit, spicy with some alcohol presence towards the end. Medium plus body with lowish, creamy carbonation, some dryness, mild warmth. Overall, a solid and well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of bryehn
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a small, but frothy white head that leaves lacing and settles as a collar.

Unsurprisingly smells of hops. This beer has a rich, buttery caramel tone and a defined spiciness to the aroma. A citrus backing comes through as the beer warms.

Tastes like honey-coated orange peel, with a peppery bite. The orange peel taste becomes a distinct grapefruit tone in the finish. Does a devilish job of concealing its ABV.

Creamy on the tongue, but with enough carbonation to give a prickly feeling as well. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with an ever-so-slight malty sweetness that keeps your lips from puckering.

I'd drink this year-round if it were always available here in Ontario. Next year please ship more. Lots more.

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Photo of MattyV
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-amber colour, creamy off-white head.
Nose is a nice mixture of pineapple fruitiness and caramel/toffee malt.
The aroma's carried over and is noticeable up front in the taste -- fruity (pineapple) hop aroma and a sizeable caramel malt backbone. The tongue is then attacked with lots of piney bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.
Creamy slick mouthfeel with modest carbonation.
I thought that this was an interesting take on a DIPA, almost seemed like an English take on the style in a weird way. It appeared rather malt-heavy at first, but the bitterness in the back end balanced it out well. I usually prefer more hop aroma vs. straight up bitterness, but I can still appreciate this well crafted Canadian DIPA.

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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 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 BBP
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick IPA orange with a thin head that goes down to a film that lasts for the duration of the drink. Slight carbonation and impressive lacing.

S- Definite grapefruit in the beginning. A little bit of floral hop notes. All of this is very evenly matched with the caramel malt.

T- Bitterness in the front. Hops dominate the taste early on before the malt sets in. I think the multiple types of hops used almost takes away from this. It seems almost cluttered in the hop profile. It tastes good, but it lacks the clean hop profile some DIPAs are known to offer. I'm a bigger fan of bitterness than hop flavor so this isn't all too bad for me. The malt is somewhat subdued when cold, but seems to be a much bigger part of the experience in no time as this warms up. This seems like more of a palate wrecker than anything and reminds me of a light Devil Dancer.

There's tons of hops and tons of bitterness, but I found that with all the hops and the malt it seemed to cluttered and bittersweet. If it had a bit more hops or a bit less malt I think I'd prefer it. It's still good, but a bit crowded with all the flavors.

M- Creamy and only slightly carbonated. Fairly smooth. Leaves a slightly dry, sticky finish.

D- Considerably drinkable. I'm usually a slow drinker, but I find that this goes down a little faster than most. I think that it's a good DIPA, and it really isn't going to disappoint anybody unless they're looking for an ultra-clean hop profile. It delivers a decent palate wrecking, and if you enjoy bitterness, this ones for you.

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Photo of ludachris
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a while off, I think these hops should kick my palate back into gear. Happy St. Patty's Day!

What a look an unfiltered IPA has. Hazed to the nth degree, its marmalade body boasts swampy orange highlights that make visible the steady flow of carbonation that feeds the finger of creamy white head sitting on top.

A pleasant smelling nose, but seems to be a bit subdued for the style. Sticky candied grapefruits are encased by piney hop resin and sweet lemons with a notable albeit subtle toasty caramel character that sits in the back.

Syrupy sweet citrus glide across the tongue as a pronounced hop bitterness aggressively moves forward. A touch of caramel and breadiness comes midway through before a piney/minty hop character takes the show. I've never had an IPA/DIPA where mint is so prevalent. It seems to add a lasting quality to the bitterness while helping to dry out the palate; two classic characteristics of the style.

Medium bodied with a syrupy feel. A seemingly lower than average level of carbonation but I'm not complaining. In this big DIPA, the high ABV is extremely well disguised.

This marks my first beer from Tree and it has left me quite satisfied. It's a fantastic seasonal that's part of the LCBO spring release, which is made a bit more enjoyable by its Canadian origin. With a more pronounced aroma, I think this would be a highly memorable DIPA. As is, however, it's still well worth a pick up.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark orange copper colour with a decent amount of head. Smells of piney hops too. Tastes slightly sweet with a caramal almost like finish. Nice amount of bitterness in there too. very drinkable for the 8.3% and I had no problem finishing this bomber bottle in no time. Quite rare we get a chance to have iipas like this in Ontario.

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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 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 biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think anyone is going to challenge Tree on the unfiltered, unpasteurized claim: this beer looks a groggy and muddled character. Its complexion has no highlighting nor a shred of transparency. The shrouds of lacing and bubbles stretch over the surface of this brownish-orange muck; funny that a beer from British Columbia be so overcast.

This aroma is brought to you by the letter H, for hops. Five different varieties in fact. And each one of them has a body-odor problem. This bouquet stinks of citrus-macerated onions, citrus-basted toast, caramel infused with candied citrus, and last week's breakfast platter of citrus, now rank. There's also a contingency of pine needles not to be forgotten.

I'll be more elaborate with the taste: lemon tarts topped with candied grapefruit, fig compote spiced with mint, custard made with brown sugar and a big splash of vanilla, pine bark dipped into gooey serum and some kind of psychedelic oranges wrapped in an herbal, bitter grass. In other words: it tastes exactly as a DIPA should taste.

The "double IPA" style can be obnoxious to begin with. This offering is even less likely to appeal to mainstream palates because of its underlying citric, bitter acidity that is sharp as a shark's tooth and bites down and holds onto the palate like a bulldog. It's pathetic seeing the malts try to help. You need the jaws of life to pry this bitterness off the tongue!

I remember thinking Kelowna was a pretty boring place to visit... that's when I was nine years old. If I went back today I'm sure I'd have NO problem enjoying myself given all the quality beers this brewery pumps out. Hop Head Double IPA is just one of the many great beers this brewery has on offer and it's evidence of a diversified, capable brewer.

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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 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 MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO dated 06/07/11. Presumably a best-by date.

This is textbook DIPA in appearance: Cloudy amber topped by an off white head. Laces and retains well enough, I suppose.

The aroma is rich caramel malt, very toffee-like, with only very mild undertones of hops which come across more as fruity, like pineapple, than grapefruit or piney, although both are present.

Round, fruited caramel malts are met by a splash of piney bitterness that is somewhat floral in the finish. There's some nuttiness here, with brown sugar and toffee, a hint of Coca-Cola washed away by a lemon rind bitterness. Well balanced with nary a trace of alcohol.

Overall while I do like it it's more of a tweener for me and sits somewhere above an IPA and below a DIPA...not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that other than the name might be somewhat misleading in that I expected a tad more bitterness. And, for that matter, complexity. But looked at for what it is without any preconceptions it's quite a delicious west coast American IPA and a half.

All that said, this is my sixth Hophead and they're all a little different and I have yet to pinpoint if that's because of what I have eaten or drank before, or just a genuine inconsistency in the beer in that some seem more bitter that others, and some seem to have more depth while others seem one-dimensional. Whatever the case it's a delicious beer and a welcome addition to a hop starved province.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy orange colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. I can't really tell how much carbonation there is due to the haziness and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, pineapple, oranges, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and malts. There is also some pineapple taste and some herbal notes. The alcohol is well hidden and it finished with a malty/hoppy aftertaste and then some lingering pine flavour.

Overall - A decent and drinkable DIPA but it lacks the punch that a west coast DIPA would have. It's more malty and sweet and I prefer my IPA's/DIPA's to have more apricot and citrus flavours. Glad to have tried, but I wouldn't buy this again.

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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 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 Mit
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pours a cloudy amber colour colour with decent head.

s-all hops with a mild malt presence. my nose was somewhat plugged while doing this review. Sniffing was difficult.

t- Grapefruit hops with nice alcohol burn. Heavenly beer. Bitterness is much more prevalent than the malts..a little out of balance but I didn't mind it at all.

m-good for mouthfeel. Fitting for 8.5%

d-the other three bombers I bought are not long for this world.

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

Bottle samples on a few occasions. Rating taken from notes 03/03/11. Very deep and slightly hazed copper/bronze with a creamy and custardy cap with thick and heavy lace. The DIPA nose of pine, resiny hops, and citrus is apparent and abundant with hints of fruity and earthy malts. Conversely, the flavour profile is more prolific with juicy fruity malt sweetness and a balancing bitterness. Thick, almost oily finish with a full bodied approach to the style.Lingering bitterness is pleasant. Very good example

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Hop Head Double India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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