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 marty21
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 MattPS
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Yeoman9459
4.23/5  rDev +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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Groulxsome
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +8.2%
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 +12.1%
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 +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 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 shamus
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Converge
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 0%
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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of korguy123
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Hop Head Double India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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