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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO Spring Release, 650ml into a tulip. No bottling/best before date visible.

Poured an orange-red, unfiltered with a finger or so of fairly dense white head. Mild lacing and retention, with a nice creamy head which reappears with a quick swirl. Nose of mostly citrus with some tropical notes, pineapple, mango and some breadiness. Hop forward, but not dominated by the hops. Taste has some moderate citrus notes again initially, more orange, pineapple and hints of mango. Sweet and bready malt base finds a balance with the hops here, and leaves a bitter finish which lingers for a little while. Didn't care for the aftertaste too much. Moderate mouthfeel, and fairly full. Good drinkability and more on the English side of things. ABV was well hidden.

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

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin head, lots of lacing.

Smells of pungent, spicey hops upfront, a nice citrus tang and subtle hints of strawberry and pine, but the hops definitely dominate.

Surprisingly malty upfront, caramel and fruity sweetness with medicinal characters that is balanced well by an onslaught of hops that bombard the palette. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that doesn't dissipate.

Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel and delectably drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden. Glad to see the LCBO finally getting some real IPA's in stock!!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sort of thing I like to see coming into the LCBO. Not a bad price either. Bomber into a tulip before poker.

A - Thick, frothy, head coming in at beige and two fingers in height and remaining with two chunks on the sides and a thin film. Average lacing. Strong carbonation with small bubbles coming up the sides and middle of the glass. Between medium and dark copper...probably hitting the 78% mark on the copper scale I just invented. Bright.

S - Big aroma on this as soon as the bottle was opened. Nice juicy hops. Mango, grapefuirt, pineapple sorta business. Spritsy sort of feel to them. Bready character is present too. Sort of a dark rye bread element creating balance, but don't get me wrong, the aroma is tipped towards the hop end.

T - Sticky, juicy, oily hops really shine here. The more oily/resinous hop character comes through as opposed to the fruity element, yet it's still quite good. Malt is there in a backup role for sure but provides decent balance to keep this from getting out of control. Bitterness lingers for a few seconds but isn't wild. Very faint alcohol lets you know what you're in for.

I can understand the English IPA comparisons some other reviewers have thrown out there due to the sharp end of the bitterness and the seemingly low hopping for the style, but it still qualifies quite nice as it's so crisp and refreshing while being resinous and oily.

M - Really fills the mouth and the small bubbles move it along well. Definately full bodied. The carbonation is quite a nice compliment. Not chewy at all, moving in the mouth, nice.

D - Highly drinkable. Great hop punch with adequate balance providing body and a complimentary flavour. Only the slightest hint of alcohol is there. Quality IIPA, now let's have more stuff from B.C.!

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Photo of mrnobody
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650 ml bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a finger of creamy beige head which recedes but leaves some lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, candy sweetness. Very inviting.

T: Very hoppy! You can sense the malt in the background but the hops definitely dominate. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: Medium mouthfeel, a bit sticky. Perfect carbonation level.

D: Drinkability is outstanding! I haven't had a huge number of DIPAs but this is near the top of those.

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

Pours a dark amber colour with a full white, bubbly head.

The hops come through clearly in the nose. Very citrusy, with grapefruit coming through in particular.

The grapefruit and citrus is present in the taste as well, but is accompanied by a bit of caramel. It is more balanced than the name may suggest. Certainly fairly bitter, but not incredibly so. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Overall, quite a nice beer, but not remarkable.

Mouthfeel is good, quite full bodied, and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is high. It does not drink like an 8.3% beer. I could drink a lot of this in a sitting, that is for sure.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: 2010 version in the LCBO - much nicer! Thought last year's was too sweet, this year it has a drier finish, more balance, hides the ABV so well - so drinkable. Could use more flavor hops, noticeable in the nose as well. Rating the score up, though.

Couple of 22oz bottles, 2009, sent my way via EskimoDave - thanks for the hook-up!

Pours a delightful burnished orange with 2+ fingers of head into my pint glass, leaves rings of lace down the glass - love the rings!

Nose is quite pineapple-y with a strong sweet caramel base, a hint of orange rind and grass.

I'm a little disappointed with the boldness of the hops in this one. Had back to back with Central City's Red Racer IPA and despite this one being a DIPA the hops paled in comparison. A sticky sweet malt base fronts citrus rind, hint of flowers, a medium hop bite greets you midway and finishes strong. Creamy/pillowy mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol in the finish (shouldn't really be there for 8%).

Certainly a nice DIPA and probably one of Canada's better ones (we don't make too many) but there's nothing to crow about here - it's merely average south of the border. Tasty but for the 8% hit in the bomber I would choose something else for drinkability. Thanks for sending these my way Dave, this has been on my to-try list for a while!

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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 spree92
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.3% DIPA taste more like a regular IPA. Has all the characteristics and scent of a typical IPA. I am rating this to its category and that is why so low. Hazy golden amber with a inch thick head. Fresh citrus,pine and floral hops are nice but not very strong. Again, taste is fine, but for a double, not what I was expecting. Overall, a good beer but not up to the standard of waht DIPA should be.

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Photo of LazyL
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark burnt orange with a pillowy off white head. Lots of retention on the sides of the glass.
Orange peel and pine notes are off set by a vanilla marshmellow scent. They say that there are five different hops in this beer and there is some layering of flavours here.
Bitterness is somewhat mild and there is a nice creamy malt balance to this beer.
Appealing easy drinker and at 8.3% one bomber makes for a good evening.

As it warms up slightly on my second glass from this bomber, the hops are more pronounced and I like it even more.

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

22oz bottle poured into cervoise. Thanks to my bro, CraigSpence.

A - Pours a hazy, apricot to natural apple cider colour (muddy orange/amber). Very little off white head. Decent lacing

S - Definitely a DIPA, you can smell the sweet malts in the background. Foreground is pine, orange, lemon, grass.

T - Well balanced flavour. You get the bitter pine and grapefruit from the hops but the sweet caramel malts are very prevalent. DIPA's can be unbalanced oftern (either too sweet or too hoppy) but this one is pretty much right in the middle.

M - Medium body, resiny, tacky and sticky mouthfeel. You won't miss those sweet malts in this mouthfeel.

D - Very easy to drink. The 8% ABV is hidden well and I could drink a few of these. Will remember to pick up a few when I'm back home in Canada. Solid beer.

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Photo of ericj551
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hophead DIPA pours a nice reddish amber with a decent head that lingers a bit. Piney and herbal hops are present in the aroma, as well as some medium crystal malt. The flavor is hoppy and bitter, with some nice herbal and citrus character. Fruity, caramel and toffee malt cuts through, with a nice firm resiny bitterness. Overall not a bad DIPA, although it's a bit lacking in flavor and aroma. Maybe it's not a fresh bottle, but I can't find a date to confirm.

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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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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 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 strangemusic
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours coppery orange, with a finger or so of head that settles quickly as a film over the top of the pour. Par for the course for a DIPA, a little bit disapp

The smell is sweet, piney and hoppy with some breadiness and citrus. Not mind-boggling, but good for the style.

Taste-wise, it is all bitter hops up front, lots of pine, with a smack of peach and orange flavours, then a big, warm wave of toffee malts, rosy alcohol and a lingering floral/pine hop presence.

MF is a bit on the oily side. It is medium-bodied and crisp but not astringent, and creamy through the finish. Nice!

Drinkability is moderate. There's not a crushingly long aftertaste, so you can keep sipping it, but watch out for the very obvious alcohol presence!

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

Pours a deep orange colour with a nice white head with a little bit of lacing. Smells of pine and citrus, with some sweetness. Some bitterness, but certainly not a palate killer. Sticky pine hops with citrus coming in a bit after. Lots of sweet butterscotch flavour for balance. Not quite a hop bomb, but a very nice double IPA still. Really nice mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Long813
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: Chris (wordemupg), 650 ml

A: Dark cloudy copper body with three fingers of light mocha head. Decent retention and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Big fronts of hops, pine some earthiness and sweet malts.

T: Much like the smell, this is huge on the hops and balanced out nicely with malts. It seems less hoppy than it's IPA brother, but I like the malty falvouring.

M: Medium-thick and medium carbonation. It's a fuller texture than it's counter part and leaves a dry bitter malt finish. I can't sense much alcohol, but my room mate could (very much so).

D: Thanks again to Chris, this brew is great and has held up very well from being back in the winter. I find it balanced more than the double, but the alcohol does creep up on you. Fantastic Canadian beer.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, today marks my 200th review and, also, my 24th birthday. What better way to cap off a great day than with a double IPA to commemorate my double century mark of reviews! Here's to the next couple hundred . . .

This DIPA pours a really attractive orange colour with a definite peachy pink hue that makes for a nice surprise right away. Into my snifter, I get a good 2 finger orange-y, rocky off-white head that kicks around for a bit and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

The aroma pouring out of this beer is chock full of northwest pine, citrus and caramel with subtle hints of bread and spice. Orange zest galore! Very promising indeed.

Taste is full of caramel and, actually, a very good amount of sweet, candied dark fruit flavours that make way for the intense pine-y, citrusy hops that come in full force and follow through onto the finish and linger. With a decent hit of alcohol late-sip and a good amount of bread on the linger as well, this well balanced finish of hops and malt goes on and on and on . . . I'm even picking up some faint cotton candy flavour on the long linger as well.

Mouthfeel-wise, this brew is a chewy, sticky hop nectar with a good hit of spicy carbonation and that classic oily pine finish that coats the palate, both warming it with alcohol and soothing it with a creamy texture that makes for a powerful, yet soft finish.

This beer has a high ABV and is not afraid to show it! As we all know, sometimes high ABV beers can feel out of balance. However, while this beer's alcohol is blatantly present, it is worked in very well with the other strong flavours going on so as to not overpower the palette. Don't get me wrong, this is a BIG beer - it does provide quite the workout for the palette. However, I could see myself having a couple of these in one go. This is a definite must-try for all IPA-loving BA's.

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Photo of pootz
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold-orange with a puffy 1 finger cap that lasts and laces well (this is this beer's signature, if you don't see this you have a oxidized ample or a dirty glass)

Aroma is a Canadianized version of the west coast APAs...chinook hop grapefruit aromas over toffee malts.

Tastes pretty much as it smells; standard APA tastes but in good balance and a lighter clean finish,

Glad Tree makes this or Western Canada wouldn't have a local bottled pacific NW styled APA..two thumbs up!

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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 Duckmancgy
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Tree's Hop Head IPA, so when I found some bottles of the Double IPA i had to try it. Larger bottle, with a similar label. Clearly defines the product and the alcohol content. Also a bottle certificate is hung over the neck of the bottle. This certificate notes which bottle number is being consumed, nice touch.

First after opening and pouring into my favorite beer glass, I took a deep smell. Immediately you are hit with a wonderfully floury smell of the hops. Mellows a little over time as the beer breathes, but is still very obvious at the end. The first taste swirled around the tongue and you notice the slightly bitter notes of the hops. Those who are not a big fan of the "bitter beer face" may not like what hits the tongue at the start. As you swirl it around the tongue, the flavors change. The bitter notes change to a sweet malty-ness but not overpowering. As you swallow the taste ends with a slight crispness, with only the flavor of the hops continuing on for a while.

The colour is a wonderful golden amber, with a nice cream head. Bubbles are medium but do not overpower the texture of the beer in your mouth. Pairs well with spicy foods or barbecued meats. But to be perfectly honest, it is great all by itself. It has quickly become one of my favorites and the only negative is that it isn't a regular brew from the folks at Tree.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tree produces a delicious IPA, and their DIPA is nothing short of exceptional!

A - Pours a nice creamy orange colour with a thin layer of head which slowly dissipated leaving a little bit of lacing. Extremely appealing presentation!

S - The hop scent is almost sweet on the nose with strong citrus undertones.

T - Wow, what flavour! Not overly bitter, which is what I was expecting based off the smell. The sweetness of the hops comes through leaving a lemon citrus after-taste. If someone asked I would've said 6%, but the 8% alcohol is nicely hidden. Not the hop bomb I would've expected, but it's very balanced and I much prefer the mildness compared to other DIPA's I've had (i.e. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid)

M - Very creamy on the palette, with a nice light finish.

D - Very drinkable, even with the high alcohol content. If it weren't for the price, I'd start my sessions every weekend with one of these!

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Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed many bottles that were seriously drinkable, but they pale in comparison to having this fresh on draft!

A: Copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, nectarine, pine, candied pineapple and hints of toffee.

T: Awesome, fresh, leafy hops. Grapefruit with plenty of rind, tangerine, nectarine and hints of pine; Some quality malt (biscuit & a touch of toffee). Solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, slight hop acidity, crisp finish.

D: Awesome.

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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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