Hop Head Black India Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

Hop Head Black India Pale AleHop Head Black India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.8/5
78 Ratings
Hop Head Black India Pale AleHop Head Black India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
treebeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Head Black IPA is dark brown / black in colour, delivering an aroma of roasted malt tones. With five different varieties of superior hops and six malts, Hop Head Black IPA brings out a malt forward taste with a lingering hop bitterness.

Added by Derek on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
78
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 35
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted alt with some hoppy bitter and dry notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. I thought this was too bitter and almost astringent with the body too thin for the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle from the LCBO $6.25 served into a Guinness glass.

A- Dark brown pretty much black color with a thick frothy head of light brown foam and good lace.

S- Nose is fairly malty with aromas of roasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. Hops are in the background and barely noticeable.

T- I must say, a Black IPA is a style im relatively unfamiliar with but if this was a blind tasting id swear that this was a stout or some kind of dark Christmas ale. Its is quite roasty with flavors of caramel malts, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, mid palate is smoky and slightly grassy with a touch of coffee. Only in the end do i really find the hops to be noticeable and give way to mild flavors pine and some citrus in the finish. Alcohol is not present in the taste whatsoever which is surprising given the high ABV%.

M- Appearances can be deceiving. After pouring this beer it resembles that of a world class stout, but the mouthfeel is really quite light as is the carbonation.

D- a tasty beer with excellent mouthfeel, if the alcohol wasn't so high it would be quite sessionable.

Overall I was expecting more of a typical hoppy IPA with a darker appearance. I think a touch more hops would bring this brew to a higher level but im happy with the final result. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle from the LCBO Ottawa for 6.50$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate/coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with coffee/chocolate and hops. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a dark fruit sweetness. It ends with a malty chocolate aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - I expected more from this one. It basically tastes like a hoppy imperial porter/stout. Perhaps a storm king by victory. Not really an american black ale in my books. It doesn't have any of the west coast lip fruity smacking qualities found in a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous. (one of my favourite ABA's)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear brown with significant red highlights. Limited head and no lacing, with little carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Aroma focuses on roasted dark malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is also very malt-forward, albeit with a delightful bitterness that lingers for an impressive length of time. Alcohol burn in the finish highlights the 8.8% ABV.

Unfortunately none of the "west coast" citrus, pine or tropical fruit “cascadian hop” elements for which I'd hoped - and that I typically associate with this style classification. Glad to have tried it. I have a lot of respect for this brewery and will try any future releases, but not certain I'll buy another in 2012.

Just tried first 2013 and much more impressed - unbelievable roasted malts with decent bitterness - look forward to trying again!

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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/09/12. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. Half a finger of bubbly light brown head formed and receded to a thin layer.

S - Huge roasted malt aroma up front with a touch of coffee. Some lighter hop aromas are present as well but they take a back seat to the roast. Some very light pine and floral aromas come though.

T - Big roasted malt profile up front with a prominent hop bitterness. The malts really overpower the hops and make it difficult to pick out any of the hop flavours but some light citrus and pine flavors are present. Finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Easy on the pour there.... huge billowy head. Quickly patches up and drops to a reasonable level. Clear, ruby red liquid underneath.

S - Lots of roast with hints of char and pineapple. Dark sugars.

T - Big alcohol punch seems too strong for a dark ale like this. There's hops here, but they take a back seat to the booze and sweet malt. Dark, roasted grain and hoppy bitterness compete on the back end. Hints of apple and mild fruit as well.

M - Medium-light in mouthfeel. Low carbonation despite the big foam.

D - Pretty drinkable given the bigness of this brew. There's a lot going on here. Seems to lean a bit too much on the sweet side for me.

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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark. Malty and hoppy with an espresso/burnt caramel after taste. Medium carbonation. Worth the try.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with plenty of ruby glints and rays. The tan foamy head on top quickly dissipates but musters up plenty of lace patches on the glass. Coffee and dark chocolate notes fill the nose. Some burnt molasses mixes with citric PacNWt hops. The taste is more malt driven, in fact it reminds me of a strong Porter with a compliment of American hops. Roastyness and milk chocolate mix with caramel soaked bread on the malt side. a piney, earthy hoppiness provides a solid hop background. The mouthfeel is full bodied and more affected by the sweetness of the malt than the bitterness of the hops. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. The finish is moderately bitter and chocolatey.

This is a decent American Black Ale, could be a lot less restrained with the hops though, they tend to be one dimensional here. Still, a delicious beer worth a try.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Black body with a light brown head. Good retention and nice lacing. Nose has some lightly burnt bready malts, char, dark fruits, molasses and sweet malty notes. Not a lot in terms of hopping I thought. Taste is roasty, milk chocolate, charred notes, dark fruits and caramel. Bitter hopping is really evident. Mouthfeel is full, bitter and really roasty long into the finish. Not the Black IPA I had expected, almost idenifies with some hoppier imperial stouts. Bottle was too much for me to finish alone.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650mL bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown/black with two fingers of beige frothy head.

Smell - Roasted malts, hops, cocoa.

Taste - Strong roasted malts balanced with piney hops. Hint of bitter cocoa. Bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A black IPA that is more roasted malts than hops-based. It is balanced, however I expected more of a "hop bomb" based on their other Hop Head brews. Still an enjoyable brew.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Near pitch black. Pours with a cola-like fizzy foam head that appears quite creamy.

S: Dark dried fruits (cherries, dates, figs), molasses, caramel-like malt, and somewhat fainter dark chocolate. Full and robust roasted malt aromas that are enticing.

T: Dark chocolate upfront coupled with other roasted malt tastes of caramel and dark fruits. Pleasantly sweet with a certain creamy and smooth quality. Tart hops poke through enough to provide bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: Very pleased with this offering from Tree. Enjoying the smooth and creamy aspects in relation to the amount of tart bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Hop Head Black India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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