Hop Head India Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

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Hop Head India Pale AleHop Head India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over a decade ago, we brewed one of the most innovative IPA's in Craft Brewing. To this day, our award winning IPA is the benchmark for Real IPA's...as our saying goes "Drink Real Ale Cause Bud Is Just For Smoking"! Hop Head is full bodied and loaded with hops, delivering a distinct taste and aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
223
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kvadiat
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GlendonTT
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LDuke
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcubz
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chriswillms9
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MilkLeg
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer, first had it on tap at Jameson's one time after class.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BA's listings for Tree Brewing are all screwy--a lot of stuff is listed under a separate entry, for the Tree Brewing Institute. That despite the fact that beers that were unique to the Institute are now being distributed under the standard Tree Brewing label.

Take Hop Head IPA, for example, which is now Hop Head *unfiltered* IPA--a development that started at the Institute but has become the standard IPA offering for Tree.

But anyway.

Pours super murky orange-ish, lots of head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Smells piney, resin-y, cat piss-y, only slight (super bitter) citrus. Malt undertones. Taste presents more on the citrus side, but it's still a very bitter citrus, all rind and pith. Bitter but not unmanageable. Dry but not unbearable.

A solid, if unspectacular IPA. I prefer more juicy citrus, but this is a decent offering and widely available in Western Canada. I ain't mad at it, as the saying goes.

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Photo of imfinished
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This nectar was poured fairly aggressively into a pint glass and the result was a nice, tightly wound layer of bubbly foam that starts out around one finger thick and settles into a thick patchwork over the beer itself. The color of the brew is a very hazy coppery-gold color with tinges of orange when held up against the light. Hard to tell what the carbonation is like but the lacing is very nice with thick clumps of foam clinging and creating shapes on the side of the glass, before slowly sliding back into the beer.

S- Well balanced between somewhat citrus hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. The hops themselves have grapefruit qualities with other assorted citrus rind tartness while the malt portion of the aromas suggest honeyed toffee and bready richness.

T- Overall this is rather light in flavor, however, after the swallow, the sticky honey sweetness really lingers on the palate. Balancing tastes of caramel malt balance orange-esqe bitter/tart hop cones that are somewhat floral, somewhat piney....perhaps some other assorted fruits are mixed in this as well but are too muted to define properly.

M/O- Good medium bodied brew with decently aggressive carbonation make this quite a delightful IPA to enjoy....I enjoy the chewy malts and the bitterness to counter the sweetness....this is rather drinkable and this one really is assisting in me getting more into the style! Good with a salty snack and the alcohol is hidden but creeps up on a person! I recommend this one.

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Photo of Sathanas
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Albertahab31
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Damacdon
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bumchilly25
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrazFraz
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreadnaughtzombie
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roby923
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dry dry dry. Bottled at the Oak Room. No discernible hop smell or taste, a very non intrusive IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Craft, Vancouver.
Crusty parchment cap with rusty amber body. 4
Pure floral soap nose. 3.25
Peanut brittle then resin, pine sampe and herbal-lime water hops. 3.75
Tea leaf dinish and apple skin linger.
Lt-med, lively, some cling. 3.5

Oddly toothless. Thin and fizzy, English more than American, and balanced towards malts. Does slightly better if you consider it an English IPA. A light touch, but an abomination of naming, too. 3.5

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Photo of Ysrchris
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

rich hoppy taste without going to the extreme
One of my new most favorite beers

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Photo of snaotheus
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-12-22
12oz bottle poured into a little pilsner glass. 16/02/15.

Pours slightly hazy amber-bronze with a decent sized pale head that fades fairly slowly. Quite carbonated. Smell is old hops, a little pine, slight flower.

Taste is better than the aroma suggested. Crisp, bitter, but on the pale ale side more than the IPA side. Straw or hay.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, not bad, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

This is a winner - one of my favorite in this style of IPA. When I first encountered HopHead several years ago, my palate was softer and somewhat unprepared for the hop bite. I was pleased to find this in a winter mixer pack and give it another whirl. It has a nice citrus nose, a nice color, and a pleasant mouthfeel. There is plenty of structure in the overall flavor, with hints of tea and spruce. The hopping is subtle and provides a great overall balance to this beer. Bravo!

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