Hop Head India Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

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Hop Head India Pale AleHop Head India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

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

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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 124
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Popsinc
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber, generous head...the nose was fruity and floral, lots of fresh hoppiness....the taste was all hops, found that the malts were somewhat lost in the mix, not as well balanced as i would have liked, hop bitterness, mild sweetness...hops dominated and lingered long....nice full, lively mouthfeel, a little drying of the finish...nice beer but a little too hop-dominant to score better drinkability

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of niangelo
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a Tree Brewing sampler 8 pack (only 11 bucks!) Served in a pint glass.

I fridged this one a while, after I hopped off the hop-wagon, so to speak. But I was in the mood tonight, and this brew payed off. It's nice to have a Canadian brewery that puts out a spicy, hoppy beer that's available in Edmonton. Alley Kat's Full Moon Pale is another great example.

The mouthfeel is lively. Smells floral and hoppy. Taste is heavy on the citrus, floral notes and some light bread notes. Finished with a hint of malt and dark hops.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six pack from the Uptown Waterloo LCBO. Been eager to try this for quite some time, but distribution was...well...typical.

Poured into a nonic. Amber golden, good frothy head, nice lacing patches.

Nose is a mix of earth, citrus and malty sweetness, with a bit of pine and other damp BC smells. Lovely.

Nice IPA, with the earthy-pine grabbing more attention than the citrus, which is something I haven't seen in quite some time. Like any true "Hop Head", I just can't get enough hops, and yes, even this brew could still use a little more umph. But it's damned tasty and the maple sweetness is quite enjoyable. British Pale Ale-style mild carbonation, slightly creamy.

Solid brew, nice IPA with a distinctly BC flavor to it. Worth a try, might sneak in to my regular rotation.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of chickenm
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a long-lasting light tan head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of grapefruit with some caramel malt. The flavor is mostly hops with grapefruit and pine. The taste would be better if it had a stronger malt backbone to balance it out a bit. Medium-light body with a decent mouthfeel, quite dry. Nothing amazing, but this is a nice IPA.

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Photo of LDuke
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of niknar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint at Bottlescrew Bill's in downtown Calgary - this was my introduction to hoppy IPAs (fuck you Alexander Keith!) a few years ago, and here I sit now, with a tap option right in front of me!

This beer appears a clear, medium orange-brick amber hue, with one chubby finger of thickly foamy, somewhat bubbly, and eventually creamy off-white head, which leaves a respectable amount of patchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells evenly of grapefruit/orange citrus pith, lemon-heavy iced tea powder, biscuity and bready caramel malt, and further floral, leafy astringent hop notes. The taste is bitter grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind up front, followed tightly by a bewildered dose of crackery caramel malt, a bit of wet white bread, and rounded out once again by some mildly bitter floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, in a tacky, frothy sort of manner, the body a decent medium-full weight for the style, mostly smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes more or less consistent, the semi-sweet malt, and varied bittering hops lingering for a whole while longer.

As previously mentioned, seeing this on tap for the first time was a very pleasant surprise. It is a fair bit fuller and smoother in draft form, but is otherwise quite in line, flavour-wise, with the bottled format that I usually put back in large-ish amounts, when the occasion calls for it. One of Canada's best for the style, IMHO.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange colour, slight haze. Foamy off-white head retains well and leaves a patchy lace. Light citrus, tropical fruit, and pine on the nose. Mildly sweet and fruity up front with notes of toast, mango, and red grapefruit. Finish is leafy, bitter, and long lingering. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and slick, with lingering oiliness between mouthfuls. A solidly built but unremarkable American IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid and very bitter American style IPA. As good as an average American microbrewery. Not particularly citrusy, that would heighten its drinkability. More banana. Dry aftertastePine and lemon aroma. Hats off to Irondjinn for the sample.
I had this 2.5 years later on tap at Hop In Brew and that rating is now posted.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jcubz
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pugdogbeer
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hop Head IPA from Tree Brewing in Kelowna BC is a very smooth, easy-drinking IPA owing more to American IPAs than its maltier Canadian and British cousins.

Cirtusy, sweet smell with a nice orange colour with lots of lovely lacing.

This is one of the smoothest, easy-to-drink IPAs I have ever encountered.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice amber hue, one finger of soapy toffee coloured head

S - definite floral & piney hops dominate, exactly what I would expect from an American IPA

T - nicely bitter floral/piney hops at first, then a spicy but caramelly malt linger on the tounge

M - starts sharp & spicy with an expected hop kick, but smooths out nicely on the aftertaste in spite of the spiciness

D - with a 5.6% APV, I still think this is a very easy drinking IPA, enough punch to satisfy the hop lover, but I could see myself easily starting a big night off with several of these

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Photo of kyrlos
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Orrshow
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours deep golden amber with some off white frothy head. The head retains reasonably and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell – Lots of hops odors when put to the nose. Floral and citrus hops are very present. It’s clear that cascades are used here. I can also smell bread and caramel malt aromas. Nice.

Taste – Extremely bitter from the start. Bread flavors come next with slight caramel sweetness. There is lots of citrus as well with some pine flavor. The aftertaste is a dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel – Toned down carbonation and a great body. It’s a little oily as well.

Drinkability – Top notch. I like my hops though…so it won’t be great for everyone.

One reliable IPA that I like to revisit. Tree's best beer by far.

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Photo of heebes
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle.
New bottle design. No label on the body, only the top, slightly tapered in the middle, different.
15/01/12 printed on the neck.

Pours a medium orange amber with one and a half fingers worth of slightly off white foamy head. Nose is biscuity, bready, light citrus, lemony, faint pine; mainly balanced with possibly more malt backbone than hop presence - at least in the smell. Taste is sharply bitter pine (from Tree brewing, go figure) with that malt forward body coming next, almost instantly dry mouthfeel. A depth of flavour, thankfully this is where the hops shine most in this beer - bitter, earthy but not floral or citrus. The same malt profile that I remember from the Imperial Hophead from Tree that we tried earlier this year; a little metallic, reminiscent of a beer that isnt so fresh, but hey, traveling from B.C to Ontario im not complaining. Medium bodied, good carbonation.
Overall, pretty impressed - its got the sharp dry hop mouthfeel down, fairly balanced, refreshing and nice to see on shelves in this small rural town.

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Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of vanrassel
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA, but I can't help thinking it's missing something.

It looks and smells good: a nice copper colour, thick head and a bitter hoppy aroma tinged with a bit of caramel from the malt. The taste has plenty of hop bitterness typical of the style and it has a nice bite, but I thought the mouthfeel was a little thin and watery — a finding I've had with a couple of Tree beers, actually. The finish was a little dry and astringent for my liking, too.

Despite my lukewarm endorsement, this beer still beats a macro any day. The thing is, I can find better IPAs locally (Wild Rose springs to mind, and it's locally-brewed, too) I'd rather drink than this one.

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Photo of eat
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first hoppy beer I ever tried. I bough a mixed Tree six-pack while I was living in Banff and thought this stuff tasted like freshly cut grass. I didn't know what to make of it at first but ended up loving it. It's been a couple years now since I've had this beer; thanks to wordemupg for including it in CanBIF6.

Hop Head pours a hazy honey colour with lots of visible carbonation and a bubbly white cover of head. Decent lacing but not enough head retention.

The nose is a good balance of caramel malt and floral, grassy hops. Bits of tropical fruit, cotton candy and pine are also present. Pretty nice.

After drinking dozens more hoppy beers since first being introduced to hops by this stuff...I can't really say it's all that hoppy anymore. It smells pretty nice but the taste isn't what I was expecting. Not totally balanced; a little too far over to the bitterness side. It's a bit thin, with the malt presence being pretty weak and the hops mostly showing up as bitter IBUs rather than specific flavours. The nice sweet malt from the smell isn't really present at all. Some slightly-drying grapefruit rind does come through; wheat; a little alcohol blends in with the bitterness. Aftertaste of grapefruit rind.

The feel is pretty average. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Nothing special.

This isn't among the better IPAs I've tried and actually isn't what I remember from back in Banff. I wonder if they've changed the recipe at all in the couple years since I last had this one; I remember a lot or grassy hops but they're not showing up here. This one is lacking a bottling date so it's tough to say how fresh it is. It goes down easy enough but seems pretty uninspired.

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Hop Head India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 224 ratings