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
Photo of GrimmReaper
1.9/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy off orange color with a decent head with decent retention.Fruity aroma with some tangerine in there and some kinda flowery scent also.Taste is very bitter with a sour tangy fruity flavor,kinda soapy flavor also,got a medium mouth to this one which hits you right off the bat with the bitterness and than goes down with a tangy bite and the bitter hits again and stays right at the back of the tongue.Not my style.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Roby923
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
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 kvadiat
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of paxkey
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle different than one pictured.

pours marmelade orange, honey brown. two finger offwhite head. beer is cloudy. head is sticking around.

pulling tropical fruit on the nose. a little candylike though. might be a sweet syrupy malt bill. smells nice overall

an almost cloying bitterness attacks the palate and leaves a sharp spiked edge on the finish. some of that sweetness comes through in the middle and stays around on the finish.
bitterness is slighlty metallic. not terrible but..
beer has some chewiness to it but leaves some alchohol burn and almost medicinal bitterness on the way down.
love ipa's but a failure is a failure.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JasonThaler
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/red with low carbonation, and below average lacing. Delightful smells of sweet malts and tons of sticky hops. First sip is bitter with a welcomed hop presence but lacking in a strong enough malt backbone to really balance out the aggressive hops. Just not enough balance to make this anything more than mediocre.

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3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a mix six from my g/f's uncle after sharing with him some beers from the states.

Not bad, not great.. easy drinking... flavor on the backend, not much from the Start... good brew, just not one that stands out or screams... take me home and drink me

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark copper body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Grainy pale maltiness with vague hints of caramel and notes of pine and citrus fruit.

Taste: Light, fleeting flavors of grains, pale malt, and, to an even lesser degree, caramel. Minimal sweetness. Pine-based and citrus hops deliver a moderate bitterness, a bit astringent at times. Finishes crisp, bitter, and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Didn't care for this one. Thanks, but no thanks, Tree.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to vanrassel for this one.

Pours a filtered copper colour with a slight golden sheen. 1 inch of head leaves a very pretty lace. Medium-high carbonation keeps the head up on this one. Aromas are subdued to say the least. Sweetly floral hop aromas are present, but not in spades. Muted orange-like citric aromas mix with a light caramel apple sweetness. This would be a great nose on a APA, but on an IPA it just seems a bit weak.

Taste is mostly bitterness, and here we get into what an IPA is about, raw hop juice. Unfortunately my first impression is that there's no balance here. Crackery malt leaves no sweetness to balance the particularly vinous and stringent hop flavours. Hops lean on the side of piney and grapefruity, there's not much floral here at all. It's not unpleasant, but it's one dimensional and not really balanced at all. A bit more maltiness and a little more variety in the hop department would have pushed this one into better territory. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but the carbopnation is about right. Dries the palate, but not overly so, this is a surprisingly wet IPA. Wow, I am not blown away by this at all. The nose, the flavour, just nothing to get too excited about really. Drinkability isn't bad I guess due to the thin body but I would move on to the next IPA if one was on the table.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single bottle bought in Vancouver. orangey, small off-white head. malty IPA, just like a lot of other canadian IPAs. Hops are dry and present but they don't really define the character of the beer as i think they should. Its more just a sweet hop oil falvored malty beer. Not bad, but i expected a lot more.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/29/06- Taken from notes on my last Kelowna trip in September. Had on tap at Tree Brewery.

Presentation- Via the tap into 4oz tasters.

Appearance- Lighter amber colored pour, 1/2 inch head with light lacing.

Smell- Darker roasted malt background, minimal, but sweeter and floral scented hops.

Taste- Hmmm, really light on the hops here. Tastes like a pale ale that has more malt than hops. Just a small hit of grapefruit bitterenss. The malt is medium dark, not as dark as from the scent.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level. Light aftertaste.

Drinkability- I will have to try this one again when I go back. It gets good reviews. Stale batch? Doubt it though because I got it straight from the tap at the brewery itself. Just wasn't hoppy at all.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Incredibly see through grapefruit pink/yellow. Small layer of white head that doesn't last more then a couple seconds but does leave some lacing. Some slight activity but the color is really turning me off from the start.

Some ok citrus pulling through, mainly. Grapefruits and lemon, hops are minimally present. I'm getting an almost sour like scent.

One of the weirdest tastes I have ever seen in an ipa. It starts off with sour lemon and orange and grapefruit mixture that blends together in a very odd way, and follows with a malty grainy flavor before leading into moderately sharp hop kick. A little bit hot in the beginning and middle which probably adds to the weird flavors.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of cknoch
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of papat444
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chad for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 17/09/12.

Appearance: A light honey colored body with at least 4 fingers of foam and latches onto the glass. Very nice.

Smell: Sticky hops, some caramel and some sweetness.

Taste: A bit of sugar cane but not much fruit. Flavors are more in the back end and not very prominent as upfront it's kind of neutral.

Mouthfeel: Clean, a bit bitter in aftertaste and slightly better than taste.

Overall: A timid IPA and ordinary. Doesn't distinguish itself.

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Photo of peensteen
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy copper colour, one finger of off white head, lots of lace left behind. Smell is full of hops and pine notes, some citrus and grapefruit, malty with some sweet notes. Taste is fairly malty, quite sweet, floral pine presence, big peanut oil like flavours are a little unwelcome. Med-high prickly carbonation, medium body with some hop oils present. Overall a bit of a let down, looks and smells quite good but that was the highpoint, a bit bland and fairly average.

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Photo of liamt07
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, courtesy of IllNate.

Gorgeous dark orange colour, with an off white head, which settles to a collar. Great hop-haze going on, can't see clearly through this beer; looks great and hope the taste is there too. Aroma is tropical fruits; maybe a bit of grapefruit, but also has some mango and orange going on, among others. Light bitterness, but doesn't stick out; a sweet, caramel malt stands out from underneath this as well. Taste is kinda weird; I get some fruits upfront with a bit of bitterness and some pine lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's got some good drinkability on a nice hot summer day. Bottle probably not as fresh as it could have been however.

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