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.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
1.9/5  rDev -50.3%
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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Photo of paxkey
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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 ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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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Photo of digdug1810
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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 -19.4%
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 -18.1%
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 -17.5%
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 -16.2%
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 -15.7%
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 papat444
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 -12.3%
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 -12%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I would disagree with the description slightly (I wouldn't call this "extrememly hoppy"), I still thought this beer was pretty decent. It was a very light and drinkable IPA which still had some presence in my mouth despite a lot of refreshing effervescence. It was an OK-looking golden brown with great head formation which stuck around forever. Aroma was just a touch off - there was a fair amount of grassy hop but somehow it was weirdly wheaty.

Not bad, and I'd recommend it.

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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

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 bloberglawp
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you IronDjinn for this bottle (CanBIF). Served in pint glass, at 18C.

Immediate hop aroma/flavor (dry hoped?), very nice. Bitter brew, plenty of hops used in this one. Rather neutral malt backbone, could use a little more. Good cabonisation and head retention/lacing for this style.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear caramel golden hue wearing a 1cm white foam. Aroma is rather straightforward C-hops, grapefruity for sure, but even more so lemony. Malt is not totally absent although subdued, it comes out as raw sugar and banana. The smell by itself lets anticipate a rather sour IPA. On the tongue, the flavor really approaches a lemon lifesaver candy. Another sip will indicate more grapefruit juice similarities, but every one of tem will have that fluffy floweriness leading to a rather tart and big bitterness. The light to medium body with medium carbonation makes it very tongue cleaning, refreshing and quaffable, dangerously so in fact. Thanks frink!

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--came in a standard 341 ml bottle.
--Poured an orange like in color. Not much head and average lacing.
--A strong smell of hops with a slight sweetness to it. Ends with a bitter taste.

This is an average beer of this style. I would seek out an English IPA before I try another one of these. Thanks.

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Photo of ericj551
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hophead IPA pours a slightly hazy orange red with a slightly off white head that lingers as a thin layer. The aroma is herbal, floral and slightly citrusy hops with a nutty, toasted bread malt character. The same floral, herbal hops pop up in the flavor, just a bit earthy. The caramel malt sweetness is moderate, with the same warm toasted bread character as the brewery's pale ale. The bitterness is solid, but not lingering like I expect with an IPA.

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Photo of maclean25
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a six-pack of bottles. I have really liked what I've had from Tree Brewing so, even though IPAs are not my favourite style, I am hoping for a high quality beer.

It pours with a finger of white-caramel-coloured creamy head. The body is slightly hazy, bronze or caramel coloured. The aroma has fresh hops, earthy-grass, burnt sugar, and some light citrus. The taste has clean clear hops of course with floral and grapefruit notes, but also creme brule and little pepper. I find it feels full bodied with a buttery quality. Perfect carbonation. Overall, good. I'm not the best person to judge an IPA but I liked it better than the standard Alexander Keith's IPA but Tree Brewing has better beers available than this one.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO back in The Loo.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, fluffy, off-white head with very good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking beer for sure.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, honeydew melon, toffee and some floral hops on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, melon flavors, then some bitter-sweet flavors after the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel and toffee, decent hop bitterness and floral flavors. English in style for sure, with a solid malt backbone.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Solid beer. Nothing worth writing home about, but a good English style IPA that's easy to drink. Enjoyable and worth drinking for sure. Pretty good looking too. Recommended.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great bottle. (It's different than what's pictured here)

Pours and orangey amber topped by a thick, foamy 1" head. Laces and retains well.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit, stevia leaf and canned peaches.

The taste is pine with a herbal grassy bitterness with not quite enough caramel malt to equalize things.

Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, somewhat creamy.

Yep. It's a textbook IPA. Better than many. But after going through a good two dozen or more Red Racers this summer, it's kind of hard to be wowed by this one. Unfortunately.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium orange. Cloudy with one finger of bubbly off-white head that quickly receded leaving some good lacing behind.

S - A seemingly balanced IPA nose. Some bitter citrus and piney hops with a sweet caramel backbone.

T - Follows the nose. Balanced flavour profile with a good hop bitterness and a sweet caramel malt backbone. Some citrus and floral notes come through from the hops as well.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle. Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of lingering off-white head. Very attractive.

Biscuity malts and piney hops, with light notes of citrus and honey.
For "Hop Head" I was expecting something a little more hop-forward and daring..definitely not a bad beer..quite good, actually..but just a little retrained..overall it's got a nice bitter and malty backbone..finishing smooth and dry. Good drinkability.

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Photo of MattyV
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent orange-copper colour, airy white head with average retention but good lacing down the sides of the glass. Some caramel maltiness is immediately noticeable in the nose along with some green/herbal hop notes and a slight metallic tinge. Taste follows the nose with a sizeable sweet crystal malt backbone that counters the fruity/herbal hop flavours and bitterness. Finishes with a sharp, 'pithy' bitterness. Medium slick body with average, slightly prickly carbonation. Nice to see more (Canadian) IPAs on the shelves lately, even some of the more average interpretations of the style such as this. Quite enjoyable and well-balanced, lending itself to a good session or two, but perhaps if the juicy hop flavour was dialed up a bit this beer would stick out more for me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance – The beer pours a clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation to be seen, and there is some really amazing lacing going on. The head hung around for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruits, pine

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. There is also an earthy flavour mixed with pine and some light grapefruit. The beer finishes with a caramel sweet aftertaste with a few seconds of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Don't get me wrong, this is a very good IPA.. but I prefer more of fruity juicy west coast flavour. This is more along the lines of the east coast variety.. kind like a sam adams latitude 48 meets a smuttynose finest kind.

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