Hop Head India Pale Ale | Tree Brewing

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Hop Head India Pale AleHop Head India Pale Ale
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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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Photo of SebD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice semi cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney, earthy and citrusy hops with some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has the piney, earthy and citrusy character but also has a decent malt presence with some caramelly notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel but it doesn't leave a lingering bitterness, something I look for in IPA's.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Caudalie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a bormioli beer tasting glass

A: pours a clear golden color, with good head

S: really reminding me of pot, resin, leafs, nice smell

T: pretty light, refreshing and hoppy. I like this style of beers

O: well done, cheap, refreshing. A nice go to thirst quenching beer

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

A: 1/2" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Nutty malt and floral hops dominate the smell profile.

T: Citrus, pine and mostly floral hops dominate the taste profile.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: An approachable IPA for those who cannot handle the more bitter varieties.

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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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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big foamy white head. Three fingers off a hard pour. Rusty copper hue. Good head retention, nice and foamy. Solid lacing clings to the glass thoroughly.

S - Lots of piney, citrusy hops. A little bit of tropical fruit going on; grapefruit and orange. Not a lot of malt though, and I'm not really picking up any caramel malt. Nice floral character to it as well.

T - Solid floral hop presence, not quite as citrusy as anticipated. Bigger caramel malt presence in the finish than the aroma had me thinking. Overall, really clean ale with a nice hop kick to it. Fresh mango, unripe orange, and a touch of grapefruit. Much more balance between the malt and hop character than I had expected too. More pine than fruit in the hops, but it's really good.

M - Subtle, but prickly carbonation, with a medium-bodied feel. Well done, but nothing spectacular; very easy to drink though.

D - A domestic IPA that I'm sure will be a mainstay in my fridge for years to come. Well hopped, tasty, and easy to drink. Definitely beats out a lot of other Western Canadian IPAs too. Good stuff.

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

330ml bottle. I reckon it's the new design.

A - Looks beautiful! Pours a slightly hazy copper-coloured body, with a nice white foamy head. Suberb lacing and good head retention. Almost looks like a perfect IPA!

S - Grapefruit-like citrus hopness. Hints of tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango). A bit of caramel. Smells pretty promising.

T - Starts out with a very pithy, grapefruit hop kick. Then you get some pine and caramel. Not very sweet. The after-taste is dry and bitter. I was a little upset that I didn't taste any tropical fruits, though.

M - This definitely is a full-bodied IPA (as claimed on the label). However, it is way too dry for my taste; and that does not necessarily have to do with the level of bitterness (which is okay). Slightly astringent. No trace of alcohol.

O - Overall, this is a solid and HOPPY Canadian IPA. Nothing less, nothing more.

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

Pours an orangey-amber with a thin white head, barely any lacing.

The aroma is somewhat subdued, some spicey, floral hops and light citrusy notes.

Tastes sharp and hoppy upfront, not much of a malt backbone here. Lots of citrusy, floral hops and lots of different spice notes. Seems a bit harsh, nice and bitter, but almost too much, not balanced well enough.

Overall a good beer, but I enjoyed their double IPA more.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavily malted ale is a pleasure to drink.

Beautiful amber colour with decent head. Mouthfeel and carbonation level is also pleasant, although oilier than 6% typically warrants. Aroma of roasted and caramelized malts, which transcends directly into the taste. Flavours also yield a pleasantly hoppy & dry finish, although without the citrus highlights often associated with an APA.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 12-pack of BC Craft Brews and this was thankfully one of the beers included. I've had it before and enjoyed it and looked forward to having it again.

Brought to you by your friends at Tree Brewing, I found this IPA - rather weak by IPA standards at only 5.6& ABV - to be rather delicious, if you're a fan of hops. It's easy to drink, and easy to have a handful of these - if you're a fan of hops. I would definitely recommend this beer, and I'm happy it's slowly becoming more easily available in the Vancouver area.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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