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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: 225 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of marty21
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange with one finger worth of off white head. Settles to a solid cap and left tons of lacing.

S: Very nice hoppy aroma up front with some malt and earthy aromas in the background.

T: Light malt with earthy tastes. Finishes with some hops but not nearly as much as I was picking up in the aroma. Bit of a let down.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: It’s a pretty good IPA but I was a little disappointed in the lack of hops in the taste. Freshness wouldn’t be an issue either because I bought them right in Kelowna where the brewery is. I still really enjoyed it but just wished there were a few more hops in the taste.

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

This one was the same price as a sixer of Canadian or Blue, so I am a little worried, but hopefully it was just a really good deal. It pours a nice, mostly-clear amber colour with a one-inch head. It dies down over the next few minutes, but a sizable cap and tons of lacing remain. Smell is dominated by citrus; mostly grapefruit with some lemon and pine. So far, this is very IPA-like and I have mysteriously been stricken with intense thirst.

The taste does not disappoint - some caramel and toffee malts at the start are quickly blown away by a modest hop blast. Grapefruit citrus and pine; slightly earthy. The caramel malts continue to underlie the hops, which are dominant but not hop-bomb intense. Quite dry with a long aftertaste, encouraging you to take another sip. Decent body and average carbonation level. Highly sessionable with its moderate hop intensity and only slightly above average ABV.

I really like this, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a sessionable IPA. Excellent value if the price I paid is typical.

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Photo of LazyL
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear orange/copper brew ith 2 fingers of light cream coloured head that disapated into a thin foamy cap. The nose is subtle but fresh with a slight pine, citrus and lemon scent. The taste is malt first with some nice toated and toffee malts followed by a soft citrus, then pine bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels a bit more like an amber than an IPA to me. The sweet malts are a little to pronounced to be a great IPA. But having said that, its a tasty brew.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Mild haze, bronze/orange with short live and modest white head, mellow activity, and patchy lacing.

Sweet caramel malt underlies pungent pine and citrus hops elements that are the most prominent.

Sharp piny and grapefruity hops prevail initially, but are joined by ample, if submissive, malty sweetness and a touch of caramel. Fairly well balanced, smooth, and with solidly medium bitterness throughout, and lingering.

Smooth, medium body, thin viscosity, dry bitter finish. Just a bit thin and dry for my liking.

Very nice smelling, good tasting, moderately sized IPA. Haven't had many Canadian beers that are legitimately worthy of label "IPA." This one is.

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Photo of IPEHs
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ML bottle to a glass.

A- Good looking amberish copper colour.

S- A good whiff of hops and citrus.

T- Hops are strong and linglering on the pallet, but still a very pleasent drink.

M- Bitter, but with a lagerish carbonation that opens the pallet to a nice hoppy finish.

D- Great beer. Has a nice balance of hops, malts and carbonation.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz. draft at Rogue Kitchen and Wet Bar in Vancouver. Light amber and clear, no noticeable carbonation. Fair head retention. Aroma starts with what I get as a lactose sugar aroma that fades very quickly into faint citrus notes. Some citrusy hops up front and a bit of carbonation bite. Middle starts off bitter with good malt balance. Ends with nice and bittersweet taste. Medium to med-heavy mouthfeel.

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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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Photo of IllNate
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice light amber appearance. Clarity is good. Nice white head, but doesn't stick around very long.

S- Pine and citrus.

T- Lots of pine. But still balanced, the hoppy side.

M- Hop forward bitterness in the mouth. Good carbonation. Good long aftertaste, quite pleasant.

D- Great drinkability. After a few the bitterness moves to the background.

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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 Long813
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated: NA
From: Chris (wordemupg), 341 ml

A: Dark copper with an orange hint. One finger of bubbles off white head that has great retention. Leaves stellar lacing.

S: Huge front of pine, earthiness and some citrus. The bottle says it's loaded with hops and I can believe it.

T: Wow, loaded with hops indead. Loads of super bitter pine and hints of citrus fruits.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. The bitterness and carbonation make for a 'sparkling' texture. A lingering dry bitter feeling stays for an indefinite amount of time.

D: This goes down so easily. It's loaded with hops and tastes great. My only complaint is that I would have enjoyed more citrus. All in all, it's amazing. Thanks again Chris.

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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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Photo of LadyBastet27
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer that I have tried from Tree Brewing and let me tell you it won't be my last. Doubt I can get it in Ontario but I'll try. Pours a deep amber/pumpking colour with a creamy, pillowy, good sized head.
A sweet aroma of perhaps banana but spruce/hops too...Medium body that was lightly bitter.
Lively carbonation and a nice long, hoppy finish. Overall I was quite impressed.

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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 belenita
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, dark brown, cola color, light head

S - Mostly hop, and something astringent, but can't quite figure out what

T - bitter, hoppy, clean

M - smooth throughout, light carbonation

D - Yes, bitterness not overpowering, I can drink another even if this is not the type of beer I prefer

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

Long time reader, first time reviewer. Figured I'd start with one of my favourites, hopefully it's not too biased. Bottle poured into my favourite pilsner glass (which after reviewing the glassware section, was the wrong glass... should've been a mug!).

A - Deep caramel in colour. Decent carbonation with a strong lace off the pour, diminishing over time.

S - Overwhelming hop scent, with a mild malt offset.

T - Strong hops off the start, with a malty aftertaste. Bitterness increasingly noticeable over time.

M - Noticeable carbonation on the palette which mellows and smoothes on the swallow.

D - Given that this is my go to beer, I find it highly drinkable, though, my opinion may be slightly biased! If you like hoppy beers, which are sessionable, this one is highly recommended. A nice balance of hops making you wanting to come back for more!

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed Hop Head's bigger brother last week, let' see what this one has to offer.

A- Pours a slightly hazed light orange/copper color with a fingers width of off white head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace.

S- A nice balance of fruity/citrusy hops and caramel malt.

T- Lots of hops pull through, the malt isn't as evident as it was in the nose. Not overly bitter, but a good hop fix for sure.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry and sticky.

D- This was gone before I even finished reviewing it. it's a great session beer for Hop Heads, it really delivers for an IPA.

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Photo of GregH
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A great new discovery for a sessional beer. Easy to drink one, two, too many...

Thin head that recedes quickly to light lacing.
Nice clean, golden colour.

Well balanced with a good hoppiness that lingers until the next sip but doesn't overpower.

I think I'll have another.

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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 DoctorStrangiato
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - orange-y golden colour with both intense carbonation and 1/4-inch sustaining foam head. Impressive lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - fresh caramel malt and wavey hoppiness come forth.

Taste - fairly even start, with peppery carbonation and even malt tones giving way to a rush of fresh and spicy hop flavours. Ending is rather dry with a fade-out on the hop taste.

Mouthfeel - very interesting and enjoyable ride with the flavours mingled together. Beer is active on the mouth and the hops work hard on the tongue.

Drinkability - a very reasonable beer which is not a bad start to for an inexperienced IPA drinker. Definitely easy to slam a few of these back and enjoy every minute.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug17 2009

A clear golden copper, with a big head that slowly forms a island, lots of lace, not quite marking each sip but still very nice

S lots of hops(go figure) heavy citrus lots of grapefruit and some pine

T like it smells, but bigger flavor and a little bit of well balanced malt and some booze i could not smell. other then there DIPA this is the best tasting beer ive had from tree brewing, just a toned down version of the DIPA

M/D no complaints here this was hard not too drink, downed 2 in the time it took me to write this

too bad the DIPA is a seasonal, this works very well in between, well worth trying

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Photo of bludtek
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy light amber. Not that much of an off-white head.

S - Fresh and hoppy. Citrus and fresh cut juniper boughs come through.

T - Grapefruit and bitter hops quickly has its way with the initial malty sweetness. This beer is all about the hops. Wonderful floral,then intense citrus, and finally pine and cedar sharpness carry this beer through its long finish. This micro brew conisitently delivers.

M - I have to say the hops dominate this one (not that there is anything wrong with that). The malt puts up a good fight, though, and makes for a good mouth feel. A lingering bitterness follows(another characteristice I do not mind) that wants my nose to explore a bit further on the next sip.

D - I love this beer. It gives me the bitterness, taste, and aroma of hops I often feel is missing from other beers. I definitly seek out the few stores in town that carry it. I can see how it might not be for everyone, but for hop lovers it is definitey worth a try.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Christie's Carriage House - pint comes a golden color with a thin sweater of head.

Nice light, fruity hops smell on the nose - grapefruits and other citrus fruits couched in a sweet malt backdrop.

Not overwhelming hops but they're lively and fresh. Grapefruit with dashes of other citrus, mixed with bittering hops in the body and a hint of pine. Not an overly active malt body but a sweetness is hidden there. Too light body but enough hops to keep in mind that this is a legit IPA.

Good carbonation, lively exciting drink. Not an American West Coast IPA but close - a Canadian version. Hoppy enough to meet my fix and drinkable enough to have multiple pints. Check it out!

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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 jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Voonder for this one!

Pours orange amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a swirling patch. No lacing really sticks.

The smell is perfumy, piney, fruity hops with a sweet caramel background.

The taste is resiny/piney - Hops stand out just ahead of the sweet caramelish malt. Sweet resin turns to a bittering, citric, dry finish.

It has a firm medium body. Pretty chewy.

This is a nice well-balanced, though appropriately hoppy, IPA. On the modest side of abv for the style (and well-hidden), and with the nice aroma, taste and body, it makes for a great call for a "sessionable" IPA for sure!

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Hop Head India Pale Ale from Tree Brewing
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