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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Photo of snaotheus
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This is a winner - one of my favorite in this style of IPA. When I first encountered HopHead several years ago, my palate was softer and somewhat unprepared for the hop bite. I was pleased to find this in a winter mixer pack and give it another whirl. It has a nice citrus nose, a nice color, and a pleasant mouthfeel. There is plenty of structure in the overall flavor, with hints of tea and spruce. The hopping is subtle and provides a great overall balance to this beer. Bravo!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%

Purchased at the LCBO for around $7.00 for a 22oz bomber. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- 4.25- Nice opening beer. Pours a nice head that does not last but is good. Nice dark amber almost brown LOL

S- 3.75- I bit light. Nice hops and typical malt but that is it

T- 4.0- Got a nice bite but light. It is a DIPA though.

M- 3.75- Has it but needs refinement

O- 3.86- Like it but has to be refined somewhat

Food Pairing

This nice DIPA went well with..... Spicey tuna roll sushi. Man I like my fresh sushi


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Photo of Kenmac19
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pharmerdoc
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JasonThaler
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of niknar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of stevergca
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tree Brewing 'Hop Head IPA' @ 5.6% , served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $14 / $2.33 a bottle

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass , with a big frothey off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-pleasant hoppyness

T-not as big and bold as HH DIPA , butt has some boldness to it with a slight dry finish

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent enough PNW IPA for the price

prost LampertLand

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Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +5%

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

I never go to Beer Revolution here in Calgary without sampling at least one IPA. This was last night's example, a light bronze/dark amber pint with whitish froth an inch or so deep. Smells somewhat floral and quite tropical, with a sweetish citrus iced tea undercurrent and a whiff of darkish malt. This IPA does possess some English character even if the hopping regime is American, with pleasant brown sugar, mellow molasses, raisin, and toast flavors propping up non-aggressive but flavorful hops ... These evoke lemon/lime/grapefruit rinds and oils, peach, refined (not harsh) pine/menthol, melon. Very balanced and the individual flavors meld together. Finish is pleasantly mentholated and bitter but not over the top or coarse. I need to develop some sort of matrix-type rating system in which to plot IPAs along various dimensions like citrus, floral, tropical, orchard fruit, pine, etc. to capture the hopping. This one is mild on most of these dimensions in terms of intensity but they are all present to some degree, and I enjoy the dark malt flavors lurking in there. Great if I am in the mood for something hoppy yet refined and balanced, as opposed to aggressive, uber-flavorful, and harsh. Depends on the mood.

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Photo of crooksb2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sbarre
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of imbibehour
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Deep rusty red and copper orange and very clear. Some good slow rising thing carbonation below a somewhat thick and faint tan four finger billowing controlled head. Some ring like lacing and island retention thick capped top. Always manages a puck while drinking.

Great nose on this. Soft hop citrus, and juicy sensing qualities. Some sweet leafy herbal tea and faint caramel. Highly aromatic but nothing exceptionally large.

Palate delivers nicely with a varied hop quality. First taste is bitter grapefruit oils and warmth, followed by a minty aftertaste and refreshing soft bitterness. Nice toned down sweetness with some caramel like senses in the mid palate. Great controlled lingering bitterness finish with orange pekoe like tea. Very light bodied with just a touch of playful carbonation, but not a wet palate at all.

This really packs a great hop punch for an easy low ABV. One of the better Canadian made IPAs I've had in some time.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sclitch
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 maplesyrup76
4/5  rDev +5%

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