manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 22oz bottle from BC Liquor in Burnaby. Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with thick, pillowy head that thinned slowly to a quarter inch. Aroma is subdued with slightly honeyed notes overpowering a hop funk. Taste is chewy with hefty caramel malt, alcohol, treacle and then very balanced hops that are neither particularly floral, spruced or grassy...but there is a resin quality to them. Finishes with a sharp, lingering hop note. Not as bitter as some IIPAís Iíve had and not as hop forward. Alcohol could be more subdued but obviously aging would likely diminish what little distinguishable hop character is evident. Curious one...I like it, recognize its craft but donít rate it as highly as the regular Tree Hophead in its class.
This yearís version seems to be slightly more impressive than last yearís. Much of my initial review stands but, in the flavour, thereís this remarkably pleasant tangerine note that was both surprising and welcome. The hops also seem more vibrant and the finish more cloying and mouth puckering. Overall the 2011 version is a vast improvement and so I have to mark it up from a 3.5 to a 4.0
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An aggressive very bitter and slightly boozy IIPA. Good tasty beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 2 months after receiving this fresh bottle from Hobbersr. Thanks a lot Riley.
The look: Partly cloudy golden copper body topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: The very hoppy nose is half citrusy and half coniferous Obviously the hops are the star in this brew. The malts do not contribute a lot to the flavour profile. Not that the bread crust with a little caramel maltiness is boring, it is just that the hops are aggressively tasty and dominate the beer. The strong bitterness is very sharp, biting and aggressive. Alcohol bite in the finish. Because of our brewpub culture on the Canadian east-coast we unfortunately donít have that type of hard-hitting IIPA in bottles. Some would describe it as West-Coast style IPA but this would be an uneducated inaccurate description. It IS a West-Coast IPA, because what do you know, Canada has a west-coast too.
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So I rated the weizenbock by Tree and realized I hadnít done my rating for the IIPA yet. As it happens, I shared one of my last bottles with Parksy last night (I now only have 2 bottles left from last yearís special release-- still with the paper collars with numbers even!). Iíll begin by saying that I agree with BaconStrips that this is better now than it was when it was first freshly made last year. laying it down for 8 or 9 months has done it some good. Still has a nice balanced profile of high aromatic and bitter hop contnent and sweet toffee malt. The hops are soft and citrusy and slightly spicy, and the bitterness is slightly resinous but not nearly as crazy as most American West Coast IIPAís. Still, a very tasty drinkable brew and I am certainly glad I bought 14 bottles when it came out last year. Iíll be looking to grab a bunch more after this yearís re;ease (hopefully soon?).
VertBaconStrips (2176) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So, I compared this to the regular Hop Head and there are very few similarities aside from the layout of the label. Poured out a massive light tan head with good retention but little in the way of lingering lacing, perfect deep orangy amber colour. This opens up quite nicely during the warming period. Pretty straight forward aroma: sweet grapefruit, apricots or a sweet but soft fake orange smell, weak pine, caramel malts that are blended in very well with the sweet citrus from the hops, resin, very pungent flowers - its not Tiger Lillies but it has that blunt strength. Very good finish on the aroma. Iím much happier with this that I was the first time I drank it. The taste is also pretty good and fairly straight forward which is a good thing. Citrus mix of grapefruit, lemon and very sweet oranges, pine, great caramel that is very well balanced, resin. Great tangy / caramel / orange / bitter finish. 8.0% was perfect on this brew. Permanent deep piny bitter after taste. 10$ is pretty overpriced though.
Cirrhosis (1261) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoptastic smelling beer smoke!! Dark honey brown body with a massive tan cap floating on top. Sweet grapefruit hops, celery salt, caramel and mild amounts of sweat comprise the aroma. Taste starts with a sweet grape fruit hops and ends in a massive heavy bitterness. Full flavoured brew, malts are dark and rich lots of roasted wood flavour prevail. The bitterness is kicking my ass not so much while drinking but the lingering bitterness is harsh. No trace of the alcohol is detectable. Flavor is very similar to the normal hophead but this has a way bolder taste. Ten minutes after finishing the beer my saliva taste like bong water.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had been looking for a bottle of this for quite some time, thanks to hobbersr for sharing! Pours a very hazy dark copper color, with a vivid bright-green ring around the edges when held up to the light: My kind of color! Aroma is dominating, loads of honeydew melon, preserved lemons, and fresh spruce boughs. Palate is really disappointing, best described as hollow, starts strong, then just dies off, with the hops completely taking over in an astringent manner. A disappointment considering all that was promised on the nose. Great nose, disappointing palate, I would have it again, but I have a serious hop addiction...
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy, hazy, coppery orange with a tan head. Head shows shades of green on the sides due to the sheer volume of hops used in this brew. hop particulates are visible as well. Smells crazy intense. Bravo hops are up front, especially at lower temperatures. Sweet melons, citrus, pine, caramel, jube jube candies, and a slight earthiness on the nose. Tastes very nice, but it doesnít live up to the promise of the nose. Citrus, melon, caramel and an earthy rolling bitterness. Mouth feel is decent. Slightly hollow, just missing something... This beer is really intense, quite good, but not the best beer, or IIPA Iíve ever had.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks presario. Clear, dark red amber, putting forth a tall, dense, yellowish head. Leaves a sticky lace. Aroma has floral hops, caramel, and noticeable ethanol. Flavor dominated by hops bitterness more than the piney hops aroma. Lightly carmelized malt, nutty; raw sugar, iced tea. Slightly rubbery off note in the finish. Thin, slippery mouthfeel, lightly effervescent.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber-copper and clear. Scattered lacing. Esters offer lots of papaya. Hot nose. Too much malt obscures this one and the hops are lost. Itís not as good as regular Hophead.
Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright dark amber colour. Very hoppy with lots of caramel nose. Woody, light orange notes. Bitter, slightly acrid hop. Earthy. The alcohol comes in late. It loses something in translation to double size.