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Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Kelowna, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The name says it all...a full bodied India Pale Ale brewed for those that take their hops so seriously, they are referred to as ’Hop Heads’. Brewed year round since 1999, HopHead IPA is our Signature beer and was the first ’serious’ IPA to be crafted for wide consumption by a Canadian brewery. Considered risky business for a small Canadian craft brewer at the time, it is now considered to have been ahead of its time by leading the charge into brewing full flavoured IPA’s. Intense hop aroma with a complex malt/hop profile. Snappy bitterness with a very dry finish.

Malt: Pale, Light Munich, Vienna, Crystal
Hops: Perle, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Crystal


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnurda (1235) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2005
Lighter in Colour than I expected. Very tasty and refreshing. Too bad it is not available in Manitoba. Thanks to Piscator for getting it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
Copper in colour with medium carbonation. Fresh grapefruit, orange, and black pepper aromas are nicely balanced by a fair bit of malt. There’s lots of c-hop presence in the flavor too, along with some solid pine notes and enough caramel malts to balance things out. Definitely one of the better Canadian made IPA’s out there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2005
12oz bottle via trade with presario - Thanks Trevor! - Pours copper pretty clear witha nice creamy offwhite head that stays very well and laces in layers down the glass. Aroma is nice and hoppy.. Pine, grapefruit, and some light caramel malt even manages to poke through. Flavor is much of those same hops.. Much citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, some pine as well. Also balanced fairly well with caramel malts. Overall though the hops win out and leave you with a bitter dry finish. Quite smooth and drinkable though. This is a very nice IPA. Enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Has clear bright copper color with a frothy, nicely-lacing white head. Nice fresh piney hoppy aroma has some mild caramel malty notes. Body starts with a subtle earthy malty sweetness and good bittering hoppy balance. Finishes dry, piney, bitter and crisp. An enjoyable IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt with citrus and earth traveling underneath. Hoppy citrus flavor that goes the length with a very long dry bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
A very dry IPA. Amazingly dry. Makes me want a glass of water. Grassy, and did I say hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
A good IPA, hopping rate is asertive but not as heavy as some other Pac-NW examples. Nice amber color and good head. As commercial description indicates an American IPA who’s hops are not spit out over the top! I was expecting something like HOP Rod RyePA A good drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2005
Quite pale orange-amber; fluffy cream-white head. Hops, hops, gorgeous hops... Hopsacks, sweet cookies, raisins - and some cardboard ending in a real lemony nose. Hoppy, but not at all bitter taste, quite some sweetness, again cookie or cake taste. Lemongrass and lemonbalm flavours. Slight burning MF, but light body. Hopstaste gets metallic without bittering effect in the aftertaste. It is a bit simplistic, not quite balanced. OK, but certainly not "one of the most innovative beers in the micro-brewing industry" as they claim themselves. Thanks, Poperinge.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head. Aroma of cascade hops is clearly present with a nice touch of citrus. Taste is also characterized by cascade hops with a clear citrus touch and a quite bitter finish. Body is above average and carbonation is a bit low. Interesting take on the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Very good, outstanding first round at a Commerical Street pub, Vancouver. Over this, started talking about Canadian politics with travelling Ontario kids.


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