Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Kelowna, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Copper-orange amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruit, citrus and floral hops, caramel and light nutty character. Flavor is sweet grapefruit with balanced malt and honey, trace nut skins. Mouthfeel is smooth and resinous with a spicy-bitter finish. Very good but up against some stiff competition in its DIPA category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle. Coppery and cloudy with smallish head that fades fairly quickly. Nice aroma of cascadian hops and caramel malt. Tastes like it smells (lovely). Not as bitter as some DIPAs, but still packs a punch. 8% alcohol is well masked. Carbonation is good, not too bubbly. My only complaint is the $6.25 price tag, compared to Phillips Amnesiac, which is just as good, is available year-round, and only costs $4.77 per bottle @ BC Liquor. But make no mistake, I was still more than satisfied with this purchase.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
Pours a nice ruby orange colour with a good head which leaves nice lacing all around the glass. Strong floral hop aroma. Taste little lighter then the regular IPA but stil nice taste. and leaves you with a dry hop pallets

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
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 IIPAs Ive 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 dont rate it as highly as the regular Tree Hophead in its class. Re-rate 02/02/11 This years version seems to be slightly more impressive than last years. Much of my initial review stands but, in the flavour, theres 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
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 dont 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9645) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
So I rated the weizenbock by Tree and realized I hadnt 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 years special release-- still with the paper collars with numbers even!). Ill 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 IIPAs. Still, a very tasty drinkable brew and I am certainly glad I bought 14 bottles when it came out last year. Ill be looking to grab a bunch more after this years re;ease (hopefully soon?).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2341) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JUL 15, 2009
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. Im 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
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 doesnt 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 Ive ever had.

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