jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 2010-05-29. Dark orange amber, modest foamy beige head. 3+ Modest aroma, light hops, touch of malt, light vanilla touch? 6+ Flavour is similar, bit muddled, sweetish at ties, hint of vanilla like note? 6+ Average palate. Okay. 6+/4/6+/3/13-14 -3.4 Blind Tasting at Volo, Toronto fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2010
2010-02-19. Golden amber body, modest frothy beige head. 3+ Modest hoppy aroma. Flavour is similar, good hops and bitterness throughout but it is less intensely hoppy than expected. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate. Decent but tame. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 Bottle via trade with Savvy1982.
bottle, thanks Savvy1982! Pours dark carmel with a medium off white head. Aroma is a rather mild mix of cannabis, pine, hay, and crushed peanuts. Flavor is huge sweet malts, both bready and nutty with some alcohol, metal, and huge hop finish of pine and citrus. Extremely dry finish. 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. 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 DIPA’s, 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. JHunter (772) - 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
manuchampions (1256) - 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 IIPA’s I’ve 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 don’t rate it as highly as the regular Tree Hophead in its class. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
This year’s version seems to be slightly more impressive than last year’s. Much of my initial review stands but, in the flavour, there’s 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
In short: An aggressive very bitter and slightly boozy IIPA. Good tasty beer. DuffMan (10723) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
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 don’t 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.
So I rated the weizenbock by Tree and realized I hadn’t 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 year’s special release-- still with the paper collars with numbers even!). I’ll 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 IIPA’s. Still, a very tasty drinkable brew and I am certainly glad I bought 14 bottles when it came out last year. I’ll be looking to grab a bunch more after this year’s re;ease (hopefully soon?). VertBaconStrips (2407) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - 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. I’m 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 (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.