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

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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

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3.4
fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 27, 2010
Bottle 12fl.oz.
[ Trade by fiulijn ]. Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to light light heavy hoppy, citrus - orange, grass. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100417]

3.4
yespr (45412) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2010
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is rather malty and citrusy to grapefruity hops. Bitter and dry flavoured with an initial dry and rather distinct malt base. Goes grapefruity bitter and hops fruity into a dry finish. Lingering aromatic from back of the nose.

3.1
Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2006
A hazy orange beer with an orange head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy and grassy. The flavor is sweet, somewhat hoppy, but extremely dry, and with an OK bitterness. It leaves a slightly alcohol burn in the throat. But inspite of the alcohol burn - the body seem weak. I like the aroma better than the flavor.

4.1
omhper (25107) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
Amber coloured. Medium bodid. A Cascade ale, well balanced with big grapefruit bitterness.

3.8
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle 34,1 cl) Courtesy of presario. Pours a clear, deep golden with a very small, off-white head. Very fresh, citrusy nose. Light - surprisingly light - body with some caramel, but otherwise completely dominated by the aroma hops with accents of grape fruit and peach. Dry and rather bitter finish. Very delicate. 211006

3.9
fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2013
2013-01-03, draught at Tap & Barrel, Vancouver, 6-5-7-4-14=36
Amber color, darker, with small creamy head. It has some aroma of malt and hops, not exciting though. Good caramel flavor, with reasonable body strength, moderate residual sweetness, and a good hopping, bringing in mild resins and light fruitiness (bitter oranges mainly).
A good beer, a caramelly IPA.

2010-03-26, bottle, 5.6% ABV, 7-4-7-5-16=39
Hazy amber color, small head. Caramel and hop aroma, raw sugar, light cookies. Good toffee flavor, with some dark caramel, and minimal residual sweetness; it’s also a bit biscuity, very nice. Good hopping, both strong and aromatic, well balanced. Long final. High drinkability for this quality brew.

3.7
harrisoni (18577) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2006
On tap at Railway Club, Vancouver. Copper with thin off white head. Dark Star Hophead like hop aroma. But far hoppier. Malt structure is good and then this very bitter/harsh hop on end. Fragrant hop aroma. Soft cream in mouth and then this burst of hop. I like the more interesting hop on this. Some toffee.

3.6
mcberko (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2010
On tab at the Alibi Room, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Flavour is dominated by hops. Simplistic but refreshing IPA.

3.9
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2001
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Bright copper colour. Aroma is mainly woody hops, with earthy, toasty accents. Slightly creamy body. Appetizing bitterness. Doesn’t match the resiny American hop monsters but is true to the style of a quaffing PNW IPA. Balancing malts are like whole grain bread crust. The hops are refreshing and woody. Hophead could do with a little more aromatic punch but overall is an excellent, well-balanced IPA.

3.1
Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2010
Bottle @ Brugmansia/Fonefan Tasting, April 2010. Pours unclear golden with a small creamy head and lacings. Nose and taste are very floral and hoppy. Citrus mainly. Dry and crisp flavor. Medium bodied. One dimensional. Ok


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