Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tree Brewing Co. - Hop Head Double IPA

8.3% ABV


"At TREE Brewing Company, we take craft brewing seriously. So much in fact that we got a little carried away and brewed

this occasional rarity, Hop Head Double IPA. Loaded with five different hop varieties, this bold IPA is not for the faint of heart."

Gold Medalist - 2009 Candian Brewing Awards

The Pour

Beautiful golden orange, 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of white frothy head. Some hop haze, a very nice looking translucent beer.

Aroma

Wonderful nose, lots citrus notes, some slight hints of pine. Slight breadiness. Fantastic smelling beer, especially on a warm spring day.

Taste

Great hop flavour, keeping the citrus and pine notes over the tongue. At 8.3% ABV, the alcohol is pleasantly masked. Smooth finish. Very impressed by this offering from Tree Brewing. Along the lines of a Hopslam from Bell's in colour and tropical fruit tones, although not as big a mouth feel.

Overall Impression

I would give the Hop Head Double IPA an A. This beer is very well balanced, flavourful, with a beautiful colour and a great hoppy aroma. Definitely could enjoy a couple over a hot summer afternoon. Also would be delicious with some cedar plank Salmon to highlight the pine notes.

Available in Ontario in limited release from the LCBO. Be sure to have your local store bring this in for you before they discontinue the product.

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