Friday, July 2, 2010

Hop Head IPA by Tree Brewing

Hop Head IPA

Hop Head IPA is part of the daily drinking West Coast IPA trifecta. It goes head to head with Red Racer IPA and Hop Circle for top spot in the BC hop lust category. I had this one on tap at Christie's pub. The draft list here is large and there is some rotation.

Ratebeer 3.57 95th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +3

With the name “hop head” certain flavours and aromas should be present. Plenty of citrus, pine and resinous hop present in the nose: check. The taste is just like the nose with a mild astringency: check. Bready malts just barely keep the hops in balance: check. Yup everything checks out to be a certified hoppy brew.

Aftertaste +2

A long, bitter citrus finish coats the entire mouth. There is just enough resin to make it a tongue scraper.

Alcohol Content 0 5.8%

Value +1

It was good, but not as good as Hop Circle nor Red Racer IPA.

Ingame Enhancement +1

It is always awkward to sit in a group of people talking about things you know nothing about. But I had fun drinking my beer and learning about the Victoria Seals.

Overall 7/10

A listing of this beer on the draft list is always a welcome sight. Despite its ranking behind Hop Circle and Red Racer, I have drank more of this beer than any other. It's darn good and available everywhere.

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