Hop Head Black IPA – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Hop Head Black IPA – Tree  Brewing, 8.2% ABV – 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Black IPA
  • Taste: biting hops/creamy -> malt/choco/bitter roast coffee -> coffee malt exhale/grapefruity bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Too bad no info about the beer itself, but a nice printed ink on the bottle. Pours coffee black with a nice smallish creamy dissipating head, thin layer of retention, sticky lacing.

Nose: strong thick malts and coffee/chocolate on the nose, very nice. (8)-aromatic strength.

Attack: biting hops, creamy-fizzy mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: (8)-caramel sweetness (MAIN) malt, chocolate, bitter roast coffee (HINT) pine, licorice

Finish: coffee malt exhale, lingering (6)-bitter grapefruity hops.

Summary: Good complexity. The body is almost there, just a wee thin but the good transitions and depth make up for it. Better than the Black Christmas CDA from Parallel 49. Just like a bittersweet coffee with a good kick to it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)