Tree Brewing Co. – Limited Edition Hop Head Black IPA Review
The Tree Brewing Company has diversified the Hop Head line of beers to now include a Black India Pale Ale. This deep and dark brown coloured ale is capped with three full fingers of off-white, lacing head. Through this light brown cap comes notes of chocolate, caramel and a cascadian hop. Despite the 8.2% alcohol rating the boozyness does not translate in the smell. The flavour is big with chocolate up front, pine-hop bitterness following and a boozy midsection to fill out the beer. Once this initial hit of flavour has subsided it is all about chocolate and hop. The chocolate gives a bitter-sweet finish to the palate while you can feel the hops at the back of your tongue long after swallowing. The bold flavour may take some by surprise and even deter a few beer drinkers but the flavours are balanced, well thought out and work very well as a complete package. This is a great (very) dark IPA that should definitely be on your to-try list.