Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hop Head Double IPA (Tree Brewing)

I was weak. Whenever I walk into a cold beer and wine store (CBAW) I must buy something. When you walk around a CBAW for 10 minutes and buy nothing it says three things about you:
1. You're cheap and the CBAW had no deals on Molson Cold Shots.
2. You are a complete ignoramus and do not know your pilsner from your pale ale. So you got confused and left.
3. You are a complete beer prick and have tried everything, or their pathetic selection is beneath your highly pampered beer palate.
I didn't want to alert them to my "beer prick" status and bought a respectable -above average - beer purchase. I bought a Tree Brewing limited release. @#$# I should have bought Chimay and looked like a Euro-Snob gastrogeek. Forget it! At least the girl at the till dug me; but I paid with VISA for a $7 purchase!
When you pay with VISA for a sub-$10 purchase it says two things:
1. You have no money and are funding your habits on overdrawn credit.
2. You have tons of dough and collect lots of Air miles points.
I had on a dirty shirt so I'm certain the cute cashier girl thought my current address was a trailer park. I am soooo lucky that I am happily married. Make mental note to buy flowers.

After drinking a bomber of 8.3%ABV, not ABW - please note the smell of maple syrup in the air, I am a little bit surly! Time for a snarky review, sorry Tree Brewing. It's not personal, it's just the beer talking. Maybe it's personal, but it's me not you.. Oh forget it the hole just gets deeper.

Hop Head Double IPA (Tree Brewing) = 8/10
Ratebeer 3.57 95th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

The last thing we need in this province is another @#$@#$ hop-soup tongue slam. Maybe we can include one more, for the sake of niche-tourism. The nose draws me in with alluring resin and bold grapefruits. Each sip is hard to handle with the notable astringency and alcohol warmth. If you persevere, the palate is rewarded with all that your (small) hophead desires. A smashing hop assertiveness with citrus (grapefruit and pomelo) and resin barely contained by the bready malts. At the end: more grapefruit. After I move my tongue around, more flavour pockets provide hoppy bitterness flashbacks. A nice addition to the BC hop-landscape, better than last year.
BTW spend a bit of dough to create some appealing label art.
Yes I know it is the wrong beer glass style. I never get a chance to display my Hacker Oktoberfest beer mug.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 8.3%
Value +1
Appearance 0 (silkscreen label sux)

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1 comment:

bierfesten said...

Loved your reasoning for buying a beer in a CBWS... and the EURO SNOB version. :) Best part of your article.

Tree should put this beer out regularly as they can actually do an imperial IPA that not everyone can. I enjoyed the 09, but now in Australia I can't easily try the 010 version.

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