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Hop Wrangler - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Hop WranglerHop Wrangler

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very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 24.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2010

Joe’s multinational take on a classic IPA. IPA’s are known for their intense hop bitterness, flavor and aromas. First, Joe used American and English malt, then American and English hops are added during the mash, first wort, boil, and finally it’s dry hopped for aroma. Belgium gets involved with the yeast and a special candy sugar finish for smoothness and flavor.
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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 191
Reviews by TastyTaste:
Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper, very carbonated, producing large heads with every bottle. Smell is sweet and caramely, with familiar tones of Belgian-style yeast. Flavor is drier than you would expect from a Belgian styled IPA. Has a metallic twang, and a sizable hop bitterness. Versus the style, it is what I would expect a Belgian IPA to be. The beer feel think, but the champagne-like carbonation really cuts the underlying viscosity. Definitely worth checking out, maybe the best beer from Iowa I have had to this point.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lionnusmb
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange hops with some bready malt notes. The flavor is orange hops with some pine and grass mixed in as well. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange-amber with moderate off-white head.

Smell: Fairly tart, with grapefruit, pine, banana and some earthy & herbal hops.

Taste: Strong bitter and tart grapefruit reigns supreme. Somewhat funky and musty from the Belgian yeast. Malts are quite bready. Firm bitterness at the finish, which has quite a bit of pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Overall: A more than solid Belgian IPA, which has some nice English IPA components in addition to the expected American hops. The beer may be a little too yeasty, as I learned you really do need to leave the sediment in the bottle (which is almost the last 2 ounces), or it takes over. A little amateur and homebrewish, but very tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Nose herbal fruit with light graham cracker. Pours amber with a slight haze under ½” head that dissipates to a thin film but leaves tons of lace. Palate starts hinting of fruit then blossoms into melon flavors that dissolve into a big, drying bitterness with a touch of herbal astringency. A light graham cracker slightly sweetened with caramel lies under the fruit flavors. Medium body and slightly below medium carbonation.

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Photo of lanegoos
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of schoon
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MFauver35
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of optimator705
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Glassy tangerine liquid with a slender finger of papaya whip foam up top. Delicate sandy lacing, fast running legs, average retention.

Phenols and hops intermingle, drawing you in with a gentle spicy/citrus-y mix. Floral and malty with orange zest and rock candy notes as well.

Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, and grass in the palate entry. Persistent moderate bitterness throughout. Complex earthy finish with an array of brighter fruit and spice notes. Flavors are restrained and difficult to parse, but lovely overall.

Medium-light bodied, with no effervesence but decent carbonation otherwise.

An interesting mix of (Belgian, English, and American) ingredients combine to make for a unique style defying IPA.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a huge, gushing head; lacing is good although it hangs rather loosely to the sides of the glass

S: Lots of floral and grapefruit aromatics on top of a pungent alcohol aroma; some fruity qualities--apple and pear--probably from the Belgian yeast shine through as well

T: The taste doesn't quite hold up to the aroma; it leaves the mouth dry with a faint grainy floral quality; however, the initial taste is a nice balance of citrus floral hops, grainy, sweet malts and fruity yeast; I just wish it continued to hold up throughout

F: A touch thin throughout--especially at end but a decent amount sticks to the roof of the mouth

D: Decent little IPA from a little Iowa brewery; maybe not quite the right balance just yet between the American hops, English malts, and Belgian yeast, but I love the concept and the beer definitely has its moments; so although not spectacular, it's worth a few pints

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zoolou
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of spargebug
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Just light spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Fragrant herbal and grass hop aromas. The Belgian yeast adds some spice. Some American citrus hop aroms add additional complexity.

I really enjoy the English hops displayed in this beer. Plenty of herbal flavors going on. The yeast adds spice and a little fruit to the flavor. The beer walks the line into astrigency but the slight citrus added by the American hops saves the day. Quite complex and well executed.

Nice slightly creamy texture. Impressed with the bottle conditioning as the carbonation is nicely paired with the body.

A high hop beer that worked well with the Belgian malt and yeast.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sanctuary, served in a shaker pint.
Review from written notes.

It was the end of the keg, and the bartender warned of the sediment, but I wasn't afraid of a little extra vitamin B. The pint looked like murky carrot juice however. I've got a bottle of Hop Wrangler that i'll open soon and revise the review.

Color was an unusual opaque orange, due to the above circumstances, it had a thin covering of skim on top with a string of larger bubbles around the edges. Some spotty lacing but not much. Grassy herbal hop aroma, pleasant but not especially defined.

Moderately bitter with pine, dried orange peel, and herbal hop flavors. Dry, moderately bitter aftertaste with a resiny feel that sticks to the teeth. Medium to full bodied with the extra yeast. Ironically the brewer recommends decanting off the yeast... i'll review the bottle sample soon for a better comparison.

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Photo of sneth019
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Jman_01
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of langfot99
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Hop Wrangler from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.