Hop Wrangler - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
"Leave sediment in bottle. Serve at 48°F"

A - Hop Wrangler pours with a short but lasting off-white head that caps the clear deep amber colored beer all the while, shrouding the glass in wispy lace.

S - Juicy Big League Chew bubblegum and clove spice give Hop Wrangler a bold presence of Belgian yeast while ripe grapefruit's complimentary citrus comes straight from the American hops. With all that's going on in the aroma, it's easy to gloss over the wonderful layer of biscuity malt laying the ground work!

T - Completely unexpected, the flavor is bursting with resiny, pine-laded American hops with a grapefruit finish that ever-so-briefly touches on the aromatic Belgian characteristics but retains it's malty base.

M - While Hop Wrangler is carbonated; I can see bubbles, there is a head, it feels flat in the mouth with a slickness that glides right across the tongue starting almost completely empty but finishing with a nice dry bitterness that lingers with some strength.

O - The strong aromatics call out Belgian yeast but the decidedly American hop profile overcomes and makes the flavor it's own, both aspects working together with some harmony. It's in the feel that this beer falls somewhat flat - literally. It's hard to peg but even though this beer is carbonated, it doesn't feel like it so even though the direction in which Hop Wrangler is headed is a fantastic one, it's not quite ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber, light haze and cloudiness but amble carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass led to a huge head of white that scraped the sides of the glass with rich lacing.

the aroma is light citrus aromas, lemon, with hints of banana, light clove and grassy notes and a touch of light bready malts, well rounded i have to say.as i take the first sip, crisp, clean with a nice touch of lemon zest that cracks the lips. smooth yeast notes and light banana then grace the palate and leave a light fruit flavor that mingles well with the grainy malts on the way out. light dry, clean and smooth finish

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - A nice (slightly) dark amber. Not dark amber, more of a dark yellow. Decent head on top, a slightly off-white.
S (4.25) - Nice smells and aromas here. A little hop and a little malt.
T (4) - Good solid hop taste with malt backbone. Not crazy hop levels but a nicely balanced IPA. I don't really get much of the Belgian yeast. I wouldn't have know they claimed that if I hadn't read it.
F (4) - Nice drinkable beer. Good carb, fairly smooth.
O (4) - Overall a solid beer. I've never *loved* any of the Peace Tree beers, but they're all good. This is no different.

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark amber/copper color with an average sized frothy, creamy, soapy white head. Great retention that settles into a thick, sticky and creamy head.
S - Well balanced hops and malt with a mix of spicy floral hops and hits of some citrus and pine. Definitely has a Belgian malt/yeast character to it. Aroma has shows off the aspects of the 3 countries well.

T - Similar to the nose with a very good mix of some orange and pine hops with some floral hops, and a Belgian yeast and candi sugar taste. In the background there is some pale malt and some caramel taste. Definitely has a nice Belgian taste that lingers a bit at the end. Moderate bitterness. You can taste flavors from all 3 countries, although the British flavors are a bit weaker than the other two.

M - Moderate body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Good, solid body, but nothing outstanding.

D - Good mix of flavors with a nice balance of bitter and sweet and plenty of flavors to keep this interesting and make me want more.

Notes: Really a good beer, especially for a new brewery. Very good example of a Belgian IPA with distinct flavors from all three countries coming out well. Definitely would recommend this.

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. stubby brown bottle in a Goose Island tulip pint. No date. The modest head left only a film and ring. The body was an orange/butterscotch color with some haziness.

The smell was fruity and dirty. There was a damp basement mustiness that I would expect from a Belgian IPA.

The taste was of Belgian yeast and gentle bitterness. Some light spiciness. An understated bitterness, but quintessentially a Belgian IPA.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation. I was glad to try this one but also not one I would seek out.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of head and spotty lacing. The aroma is boozy and a bit medicinal, with notes of spice and clove as well as a floral hop bouquet. The flavor is lighter that the aroma suggested, there really isn't a ton here other than some medicinal hop notes and light grassiness. The body is light. Overall this one was drinkable, but completely unmemorable.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: carrot-orange color. Good head retention and lacing.
Aroma is caramel, apples, and bitter grapefruit.
Taste: Really good caramel sweetness at first, then great hops and grapefruit.
Nice mouthfeel.
Overall: good. More balanced than most. Love the stubby bottle.t

Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a medium amber that is still a little straw bright. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a bubbly lacing and thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Creamy and hoppy. There is a lot of grapefruit citrus from the hops, but there is also an adequate amount of slightly toasted caramel maltiness that provides a little balance. There is also a little bit of pine spice.

Taste: It has Peace Tree’s typical, farmhouse Belgian yeast taste (blah), but it is mitigated by the aggressive hops. Grapefruit citrus, pine spice, and a little bit of toasted malts (caramel).

Drinkability: Again, the yeast triggers bad memories of their saison, but this is a decent IPA. I would prefer it not be Belgian-style, but that is not Peace Tree’s thing.

Photo of Reaper16
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap @ Short's, Iowa City, IA, into a pint glass.

It's a slightly hazy orange color with almost no head but what foam rings there are are white. Sounds like the description for the average draught IPA, right? Welp,

I'm pleased to see that this is listed as a Belgian IPA here on BA. At the restaurant where I drank this, it was just called an IPA. This style clarification means that the Tripel-like candi sugars and yeasty aromas weren't, in fact, out of style. I really like the aroma here. Apart from the Tripel scents, the hops were really aromatic and redolent of citrus pith and garden greens. Good stuff.

The taste is where this beer goes south with a quickness. The hops are one note pine, the Belgian yeasty flavors are too sweet. But most damning is this twisted phenolic mess of a flavor that develops midway through the drink. It tastes like burning PVC. Plastic on fire. It is an awful flavor that ruins the finish of the beer. It starts off well and ends in a fiery mess.

It seems appropriately bodied, especially considering the Belgian part of its lineage. It could stand to be more effervescent. Drinkability is completely and understandably hampered by its terrible burnt plastic taste.

Get rid of the fire-phenol thing and this would be a solid beer.

Photo of johnkale
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, nice finger of head, dissipates a bit off the bat but lacing holds up nicely.

S - Belgian yeast, a little toffee, a bit of citrus (orange mainly). Not the hop presence I was anticipating.

T - Cleanly bitter, orange zest and pine. Balanced by nice caramel sweetness. The yeast is most apparent in the finish, nice spice to it. Tastes more interesting than it smells.

M - A little thin, carbonation is at a good level though.

D - Not super heavy, and it finishes so nicely that I'm inclined to sip some more.

Quite nice, this style is hit or miss but Peace Tree has done it well. Good to know that good beers an get brewed in Marion County, Iowa.

Photo of powerss13
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Darker golden hue; kind of like a lighter rusty color. clear body, clouds up when mix in yeast from bottom of bottle

S: Get a more hop forward smell. Definitely get a dry hop aroma

T: Fell a little flat for me, could be because of the bottle I had. The very top of the bottle, on the lip where the cap goes over, had been chipped, so possible loss of carbonation. What I did get out of it was the dry hop in the flavor. The dry hop taste definitely helped out.

MF: Lighter body, not heavy on the hops (again revert back to my comment in 'Taste'). Low carbonation*; the dry finish from their dry hop process helped.

O: My overall experience was fair, but could be better. I will give it another try due to the fact of the bottle being "damaged".

Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard English pint glass.

A: Tan with a solid, frothy head that laces the glass with an attractive "pre-rinsed" soapy look.

S: Rich hops - citrus and earthy notes leap into your nostrils from the moment you crack the top off the weird-looking bottle. Has a strong, pleasant newly mowed lawn scent, much like Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere.

T: Hop bitterness overpowers in the middle, but is balanced nicely by a finish that is sweet and refreshing compared to others of the style I've tried. Almost feels like a stronger standard Pale Ale, like the aforementioned SN.

M: Nice carbonation and a bit of bitterness remain well after the drink is swallowed. Razzy and foreward.

D: Unlike a few IPA's I've had, I could definitely throw down a few. The refreshing feel makes you want to pick up the glass as soon as you swallow. I'm lucky to have this beer locally and at a nice price!

Photo of langept
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle in to a tulip glass.

A: Nice copper color. Not a lot of head or lacing on this one, but it still looks pretty nice.

S: Mostly earthy hops. A little bit of spice from the Belgian yeast and a hint of citrus.

T: Similar to smell but a with a better balance of earthy and citrusy hops. Some spicy yeast tones in the background.

M: Pretty much dead on for the style. Average amount of carbonation.

Pretty solid IPA. One of my favorite beers to come out of Iowa.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled fruity - dried fruits like apple and plum. Also, a good bit of yeastiness in the nose.

T - Spicy and yeasty with a burnt toast maltiness. The dried fruit flavors are present but muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - I really liked this one. All three Peace Tree beers that I've tried have been very good.

Photo of garymuchow
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Mildly spicy yeast aroma with a Belgian quality to it. That's okay, but not too much else going on.
Mostly clear amber with gold to brown and orange. Smallish head.
I've had this several times and I keep coming to the conclusion that the flavors are just a mess. The bitterness is strong and not that pleasant. The malt flavors are weak and uninteresting and the hops are mostly grassy. Occasionally get some yeast flavors - they are okay. I like the idea and the marketing speak - that's why I bought it, but in the end it's just not that enjoyable .
Thinnish body, but not too much. Prickly carbonation.
In the end the bitterness is too emphasized. not very pleasing and too much.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back along with a load of beers from my Iowa trip. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Cloudy amber orange. About a finger of off white head. Soapy lace remains.

S: Pleasant citrus hop profile. Belgian spice profile is present. Some mild sweetness from the malt bill.

T: The Belgian side of things is much much more present in the flavor. The citrus play s well with the spices. Hints of bubble gum in the finish.

M: Medium body. Decent carbonation.

O: I'm not a fan of Begian IPA's. However this one was tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App- Has an attractive orange-amber body,it looks much like a maerzen. There is almost no head, just a ring of white film around the outside of the glass.

Smell- There is a wonderful citrus hop flavor to this beer, grapefruit and peach. There is also a resin note to the hops.

Taste- The slick pine hops take the majority of the flavor profile. There is lots of grapefruit and tangerine here as well. Maybe that peach finish is what is harkening to a Belgian IPA, wouldn’t really catch Belgian out of this otherwise. The bitter kick at the finish is great.

Mouth feel- It has a light mouthfeel, would be better if it was more medium bodied. The lightness takes away from the smoothness of the finish, doesn’t mix well with the bitter finish.

Overall- The hop mix in this beer is very good, smells and taste great. The feel is a little off and I’m not sure what makes this a Belgian IPA when I drink it. I think many could easily agree it is an American IPA. It is still a very good IPA nonetheless.

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Hop Wrangler from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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