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Hop Wrangler - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Hop Wrangler from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.