Hop Sutra - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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154 Ratings

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: daledeee on 07-24-2010

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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown with red highlights under an inch of khaki head. The head lasts, leaving islands and then a ring as the beer warms. Etching and streaking all the way down the glass. Very little sediment; the beer is almost clear--just a little hazy.

Hops are more in the earthy-medicinal-astringent line, with some mild sweet malt holding it together. A vague oiled baseball glove smell is there at the end: leather and linseed.

Opens bitter, turns momentarily sweet, and finishes long, dry, and bitter with peppery alcohol at the very end. Satisfying and rich in the mouth and throat: full-bodied. Nicely balanced; complex.

Holds up well: label says June 2010 bottling.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

The beer geeks have spoken, demanding an encore batch of this summer seasonal. Poured hearty enough to create an amazing head but not hard enough to draw the yeast into the glass. Slight chill haze to the reddish amber color. Ruby red grapefruit, ripe mangoes, and gritty pinesap resin in the nose tell the story of a very hoppy beer. Smoothness in the medium body. The maltiness provides a thick foundation for the hops to come down hard on--sip after sip, the taste buds get hammered with a uniform bitterness and an explosively complex flavor. Alcohol knocks hard with a clean estery fruitiness. Finishes bitter with some alcohol on the breath.

Photo of rwathree
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice, hazy auburn color that grades lighter at the edges. Produces next to no head, and what it does yield disappears quickly. This is not the first Peace Tree beer I've noticed this shortcoming with.

S: the characteristic aromas of the Belgian yeast strain - banana and orange rind in particular here - intermingle nicely with bold hop aromas. (That the yeast and hops share the citrus notes in common is a plus, for sure.)

T: man, too much hops! Any subtleties are pretty much blasted off the map after a split second. Seriously, all I'm getting is a rush of burnt bitterness. OK, maybe the slightest bit of grapefruit up front, but taste betrays the aroma in a major way.

M: not bad - carbonation is strong, body is medium and easy going down.

O: aesthetically, this ranges from high-average to good, but the hoppiness is just overwhelming. Yeah, I know to expect a heavy hop profile from a Double IPA, but there's got to be something else for me to get behind. I'd like to revisit this in the future to see if Peace Tree works the kinks out. They're a very young outfit that I like supporting, so I'll happily give it another go down the road.

Photo of msjacilynn
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy amber with a sandy tan head. minimal lacing.

S: hops, citrus but overwhelming pine

T: heavy handed with the hops (which is ok for a DIPA) but where's the malt backbone or anything to balance out the hops? I got nothing out of this beer but bitter, acidic hops and alcohol.

M: thin and a tad flat. carbonation could have been a tad better OR I could've had a bad bottle.

D: I would not pick this up again unless to try another batch.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, reddish brown--like cherry tea--with a thin but steady head and decent lacing

S: Loads of hops: pine and spruce as well as citrus fruits mingling in; man, the pine bitterness burns the nostrils; some sweet bready grains underneath but mostsly hops, hops, and more hops with an increasing alcohol presence

T: Bitter hops up front but they fade rather quickly leaving a bready slightly burnt and slightly sweet malt presence; the hops return but not in the same way they make their presence known in the aroma; it's actually kind of balanced and not overwhelmingly boozy but not quite what I was expecting either

F: Actually a touch thin, especially for a DIPA--but the creaminess sets in eventually making up for the initial thinness

O: Well, it had more promise than what it ended up as but it is still a decent DIPA--not something I will actively pursue but not a bad option

Photo of williamh
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great offering from Peace Tree, finally good to see some good beer come out of Iowa.

Appearance is beautifully colored and clear, a little lacking on head though, it took a rather forceful pour and it was not retained well.

Smell is fantastic, you get great citrus hop flavor and nice fruity undertones from the belgian yeast, this is by far the best attribute of this beer.

Taste is also very good, more of the same of the nose but less of the yeasty flavors

mouthfeel is good but lacking in carbonation

drinkability is extremely easy, I couldn't have guessed this was 9%

Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium orange with a very thin light head, just a touch of CO2.

The nose is week for a double IPA, very resiny and plastic, smells like some columbus and not much else.

The flavor is not real good either, a big metallic flavor, maybe a bit oxidized, along with a sharp piney bitterness, a bit of sweetness from the malt and alcohol, but not much in the way of flavor. The beer is even lacking in hop flavors, just loaded with bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the flat side with a touch of resin.

I bit of let down, as I had heard such good things about this brewery.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark saturated orange, soft haze, lasting collar of lace and skim across the surface.

Hugely resinous aroma of dried mango, citrus peel, dank green hops, and a slight cattiness.

Slick and viscous feel, loaded with oily hop resin, traces of alcohol combine and render the taste nearly medicinal. Bitter citrus peel and green botanical flavors are big, also sweet tangerine and lasting piney resin in the aftertaste, light honeyed malt traces linger too after the bitterness subsides. Full bodied and very bitter, the 9% is apparent, and blends a little better as it warms. Overall a big brash DIPA from Iowa, only a small handful of those in existence.

Thanks for this one Eric!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber in color with a nice head of white that was about two inches at first but then slowly settled down into a rich lacing that coated the sides of the glass. Such a sweet, sharp citrus aroma coming off of this one, simply amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit juice mixed in a glass and hit with a shot of orange, it was simply amazing. First sip sucked the moisture from my palate. Lip smacking good. Sharp, biting citrus flavor, pineapple and grapefruit rule the day here as the richness and juiceness is simply overwhelming. Each sip seemed to get sharper, crisper then the one before. I was in heaven.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Cyclone Liquors in Ames, IA back over the holidays. 12oz stubby bottle that claims a June 2010 brewed on date (though I think this was released around October).

Pours a lightly hazy, very deep copper color with a half-inch white head. Head retention is light, as is the lacing. Smell is quite interesting in that it reminds me a lot of a saison - lots of spicy black pepper and strong Belgian yeast blend in with the lemon hop aroma that was presumably more prominent when fresher. Taste is also reminiscent of a hopped up saison with its pleasing mix of lemon and citrus hop bitterness mixed in with spicy black pepper and fruity Belgian yeast. The finish is pretty dry with a light alcohol heat and moderate lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish with mild alcohol warming. Drinkability is fairly high for the style, partly because of the restrained bitterness and depth of the flavor profile. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden as well. Overall, this is a really good effort by Peace Tree, and yet more evidence that these guys are making the best beers in Iowa right now. I hope they bottle this again soon so I can try it a little fresher.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty hazy, dark apricot, orange color with a good sized, sticky, somewhat creamy, thick, white head. Good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left.

S - Lots of hop aroma with a good amount of orange and pine. A fair amount of herbal and grassy hops as well. Some sweet caramel and candi sugar with a bit of pale malt in the back. Hints of Belgian yeast hidden in there as well.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot of pine with some orange also coming out. Also had a fair amount of herbal and grassy taste. Pretty bitter. Some sweetness from the candi sugar and caramel taste along with some pale malt, but not much malty sweetness. Some Belgian yeast comes out toward the finish, but it isn't all that strong.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A bit on the thin side for the style and ABV, but has a bit of a creaminess.

D - Quite drinkable. Even with a good amount of hop bitterness and the ABV, it is surprisingly easy to drink and quite refreshing, so be careful.

Notes: Had this on tap at the brewery and it was a very enjoyable DIPA. Fairly similar to the Hop Wrangler 3, except that the Belgian flavors are a bit more muted and the English come out just a touch more. I'm not sure which of the 2 I prefer, I think it would depend mostly on how much Belgian flavor I wanted. All in all another good beer from these guys and worth a try.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wrote one review for this beer, but it seems to have disappeared. We'll see how a second reviewing goes.

A: A large, sand colored head, 3 or more fingers tall, is the dominate feature of this beer's appearance. It's got medium sized but densely packed bubbles and seems to be holding up pretty good. The beer itself is hazy though, a major turn off. This looks like a hefeweizen or even denser. To me, in a beer this strength and style, a little haze is ok. This is going too far. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, sticky lace. The beer itself is orange/amber/red and has alright active carbonation. I'm going to deduct some points for haze, but credit some for a great head. 4/5

S: As soon as I popped the cap on this one, it nearly knocked me out of my seat with resinous, piney, dank, hops. It's really the only thing going on here. It's not sharp, they are well rounded, but this is an American slap you in the face with a bag of pot and pine needles Double IPA. Even sitting an arm's reach away from this beer I can easily smell it. I wish there was a little malt there, some bready, grainy sweetness to somewhat balance it out. It's not so bad in the aroma but I fear for the taste. However, for the aroma of an America Double IPA, I'd say these guys just about nailed it. 4.5/5

T: Pine-sol. Sharp, bitter, no malt backbone. Absolute hop tea. This is exactly what I thought this beer lacked the first time I had it, but now I'm even getting a little alcohol in it. (Side note: the burp tastes a little better than the beer). As I drink more of the beer, the initial shock wears off a little, but I still get an astringent, hoppy mess. This is simply not a beer I want to drink, the taste is way off both the style and what I want in my mouth. I was much more malt in this Double IPA, much more. An American Double IPA, to me, should have some residual sweetness. If I want what this tastes like, I'll boil a pot of hops on my stove and drink the water with a shot of vodka. 3/5

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin, helped into that roll by the sharpness of the hop acids. The carbonation isn't bad, it could use a touch more, but not too much. 4/5

D: No, absolutely not. If it weren't for the fact that so many people loved it, I wouldn't have given it another shot. Apparently, the people of Mason City, IA are just bigger hop heads than they realize. I just cannot get behind this beer. 3.5/5

Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden copper color with two fingers of head and good lacing.

The aroma is an assault of pine, grapefruit, banana, onion, and lemon zest.

The flavor is fairly well balanced. A biscuit maltiness dominates the front palate, with an empty bitter finish and some pine resin in between. Lots of lingering bitterness.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and appropriate. Sticky on the lips.

Overall this is a decent enough beer but not really noteworthy. Would be nice with a burger and fries at a brewpub but I probably won't drink it on its own at home again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus up front that are quickly followed by a strong hops presence. The hops bitterness has the normal floral taste to it but there’s also a bit of medicinal flavor as well. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better in the style but this is still a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Huhzubendah. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice orange color and is fairly clear. An aggressive pour yields a beer with a small white head and not much lacing. The nose is pretty powerful considering the bottled on date of June 2010. Strong notes of citrus and floral hops, though these are overpowered quite a bit by a strong alcohol presence. Taste suffers the same fate--nice hops and some strong bitterness, but a rather bracing amount of alcohol hits as well. Finish is really nice with hefty amounts of bitterness. Drinks fairly well but I can't get past the booze.

Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another home state Iowa tick.

A - Amber colored beer with a small off-white head that didn't stay for long but left some moderately good lace on the sides.

S - Some toasted malts, mostly citrus and pine hops with a slightly bitter finish. Actually not bad.

T - Grapefruit with a some toasted malts and a little bit of tropical fruit. Finishes bitter on the end. Actually not bad, don't think this is terribly fresh but it's probably the best Iowa beer I've ever had. Okay, I've had 2 or 3, but still. Little too much booze.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, fairly good carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, not great, but could drink it regularly with no issues. I hope one of these Iowa breweries gets awesome quick so the locals can go crazy there.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a cloudy, deep amber. Two fingers of eggshell white head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Massive hop citrus: orange and grapefruit. There are also notes of pine spice and a little caramel.

Taste: Mirrors the smell, but it is much weaker than the aromas leads you to believe -- which, I suppose, is a good thing. I was expecting more of a hop bomb, but it is very smooth and balanced. Grapefruit and orange citrus, a little pine spice, and caramel malts. It leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing overpowering. The alcohol is completely hidden, and this is the first Peace Tree beer which I have not tasted foul adjunct grain reminiscent of Cornucopia.

Drinkability: Not bad; a well crafted beer. It is better on tap, but it is still pretty damn good out of the bottle.

Photo of beagle75
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hopside-down pilsner glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with a retreating residue of off-white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Underpowered pine seems left to fend for itself. Malt is not detectable, likewise alcohol, although a thread of artificial laundry detergent perfume tries to hide unsuccessfully.

T: Begins off-dry, with coniferous herbaceous hop aromatics that show a medicinal side early. Acidity is sharp and potent into the middle where hop flavors turn more spicy. The finish is astringent and moderately bitter, sweetening late but lacking needed complexity. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden, slightly syrupy perhaps.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, resinous and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Mediocre and too dependent on Columbus-derived hop qualities, this DIPA is definitely not a head-turner. Fermentation flavors are surprisingly lacking, considering the much-advertised Belgian yeast strain used to brew it, while malt and hops are entirely one-dimensional. The best compliment it affords is that it does not offend.

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, off white head of foam. The long lasting head left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical and citrus fruits. There is a burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sharp bitter hops. Slightly fruity - grapefruit and a strong burnt toast maltiness.

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

D - This is a really nice Double IPA. My first Peace Tree beer was quite impressive.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head is two fingers with layer upon layer of tiny bubbles stacking up. There is a really nice sheet of lace. This is an extremely dark body for a DIPA, amber colored with golden highlights.

Smell- The hop aromas are great. There is a lot of citrus, passion fruit and orange. Floral hops and some banana from the distinctive Peace Tree yeast. It makes the nose amazingly sweet.

Taste- The bittering hops are really well done in this beer. A truck load of hops bash the palate into submission. The hop flavors are, again, mainly citrus with that same passion fruit mustiness and a little grape fruit.

There are some ester notes, banana, and clove as well. This is one Peace Tree brew where I really think the Belgian yeast is improving the characteristics of the beer.

Mouth feel- The medium body is spot on and the carbonation makes the drink smooth. It is not perfect, but really close.

Overall- This DIPA is really well done, and Peace Tree's distinct yeast twist only makes this beer that much better.

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, active, light side of mahogany, thick white foam with good retention and thick lacing early. Very good looking brew.

Citrus and piny hops are prominent, booze is well hidden, with malty body supporting underneath. Mild Belgian yeasty character.

Sharp citrusy hops balanced well by strong malty body. Belgian yeast is subtle but identifiable. Lingering bitterness after the finish.

Well carbonated, rich full body with medium viscosity, and drying bitter finish.

Excellent DIPA! Complex, aggressively hopped but pretty well balanced and very smooth. A great result of Iowa's new laws making higher ABV beer less burdensome to make and distribute.

Photo of rundocrun
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of this beer with its new name: Hop Sutra. Stats are all still the same. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an extremely dark copper--almost reddish. Crystal clear. Has rose-colored highlights when held to the light. Yields a finger of light khaki head that dissipates quickly. Small amounts of lacing, but some definite residual sugars in this beer as indicated by the thick transparent sheets clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Piney and resinous as a good DIPA should be. Hints of lemongrass and some mild floral hoppy notes as well. It's hard to get a sense for anything beyond the hops in this beer as I am drinking it quite fresh (within 3 weeks of its bottling date). Possibly the slightest hint of sweet honey mixed with fruity alcohol.

T - Intensely sweet up front, surprisingly. From the aroma I would expect something much more immediately bitter or at least with some hop flavor. The bitterness doesn't really come into play until the middle where it melds nicely with the booziness and lasts through the finish. Additionally, the initial sugary sweetness turns into a tangy honey-like flavor through the finish. As I take more and more sips I do notice one off-putting flavor--a metallic taste that is detectable only for a moment in the middle of each sip. Has a mildly malty and grassy aftertaste.

M - Medium body. Quite smooth for a DIPA. Finishes syrupy and a little cloying. Carbonation is adequate.

Overall - This is an above-average beer, but in my opinion it doesn't quite hit the mark as an exceptional DIPA. It is a little heavy on the sugars and it doesn't have the IBU's to make it a big-hitter.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with ruby highlights and a slightly wispy tall head. Soapy lacing.

Nose is noticeably piney with tropical and citric fruit notes. Plenty hoppy.

Body is smooth, delivers a fine wallop of hops. Somewhat sweet caramel note, but very fine and subtle. Hops burst on the tongue, leaving an ester alcohol finish of banana, citric zest, and a touch of hay.

This is a pretty damn good beer. Very tasty, full of hop flavors, and well-attenuated. Well played, Peace Tree.

Photo of momoagogo14
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance: Medium, offwhite head, good retention, beer is a smoky orange color
Smell: pine, citrus, caramelized malts, some alcohol
Taste: Caramel malts right away, followed by spicy hop bitterness and earthy, citrusy finish
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, resinous, medium bodied
Overall: This is my favorite Peace Tree brew---the Belgian yeast and malt flavors lend a depth that separates this from other double
IPAs. It’s not just hoppy for the sake of being hoppy.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Deep honey color, one finger pale tan head with good retention. Quite cloudy. Good lace.

S: Citrus and pine, some sweet rose in the background. Very nice.

T: Like the nose, the full range of hop flavors here, with pine in the lead. Nice malt backbone underneath, but could use a little more. Belgian esters faint but present. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not objectionable.

M: Ooh, luscious and creamy. The carbonation makes it very fluffy.

O: Quite pleased. The hop profile is great, both fragrant and flavorful. Just wish there were a bit more malt-- it almost makes it, but fades too quickly in the finish. Heavy-duty hop-heads might disagree.

This is the third batch of Double IPA from Peace Tree, which is celebrating its first birthday today. The first batch of this beer helped reawaken the beer side of my brain about a year ago. After several bottles and one on tap, it's about time I got to the review. Good stuff, try it if you can.

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Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.