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Hop Sutra - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 07-24-2010)
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theminutemen

Missouri

2/5  rDev -49.5%

05-30-2012 20:12:40 | More by theminutemen
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beagle75

Iowa

2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 14:07:52 | More by beagle75
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bashiba

Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 23:34:26 | More by bashiba
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.2%

08-11-2012 19:32:41 | More by bonez05404
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -24.2%

11-23-2011 23:29:26 | More by spoonhawk
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-29-2014 19:28:38 | More by atrocity
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.2%

05-09-2013 01:59:27 | More by tommyguz
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rwathree

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:22:03 | More by rwathree
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msjacilynn

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:22:31 | More by msjacilynn
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 06:25:46 | More by alcstradamus
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rundocrun

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:16:38 | More by rundocrun
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Beestin

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-14-2014 16:54:10 | More by Beestin
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-30-2014 02:14:08 | More by bccrosley
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dfillius

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-15-2012 15:56:38 | More by dfillius
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BMos

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-31-2014 20:32:29 | More by BMos
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pascilla

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-25-2013 05:17:48 | More by pascilla
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-27-2012 18:56:02 | More by Whiskeydeez
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argock

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby, medicine bottle 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami -- thanks!

A: Rusty red-amber with 1-finger of off-white head with average retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Tart Belgian yeast is most dominating but there are plenty citrus and floral hops. The malt backing is pretty generic.

T: The flavor is complex and plenty earthy and dirty with the Belgian yeast. Not the most subtle beer. The alcohol is big but fairly integrating with the funky yeast character. I wish the hops had more chance to surpass the yeast character, but they do provide citrus and floral qualities. The maltiness is barely enough to get the job done and feels strapped.

M: The malt-based body is medium but needs to be more. The carbonation is low and helps the drinkability.

O: Not the greatest Belgian IPA as the yeast-hops balance is not more equal, and the maltiness is barely sufficient to support it all. I would love to see Peace Tree use typical American ale yeasts and more malt and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 04:31:23 | More by argock
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mattafett

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-06-2012 02:37:04 | More by mattafett
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-03-2014 23:21:59 | More by siege06nd
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-04-2012 00:24:36 | More by fuzzcherry
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markmcconv

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-13-2013 19:30:12 | More by markmcconv
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 14:26:10 | More by mdwalsh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:36:40 | More by Thorpe429
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 21:50:51 | More by dbossman
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Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.