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Hop Sutra - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
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:
Beer added by: daledeee on 07-24-2010

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of beagle75
2.43/5  rDev -38.3%
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 bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rwathree
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
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 -18.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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 rundocrun
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.