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Hop Sutra - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
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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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.

Thorpe429, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiant apricot that turned to dark apricot when the yeast entered the glass at the tail end of the pour. Murky beer looks best. Three fingers of ginger colored cream look fine and dandy, while thick sheets of finely stippled lace might mean generous hop resins. Here's hoping.

If the outstanding nose is any indication, Peace Tree have done themselves proud with this hoptastic Double IPA. Too bad more brewers don't use this blueprint (1.5x malt and 2.5x hops) rather than doubling the ingredients in their IPAs. Huge amounts of tropical fruit greet each sniff. Like Hop Wrangler IPA, however, the Belgian yeast esters aren't that noticeable.

Simply put, Double IPA is the best Iowa-brewed beer (in a bottle) to have ever entered my glass. This stuff is right in my hoppy beer wheelhouse and is leaps and bounds better than its (still pretty good) little brother. Again, increasing the hops more than the malt is the key for this style.

The malt bottom end has a hint of toasted breadiness that is easily exceeded by a metric ton of American hops. Simcoe must be in there, along with several of my other favorites. The clove and white pepper spiciness of the Belgian yeast adds another flavor facet that isn't quite strong enough for a change to Belgian DIPA to be considered.

Thankfully, they got the mouthfeel right as well. This isn't the biggest, chewiest DIPA on planet Earth, but it's big enough. Besides, slightly less size and perfect carbonation is a boon to drinkability. As is spot-on alcohol masking.

Peace Tree Double IPA is the single biggest surprise of the second half of 2010. The fact that this stuff is brewed a stone's throw from my house is mind-boggling. It would be all kinds of awesome if this 'Brewers Special Release Series' seasonal became a year-round beer. Highly recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 08, 2010
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

emerge077, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

zeff80, Jan 08, 2011
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peace Tree Hop Sutra Double IPA, Peace Tree Brewing Company, Knoxville, Iowa.

Hazed, dark amber, deep apricot hue, under a lush bone white head.

Aroma: prickly pine, resinous, and certainly citric. Grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Bold and brash.

Taste: more big citrus, more powerful bitterness, slight astringency, washing over …juicy…pithy…mmm. This is possessed by what I can only call an ineluctable Belgian yeast quality. It permeates everything, to the benefit of all. Absolute yummitude, that's another way to put it. Hop bitterness meets completely oddball Belgian yeasty weirdness. And everyone's a winner.

If anyone's still missing out on the joys of a Belgian IPA, American-style or Belgian-style, well, my heart goes out to you. This guy digs 'em. Fullish body, longish finish. Great hop presence on the palate,...I am enjoying the heck out of this one. More Hop Sutra, Peace Tree, more, more, more!

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not had a ton of beer from iowa, but I've liked most of what I've been able to try. this is a fun one, courtesy of a new friend. a double ipa of sorts, hopped and dry hopped to oblivion, supposedly with some belgian yeast strain, but i don't get much of its influence, and whatever its done to this beer is overshadowed by its enormous hop flavors. nice hazy redwood color, red mulch sort of shade, with a short but lasting fizzy white head. it smells like citrusy hops, tons of alpha acids and pine sap, its very much the west cost bomb, but the grain bill is different. the taste confirms a little something darker in the grain bill, coppery fresh baked front end devolves quickly into a woody hop bomb that must have some centennial in it along with some other heavy hitting C varietals. the yeast profile is oddly nondescript for me, i get nothing of the declared belgian yeast, and the alcohol is remarkably well hidden. also rather quick finishing for such a big beer, so i assume some high gravity ale yeast was used. a little thick in feel, but the exuberant carbonation brighten things up on the palate. a well packaged and well made from a brewery i had previously never heard of. fun stuff.

StonedTrippin, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by the other Matt, Huhzubendah. Served in a Russian River glass.

Beer is orange and appears thick watching the carbonation rise through the liquid to the thin white head of small bubbles at the top. The head leaves some lacing behind, the beer also has a slight haze to it.

Aroma is pretty citrus hoppy and sweet...malt.

Beer is better than I expected. Not great but definitely good, medium bodied, sweet, decent bitterness at the end. Some citrus flavors in the midpalate overall a very nice beer. It's a little too sweet and the bitterness could be higher, I liked it though.

drabmuh, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears slightly hazy and a burnt orange color, with a half inch of head. The aroma is pleasant, with the expected citrus and hop notes. The flavor was surprisingly good. I am shocked that there is still such a healthy hop presence, as this beer was brewed June 2010. Excellent notes of grapefruit and slightly tart citrus, with just the right balance of malt and hops. I could only imagine that a fresh bottle of this would be even better. Should I have the opportunity to sample a fresh bottle or draft of Peace Tree Double IPA, I will amend my review accordingly. Likely the best beer brewed in Iowa, it's certainly my favorite so far.

Huhzubendah, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

billab914, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for this Iowa tick, drank from a Cigar City snifter. A mini florida growler looking bottle, 12oz I'm assuming, cool label that looked something like a "wanted" sign out of the old west. The bottle said 2010 so not sure how old or fresh this is... The body is a dark peach, semi clear, watery sheen but not bad. A light tope head rises, not much retention but good lacing... The aroma is quite good, lots of nice tropical fruits, light pine finish, rounds off nicely... The taste has some malt character to it toasted bread with grapefruit, however the alcohol comes through some and the hops finish a touch stale. I like this more than others but I still think this is a good dipa, especially from what I've heard about Iowa beers.

jrallen34, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -24.1%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev +1.3%

KAF, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lava Lounge.

Pours dark and thick, like fluffy marmalade. Smells and tastes remarkably well balanced, although the toasted malt and light, spicy Belgian yeast taking a back seat to piney, citrusy hops.

Although this is assertively hoppy, I'd hesitate to call it a hop bomb, since the hops don't overwhelm the rest of it and, really, none of it is overwhelming. Some people might complain that it's not as much of a kick in the ass as, say, Dreadnaught, but sometimes it's nice to drink a strong, powerful beer that doesn't make you feel like you've just been punched in the face.

But--ahh, I guess I have to contradict myself, because this falls short of getting a truly elite rating because it's not quite strong enough. It's still a wonderful beer, though. It's tremendously complicated, and maybe the most drinkable double IPA that I've ever come across.

mynie, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Whiskeydeez, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

argock, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -24.1%

tommyguz, May 09, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jera1350, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put into a random six pack at El Bait Shop in Des Moines by the bartender. HEre's my first DIPA from Iowa...

A - pours a reddish brown / dark amber without much of a head on it

S - smells dank and boozy with lots of earthy, oniony hops with citrus undertones. A caramel malt base is present as well as a bit of fruitiness

T - Starts off with sweet citrus up front. This fades to toasted caramel malt base that takes up the middle part of the palate. Next, the hop sutra delivers its hops - onion and bitter pine bombard the tongue on the finish. There is a subtle amount of of fruitiness on the finish as well. I got a lot of heat on the exhale.

M - nice and creamy mouthfeel, just how I like it on my IPAs

D - pretty solid DIPA here. Peace tree is not messing around with this one. It definitely delivers and does not disappoint as a DIPA. Having never heard of this brewery before I was pleasantly surprised by it. Very much recommended if you can get your hands on it!

birchstick, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jbaker67, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

BretSikkink, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bashiba
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

bashiba, Jan 30, 2012
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Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.