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Hop Sutra - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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very good

137 Ratings

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Localdrinklax, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

hedgepigtails, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of momoagogo14
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

momoagogo14, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

redblacks75, Jul 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

whallgren, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Herky21, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle with no date.
Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip

A: Pours an amber orange color. A thin line of bright white head. Not tons of carbonation. It leaves minimal lacing bits. Looks pretty still.

S: Surprised that it smells kind of good. I get some of that cat pee astringency for sure. But there is some fruitiness in there too. Some orange rind and citrus.

T: This is a strange tasting DIPA. Different than any I have had. You get a tongue coating mild bitterness up front. Then this strange flavor, maybe mildly medicinal after that. It gets very sweet to offset the initial bitterness. The close lingers with you. I didn't think this is fresh and think it might be good if it was.

M: Medium bodied.

inlimbo77, Jun 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

theminutemen, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Tash2360, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

RDW, Apr 28, 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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

JWRitchie76, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

fuzzcherry, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of beagle75
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

beagle75, Jan 31, 2012
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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

KAF, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

dfillius, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

davidbowers13, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

mattafett, Jan 06, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

langfot99, Dec 29, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

rwathree, Dec 13, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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

dbossman, Dec 02, 2011
Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.