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Tree Bucket Double IPA - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

216 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SupaCelt on 04-02-2012

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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a handsome copper color with gentle white bubbles capped the beer. Sixteen ounce cans are very convenient for twelve ounce glasses.

Smell - The aroma largely follows a citric pattern with bready notes in the background.

Taste - The vanilla from the oak is the early impression. After that, citric hops, peach, sugar, and mild hops spiral into a banana finish. By far, this is Brewery Vivant's best work. This beer would be bold enough to stand up to spicy food, while subtle enough to eat with select cheeses.

Mouthfeel - On the can, it says double IPA. Trebuchet has the thickness of a DIPA, which allows the diverse fruit notes to linger.

Overall - I like this beer a lot. It is probablky my favorite Brewery Vivant aside from the price of a four pack.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Sturdy head, hazed brassy amber

SMELL: Dank hops, hemp seed oil, minty resin, orangey, clean estery alcohol, herbal, nutty, pineapple, mango, toasted grain

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, very bitter, very herbal, marmalade, fallen apples, phenolic, walnut husk, very warming alcohol, peppercorn, banana skins, toasted crackers; never-ending hoppy, drying finish

It is a hard slap in the mouth, but our palates ask for more. The brewer clearly put little to no restraints on this ale, and we’re glad they didn’t. Clearly more American than Belgian, but it’s great to have the that house yeast edge to set it apart from most of the intensely hopped DIPAs out there.

Photo of Beerbud
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is an amzing beer from vivant.this will be known in the ipa field for years to come.i will say this is the best beer ive had from vivant and will say it is one of the best ipas ive ever had.the smell is so pleasant i couldnt wait to drink it.the taste is so smooth that it is hard to believe its 9.3% abv.its limited so be sure to find it and try before it disappears.i hope vivant keeps this the same for years to come.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to SurlytheDuff for this one. 16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2.5 finger frothy, cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. A pretty good looking brew!

Nose is citrus, cane sugar, clove with a bit of soapiness. Tropical fruit too. On point and moderately aromatic.

Opens citrus, Belgian yeast, papaya and clove. Some coriander with a bit of pepperiness in the middle. More tropical fruit and dank hop bitterness. End is citrus, cane sugar and a sap hop bitterness. Finishes spicy, sweet, and hoppy. This tastes exactly as I would think... but its not very good.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a touch of bubbles in the mouth and goes down lively. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky, dry aftertaste. Decent.

A decent beer but the flavors just don't work here. The Belgian yeast clashes with the citrus, and sap hop profile. Definitely to style, but it's just not very good.

Photo of larryarms847
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and sticky, golden yellow with a sunburst of orange, rather cloudy and almost syrupy it's so thick.

Hop bomb for sure, juicy grapefruit and tropical notes overload the senses.

Uhm, hmm, thick and sticky like fruit juice. Way too malted and the sweetness is just too overpowering. Citrusy, and tropical, but not enough hop bite to cut through all of the sweet.

Mouthfeel, is sticky and syrupy, not good.

This pours beautifully and smells great, but feels and tastes like a hop juice box without any bitterness to note from the hops.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. The crack resulted in some beer squirting out and hitting me in the forehead. Settled in the glass with a caramel/orange color and about 1.5 inches of head. Smell had lots of hops, tropical fruits. Taste is hops, grapefruit, some malts, tropical fruits, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One Pint can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is amber colored and clear. The pour yielded about three inches of off-white to beige head.

S - I some some citrus aromas and some floral aromas.

T - The taste has a lot of citrus. The bitterness on the finish is lacking from what I am used to. I also taste a little malt and some spices characteristic of Belgian yeast.

M - Medium

O - This is a very well done IPA. It is loaded with citrus flavors without the bitterness. It drinks pretty easy for a 9.7% ABV.

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into a snifter.

Nice color, gets a pretty big head if you don't mind your pour. Clings to the glass throughout. First pour smells of a lot of grapefruit, some floral hops and malt. Good taste- citrusy, malty. Very sweet, maybe a bit too much. But I like sweet, so not an issue for me. Good body, plenty of carbonation, but very smooth.

I really like this, it's a solid beer that I've purchased more than once. If you don't mind your DIPA's a little sweet, you'll like this one.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack of Brewery Vivant's Trebuchet Double IPA a couple days ago for $11.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while so I was happy to see this in the cooler, I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so it should be pretty fresh. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a tulip.

A- The can looks really nice, it's got a trebuchet on the can and the bright green color helps it stick out on the shelf. It poured a nice orange color that took on a some burnt orange/amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left tons of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, there's not a single thing wrong with it.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of hops with citrus hops sticking out the most with some nice grapefruit, mango, and pineapple aromas coming through with some grassy and piney hop aromas in the background. Up next comes some sweet and bready malt aromas that come through nicely and help bring some balance to this beer with a medium amount of Belgian yeast coming through that adds to the complexity of the aroma. I really like the aroma of this beer, the hop profile is great and the yeast and malts bring some nice balance and complexity to the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that are still dominated by all the fruity aspects that I got in the aroma with the piney and grassy hops really taking a back seat and not showing up that much. Up next comes a slight bit of alcohol that is barely warming and is followed by some bready, sweet, and maybe some caramel malt flavors with a medium amount of Belgian yeast showing up towards the finish. On the finish, there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness with a fruity and sweet malt like aftertaste, I really liked the taste of this beer, it was pretty hoppy but the bitterness was surprisingly low with the malts and the yeast showing up just enough.

M- Pretty smooth, fairly dry, slightly sticky, fairly refreshing, on the fuller side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a really good beer and a very good example of the style, this just might be the best Belgian Double IPA I've ever had, it had everything that I look for in the style with the bitterness not being to out of control and the citrus and fruity hops were showcased nicely. This beer had great drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, fairly refreshing and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these without getting worn out or bored with this beer, the flavor keeps me coming back for more, it's a little dangerous how smooth this is for a 9.7% beer. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, there wasn't anything that I disliked or would change about this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's not in Brewery Vivant's regular lineup, I would love to be able to buy this beer year round. I would for sure buy this beer again, in fact I've already went back and got a couple more and I will buy a couple more cans if it's still around, I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian IPA's. All in all i was very impressed with this beer, since it was from Brewery Vivant I expected it to be good, but they really wowed me with the hop profile, complexity and balance of this beer. Good work guys, this an awesome beer and it's up there as one of the better Brewery Vivant beers I have had.

Photo of Bowse
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Really awesome. Just right amount of bitter and smooth with an impressive ABV!

Photo of thejoe
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Brewery Vivant did an amazing job with this Belgian inspired Double IPA. For a Double IPA, it was very well balanced and not over hopped. The citrus flavors and mouthfeel tied this beer together.

Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If you are ever in the Chicagoland and CAN get to one of their locations, Binney's Liquors remains a CANQuest (TM) source nonpareil! This was a recent score.

From the CAN: "Special Limited Release"; "Freshly Brewed in Michigan"; "Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale"; "I'm not your Grandpa's CANned swill. I'm a craft CAN - lightweight, highly recyclable, and chock full of goodness inside and out. I'm as fresh as CAN be because I won't let any light got through me. Float me next to a CANoe, take me camping, golfing, boating, or cycling for excitement. I'm easy to pack in and pack out. I won't let you down. Promise."; "A trebuchet is an old school type of catapult built by the French in the Middle Ages. This seemed appropriate since our brewers are slinging tons of hops at you in this beer. Expect to be hit upside the head with citrus & tropical fruit from the hoppy doses we cram into each fermenter. The Belgian style yeast used adds an uncommon dimension to this beer that make it distinctly Vivant and separates it from its brethren DIPAs."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Really sharp aged - Hooks 7 year from Wisconsin is fabulous. If you like spicy things, this will add fuel to the fire, as hops intensify heat."; "GLASSWARE A small tulip or snifter is great to focus the hop flavors. Pouring with an adequate head on the beer will assist in releasing the hop aromas."

I have wanted to review this beer for years! What a coup to find this a Binney's. My work colleague/CANfidant/Physics teacher and good guy Dan "the man Levitan" Warner has a end-of-year project in which his students design, build and use trebuchets to launch objects on the green space in front of the school. No bovines to date, but hit really flies and I will skip Lunch to go and watch. He will be getting one of these CANs once we return from the summer break.

The Crack released a spurt of beer that initially surprised me before I got things under CANtrol. The Glug produced anywhere between one to two fingers of light-tan head with decent retention. This was a rare occasion in which I shared a CAN with two other people. Color was solidly amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was not as intensely hoppy as the previous DIPA, but there were still plenty of hops in evidence. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, especially for the style. Taste was bitter and very hoppy, but not much beyond that. I do not mind unbalanced, but this simply did not stand up in comparison to the previous beer. Finish was citrusy, more toward lemon than grapefruit. Great name, so-so beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not that I condone giving money to this brewery after shaming the beer scene with their frivolous lawsuit against Tired Hands, but this can was given to me as an extra in a trade, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Poured from the can into a Vivant can glass (again, I got this before I knew what kind of people they were). Clear amber color, with a billowing inch-plus of white head, which sank to a thick ringlet, and laced the glass nicely. In the nose, fruity yeast, soapy, some sugar sweetness, notes of citrus. Vaguely Belgian-IPA-ish. Thinned-out taste somewhat reflected the aroma, estery sweetness, light citrus twang, clovey spice, bready yeast, metallic undertones, crackery malts, neutral alcohol, leaving a bland finish. Overall came off more like an off-flavored DIPA than anything else. Light-medium body, average carbonation. Worth a couple sips, but not something that I would purchase.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a small, sticky, tan head of short duration. Sticky splatters of lacing adorn my Monk chalice as the beer is consumed with glee.

The nose has a very enjoyable fruity aroma. It is something sweet and seemingly tropical in nature which is most likely a result of the candi sugar mixing with the hop bouquet to create a sort of candied grapefruit effect that is definitely reminiscent of mango which the beer menu lists as a descriptor. The Belgian yeast is barely noticeable. Some herbal notes float in the air as well. The delicious smells from the kitchen cause some difficulty in dissecting the components of the nose, but this is definitely unique and enjoyable to smell.

The taste goes into a pronounced dryness quite rapidly when this beer is at its coldest. The earthy flavors and bitterness as well as the chalky yeast tones shine through and the sweet fruitiness of the nose is fleeting but very pleasant while present. As the beer warms the nuances in flavor really shine and the sweeter flavors flourish. This beer is quite delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium. Seems to hold an illusiom of being lighter than it is once the pronounced hop dryness and bitterness suck the palate dry.

Overall, this gets some love. I have to say that I notice that BV perhaps serves some of their beers a bit too cold off the tap. Things often start out really bland and just explode into beauty by the end. This is always expected, but a few degrees warmer would do them justice on brews like this one. It seems to take an undue amount of time for the beer to make you fall in love. Some selections can afford to be served more cold, but most of these nuanced selection need less cold. Just my opinion nobody needs, but first impressions are everything. This beer didnt become phenomenal until it was half gone and much more warm. It was served at about a 3.0 star flavor and finished at 4.0 stars. The most important thing is, it became phenomenal. Bravo...

Photo of jdhowe
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of bcm75 -- thanks! No canning date, but a fairly recent brew, so no freshness concerns. My first Brewery Vivant brew.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy tan head, which recedes to a thick ring with sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Sweet malt accompanied by hop-derived citrus with slight pine. The enduring aroma is sweet, though, with earthy hop character as an undertone. Some sweet estery Belgian yeast character is evident. Fruitiness, almost like apple juice, is detectable.

T/M: Leads off watery and smooth with a medium mouthfeel but very little in the way of up-front flavors. Carbonation is medium -- it feels neither overdone nor wanting.The flavor profile is very subdued until midway through the sip, at which point swelling citrus and Belgian character emerges. I'd describe it as, in order, bitterness, citrus, fruity esters, maltiness, and then more bitterness and ester character on the finish. The alcohol is relatively well concealed, but I'm detecting it now that I'm halfway through the tulip trying to nail down this taste profile. It's not bad so much as it's a little unexpected and different.

O: A pretty tasty brew, but I can't comment too much on it as a Belgian Double IPA since I just don't know the style very well. It definitely has both DIPA and Belgian characteristics, so in that way they got it right. I won't be sad to never have it again, but definitely will enjoy this can.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and tropical fruit.

T - The taste starts off sweet with lots of sweet malts and tropical fruit. There is a good amount of Belgian yeast coming through midpalate. The finish some grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dry finish.

O - This was a nice Belgian IPA. This was on the sweet side and slightly expensive.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dusky sunset orange into our Founders snifters. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of tight, creamy, eggnog colored bubbles, showing great retention. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives spicy amber and pale maltiness, zing of metallic and sticky sweet Belgian yeast, bready toast, peach and strawberry fruitiness, hot liquefied honey, sugar cookie sweetness, cotton candy, grassy, citric, and floral hop notes, massive floral perfume chemicals, alcohol, soft butters, and brown sugar with warmth. Our first impression is that the Belgian yeast is wildly robust, to the point of going above and beyond, and delivering notes of sourness and tartness that were not expected atop nicely balanced base. As we sip, the taste opens up with Belgian yeasty bite, strawberry, pineapple, and mango fruit juiciness, pale and caramel malts, lemon tea tannins, clove and black pepper spice, sweet herbal hoppiness, tinny metallics, melted plastics, and fusel booziness. The middle moves forward with sweet caramel and amber malts, brown sugar, faint buttery diacetyls, sticky mango sugar fruitiness, dried lavender, rooibos tea leafiness, bitter floral and citric hops, and soft vinegar acidity to pull us to the end. Here we get further enhancement of the biting, metallic, savory Belgian yeast, fruity tartness of cranberry, pale and wheaty malts, icy metallics, light caramels, cooked red apples, cider vinegar, clover honey, white sugar, plastic phenols, tannins, tropical Starburst candy sweetness, and lemony hop freshness. The aftertaste breathes of butterscotch caramels, vinyl, that glorious Belgian yeast, lemony tea, citric and floral hops, fiery booze, pencil woodiness, cranberry sourness, walnut, lactic creaminess, white sugar, candy corn, clover leafiness, honeysuckle, and chalky, raw, pale maltiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is lightly coated, being left oily and satiated. This really does not transform into much dryness or astringency, but rather leaves the palate wet, lightly sticky, and happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. There is sweetness, crispiness, freshness, and agedness, in particular afforded by the inoculated Belgian yeast strain that, at times, comes across as a borderline tart zestiness that conjures up thoughts of Flanders red ales. This comes across only slightly in flavoring, but the yeast does give an exotic, bittering punch to the otherwise syrupy, sweet, and caramel-laden DIPA base laid before it. We do, however, wish the hops were a little more pronounced, which would help add freshness throughout the flavoring and lingering aftertaste. This is a fantastic local brew, pulling influence from outside the state and country, for an admixture that truly, and authentically, hits the spot.

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

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, banana, clove, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, banana, clove, candi sugar, caramel, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with hops over the yeast character, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, creamy, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; and dangerously smooth to sip on for 9.3%. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to willseph for the can.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange-amber. Rocky off-white head drops to a chunky cap and collar in short order. Decent retention keeps a small head for the duration. Some chunky notches of lacing.

Smell: Pushes a touch of banana and soft spice along with some fruity esters. Slightly overripe apple, a ton of grapefruit rind and pith. Oily pine with a slightly dank edge. Malts are a touch bready with some.caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of cracker snap as well. Fruity and assertive without being too intense. A bit more banana as it warms.

Taste: Yeast is a bit more assertive. House yeast drops women slightly spicy esters as well as apple skin and mealy overripe apple flesh. A solid punch of grapefruit as well. Some pithy and oily pine thrown in the mix. Malt backbone is decidedly bready with some uncooked dough and lighter dry/pale malt finish. A bit of caramelized sweetness to balance the hops. As it warms it takes on a slightly spicier, ester heavy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium.body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: Probably won't get you over the wall.

A bit too heavy on the Belgian aspect for me, but it's a solid take on the style. The good are a nice compliment to the yeast (something that this style normally misses by a mile.)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -40.4%

Pour is a bright hazed golden amber with a fair bit of white head and medium bubbles with strong retention. Nose has a fair bit of candied sugar, very stale grain, messy yeast and a touch of lemony esters. Faint grassy hay hops. Taste is similar, sweet candied sugar up front, stale grains with a metallic note, lots if sugar mid to late palate with sweet citrus punch and a grassy bitter hop finish with moderate acidity. Finish is syrupy, a bit fizzy on the throat, coats the mouth.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

A- Pours deep burnt orange with only about a finger of white head. Had a good amount of chill haze but cleared a good bit as it warmed.

S- Sweet and with a Belgian yeast character of light spice and bubblegum. Getting a bit sweet apricot and some citrus of mostly sweet grapefruit. Some of the ABV is coming out as it warms as well but the yeast and hops are doing a good job of covering it up.

T- Similar to smell, pretty sweet especially for an IPA, getting that Belgian yeast character, apricot and grapefruit, not a real big bitterness. Slight bit of lingering pine.

M- This one is like maple syrup a real sipper for me.

O- Not really a fan of this or really Belgian IPAs in general. I just don't find the yeast and a big hop profile to be very complementary. On top of that I find this too sweet and pretty expensive at around $17 for a 4pack of pint cans, I mean that's more than even marked up Heady 4packs! I wish I liked more stuff from Vivant but most of the stuff I've had from them just hasn't connected with me.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors are quite sweet.

Photo of Roman5150
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

can into tulip

appearance: clear amber/dark copper, slight 1 figner white head

smell: apple, dark fruits, pear, some grapefruit, caramel, minor coriander, belgian yeast, lemon zest, earthy sweet malts

taste: Wow this is one tasty beer, never tried it until now and was blown away. Off the bat you taste that signature belgian yeast you would find in a belgian golden/strong ale, but it's quickly followed by some highly citric orange, apple, pear, some grapefruit, and lemon notes. The malt backbone pokes its head out somewhere in the middle, and is very sweet and smooth, getting some minor dark fruit notes here as well. The finish is an earthy, sweet, tropical bitterness that lingers and leaves your mouth wanting more. The alcohol is completely masked by the tropical notes and bitterness... resiny hop bitterness that's not overwhelming like some other palate wrecker's out there. Amazingly balanced, can't say anything bad about this beer, so refreshing i'm' about to drink the whole 4-pack.

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, full bodied for a DIPA, thick feel

overall: A damn good DIPA, one of the best the state of MI has to offer. Seek this out if you like hops and well crafted beer, can't really say anything bad about this one. Might be to early to proclaim, but this easily may become one of my favorites.

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

Had on tap at Dusty's Taproom in Okemos.

It poured a dark cloudy amber with thin head, left plenty of lace around the snifter. The smell? Hops in the face. Floral, citrus, not noticeably Belgian. I had forgotten it would be a Belgian ale, so the yeast flavor in the taste was a pleasant surprise for me. Citrus, pineapple, bitter hops, sugar, and a little alcohol. Medium, well-carbonated, and really pleasant. It's very hoppy and high alcohol, so not one to guzzle. Really nice, I hope to try this one again.

Photo of PintSizedLover
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel orange, with a billowing inch plus head, which resolved to a clinging ring around the outside of the glass. Aromas of sweet tropical fruit, melon, wet grass and yeasty hints of raw dough. Taste mimics the aroma, with addition of some sweet caramel malt, thin cracker and underlying peppery spice. Mouthfeel is on the flat side. Faint metallic taste in the finish. ABV is well hidden.

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Tree Bucket Double IPA from Brewery Vivant
90 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.