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Tree Bucket Double IPA - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

196 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SupaCelt on 04-02-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Thorpe429, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -44%

largadeer, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jason, May 03, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -0.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MarkyMOD, May 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

drewone, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 04, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -0.5%

brandoman63, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Zaphog, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tone77, Dec 17, 2013
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3.47/5  rDev -13.7%

tectactoe, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can
A - amber colored ale, frothy beige head, good lace
S - citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast, toasted grain, caramel
T - caramel, toasted grain, Juicy Fruit gum, yeast, pine, grapefruit
M - resinous, finishes bitter but balanced, alcohol well concealed, but is more apparent as it warms
O - again, something unique from this brewery - I appreciate that they strive to be different.

barnzy78, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

enelson, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

sweemzander, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%

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.

cpetrone84, Oct 04, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

MSandahl23, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

st9647v3, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

warnerry, Aug 02, 2013
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Tree Bucket Double IPA from Brewery Vivant
90 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.