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Vertical Winter Ale - Tree Brewing

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Vertical Winter AleVertical Winter Ale

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Medium bodied Ale with nut and caramel flavours. Finishes smooth, with a subtle hint of Vanilla.

(Beer added by: Derek on 11-11-2010)
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Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-01-2011 06:41:54 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of jmdr

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-23-2011 05:04:33 | More by jmdr
Photo of timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this beer blew me away. I've always had a soft spot for many of the brews that Tree Brewing creates, and I think this might be my favourite.

Living in the Vancouver area, the standard "winter" ale that is popular around here is Granville Island Lions Winter Ale - definitely a good beer in its own right. Tree's Vertical is similar but, honestly, even better - maybe it's just smoother and the vanilla punch at the end is even more powerful, but honestly, of the "weaker" winter beers out there (you know, not the ones so high in alcohol content they raise your body temp by 10 degrees), this one is absolutely delicious and very smooth, without being too overly sweet.

I would definitely recommend Vertical Winter Ale to anyone. These choices from Tree Brewing are starting to get more popular around BC (not just in Kelowna/the Okanagan Valley) and I think any beer lover would enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:53:26 | More by timtwoface
Photo of papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.4%

11-22-2011 02:03:45 | More by papawu76
Photo of tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a tulip glass. One of my favorite tasters from Willowpark Wine and Spirits Beer Bash 2011.

Visual (3.5): Decent clarity on a rusty amber beer. Lighter than I remember. Bubbly, 2 finger, light-tan head that settles into a nice film over the beer leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma (4.5): Vanilla is pronounced and sharp! An overall pervading sweetness that lingers on the nostrils. Entices the drinker to take a sip. Undertones of nuts, maple and caramel. Not quite a candy vanilla, but closer to a sweet vanilla chocolate.

Taste (4): Not as heavy as the initial smell, the initial taste balances light vanilla with nutty caramel malt flavours. The flavour is pervasively sweet, with a lasting vanilla flavour that hits after the swallow. A little light on both the alcohol and flavour for a winter ale.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very smooth with an extremely creamy light body. Carbonation bubbles are tight creating that silky flow across the pallet. Easily drinkable, but not 'warming'.

Overall (4): I personally really enjoy this beer as Vertical gets a lot of points for being a very original winter ale. Amazing smell, taste, and mouthfeel emphasize the vanilla. I would have rated higher overall if I could shake the feeling that a higher alcohol content and more complex flavours wouldn't have made this a better beer. Even though Vertical might not be the paradigm of Winter Ales, it is a very tasty, aromatic, and enjoyable beer to drink. I will have a few of these in my fridge over the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 05:24:14 | More by tonyf55
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/11/11

A clear amber enough carbonation to sustain a thick two finger cream colored foam that hangs on for quite a while leaving some unorganized lace

S massive vanilla notes with a little earthy woody thing going for it, some winter spice nutmeg perhaps? not overly complex but what it has I like

T what I smell but just a little toned down, still pretty good with a little nutty flavor I didn't smell

M not very thick but the bubbles whip it up a bit and the flavors linger a little nutty

O not a bad beer if you like vanilla, I might get board drinking a whole 6er of this stuff but for a single no problem

I like winter beers too be a little stronger but this ones still worth a try

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:47:57 | More by wordemupg
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Reddish amber liquid with a 1/8" white head.

S: Vanilla and spices.

T: Vanilla, spices and caramel malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: An excellent winter warmer. One of B.C.'s best.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 23:04:10 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, now available outside of Tree's winter combo pack.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some high-strung cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it lazily settles. It smells of vanilla, biscuity malt, and leafy, zingy hops. The taste is still big on the vanilla, though now more muddled with some caramel breadiness, a bit of dry ashiness, and still sturdy, leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is soft, yet tickling, the body a so-so medium weight, and house-brand smooth. It finishes with a turn to the dry side, the leafy hops going somewhat herbal. Kind of missing out on the whole 'warming' part of the concept, though.

An interesting take on the style - nice holiday season sweetness, but with a strong nod towards balance (and moderation) - that vanilla is rendered in such a way that I could see putting a few of these back, before single ingredient fatigue sets in.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:33:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown appearance with minimal head that disappears quickly. Smell is dominated by vanilla, it is also sweet with caramel.

Taste, like the smell, has a strong vanilla taste. Picked up bread malt with brown sugar. Has a hint of toffee/caramel. Taste is surprisingly light though compared to the strong smell. Light bodied with light-medium carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet.

Overall not a bad, but to light tasting to be a winter beer. In fact I can see myself drinking this in 20 C. Still, it's refreshing and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:15:26 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up is their winter mixer.

A - Pours crystal clear copper colour, finger of head with little retention, some sporadic lacing and little visible body carbonation.

S - Pretty mild on the nose, but burnt sugar and caramel seems to come through, and is reminiscent of their amber ale offering.

T - Given the weak nose, the flavour caught be by surprise. Very tasty with the caramel malts and leafy hops coming through with a touch of vanilla and cotton candy on the finish. The sweeter flavours also linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale, fills the tongue nicely, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - I must admit, I was a little skeptical that this would be all that different, but it offers some delicious flavours and unique sweetness. A solid offering that is easily drinkable and highly recommended. If only you could get it in its own 6-pack...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:42:56 | More by andrenaline
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper with a thumb of off white head, dissipated to random islands with light lacing
S - vanilla and light nutmeg, bready and sweet
T - very much like the smell with some nuttiness and brown sugar sweetness
M - somewhat creamy and a little spicy, full mouth bready finish
D - malty brew goes down smooth with a vanilla like silkiness, balanced with just a little winter spice, nice offering but would have preferred to see this in a 6 pack rather than the dozen mixer with 3 other Tree staple beers

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:43:10 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, light retention and lace.

S: Vanilla, caramel and toffee with a light, floral hopping.

T: Bready malt; nice floral and citrus hopping; light caramel and toffee sweetness works with the vanilla yet there's a modest bitterness for balance.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D: An easy drinker.

At only 5%, it's not really a warmer... yet there's more flavour than the Granville Lion's or Nelson's Faceplant!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 04:33:58 | More by Derek
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Vertical Winter Ale from Tree Brewing
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