Hop Wrangler | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Joe’s multinational take on a classic IPA. IPA’s are known for their intense hop bitterness, flavor and aromas. First, Joe used American and English malt, then American and English hops are added during the mash, first wort, boil, and finally it’s dry hopped for aroma. Belgium gets involved with the yeast and a special candy sugar finish for smoothness and flavor.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky orange color.

Huge white head (be careful pouring!); minimal lacing.

Nose of bitterness; slight citrus.

Medium mouthfeel.

Muted hop flavor; slight sweetness. Dry, and very much in the English tradition; I personally wish the sweetness was more pronounced.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, pine, strong hops, sweet malt, rye, and a hint of yeast. Fits the of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, pine, strong hops, sweet malt, rye, and a hint of yeast. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - A nice (slightly) dark amber. Not dark amber, more of a dark yellow. Decent head on top, a slightly off-white.
S (4.25) - Nice smells and aromas here. A little hop and a little malt.
T (4) - Good solid hop taste with malt backbone. Not crazy hop levels but a nicely balanced IPA. I don't really get much of the Belgian yeast. I wouldn't have know they claimed that if I hadn't read it.
F (4) - Nice drinkable beer. Good carb, fairly smooth.
O (4) - Overall a solid beer. I've never *loved* any of the Peace Tree beers, but they're all good. This is no different.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Nose herbal fruit with light graham cracker. Pours amber with a slight haze under ½” head that dissipates to a thin film but leaves tons of lace. Palate starts hinting of fruit then blossoms into melon flavors that dissolve into a big, drying bitterness with a touch of herbal astringency. A light graham cracker slightly sweetened with caramel lies under the fruit flavors. Medium body and slightly below medium carbonation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Peacetree Hop Wrangler India Pale Ale 3. Brewed and bottled by Peace Tree Brewing Company, Knoxville, Iowa. (So now we know. The canned kolsch is made at Cold Spring, the bottles are done in Iowa.) Leave sediment in bottle (too late). Serve a 8 C (48 F). Can't find ABV.

Very attractive, bright crimson coloring, lush, creamy head, long lasting and lace-leaving.

Aroma: an intriguing blend of funk and fruit. Apple, cherry, and berry on top, with a Belgian yeast twist. Some bready malt aromatics, too. Very nice.

Taste: hop forward, yeast-forward, and not malt shy. Belgian yeast flavor takes over, standing above the hop bitterness, which is rather low. Getting the feeling of a Belgian amber ale, more than an IPA. Although the bitterness is low, it does remind me of other Belgian IPAs, and I feel I could do a session with this. Toss back one after another, and never get too tired.

Hey, what's the label say? "Hop Wrangler 3 is a multi-national take on the classic india pale ale, which is known for it's intense hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. We use American, English and Belgian malts for flavor, body and color. This brew includes six hop additions of American and English hops, one each in the mash and first wort, three in the boil and finally a dry hop addition in the fermenter. It is finished with Belgian yeast which develops esters that complement the bouquet of hops aromas."

Well put.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
"Leave sediment in bottle. Serve at 48°F"

A - Hop Wrangler pours with a short but lasting off-white head that caps the clear deep amber colored beer all the while, shrouding the glass in wispy lace.

S - Juicy Big League Chew bubblegum and clove spice give Hop Wrangler a bold presence of Belgian yeast while ripe grapefruit's complimentary citrus comes straight from the American hops. With all that's going on in the aroma, it's easy to gloss over the wonderful layer of biscuity malt laying the ground work!

T - Completely unexpected, the flavor is bursting with resiny, pine-laded American hops with a grapefruit finish that ever-so-briefly touches on the aromatic Belgian characteristics but retains it's malty base.

M - While Hop Wrangler is carbonated; I can see bubbles, there is a head, it feels flat in the mouth with a slickness that glides right across the tongue starting almost completely empty but finishing with a nice dry bitterness that lingers with some strength.

O - The strong aromatics call out Belgian yeast but the decidedly American hop profile overcomes and makes the flavor it's own, both aspects working together with some harmony. It's in the feel that this beer falls somewhat flat - literally. It's hard to peg but even though this beer is carbonated, it doesn't feel like it so even though the direction in which Hop Wrangler is headed is a fantastic one, it's not quite ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Golden-orange with a slightly off-white head that is just locked into place. It's about a half-inch thick in the snifter and is really not moving at all. Thousands and thousands of bubbles are screaming up the sides of the glass around the outside. This is a very lively beer. Additionally, I have to say I love the Red Stripe/Session-style bottle.

SMELL: Fresh cut grass with a hint of marijuana smoke in the distance perfectly describes the aroma here. It isn't the most intense, but it is very pleasant.

TASTE: Standard grassy IPA. Enough caramel malt to balance it out, but ultimately this is grassy and citrusy. The citrus lingers to the end and sets up the mild malt front at the beginning of each new sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Pretty decently carbonated. Body is pretty light for an IPA and despite this being a pretty easy drinker it is very light.

OVERALL: I will most definitely pick this beer up again when heading through Iowa. The other beer of theirs I had was infected and I was bummed, but this is fresh and delicious. Very solid offering.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Mildly spicy yeast aroma with a Belgian quality to it. That's okay, but not too much else going on.
Mostly clear amber with gold to brown and orange. Smallish head.
I've had this several times and I keep coming to the conclusion that the flavors are just a mess. The bitterness is strong and not that pleasant. The malt flavors are weak and uninteresting and the hops are mostly grassy. Occasionally get some yeast flavors - they are okay. I like the idea and the marketing speak - that's why I bought it, but in the end it's just not that enjoyable .
Thinnish body, but not too much. Prickly carbonation.
In the end the bitterness is too emphasized. not very pleasing and too much.

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Photo of powerss13
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Darker golden hue; kind of like a lighter rusty color. clear body, clouds up when mix in yeast from bottom of bottle

S: Get a more hop forward smell. Definitely get a dry hop aroma

T: Fell a little flat for me, could be because of the bottle I had. The very top of the bottle, on the lip where the cap goes over, had been chipped, so possible loss of carbonation. What I did get out of it was the dry hop in the flavor. The dry hop taste definitely helped out.

MF: Lighter body, not heavy on the hops (again revert back to my comment in 'Taste'). Low carbonation*; the dry finish from their dry hop process helped.

O: My overall experience was fair, but could be better. I will give it another try due to the fact of the bottle being "damaged".

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: carrot-orange color. Good head retention and lacing.
Aroma is caramel, apples, and bitter grapefruit.
Taste: Really good caramel sweetness at first, then great hops and grapefruit.
Nice mouthfeel.
Overall: good. More balanced than most. Love the stubby bottle.t

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle (love the shape of these pseudo-stubbies), one purchased at John's Grocery in IC at the end of August. Poured to a pint glass.

Label: "Hop Wrangler 3 is a multi-national take on the classic India Pale Ale... we use American, English and Belgian malts for flavor, body and color.... includes six hop additions of American and English hops, one each in the mash and first wort, three in the boil and finally a dry hop addition in the fermenter. It is finished with a Belgian yeast which develops esters that complement the bouquet of hop aromas."


A: Despite the labels admonition to "leave sediment in bottle", I poured it all. Oops. Amber-hued pour, a little hazy, steadily carbonated. Good head: a finger of ecru foam that holds well and leaves an undulating lace with a few puffy flecks.

S: A good, although not particularly potent, smell of fruity mish-mashed hops and malts. Has a "Belgian" tone with a crisp apple-scented balance.

T: Bready and spicy, a little lemon zest and tang. Some orange-citrus, pith and pulp. Hops have a grassy/bitter green skew, whatever Belgian yeast is subtle, but pleasing. Bold flavor overall.

M: Mellow, medium body (borderline full-bodied), well-spiced (rye), tangy and dry/bitter finish. Chewy, but not sticky.

O: One of those "sum is greater than the parts" type beers, a tasty take on a style I like - one I'd probably drink often if I lived in Iowa. Alas, I don't. Tried it once on tap there; it's every bit as good from the bottle.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head erupts from the golden body. It is white md rocky and very slowly dissolves into a scattered lacing.

Very nice floral hop aromas with hints of Belgian yeast and a lightly sweet malty backbone. Upon further review the hoops aromas are also a touch fruity.

The flavor is certainly more on the American side up front packing a nice hop punch of citrus fruit and flowers with the malt and yeast arriving towards the finish.

Much fuller in body than its Belgian brewed counterparts with massive carbonation and a puckering finish.

While perhaps not spot on compared to a Belgian brewed IPA, Peace Tree does a great job with this and the generous flavor character is very desirable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice looking color to this IPA with its rich orange glow; a bit hazy, with an average-sized head formation.

Smell is a bit tame for American IPA standards, but it's nonetheless pleasant with an overall fruity and slightly sweet smell. Hop profile seems familiar, but I’m having a hard time placing it (them).

Before the flavor, I’m first struck by how nice the mouthfeel is on this! It’s so pillowy full and soft. Not sure what they’ve done to achieve this, but it’s nice!

Taste is pretty well balanced, though of course leaning toward the hop side. Hops really take off more in the finish. Otherwise it’s just a smooth hop delivery and a pretty harmonious flavor complemented by the non-competing malts.

OK, so I just read on Peace Tree’s website that Belgian yeast, as well as candy sugar are part of the recipe (in addition to English hops and malts). The sugar probably explains the exceptional body, but I would not have guessed this had Belgian yeast at play. But now that I know, I do kind of get a slightly spicy flavor in there that’s most likely from the yeast and not a bittering hop. Also, I’m drinking this colder than I prefer.

I’m really enjoying my first Peace Tree beer, and I look forward to trying more of their beers. I probably wouldn’t buy this IPA often if I had access to it, but I’d enjoy it from time to time. Then again, as it continues to warm, that Belgian yeast finish is growing on me and reminding of the enjoyable Devils Backbone Belgian Congo Pale.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper, very carbonated, producing large heads with every bottle. Smell is sweet and caramely, with familiar tones of Belgian-style yeast. Flavor is drier than you would expect from a Belgian styled IPA. Has a metallic twang, and a sizable hop bitterness. Versus the style, it is what I would expect a Belgian IPA to be. The beer feel think, but the champagne-like carbonation really cuts the underlying viscosity. Definitely worth checking out, maybe the best beer from Iowa I have had to this point.

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Photo of jthahn
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased while working in Cedar Rapids, picked up a 6 pack from Benz.

Bottle poured into a small glass

A - Good looking beer. Typical coloration for an IPA, good head and lacing in the glass.

S - Not your typical hop smell from an IPA, but this is a liberal take on the style. Utilizes belgian yeast which could be what changes the aroma. Additionally i don't know what the dry hop is so it may not be something with a strong aroma

T - bitter, but right on for a single. Definitely seems to be on the high end of bitterness for a single IPA but I enjoy it.

M - A tad maltier than most IPAs, but again the use of malts from several countries may be the cause for that.

O - this is a unique IPA and as such you can't fairly judge it against your typical IPA. I like the idea, however I think I would prefer either an American IPA or a Belgian IPA and not something in between which is what this is.

You could definitely use this as a hot summers day beer or a good introduction to IPAs as it isn't as abrasive as west coast styles or as heavy as english/belgians.

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Photo of biker30x
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner out of a bottle.

Crystal clear, deep reddish golden color with a thin white head.

Reading the label, shows Belgian yeast which accounts for the slightly "off" nose and flavor. There's no getting away from the "wang" of that yeast. Hops ride in front on this one, a sharp piny bite. If this were followed by the regular backbone of malt and citrus, this would be the kind of IPA I can get behind. The estery yeasty Belgian profile is a deal-breaker for me.

That said, this Belgian is drinkable and almost pleasant. If only the label on this one even hinted at the cross-cultural nature of this one (beyond the paragraph on the back). It's a Belgian for hopheads or an IPA for Belgian lovers, but it's a long way from a straightforward IPA.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at el bait shop. Pours an orangish color with a half finger that leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The nose is a little fruity from the Belgian yeast with some grapefruit hops. Palate is similar. Starts off with some cereal and caramel Malta that transition to some fruitiness. Ends with a very pungent onion. Pretty solid Belgian IPA. I think hop sutra is better, but this is delicious in its own way.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Dark amber color with a medium haze. One and a half finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Light floral and citrus hops. Belgian yeast comes through a bit and lends a touch of spiciness. Slight caramel malts. Slight bubble gum aroma. Overall pretty light nose.

T: Belgian yeast mixes with the caramel malts upfront. The yeast spiciness continues through the rest of the mouth. Finishes with a slight grapefruit bitterness.

M: Light body. Higher carbonation. Slick, oily, and fairly dry.

O: A decent Belgian IPA. Don't know how fresh but the hops definitely take a back seat to the Belgian side of it.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Glassy tangerine liquid with a slender finger of papaya whip foam up top. Delicate sandy lacing, fast running legs, average retention.

Phenols and hops intermingle, drawing you in with a gentle spicy/citrus-y mix. Floral and malty with orange zest and rock candy notes as well.

Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, and grass in the palate entry. Persistent moderate bitterness throughout. Complex earthy finish with an array of brighter fruit and spice notes. Flavors are restrained and difficult to parse, but lovely overall.

Medium-light bodied, with no effervesence but decent carbonation otherwise.

An interesting mix of (Belgian, English, and American) ingredients combine to make for a unique style defying IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Mom and Dad giving this to me as birthday present!

Light haze to this bronze and copper hued brew. Good head and strong film that lasts for all twelve ounces.

Nice caramel malts, faint tart apple juice, and maybe a little citric zest in the nose. A pretty sweet smelling IPA overall. Must be the yeast.

Bitter orange peel up front, a little aplle flavor hits the middle, along with that strong Orange peel hop bitterness. The caramel, biscuit malts don't really standout until the lingering finish. I got a strong caramel malt bill, then back to orange peel bitterness.

Mostyly bitter, resiny palate with a little tartness. Taste more like an American IPA than a Belgian IPA to me. Still, not a bad, beer and I'm happy I got to try it.

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Photo of Centennial
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into Ommegang Tulip

A. nice golden with amber glow 1mm bubbly head

S. honey malt, floral hops, bubble gum (no joke, like bazooka joe bubble gum)

T. Rose hips and muted spicy hops with dry bitterness in backend.

M. Medium, but carbonation is too high and detracts from the flavors

O. Average Ipa, would most likely pass this up if it was alocal on the shelves unless priced very reasonably.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App- Has an attractive orange-amber body,it looks much like a maerzen. There is almost no head, just a ring of white film around the outside of the glass.

Smell- There is a wonderful citrus hop flavor to this beer, grapefruit and peach. There is also a resin note to the hops.

Taste- The slick pine hops take the majority of the flavor profile. There is lots of grapefruit and tangerine here as well. Maybe that peach finish is what is harkening to a Belgian IPA, wouldn’t really catch Belgian out of this otherwise. The bitter kick at the finish is great.

Mouth feel- It has a light mouthfeel, would be better if it was more medium bodied. The lightness takes away from the smoothness of the finish, doesn’t mix well with the bitter finish.

Overall- The hop mix in this beer is very good, smells and taste great. The feel is a little off and I’m not sure what makes this a Belgian IPA when I drink it. I think many could easily agree it is an American IPA. It is still a very good IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. stubby brown bottle in a Goose Island tulip pint. No date. The modest head left only a film and ring. The body was an orange/butterscotch color with some haziness.

The smell was fruity and dirty. There was a damp basement mustiness that I would expect from a Belgian IPA.

The taste was of Belgian yeast and gentle bitterness. Some light spiciness. An understated bitterness, but quintessentially a Belgian IPA.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation. I was glad to try this one but also not one I would seek out.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours slightly hazy, light copper orange color with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace.

S: Nice peach hop aromas.

T: Starts a bit dry with equal parts peach and pine, transforms slowly to mostly pine on the finish. Also some dry biscuit. Not a lot of Belgian character, but some influence is there on the finish. Very smooth flavor.

M: Light mouthfeel, good carbonation and a little oil for a good overall impression.

O: This was one of my favorite beers last summer, and hard to imagine I haven't had it since then. Plenty tasty and a good choice for when you want a nice, dry IPA.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back along with a load of beers from my Iowa trip. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Cloudy amber orange. About a finger of off white head. Soapy lace remains.

S: Pleasant citrus hop profile. Belgian spice profile is present. Some mild sweetness from the malt bill.

T: The Belgian side of things is much much more present in the flavor. The citrus play s well with the spices. Hints of bubble gum in the finish.

M: Medium body. Decent carbonation.

O: I'm not a fan of Begian IPA's. However this one was tasty and easy drinking.

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Hop Wrangler from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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