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Hop Sutra | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

very good
54 Reviews
Hop SutraHop Sutra

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by daledeee on 07-24-2010

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 160
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant copper-amber crowned by a clingy 2” white to off-white foam cap S: Big grassy nose along with an array of additional hop notes – pine and citrus under the grass with some spice and biscuit.T: Very rich hop flavors. Some initial sweetness but dries out on the finish. A suspicion of mint in the finish (most likely from the hops), also pepper. There is an assertive hop bitterness but it is well balanced with all the hop flavors – the grass, the mint, citris, pine, over the malts and yeast fruit – very well done. F: Very creamy, medium to medium low carbonation, medium body, alcohol warming in the finish O: Very good handling of the hops and a very interesting result.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have a had a few other offerings by peace tree that have left me less than impressed, in fact I decided that this would be the last chance for them before I bought this but I'm glad that I did! This is an excellent example of a double ipa!! wow! the appearance is solid, a little thin in the head, the smell and taste are my favorite qualities of this beer. Strong aromas of heavily heavenly hopped-ness, it's a different and distinct hop aroma though, not really citrusy or tropical but not earthy and dank either, almost sweet... The flavor in this beer hits the aromas spot on, I think the malts help cut the hops but not too much at all. and it has this really unique aftertaste that isn't harshly bitter or hanging heavy brutal aftertaste, spot on hop awesomeness! I will definitely be buying another 4 pack of this!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber in color with a nice head of white that was about two inches at first but then slowly settled down into a rich lacing that coated the sides of the glass. Such a sweet, sharp citrus aroma coming off of this one, simply amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit juice mixed in a glass and hit with a shot of orange, it was simply amazing. First sip sucked the moisture from my palate. Lip smacking good. Sharp, biting citrus flavor, pineapple and grapefruit rule the day here as the richness and juiceness is simply overwhelming. Each sip seemed to get sharper, crisper then the one before. I was in heaven.

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Photo of clonebrewer
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a little grenade style bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a little hazy orange with a thick resinous head. Smells like a citrusy grapefruit bomb went off in my nostrils. The nose is evident as soon as you open the bottle. Taste is a good balance between a light belgiany yeast, bready characteristics, and a karate chop of hops flavors. Bitterness is there, but the complexities of the belgian yeast and the copious amounts of hops makes this fun to sip and savor. This is damn good and I really hope they make this a year round offering. Right now only available in singel 12oz red stripe style bottles. I could drink a couple in a setting but at 9% it'll getcha. I would say this is the best beer currently being brewed in the state.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head is two fingers with layer upon layer of tiny bubbles stacking up. There is a really nice sheet of lace. This is an extremely dark body for a DIPA, amber colored with golden highlights.

Smell- The hop aromas are great. There is a lot of citrus, passion fruit and orange. Floral hops and some banana from the distinctive Peace Tree yeast. It makes the nose amazingly sweet.

Taste- The bittering hops are really well done in this beer. A truck load of hops bash the palate into submission. The hop flavors are, again, mainly citrus with that same passion fruit mustiness and a little grape fruit.

There are some ester notes, banana, and clove as well. This is one Peace Tree brew where I really think the Belgian yeast is improving the characteristics of the beer.

Mouth feel- The medium body is spot on and the carbonation makes the drink smooth. It is not perfect, but really close.

Overall- This DIPA is really well done, and Peace Tree's distinct yeast twist only makes this beer that much better.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiant apricot that turned to dark apricot when the yeast entered the glass at the tail end of the pour. Murky beer looks best. Three fingers of ginger colored cream look fine and dandy, while thick sheets of finely stippled lace might mean generous hop resins. Here's hoping.

If the outstanding nose is any indication, Peace Tree have done themselves proud with this hoptastic Double IPA. Too bad more brewers don't use this blueprint (1.5x malt and 2.5x hops) rather than doubling the ingredients in their IPAs. Huge amounts of tropical fruit greet each sniff. Like Hop Wrangler IPA, however, the Belgian yeast esters aren't that noticeable.

Simply put, Double IPA is the best Iowa-brewed beer (in a bottle) to have ever entered my glass. This stuff is right in my hoppy beer wheelhouse and is leaps and bounds better than its (still pretty good) little brother. Again, increasing the hops more than the malt is the key for this style.

The malt bottom end has a hint of toasted breadiness that is easily exceeded by a metric ton of American hops. Simcoe must be in there, along with several of my other favorites. The clove and white pepper spiciness of the Belgian yeast adds another flavor facet that isn't quite strong enough for a change to Belgian DIPA to be considered.

Thankfully, they got the mouthfeel right as well. This isn't the biggest, chewiest DIPA on planet Earth, but it's big enough. Besides, slightly less size and perfect carbonation is a boon to drinkability. As is spot-on alcohol masking.

Peace Tree Double IPA is the single biggest surprise of the second half of 2010. The fact that this stuff is brewed a stone's throw from my house is mind-boggling. It would be all kinds of awesome if this 'Brewers Special Release Series' seasonal became a year-round beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: This DIPA poured a viscous, cloudy maple syrup color with a rich looking off-white head which was two and a half fingers thick. Nice look.

Smell: Resinous with loads of citrus and mango along with yeast, dank and banana. This is a great smelling DIPA. A little bit of booze singes the nose at the end but not enough to make this un-enjoyable.

Taste: The hops explode the moment you take a sip. The citrus and tropical fruits carryover very, very well along with the yeasty characteristics. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, coating; Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall: This DIPA packs in all the flavors I enjoy in this style. I would not hesitate to grab this if I had the opportunity.. A+

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form 12oz stubby bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger head. Pretty thick lacing left. Good retention. Color is dark orange almost light brown.

S. Smell is very hoppy. Piney resiny hops. A little bit of citrus but mostly piney hops. Some caramel malt lying beneath. Very floral smell to it. Just a bit of a hint of the belgian yeast is detectable beneath all the hops, that gives it a uniqueness factor not found in other DIPAs.

T. Taste is very smooth for a DIPA. The bitterness is there with more piney hops. The belgian yeast definitely takes some of the bite out of the hops and makes this incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Not a lot of sweetness from the malt, but enough to provide a counterpoint. This is a well balanced DIPA. The 9% ABV is almost not apparent.

M. Medium/low bodied. Nice mouthfeel. Some lingering bitterness from the hops. Medium carbonation.

D. I will admit that I was surprised with this beer. Peace Tree's regular IPA is good, but not earth shattering. Their DIPA is damn good. It is a little bit different than some of my favorite DIPAs. It has a really heavy piney hop aspect to it. The Belgian yeast hads a level of complexity and smoothness that makes this very easy to drink. This kind of reminds me of a amped up version of Modus Hoperandi.

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big old double IPA from our friends Peacetree Brewing to the east in Knoxville, Iowa. Comes in a four pack.

Pours a really hazy copper color. There's no way you're seeing through this beer. Nice mottled head.

Some overripe mango and bran muffin on the nose.

That tastes good. Long and hoppy on the finish but pleasantly malty in the mid. Easy drinking for a double IPA. Hops are earthy and not overwhelming. One of the top few double IPAs I've tried.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I walked into a beer release by accident today. John's was hosting the release of Peace Tree Brewing Double IPA. I liked their regular IPA so I bought this with great anticipation

This beer poured into my oversized wine glass. A nice medium head and dark rusty body.

The nose is alcohol, pine, skunk, floral and citrus.

Taste. Oh what taste!! This is theone of the best DIPA I have ever had. It is absolutely complex and fresh and warm and great. I will have to have a few of these before I can decipher all the flavor notes. The initial taste is very smooth and creamy with grapefruit and hops. I don't mean a little hops, I mean lots of hops, but a good hops. The brewmaster was there and he said there are four kinds of hops and Belgian yeast in this. I don't remember the kinds. It doesn't matter to me. There is also a blend of great malt character and then a very citrus rind finish. Once again, I must say this beer has some of the most overwhelming hop taste I have had, but yet that is the great appeal to it.

This beer leaves your mouth feeling so good I should give it a 6. I have never said that before. It is not over carbonated and is a little sweet. It is just a very satisfying event to drink this. Usually mouth feel is never quite right with beer, but I think this beer found the nirvana.

This beer is quite drinkable since it is so easy on the mouth and the flavor just keeps bursting forth before, after, since and while you drink it. I have not had Pliny, but I feel this is what they are talking about. This is my beer heaven. Right now, I am saying this is the best DIPA I have ever had. And I have had a few in my years.

NOTE: I don't think the second batch is the same. More of an incline to grassy, pine type flavor profile. Mouth feel is different too. Still a worthy example.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peace Tree Hop Sutra Double IPA, Peace Tree Brewing Company, Knoxville, Iowa.

Hazed, dark amber, deep apricot hue, under a lush bone white head.

Aroma: prickly pine, resinous, and certainly citric. Grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Bold and brash.

Taste: more big citrus, more powerful bitterness, slight astringency, washing over …juicy…pithy…mmm. This is possessed by what I can only call an ineluctable Belgian yeast quality. It permeates everything, to the benefit of all. Absolute yummitude, that's another way to put it. Hop bitterness meets completely oddball Belgian yeasty weirdness. And everyone's a winner.

If anyone's still missing out on the joys of a Belgian IPA, American-style or Belgian-style, well, my heart goes out to you. This guy digs 'em. Fullish body, longish finish. Great hop presence on the palate,...I am enjoying the heck out of this one. More Hop Sutra, Peace Tree, more, more, more!

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Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lava Lounge.

Pours dark and thick, like fluffy marmalade. Smells and tastes remarkably well balanced, although the toasted malt and light, spicy Belgian yeast taking a back seat to piney, citrusy hops.

Although this is assertively hoppy, I'd hesitate to call it a hop bomb, since the hops don't overwhelm the rest of it and, really, none of it is overwhelming. Some people might complain that it's not as much of a kick in the ass as, say, Dreadnaught, but sometimes it's nice to drink a strong, powerful beer that doesn't make you feel like you've just been punched in the face.

But--ahh, I guess I have to contradict myself, because this falls short of getting a truly elite rating because it's not quite strong enough. It's still a wonderful beer, though. It's tremendously complicated, and maybe the most drinkable double IPA that I've ever come across.

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Photo of williamh
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great offering from Peace Tree, finally good to see some good beer come out of Iowa.

Appearance is beautifully colored and clear, a little lacking on head though, it took a rather forceful pour and it was not retained well.

Smell is fantastic, you get great citrus hop flavor and nice fruity undertones from the belgian yeast, this is by far the best attribute of this beer.

Taste is also very good, more of the same of the nose but less of the yeasty flavors

mouthfeel is good but lacking in carbonation

drinkability is extremely easy, I couldn't have guessed this was 9%

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Deep honey color, one finger pale tan head with good retention. Quite cloudy. Good lace.

S: Citrus and pine, some sweet rose in the background. Very nice.

T: Like the nose, the full range of hop flavors here, with pine in the lead. Nice malt backbone underneath, but could use a little more. Belgian esters faint but present. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not objectionable.

M: Ooh, luscious and creamy. The carbonation makes it very fluffy.

O: Quite pleased. The hop profile is great, both fragrant and flavorful. Just wish there were a bit more malt-- it almost makes it, but fades too quickly in the finish. Heavy-duty hop-heads might disagree.

This is the third batch of Double IPA from Peace Tree, which is celebrating its first birthday today. The first batch of this beer helped reawaken the beer side of my brain about a year ago. After several bottles and one on tap, it's about time I got to the review. Good stuff, try it if you can.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, active, light side of mahogany, thick white foam with good retention and thick lacing early. Very good looking brew.

Citrus and piny hops are prominent, booze is well hidden, with malty body supporting underneath. Mild Belgian yeasty character.

Sharp citrusy hops balanced well by strong malty body. Belgian yeast is subtle but identifiable. Lingering bitterness after the finish.

Well carbonated, rich full body with medium viscosity, and drying bitter finish.

Excellent DIPA! Complex, aggressively hopped but pretty well balanced and very smooth. A great result of Iowa's new laws making higher ABV beer less burdensome to make and distribute.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears slightly hazy and a burnt orange color, with a half inch of head. The aroma is pleasant, with the expected citrus and hop notes. The flavor was surprisingly good. I am shocked that there is still such a healthy hop presence, as this beer was brewed June 2010. Excellent notes of grapefruit and slightly tart citrus, with just the right balance of malt and hops. I could only imagine that a fresh bottle of this would be even better. Should I have the opportunity to sample a fresh bottle or draft of Peace Tree Double IPA, I will amend my review accordingly. Likely the best beer brewed in Iowa, it's certainly my favorite so far.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber/orange color when poured with a nice two finger light tan/off white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of grass and pine. Hops dominate the flavor, tons of citrus fruit notes and resiny hops. Some floral/grass notes and the malt is faintly apparent in the background. Hides the ABV pretty well but it is still clear this is a high ABV beer, but not in a bad way. Very smooth, almost creamy finish and medium body and carbonation. Alcohol present at the end of the swallow. A very enjoyable DIPA that I will definitely search out again.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW, this little bottle packs quite a punch. If you're a hop head this one is definitely worth trying.
My perfect pour glass is filled with this brew that's light brown and very cloudy. The head settles quickly and leaves a thin, even cover. The aroma is very hoppy and dry. The flavor is somewhat citrus and pleasant once the initial shock of the hops wears off. It leaves a sharp aftertaste, as expected.
I must say I'm impressed with the quality of product from a brewery less than two years old. Iowa ingenuity along with the new state beer laws are the recipe for fantastic brews. Keep it up, gents.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date and poured cold at 37-40 degrees. Overall very enjoyable and would drink regularly if local
A: orangey brown with dirty lace ring
S:citrus orange rind, hop resins, earthy pine
T: follows the nose with citrus throughout and a resinous malt backbone that isn't too aggressive given high abv
M: carb a bit weak with coating feel

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

The beer geeks have spoken, demanding an encore batch of this summer seasonal. Poured hearty enough to create an amazing head but not hard enough to draw the yeast into the glass. Slight chill haze to the reddish amber color. Ruby red grapefruit, ripe mangoes, and gritty pinesap resin in the nose tell the story of a very hoppy beer. Smoothness in the medium body. The maltiness provides a thick foundation for the hops to come down hard on--sip after sip, the taste buds get hammered with a uniform bitterness and an explosively complex flavor. Alcohol knocks hard with a clean estery fruitiness. Finishes bitter with some alcohol on the breath.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty hazy, dark apricot, orange color with a good sized, sticky, somewhat creamy, thick, white head. Good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left.

S - Lots of hop aroma with a good amount of orange and pine. A fair amount of herbal and grassy hops as well. Some sweet caramel and candi sugar with a bit of pale malt in the back. Hints of Belgian yeast hidden in there as well.

T - Similar to the smell. A lot of pine with some orange also coming out. Also had a fair amount of herbal and grassy taste. Pretty bitter. Some sweetness from the candi sugar and caramel taste along with some pale malt, but not much malty sweetness. Some Belgian yeast comes out toward the finish, but it isn't all that strong.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A bit on the thin side for the style and ABV, but has a bit of a creaminess.

D - Quite drinkable. Even with a good amount of hop bitterness and the ABV, it is surprisingly easy to drink and quite refreshing, so be careful.

Notes: Had this on tap at the brewery and it was a very enjoyable DIPA. Fairly similar to the Hop Wrangler 3, except that the Belgian flavors are a bit more muted and the English come out just a touch more. I'm not sure which of the 2 I prefer, I think it would depend mostly on how much Belgian flavor I wanted. All in all another good beer from these guys and worth a try.

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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown with red highlights under an inch of khaki head. The head lasts, leaving islands and then a ring as the beer warms. Etching and streaking all the way down the glass. Very little sediment; the beer is almost clear--just a little hazy.

Hops are more in the earthy-medicinal-astringent line, with some mild sweet malt holding it together. A vague oiled baseball glove smell is there at the end: leather and linseed.

Opens bitter, turns momentarily sweet, and finishes long, dry, and bitter with peppery alcohol at the very end. Satisfying and rich in the mouth and throat: full-bodied. Nicely balanced; complex.

Holds up well: label says June 2010 bottling.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Cyclone Liquors in Ames, IA back over the holidays. 12oz stubby bottle that claims a June 2010 brewed on date (though I think this was released around October).

Pours a lightly hazy, very deep copper color with a half-inch white head. Head retention is light, as is the lacing. Smell is quite interesting in that it reminds me a lot of a saison - lots of spicy black pepper and strong Belgian yeast blend in with the lemon hop aroma that was presumably more prominent when fresher. Taste is also reminiscent of a hopped up saison with its pleasing mix of lemon and citrus hop bitterness mixed in with spicy black pepper and fruity Belgian yeast. The finish is pretty dry with a light alcohol heat and moderate lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish with mild alcohol warming. Drinkability is fairly high for the style, partly because of the restrained bitterness and depth of the flavor profile. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden as well. Overall, this is a really good effort by Peace Tree, and yet more evidence that these guys are making the best beers in Iowa right now. I hope they bottle this again soon so I can try it a little fresher.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a cloudy, deep amber. Two fingers of eggshell white head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Massive hop citrus: orange and grapefruit. There are also notes of pine spice and a little caramel.

Taste: Mirrors the smell, but it is much weaker than the aromas leads you to believe -- which, I suppose, is a good thing. I was expecting more of a hop bomb, but it is very smooth and balanced. Grapefruit and orange citrus, a little pine spice, and caramel malts. It leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing overpowering. The alcohol is completely hidden, and this is the first Peace Tree beer which I have not tasted foul adjunct grain reminiscent of Cornucopia.

Drinkability: Not bad; a well crafted beer. It is better on tap, but it is still pretty damn good out of the bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, off white head of foam. The long lasting head left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical and citrus fruits. There is a burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sharp bitter hops. Slightly fruity - grapefruit and a strong burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really nice Double IPA. My first Peace Tree beer was quite impressive.

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