Hop Sutra | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

very good
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Hop SutraHop Sutra

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by daledeee on 07-24-2010

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not had a ton of beer from iowa, but I've liked most of what I've been able to try. this is a fun one, courtesy of a new friend. a double ipa of sorts, hopped and dry hopped to oblivion, supposedly with some belgian yeast strain, but i don't get much of its influence, and whatever its done to this beer is overshadowed by its enormous hop flavors. nice hazy redwood color, red mulch sort of shade, with a short but lasting fizzy white head. it smells like citrusy hops, tons of alpha acids and pine sap, its very much the west cost bomb, but the grain bill is different. the taste confirms a little something darker in the grain bill, coppery fresh baked front end devolves quickly into a woody hop bomb that must have some centennial in it along with some other heavy hitting C varietals. the yeast profile is oddly nondescript for me, i get nothing of the declared belgian yeast, and the alcohol is remarkably well hidden. also rather quick finishing for such a big beer, so i assume some high gravity ale yeast was used. a little thick in feel, but the exuberant carbonation brighten things up on the palate. a well packaged and well made from a brewery i had previously never heard of. fun stuff.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark saturated orange, soft haze, lasting collar of lace and skim across the surface.

Hugely resinous aroma of dried mango, citrus peel, dank green hops, and a slight cattiness.

Slick and viscous feel, loaded with oily hop resin, traces of alcohol combine and render the taste nearly medicinal. Bitter citrus peel and green botanical flavors are big, also sweet tangerine and lasting piney resin in the aftertaste, light honeyed malt traces linger too after the bitterness subsides. Full bodied and very bitter, the 9% is apparent, and blends a little better as it warms. Overall a big brash DIPA from Iowa, only a small handful of those in existence.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Huhzubendah. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice orange color and is fairly clear. An aggressive pour yields a beer with a small white head and not much lacing. The nose is pretty powerful considering the bottled on date of June 2010. Strong notes of citrus and floral hops, though these are overpowered quite a bit by a strong alcohol presence. Taste suffers the same fate--nice hops and some strong bitterness, but a rather bracing amount of alcohol hits as well. Finish is really nice with hefty amounts of bitterness. Drinks fairly well but I can't get past the booze.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus up front that are quickly followed by a strong hops presence. The hops bitterness has the normal floral taste to it but there’s also a bit of medicinal flavor as well. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better in the style but this is still a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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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 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 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 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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by the other Matt, Huhzubendah. Served in a Russian River glass.

Beer is orange and appears thick watching the carbonation rise through the liquid to the thin white head of small bubbles at the top. The head leaves some lacing behind, the beer also has a slight haze to it.

Aroma is pretty citrus hoppy and sweet...malt.

Beer is better than I expected. Not great but definitely good, medium bodied, sweet, decent bitterness at the end. Some citrus flavors in the midpalate overall a very nice beer. It's a little too sweet and the bitterness could be higher, I liked it though.

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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 jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for this Iowa tick, drank from a Cigar City snifter. A mini florida growler looking bottle, 12oz I'm assuming, cool label that looked something like a "wanted" sign out of the old west. The bottle said 2010 so not sure how old or fresh this is... The body is a dark peach, semi clear, watery sheen but not bad. A light tope head rises, not much retention but good lacing... The aroma is quite good, lots of nice tropical fruits, light pine finish, rounds off nicely... The taste has some malt character to it toasted bread with grapefruit, however the alcohol comes through some and the hops finish a touch stale. I like this more than others but I still think this is a good dipa, especially from what I've heard about Iowa beers.

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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 AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another home state Iowa tick.

A - Amber colored beer with a small off-white head that didn't stay for long but left some moderately good lace on the sides.

S - Some toasted malts, mostly citrus and pine hops with a slightly bitter finish. Actually not bad.

T - Grapefruit with a some toasted malts and a little bit of tropical fruit. Finishes bitter on the end. Actually not bad, don't think this is terribly fresh but it's probably the best Iowa beer I've ever had. Okay, I've had 2 or 3, but still. Little too much booze.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, fairly good carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, not great, but could drink it regularly with no issues. I hope one of these Iowa breweries gets awesome quick so the locals can go crazy there.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby, medicine bottle 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami -- thanks!

A: Rusty red-amber with 1-finger of off-white head with average retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Tart Belgian yeast is most dominating but there are plenty citrus and floral hops. The malt backing is pretty generic.

T: The flavor is complex and plenty earthy and dirty with the Belgian yeast. Not the most subtle beer. The alcohol is big but fairly integrating with the funky yeast character. I wish the hops had more chance to surpass the yeast character, but they do provide citrus and floral qualities. The maltiness is barely enough to get the job done and feels strapped.

M: The malt-based body is medium but needs to be more. The carbonation is low and helps the drinkability.

O: Not the greatest Belgian IPA as the yeast-hops balance is not more equal, and the maltiness is barely sufficient to support it all. I would love to see Peace Tree use typical American ale yeasts and more malt and see what happens.

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Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put into a random six pack at El Bait Shop in Des Moines by the bartender. HEre's my first DIPA from Iowa...

A - pours a reddish brown / dark amber without much of a head on it

S - smells dank and boozy with lots of earthy, oniony hops with citrus undertones. A caramel malt base is present as well as a bit of fruitiness

T - Starts off with sweet citrus up front. This fades to toasted caramel malt base that takes up the middle part of the palate. Next, the hop sutra delivers its hops - onion and bitter pine bombard the tongue on the finish. There is a subtle amount of of fruitiness on the finish as well. I got a lot of heat on the exhale.

M - nice and creamy mouthfeel, just how I like it on my IPAs

D - pretty solid DIPA here. Peace tree is not messing around with this one. It definitely delivers and does not disappoint as a DIPA. Having never heard of this brewery before I was pleasantly surprised by it. Very much recommended if you can get your hands on it!

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

Pours a golden orange with ruby highlights and a slightly wispy tall head. Soapy lacing.

Nose is noticeably piney with tropical and citric fruit notes. Plenty hoppy.

Body is smooth, delivers a fine wallop of hops. Somewhat sweet caramel note, but very fine and subtle. Hops burst on the tongue, leaving an ester alcohol finish of banana, citric zest, and a touch of hay.

This is a pretty damn good beer. Very tasty, full of hop flavors, and well-attenuated. Well played, Peace Tree.

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Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium orange with a very thin light head, just a touch of CO2.

The nose is week for a double IPA, very resiny and plastic, smells like some columbus and not much else.

The flavor is not real good either, a big metallic flavor, maybe a bit oxidized, along with a sharp piney bitterness, a bit of sweetness from the malt and alcohol, but not much in the way of flavor. The beer is even lacking in hop flavors, just loaded with bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the flat side with a touch of resin.

I bit of let down, as I had heard such good things about this brewery.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle with no date.
Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip

A: Pours an amber orange color. A thin line of bright white head. Not tons of carbonation. It leaves minimal lacing bits. Looks pretty still.

S: Surprised that it smells kind of good. I get some of that cat pee astringency for sure. But there is some fruitiness in there too. Some orange rind and citrus.

T: This is a strange tasting DIPA. Different than any I have had. You get a tongue coating mild bitterness up front. Then this strange flavor, maybe mildly medicinal after that. It gets very sweet to offset the initial bitterness. The close lingers with you. I didn't think this is fresh and think it might be good if it was.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-brown, cloudy, chunks of yeast, good head.

Smell: Citrus, mild fruity yeast, pepper.

Taste: Sweet, orange citrus. Some fruitiness, a little bit of black pepper, moves to a solidly bitter finish.

Overall: I finally found some bottles of this one in Iowa so I picked up a 4 pack. A good Belgian IPA that the brewery calls a double IPA on the label. The Belgian elements mingle well with the hops so each takes equal footing. Sometimes Belgo yeasts give me some weird flavors but this one seems to work well.

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Photo of katan
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Whoa hazy batman - lots of yeast suspended. Obviously this has a strong belgian yeast suspension. Strong head, well retained, off white in color.

S - Intense. Lots of grassy, piney, very strong hoppy notes. With all the hop bomb, some belgian yeast spice, white pepper, comes through nice and clean.

T - Tongue grabbing hopping right out of the shoot. Almost wet hop like. Chewy, earthy, grapefruit - hops to the extreme. Reminds me of a fresh furious. Mid-stream does pull in some yeast spicy, dry notes. Sticks to the tongue big time. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes clean, almost more orange and grapefruit than the more harsh initial hop assault.

M - Moderate body - full and creamy. Carbonation is present, supportive, but not overwhelming. Can be a little bit oily on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. I love hop wrangler, and this is more of the same just dialed up a bunch of notches. However, the in your face hopping does become a bit weary. If you are in the mood to get whacked over the head with hops, here is your beer.

This beer deserves two shout outs - first to Joe @ Peacetree for brewing it, great job - you have outdone yourself. Second, to the state of IA legislature. This is finally the realization of changing our archaic beer laws and allowing our native breweries to be more creative.

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Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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