Tree Bucket Double IPA
Brewery Vivant

Tree Bucket  Double IPATree Bucket  Double IPA
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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #13
Ranked #5,027
4.08 | pDev: 12.99%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Tree Bucket  Double IPATree Bucket  Double IPA
Notes: Big, bold, and balanced, this double IPA is unlike most. We take an artistic Belgian approach to our beer. Our brewers sling some serious Citra hops into the kettle as you might expect, but we overlay that excessive hoppiness with Belgian candi sugar to add dimension to this beer. The result is a siege of hop flavor without the bitterness. Tree Bucket catapults out of the brewery once a year. Hoppy beers are not for cellaring. Find it, drink it, enjoy it now.
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tree Bucket from Brewery Vivant. Received on 17/3/21 from Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids, MI. $ 16.95 (Including tax)/4-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.265/oz). At room temperature at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 5/4/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom stamped “PACKAGED ON 03/02/2021”. Served at 56.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60 degrees.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Pale Gold (SRM 4), clear.
Body – Deep Gold (SRM 6), hazy. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive center pour), white smoke, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a two to four mm crown fed by effervescence and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Poor. A few tiny pieces of foam hang on the walls of the glass.
Aroma – 4 – Initially strongly herbal with a touch of earthiness. No malt, no yeast. Quickly weakens.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins moderately bitter and herbal/vegetal – the ekuanot hops dominate. No malt, no yeast. No alcohol (9.5 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma, although an immediate but short-lived gastric burn occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, oily, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 At a month old, the Amarillo and mosaic hops are gone, beat into submission by the ekuanot hops. This seems an entirely different brew than the earlier incarnation Trebuchet which people had difficulty pronouncing.

Apr 05, 2021
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was a little odd. I think I was expecting more of a Belgian and IPA hybrid taste and this just didn’t quite deliver. No date printed on can but obtained this one fresh right from the brewery. Pours a slightly darker golden amber color with a small cap of white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, nuts, faint muddled hops, a little Belgian yeast. Taste follows the nose, just not well balanced and there seemed to be way too much malt sweetness. The hops were barely discernible. Mild thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Hopefully this was just a bad batch or a little too old.

Jul 23, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned 2/25/16; drank 3/20/16 @ the Yarchives.

Hazy yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small off-white head; strong tree-rung lace.

Banana, mango & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple cider & mild cinnamon flavors up front; dry champagne & faint clove notes on the finish.

3.I wish this was as fruity as it smelled; sadly, this was fairly dry & bitter. Drinkable but not great.

Nov 04, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: bitter wild grassy hop, earthy yeast, bread notes with alcohol bite. Floral hops, coriander peppery spice nose. Gold, clear, with white head and some lace. Medium lite body.

Jun 21, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold. Thick, short, white head that lasts a while with light lacing.

Smells citrus, yeasty clove, spice, malt and light pine.

Tastes is a lighter double ipa. Citrus peel, Doughy malt, spice and clove. Followed by Piney bitterness. Finish is bitter pine and light yeast. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Jun 03, 2017
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stinewils24 from Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is lime green with a hint of honey lemon. The smell resembles citrus, spice, and lemon. It tastes like grapefruit and a spiced toffee. The texture is of malts and has a bitter mixture. Overall, it was okay, a bit too funky for me.

May 04, 2016
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Edith0703 from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

IPA usually has the highest Hops in it, and this beer has double IPA. Therefore this beer is by far the most bitter beer I have ever tasted. Really strong flavor with smooth texture. Really hard to drink.

Apr 27, 2016
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mfarnick from Michigan

4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best double IPAs I have tried!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and double IPAs are my favorite type of beers.
Unlike most double IPAs it is very refreshing not like others. Doesn't have that dirt taste that people can relate to double IPAs.
Slight amber and golden color
Aroma of pine and citrus along with hops
Really Well balanced taste

Apr 27, 2016
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HensonJ3 from Michigan

4.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Golden color. Interesting tastes of grapefruit and something pine. A little bitter but amazing beer. Hoppy and earthy flavors. Would definitely order again but watch out for the ABV

Apr 27, 2016
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eckk_rachel from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : Golden, Caramel / Amber Color

Smell : Grapefruit, Cloves, Pine, Satisfying

Taste: I loved this beer! Usually double IPA is too bitter for me but I could drink more than one of these
great amount of hops and earth tones that balance this beer. Great finish

Apr 27, 2016
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defilli2 from Michigan

4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has a nice caramel/amber color when poured. I smelled the hops and other citrus notes, seemed full flavored and very strong. The taste was not as strong as a double IPA normally is, very smooth to drink. Absolutely amazing, great amount of hops and earth tones. One of my favorites from Brewery Vivant.

Apr 27, 2016
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e_creed from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear, golden tones
Smell: fresh, citrus, grapefruit notes
Taste: grapefruit, cloves, some pepper notes, not too bitter
Feel: very well balanced without too much carbonation

Apr 27, 2016
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tomakara from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was very different for me, it almost had a pine taste. It was refreshing and smooth, reminded me of tropical weather, it was very sweet and easy to drink!

Apr 25, 2016
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Kristie_Duve from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tree Bucket was very refreshing, clean, and crisp with flavorful hop notes that weren't too overpowering. Even at 9% I found this beer easy to drink and definitely my favorite from Vivant.

Apr 25, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is Belgian yeast, grapefruit and kind of odd hot funk. The flavor is grapefruit, spices, toffee, funk/Belgian funk, malts and a mix of bitter and very slight tartness in the finish. Kind of odd but grows on you.

Dec 29, 2015
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wdberkley from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Vivant beer I've ever had...
The 9.3% doesn't come out in the taste, it's well masked by Fruit, Melon, and even sweet Malt. Someone creamy but can still feel the carbonation. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer.

Nov 04, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). No apparent canning date. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a clear golden straw with about a half finger white head. The small froth cap fades away to a thin ring and some surface haze. A few wisps of lace remain clinging to the glass on the way down.

Big fruity, yeasty aromas. Orange, peach, Belgian yeast, melon and a little sugar.

Taste really elaborates on the nose. Orange, peach, caramel, bubble gum, melon, floral, banana, yeast, apple skins, bready malt and a healthy kick of alcohol. The yeast brings in additional fruity flavors that augment the base while the malts lend a pleasant sweet background.

Medium full body with moderately soft carbonation. Aftertaste is an interesting hoppy Belgian fruit syrup blend.

Brewery Vivant's Tree Bucket is a bit of a change on a Belgian IPA. It's a double IPA first and foremost with Belgian fruity yeast esters that marry well with the hops and sweet malt. Worth a try for sure.

Sep 24, 2015
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Very clear and light in color with a thin, white head. Sweet smelling with noticeable hints of apple and pear; certainly more sweet than hoppy. Like the smell, taste is sweet and light, almost champagne like but not as carbonated. Goes down smoothly...maybe a little too smoothly for a 9%+ ABV. Clean aftertaste.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled chicken kabobs with pineapple

If you like this beer then you should also try: Tripel Karmeliet or, dare I say, a cider of some sort

Ideal time to drink this beer: The name of this beer is a play on the word "trebuchet"and it's the kind of light, refreshing brew one might drink when engaging in medieval warfare. This beer would be a fine celebration ale after storming a castle or restoring your king by battling with pikes in an open field.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Having had far more experience with American IPAs, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Belgian IPA but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely more "Belgian" than American IPA and the fruit overwhelmed the hops. I couldn't help but think about champagne while drinking this beer, but not in the crappy "Champagne of Beers" Miller High Life sort of way. At first this seemed a little 'blah', but the more I drank it the more impressed I was. Deceptively complex. Nothing over the top or crazy about it, just a solid brew - this would be a good beer to introduce to a non-craft drinker.

Sep 12, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: This has a clear, golden and amber body, with a never-ending stream of bubbles. The head appears thin and creamy. Ordinary body, but the head is forever, being fed by the endless bubbles.
Smell: I smell, malt, grass, herbs, caramel sweetness...citrus in the second row...medicinal...
Taste: Orange and citrus sweetness! Herbs/medicine, malts, easy caramels, and hop sweetness are all there. I actually like the flavors. I cannot pin point the Belgian inspiration, but she, the DIPA, definitely puts a few tasty toes forward. Short finish.
Feel: This has a medium feeling body, and despite all the bubbles rising from the deep, carbonation in the maw is medium-low, more on the lower side. A bit of nice chewiness. Tacky in the mouth.

Overall - As the alcohol kicks in, I am beginning to enjoy this more and more.

Sep 12, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at the brewpub. Bright copper color in tone, with a ripe citrus nose on the pour and lively carbonation/head. I'm getting some sweet onion and caramel in here, with mango in the mix. Definitely on the sweeter side of the DIPA spectrum. Solid if not spectacular.

Sep 07, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vivant Tree Bucket DIPA.

Blah blah. One beer from these guys was good, the other beer not so much. So what does this mean? I am still holding out hope for them. Blah blah blah. Let's get to the review..

Look - Pours a crystal clear copper with a slight amber tint and a large although quickly disappearing slightly off white head due to the fact it comes in a can. Carbonation appears to be quite low, and barely even existant. Lacing isn't even a factor due to the FACT the head couldn't hold its own against a 67 pounder. 3.5.

Smell - Banana like cloves with a touch of the peel from the aformentioned fruits. The thing about Vivant is they offer a fruityness not akin to what you'd expect. It ain't all about the grapefruits and pine needles with these guys . 4.

Taste - Wowza, pulls a big turn and goes a straight up tropical route. Tons and tons and tons of mangos and pomegranate. Malts are left in the back room, and the banana is pretty mild. Fairly sweet, and borderline cloyingly so. The high ABV hit could only be felt by the finest of detectives. 4.25.

Feel - Very full bodied with a moderate amount of creaminess and just a touch of carbonation for balanced. Goes down a bit more alcoholic than I'd like, but I can't complain as it was expected. 4.25

Overall - Well the ladies and gentleman made a damn fine tropics forward DIPA. After warming a bit, the cloying sweetness is gone. Should you drink it? Yes ( insert gender distuingishable noun here ). Only complaint is I wish the alcohol were a bit more hidden. But hey, still gets a solid..4.25. outta me. Cracks the top of the list? Somewhere in top 40. maybe. Top of the top? Nah. 4.25.

Aug 24, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by a two-inch head of foam; a nice swath of lacing hangs around as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Caramel, grapefruit and apricot; peppery yeast tones, as well

Taste: Caramel malt, clove and peppery yeast with a buttery diacetyl aspect; in the middle, the hops build with grapefruit and apricot tones, the bitterness builds, after the swallow along with more Belgian yeast phenols; the finish is fruity and sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Two years old, so not as hoppy as it was at the outset but still an interesting beer; a bit maltier than I prefer, to be honest

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

Aug 18, 2015
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thejoe from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Brewery Vivant did an amazing job with this Belgian inspired Double IPA. For a Double IPA, it was very well balanced and not over hopped. The citrus flavors and mouthfeel tied this beer together.

Dec 05, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and sticky, golden yellow with a sunburst of orange, rather cloudy and almost syrupy it's so thick.

Hop bomb for sure, juicy grapefruit and tropical notes overload the senses.

Uhm, hmm, thick and sticky like fruit juice. Way too malted and the sweetness is just too overpowering. Citrusy, and tropical, but not enough hop bite to cut through all of the sweet.

Mouthfeel, is sticky and syrupy, not good.

This pours beautifully and smells great, but feels and tastes like a hop juice box without any bitterness to note from the hops.

Oct 05, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -41.2%

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.

Oct 04, 2014
Tree Bucket Double IPA from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 298 ratings