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Tree Bucket Double IPA | Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
89
very good
47 Reviews
Tree Bucket  Double IPATree Bucket  Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SupaCelt on 04-02-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
277
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
32.92%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
34
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 277
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dusky sunset orange into our Founders snifters. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of tight, creamy, eggnog colored bubbles, showing great retention. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives spicy amber and pale maltiness, zing of metallic and sticky sweet Belgian yeast, bready toast, peach and strawberry fruitiness, hot liquefied honey, sugar cookie sweetness, cotton candy, grassy, citric, and floral hop notes, massive floral perfume chemicals, alcohol, soft butters, and brown sugar with warmth. Our first impression is that the Belgian yeast is wildly robust, to the point of going above and beyond, and delivering notes of sourness and tartness that were not expected atop nicely balanced base. As we sip, the taste opens up with Belgian yeasty bite, strawberry, pineapple, and mango fruit juiciness, pale and caramel malts, lemon tea tannins, clove and black pepper spice, sweet herbal hoppiness, tinny metallics, melted plastics, and fusel booziness. The middle moves forward with sweet caramel and amber malts, brown sugar, faint buttery diacetyls, sticky mango sugar fruitiness, dried lavender, rooibos tea leafiness, bitter floral and citric hops, and soft vinegar acidity to pull us to the end. Here we get further enhancement of the biting, metallic, savory Belgian yeast, fruity tartness of cranberry, pale and wheaty malts, icy metallics, light caramels, cooked red apples, cider vinegar, clover honey, white sugar, plastic phenols, tannins, tropical Starburst candy sweetness, and lemony hop freshness. The aftertaste breathes of butterscotch caramels, vinyl, that glorious Belgian yeast, lemony tea, citric and floral hops, fiery booze, pencil woodiness, cranberry sourness, walnut, lactic creaminess, white sugar, candy corn, clover leafiness, honeysuckle, and chalky, raw, pale maltiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is lightly coated, being left oily and satiated. This really does not transform into much dryness or astringency, but rather leaves the palate wet, lightly sticky, and happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. There is sweetness, crispiness, freshness, and agedness, in particular afforded by the inoculated Belgian yeast strain that, at times, comes across as a borderline tart zestiness that conjures up thoughts of Flanders red ales. This comes across only slightly in flavoring, but the yeast does give an exotic, bittering punch to the otherwise syrupy, sweet, and caramel-laden DIPA base laid before it. We do, however, wish the hops were a little more pronounced, which would help add freshness throughout the flavoring and lingering aftertaste. This is a fantastic local brew, pulling influence from outside the state and country, for an admixture that truly, and authentically, hits the spot.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.47/5  rDev -13.5%

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

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Sturdy head, hazed brassy amber

SMELL: Dank hops, hemp seed oil, minty resin, orangey, clean estery alcohol, herbal, nutty, pineapple, mango, toasted grain

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, very bitter, very herbal, marmalade, fallen apples, phenolic, walnut husk, very warming alcohol, peppercorn, banana skins, toasted crackers; never-ending hoppy, drying finish

It is a hard slap in the mouth, but our palates ask for more. The brewer clearly put little to no restraints on this ale, and we’re glad they didn’t. Clearly more American than Belgian, but it’s great to have the that house yeast edge to set it apart from most of the intensely hopped DIPAs out there.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is an amzing beer from vivant.this will be known in the ipa field for years to come.i will say this is the best beer ive had from vivant and will say it is one of the best ipas ive ever had.the smell is so pleasant i couldnt wait to drink it.the taste is so smooth that it is hard to believe its 9.3% abv.its limited so be sure to find it and try before it disappears.i hope vivant keeps this the same for years to come.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to SurlytheDuff for this one. 16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2.5 finger frothy, cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. A pretty good looking brew!

Nose is citrus, cane sugar, clove with a bit of soapiness. Tropical fruit too. On point and moderately aromatic.

Opens citrus, Belgian yeast, papaya and clove. Some coriander with a bit of pepperiness in the middle. More tropical fruit and dank hop bitterness. End is citrus, cane sugar and a sap hop bitterness. Finishes spicy, sweet, and hoppy. This tastes exactly as I would think... but its not very good.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a touch of bubbles in the mouth and goes down lively. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky, dry aftertaste. Decent.

A decent beer but the flavors just don't work here. The Belgian yeast clashes with the citrus, and sap hop profile. Definitely to style, but it's just not very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. The crack resulted in some beer squirting out and hitting me in the forehead. Settled in the glass with a caramel/orange color and about 1.5 inches of head. Smell had lots of hops, tropical fruits. Taste is hops, grapefruit, some malts, tropical fruits, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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