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Vertical Winter Ale | Tree Brewing

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Vertical Winter AleVertical Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
treebeer.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium bodied Ale with nut and caramel flavours. Finishes smooth, with a subtle hint of Vanilla.

Added by Derek on 11-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
47
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper brown appearance with minimal head that disappears quickly. Smell is dominated by vanilla, it is also sweet with caramel.

Taste, like the smell, has a strong vanilla taste. Picked up bread malt with brown sugar. Has a hint of toffee/caramel. Taste is surprisingly light though compared to the strong smell. Light bodied with light-medium carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet.

Overall not a bad, but to light tasting to be a winter beer. In fact I can see myself drinking this in 20 C. Still, it's refreshing and worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BCborn
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, part of the six packs now available in addition to its ongoing presence in Tree’s winter combo pack. At the outset this appears to be a bit weak on the ABV side of things to be considered a winter warmer, methinks.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper colour, with three fingers of foamy and puffy off-white head, which leaves some high-flying cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of vanilla, biscuity caramel malt, a weak dark orchard fruitiness, and leafy, zingy hops. The taste is still big on the vanilla, though it's now muddled with some caramelized breadiness, a bit of dry ashiness, and still sturdy leafy and earthy hops.

The carbonation is soft, yet tickling in its gentle frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and house-brand smooth. It finishes with a turn to the dry side, the leafy hops going somewhat herbal, while the caramel and vanilla essences reset. As noted earlier, and for the record, this is kind of missing out on the whole ‘warming’ part of the concept, eh?

An interesting take on the style – nice holiday season sweetness, but with a strong nod towards balance (and moderation) – that vanilla is rendered in such a way that I could see putting a few of these back, before single adjunct flavour fatigue creeps in.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber. Not much of a head off the pour, but pretty well-marked lacings.

Big vanilla notes on the nose with a solid chocolatey backing.

This is a really interesting winter beer. Light, but chocolatey. malt throughout with nutty-earthy flavours. The star here is the vanilla. Takes over in a pretty marvelous way. Incredibly tasty, but it might be a touch much for purists.

BC has an interesting winter beer scene. This is very much in the same vein of Granville Island's offering. This one is much more straightforward. My first thought on tasting this was "chocolate milk", great combination of sweetness and smoothness.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper with a thumb of off white head, dissipated to random islands with light lacing
S - vanilla and light nutmeg, bready and sweet
T - very much like the smell with some nuttiness and brown sugar sweetness
M - somewhat creamy and a little spicy, full mouth bready finish
D - malty brew goes down smooth with a vanilla like silkiness, balanced with just a little winter spice, nice offering but would have preferred to see this in a 6 pack rather than the dozen mixer with 3 other Tree staple beers

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Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange copper hue, minimal lacing around edges.

S: Toffee and dark honey followed by a hint of biscuits.

M: Medium bodied.

T: Toffee and spices, mainly cloves. There is a slightly floral taste with a slight sting or burn of alcohol on the finish.

O: Not a bad winter ale but I prefer others.

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Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Vandelayindustri
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of notheroic
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5s across the board. Best beer I've had yet. I could drink this stuff all day. Love it.

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Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Roby923
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A worthy après ski beer. A caramel biscuit in beer form. Not an everyday drinker. The sweetness may turn some people off. Perfect in can, bought directly and fresh from the brewery in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of papawu76
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of goalie35
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, light retention and lace.

S: Vanilla, caramel and toffee with a light, floral hopping.

T: Bready malt; nice floral and citrus hopping; light caramel and toffee sweetness works with the vanilla yet there's a modest bitterness for balance.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D: An easy drinker.

At only 5%, it's not really a warmer... yet there's more flavour than the Granville Lion's or Nelson's Faceplant!

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Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrenaline
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up is their winter mixer.

A - Pours crystal clear copper colour, finger of head with little retention, some sporadic lacing and little visible body carbonation.

S - Pretty mild on the nose, but burnt sugar and caramel seems to come through, and is reminiscent of their amber ale offering.

T - Given the weak nose, the flavour caught be by surprise. Very tasty with the caramel malts and leafy hops coming through with a touch of vanilla and cotton candy on the finish. The sweeter flavours also linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale, fills the tongue nicely, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - I must admit, I was a little skeptical that this would be all that different, but it offers some delicious flavours and unique sweetness. A solid offering that is easily drinkable and highly recommended. If only you could get it in its own 6-pack...

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Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear pale copper with a very thin head.

Smell- Vanilla, caramel, and a hint of hazelnut.

Taste- Vanilla is the main flavour from start to finish. Pleasant sweet caramel and brown sugar notes. Very liight in terms of the spice characteristics.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice smoothness.

Overall- A different variety of winter ale by Tree Brewing. Instead of using warm spices like other ales, this brew is heavy on vanilla and sweet candy flavours. Reminds me of GIB's Lions winter ale. Worth a try if you like vanilla.

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Photo of JoshRosario
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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