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
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 Trosevear
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Light brown but a dark amber with a nice white foamy head to it.

S: Caramel butterscotch and sugar cookies with a slight hop presence in the background.

T: Sugar cookies with a hint of almost gingerbread cookies in there has a lot of caramel and butterscotch notes with almost no hop presence.

F: full bodied mouth feel with a nice level of carbonation to it as well.

O: one of my favorite winter beers I wish it was available year round.

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

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 imfinished
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 apr├Ęs 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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3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A reddish copper with a light smattering of beige foam, mostly on the edges of the glass. Aroma is pungent vanilla (the "subtle hint" promised in the description here is a bald-faced lie), maybe some additional nutty brown bread and caramel, floral hops in the background. Palate is a solid red ale base, toasted biscuit, caramel and a little dry spice, but again the vanilla is overwhelming and overshadows anything else happening here. Decent full body, moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish that finally manages to showcase something besides vanilla (the aforementioned floral, grassy hops). This is a pity as I get the sense that this could be much better with a less lavish hand on the extract bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kitaka
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Muhly
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into beer mug.

A-Pours a pleasant copper that is quite clear. A good two fingers of off white head upon moderately vigorous pour. Lacing is initially prominent and sticks to the glass with some tenacity. Retention of the head isn't spectacular but there is always a ring of foam around the inside diameter of the glass.

S-Quite sweet. The vanilla is prominent here and I don't detect much else other than some background maltiness.

T-Taste delivers what the aroma promises with a good dose of vanilla. There is a hint of spicy character that reminds me a bit of rye, though I don't think there is any rye in the malt bill. Other than the vanilla there is a some maltiness that lingers on the tongue.

M-A pretty round and full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The beer finishes pretty sweet from the vanilla.

O-My initial instinct was to dislike this beer because of the prominence of the vanilla, but because I bought a Tree taster pack, I was able to sample a few and eventually changed my mind a bit. The vanilla certainly flattens everything out and doesn't leave a lot of room for complexity, but you still get some malt and a bit of spice. I can't necessarily say it is a favourite or even something I'd return to, but I wouldn't complain if it was paired with a nice dessert.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Vertical Winter Ale from Tree Brewing
3.87 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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