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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1
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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 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 Erik-P
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/11/11

A clear amber enough carbonation to sustain a thick two finger cream colored foam that hangs on for quite a while leaving some unorganized lace

S massive vanilla notes with a little earthy woody thing going for it, some winter spice nutmeg perhaps? not overly complex but what it has I like

T what I smell but just a little toned down, still pretty good with a little nutty flavor I didn't smell

M not very thick but the bubbles whip it up a bit and the flavors linger a little nutty

O not a bad beer if you like vanilla, I might get board drinking a whole 6er of this stuff but for a single no problem

I like winter beers too be a little stronger but this ones still worth a try

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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 bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ZachT
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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 BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Reddish amber liquid with a 1/8" white head.

S: Vanilla and spices.

T: Vanilla, spices and caramel malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: An excellent winter warmer. One of B.C.'s best.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BcCraft710
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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