Groove Session Ale | Tree Brewing

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Groove Session AleGroove Session Ale

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Derek on 04-28-2013

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall can poured into a tulip glass. a golden honey amber color, yellow just grading into orange, with a moderate amount of rich white head. Aroma is mellow and classy I suppose, freshly hulled grains, a faint spice that almost suggests ginger, the odd citrus or tropical spectre darts in and out of awareness. Grass and hay. Aroma whispers "drinkable" and other safe words denoting that the average consumer of adjunct lagers does not have to be (that) afraid. Taste is malt-forward, quite sweet but with enough hops to keep things firmly anchored in the "crisp and dry" style space ... Lightly honeyed breakfast cereal, faint grape bubblegum, underripe stone fruit like apricots. The mellow toasted malts are adding some complexity but largely playing it very safe, and the Palisade/Cascade hops are doing likewise, delivering some light pineapple perhaps. Certainly gets points for that elusive quality of "balance" but this is admittedly an exercise in mindfulness and deliberate concentration for me, at least right now. Dried apricot and toast elements do become more salient about half way through. Grassy, floral hops are detectable in the dryish finish, and perhaps the body is just a hair thicker than advertised (not a bad trait). Carbonation is assertive but not aggressive. This bucks the recent session IPA trend in favor of a more conservative approach to flavor and honestly its not bad. Gentle and refined, perhaps just barely manages to avoid mediocrity. Or perhaps my mood is not conducive to this style right at the moment. Either way, I have provided enough description for you to judge and compare. Groovy ....

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BCborn
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LDuke
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can, another refugee from the summer 2013 Character Pack. Suitably hippy-friendly label, with decent brewing specifics listed, especially the Palisade and Cascade hop mentions.

This beer pours a medium golden colour, with two fingers of bubbly, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few ambitious skyward streaks of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, biscuity malt, a bit of earthy spiciness, and rather prominent domestic and tropical fruit esters - orange, pineapple, and guava. The taste is rather more malty, the bready, warm biscuit essence predominating, with a strangely sneeze-inducing black pepper spiciness, oily nuts, musty oranges, and overripe pineapple filling things out.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but not much more, the body a lulling medium weight, and generally smooth in that Tree ale manner. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the bready malt maintaining the most staying power.

Certainly a 'session' ale, in the sense of a plain, straightforward balance between malt and sassy hop, the fruitiness adding an extra element of popular attraction. Easy drinking for yer average patio, be they lakeside or not.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a bright golden color ale with a generous head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with some sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some light citrus notes and some sweet undertones notes also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I was expecting an even lighter beer considering the style but in the end this is enjoyable enough as it is.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tree Brewing tries to get in on the trend toward "session" ales, but I would argue that this one seems to be a stretch of the word "session"--it's darker than most session ales (split the difference between gold and copper), higher ABV (I would argue 5% is stretching it just a touch when we're talking sessionable beers), and has a much heavier character than most versions of the (quasi-)style I've tried. In fact, given the malt-forward character here (bready, crackery, toasted), it echoes more of an English ale.

Still, it's a good,substantial brew. Just somewhat unexpected, and not something I'd really want to "session," despite the name.

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Photo of mattsander
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankthat
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Burgz
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

IBU - 18
Hops - Palisade, Cascade
Malt - Pale, Munich, Vienna

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, a little bit of retention leaves some lace.

S: Not a huge nose in this session ale, but it is nice. Light peppery spicing, bit of citrus rind, candied pineapple and sponge toffee.

T: Marmalade; sponge toffee; earthy, nutshell-like bitterness; light breadyness, slight hint of buttery diacetyl that's somewhat lager-like.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, with a slight residual sweetness.

O: It's an interesting flavour profile, with almost nobel-like hopping. Finish this with some dank simcoe hops and people might start talking about peace & love. ;D

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sclitch
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. I don't know if I would call this a blonde ale, but the brewers bill this as simply a "session ale", so I guess I can't fault them for that. I rather like the look of this beer, though.

Smell: sweet malt with a refreshing lemony element; it reminds me a little bit of grains of paradise except more tolerable. There are also floral notes. It's rather working for me!

Taste: flavor is just like the aroma, although there are hints of toastiness in the malt as well. Usually these sweet, floral, toasty brews don't work for me, but this one is. It is walking the line between a blonde ale and a pale ale, I would say.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. I am a fan!

Overall: this beer simply works for me. It might not objectively be the greatest thing in the world, but I could see myself quaffing many of these at a barbecue or camping trip. Bam!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wordemupg
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into pint glass 16/5/13

A clear light golden copper with several streams of bubbles floating up to a short lived finger of foam that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S soft toffee and a little butterscotch, sweet grains, some wet hay, slightly nutty with some fruit I can't place

T slightly more fruity notes and a little biscuit I wasn't smelling, basic but fairly decent, some leafy earthy notes as it warms

M medium bodied with enough bubbles to cream it up, grainy, earthy finish, no problems here

O pretty basic but its easy enough to drink but as far as a session beer goes I'd probably get board

a Summer lawnmower beer, nothing to be ashamed of but nothing worth seeking out

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Photo of GlendonTT
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of staubot
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. The lack of head really let me down, like nothing. Clear, small carbonation
Despite being a little high in ABV it seemed like a sessional beer to me but overall lacked much character and I was not as impressed as I'd hope. Maybe had my hopes up too much.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of their new summer mixed pack this is a simple yet satisfying golden ale that has a different hop profile than the pale ale making it worth seeking out. The hops have a pleasant aftertaste and work well within the style of the beer. Tastes pretty good out of the can which can be a Summer perquisite depending where you are drinking. Nothing mid blowing but something tasty to drink at the BBB.

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