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Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPATree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA has roots right here in Colorado. We balanced familiar citrusy hop notes with the subtle sweetness of local peaches. You might say we gave both the tree and the style a playful little shake.

48 IBU

Added by denver10 on 04-10-2013

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103
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572
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
27.66%
 
 
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Photo of TBoneJones
1.97/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I need to know if this beer is supposed to be loaded, I mean LOADED with cloudy sediment. Like jellyfish clusters populating my pint, I took two cautious sips and couldn't get past the floaters. The taste didn't help matters much, as it seemed mediocre, yet peachy, yet too much on my mind regarding the chunky particles to drink through this. Poured. Maybe I'll revisit this if it turns out this was infected, as I hope it was.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.19/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

750ml brown glass bottle with decent label art and branded hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at my local Central Market grocery earlier today and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 10.1% ABV. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the label clearly identifies it as such. 2014 vintage.

Served cold - at fridge temp - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. It's actually kind of thin, which is disappointing. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Consistency is poor, as is complexion. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale peach-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears undercarbonated.

Overall, it's not a very impressive appearance for an imperial IPA, but it's not bad looking by any means. Far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Sweet fruit - peaches, I guess. Sweet pale malts. Floral hop character. Some fruity esters. A mild amount of esters.

No yeast character or spice detectable. I don't find any off-notes aside from some obvious fruity booziness, which really dominates the aroma.

It definitely seems too sweet and too boozy, and I'm not getting much in terms of hop character or bitterness - which is a serious problem in an imperial IPA. It's shaping up to be a syrupy mess. Aroma is fairly strong as well.

T/Mf: Drinks like homebrew. Boozy syrupy sweet peaches and some accompanying fruity esters dominate the flavour profile. There's also some boozy pineapple - a note I personally can't stand in IPAs (or beer in general). Hopwise, it offers little - just some fruity character and generic floral character. There isn't enough hop bitterness to either satisfy the demands of the style or to balance the almost cloying one-two punch of sweet peach fruit and sweet pale malt. I also pick up on caramalt.

Texture is poor. It has a sticky syrupy feel on the palate, with too much weight and body. Smooth and wet, but also strangely weak and thin. Plenty of alcohol warmth makes this beer's presence on the palate worse still. This mouthfeel doesn't complement the flavour profile or the style well at all. Carbonation is completely off.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

The egregious lack of balance really destroys this beer. It lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance - any depth this beer might have had is ruined by the overabundance of peach puree, which ruthlessly dominates the flavour profile to its detriment.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

No yeast character comes through.

It just has a raw, young taste suggestive of abundant unfermented sugars. A higher attenuation yeast would be helpful, but the real problem is right there in the concept of the beer - there're just too damn many peaches used, and they don't feel at all naturally integrated into the flavour profile. Ugh.

I'm not liking this beer at all.

Dr: The low quality makes this difficult to drink. I'm shocked Odell brewed this. It'll take effort to down the entirety of this sweet teeth-rotting booze-bomb, and I'm pretty disappointed. This is definitely a beer best avoided. Possibly Odell's weakest work to date. I won't be buying it again, and I'd caution friends from picking it up.

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Photo of caskstrength
2.27/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty 750ml bottle, just released.

Pours with too much carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Hazy bright yellow.

S: Muted fruits, simple sugars. some wild/saisony yeast vibes too. Not getting much peach, nor any bright hop aromas.

T: Syrupy sweet fruits, not specific, and some wild tartness with yeasty saison flavors poking through.. Minimal hop bite, pine and citrus crowded out by the sugars and the yeast.
No way I would have identified this as an IPA or peach IPA in a blind tasting. It's interesting only for the mild tartness and yeast character.

M: Too heavy for the wild/saison it ended up being, too syrupy and odd for the IPA or peach IPA it was supposted to be. Cut this back to 7%, lighten it up, accentuate the wild aspct more, dry hop the hell out of it, and it could have been an interesting hopped saison hybrid sort of thing.

O: Poor execution here. Another overpriced fancy 750ml I wasted my money on.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Nice light yellow-orange color. Aroma is peaches but also this weird plasticky aroma. Flavor was much the same, just frickin weird. This tasted nothing like an IPA to me, mroe like a Belgian with peaches added. I would have been so disappointed if I had paid the $16 for a bottle of this, what a joke.

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Photo of denver10
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a firey golden with a huge, exploding creamy in consistency off white head. Aroma is sweet and peachy, somewhat fruity hops, toasted bread, and slightly astringent at times (which I am assuming is from the cork but not sure exactly). Flavor has that astringency showing itself much stronger and not something I was able to ever fully ignore, though it didn't completely ruin the beer for me. The rest of the flavor was some non-offensive alcohol, sweetness from the peaches, slight fruity hops, and toasted bread. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this beer was great on tap and it would have been great via the bottle if not for the dominating astringent flavor that showed itself. Will not be buying another bottle of this one again, that is for sure. Will stick with it on tap.

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Photo of bsp77
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Extremely cloudy orangish-yellow with huge, foamy white head. Love the root beer float head, but had to dock a little for the color looking a little like juice.

Smell: Peach, grapefruit, orange, pine and toasted malt. Surprisngly subtle.

Taste: Tastes more subtle than expected too. For some reason, the malts are a little Pilsner-like, which isn't the best backbone for this. On top of the odd malt backing is peaches, grapefruit and orange. Sickenly sweet as well. Finish has some light pine and light bitterness.

Feel: Very creamy with low carbonation. Finish is not as dry as expected, and the whole thing is a little purée-like.

Overall: I love Odell, but this is a disappointment in almost every way.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A- Clean, light golden copper. 2 Finger white head. Fair lacing

S- Sweet peach and honey. Apricot, melon, and floral hops.

T- Sweet again with an almost tart mid flavor. Syrupy. Reminds me a lot of some of my homebrews that missed the mark. Not nearly as hoppy as the style demands. Mild bitterness to say the least. Boozy as well.

M- Low carbonation, mid body, and alcohol heat. Lacked any crisp or clean character. Sits too heavy.

O- Tasty at times, but hardly an IPA. I would call it more of a golden fruit ale. This one was not worth the money, and that's something I very rarely say about Odell. Peach just simply may be the wrong fruit for this style.

$16 for a 22oz bottle

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, it's a peach-flavored DIPA. Does that make it good? Meh. It's fine. The peach is balanced pretty well, but I wouldn't go for this again at $11 for four. It's solid but there are just too many other fantastic DIPAs out there for this one to shine, fruit or no.

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Photo of Shermski
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The original 750's from 2013ish that were higher in ABV and had so much peach were insanely good, incredible feel. They started putting it in 4 packs, lowered the abv and peach amount. So disappointing. It is a totally different beer than the original. I feel like it dupes people into buying it who enjoyed the original. I had 8-10 original 750's. After one 4 pack never again. Most geeks feel the same but Odell doesn't care because this is a beer now marketed to people just getting into craft. Too bad because it was actually good, adjunct fruit in IPAs usually ends up tacky, watermelon dorado, pineapple sculpin, etc.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap and I was very excited for it, but I wasn't a fan. It simply tasted like artificial peach with a classic imperial ipa. The peach flavor was way too dominate and way too fake. It was bitter and sticky like a regular imperial ipa. It was very fruity. It had a floral hop profile with a bready malt background. I didn't want to drink much of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with a decent white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

Smell - Pine hop. Some stone fruit. A bit of grapefruit. Pale malt.

Taste - More stone fruit than the nose. Tropical fruit hop. Pale malt sweetness. A weird flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't drink like a double IPA. Lighter than expected. Well carbonated.

Overall - Peach is tough, especially in an IPA. Decent though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a hazy orange, 1 finger head of foam, some nice lacing.

S- smells of peaches, shock that, grapefruit, slightly spicy, slightly sweet.

T- peaches first, spicy as in peppery, alcohol, bit of citrus...both bitterish and sweetish. Weird tasting. The peach flavour doesn't seem to mesh well with what's trailing in the taste department and the alcohol grows, or at least appear to, with every sip.

M-lightish body with plenty of carbonation, I'm not digging the mouthfeel that much either.

O- the carbonation died down after more sips in, not gone, but definitely lower than when I started this session. A not so very enjoyable session. I have another bottle and I think I'll hold on to it for a while. I don't know if it will help any nut as is now, I'm not a fan.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

rb

12oz picked up at Whole Foods... Super happy to see this in smaller bottles. Pours a hazy golden with a short lived sudsy white head. Peach is present but in lesser amounts than I remember from last year instead a nice punch of tropical fruity hoppiness is the big player. Medium body with a pretty hefty carbonation.. burpy.

Okay... Not as good as I remember... Decent DIPA, but the peach is very subtle.

3.25/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of chugalug06
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Thin, wispy, white, bubbly head. Brew is kinda foggy, orange in color. Weak lacing. Medium viscosity.

Not typical aroma for Odell IPAs. Lots of Apricot, peach, citrus... Kinda Papery.

Well. It's wet. Fairly drinkable. Weird funk passes by at the backend of the flavors. Dry on finish that never really ends...? Carbonation Is way too much and detracts from the experience. Earthy, fruity, moderately sweet, Funky yeast flavors. Carmel malt backbone is a bit too much for me. Not picking up nearly as much peach flavors as on the nose. I wish it was more creamy and less acidic.

Ho-Hum. I'm kinda not so high on this one... Weird. IMO, Odell has had a few misses, this is one. Not sure I'd recommend especially @ $13/750ml. Not quite a mess, but very haphazard; needs further blending and love. Aroma is a tick away from perfect, but the feel and flavors are a bit too abstract for my liking.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light orange color with a small, white head that fades quickly.

Smells of fruity peach notes along with a little tropical fruits.

Tastes of the fruity notes playing into a sweet malt profile. Fruity peach notes lead off along with pineapple and mango. Fruity sweetness is played up with syrupy malts which is right on the border of too much sweetness. Hop bitterness is low. Finishes fairly clean.

Moutfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a fruity beer, but I want more hops to come out and especially want more bitterness to it.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 7/30/15.

Appearance: Orange and chocked full of clumpy sediment, never seen an Odell beer that wasn't clear. Thin white head.

Aroma: Crystal malts, some citrus, just a hint of something dank.

Taste: Quite light. The malt flavor is a sweet but clean and there hop character is mostly moderate bitterness. There is a bit of peach in there but it ends up feeling overly sweet paired with the malt. Not much hop flavor, which is unfortunate since Odell has some other seriously good IPAs. Finish is peachy and sweet with a nice bitterness in the aftertaste to balance things out. Wouldn't have guessed it's 8% ABV, but not thin either.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation. Decent drinkability but the sweetness becomes cloying.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had an Odell product in a while even though their line-up is great (hard to find fresh, though). I may have gone in with too high of expectations. Tree Shaker is a good IPA and better than most the competition on the shelves, but doesn't have a "wow" factor. Would I drink it again? Maybe on tap.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color with some nice slight light orange hues. Pretty hazy and cloudy. There is a nice 1.5 inch head that forms that is nice and pure white and is pretty dense with some chunkier bigger bubbles intermingled. There is some nice sticky lacing that is left as the brew recedes.

Slight hint of peaches in the nose. Nice fruity notes are present mixed in with some yeasty chalky esters. There is some nice slight bready grain notes in the nose as well. Nose is pretty straight forward. There is some slight citrusy hop notes present in the nose but I cant pick up any DIPA type aromas.

Flavor starts off nice with some peachy sweetness and some slight tartness. It's almost like yummy peach soda at first. There is some nice grainy bread notes mixed in with the peach that also has some mild caramel sweetness. THen during the middle of the beer there somewhat of a hop note. The hops comes up with some resinous and slightly piney note. There is some slight citrus form the hops but I wish there was more of it. The transition from the peach and malt to the hop notes doesn't really do it for me. It is somewhat disjointed and doesn't transition as smoothly as I would've liked. The finish has a nice citrus bitterness and note to it that finishes on a high note. Mouthfeel is crisp and fluffy with a nice light to medium body. As the brew warms there is some boozy heat and sweetness that is perceived as well.

Overall this is not a bad beer at all. It is pretty yummy. I was a bit disappointed though. The flavors themselves aren't bad and are well crafted but the whole doesn't measure up to each individual part.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan for hooking me up with this. 750ml corked and caged into a tulio. The brew appears a clouded amber orange color with an off-white cap. Some copper clarity seen around the edges. Patchy lace sticks to the glass. Overall this looks like a semi-clarified pour of carbonated peach juice.

The aroma is slightly earthy with a fruitiness that is a mixture of peach, alcohol and hops. Slighty dank, catty and herbal to grassy. Solvent alcohol and an abundance of carbonic and mineral aspects that are a bit distracting. As it breaths, the fruited quality becomes almost extinct, im wondering if the initial onset of peach character was present only because I was looking for it. Without any preconceived notion, im sure one would never know peaches were added to this.

The taste is mineral filled and carbonic upfront. Literally carbonic acid is the first flavor I pick up on with multiple sips. It gets earthy and hoppy with a grassy to herbal bitterness. Slightly dank and catty with melon character moreso than peach. Some pulp and rinds before getting back to grassiness and earth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lively amount of carbonation. It is boozy and solvent with a lot of mineral and carbonic feel that isnt that enjoyable. Not really what I was expecting. Not that enjoyable as an ipa or fruit beer, let alone a hybrid. The carbonic and mineral character is quite distracting and seemingly prevents you from taking in anything else other than alcohol.

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Photo of FBarber
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper tinged gold color. Clear, crisp, effervescent initially although it eventually settles down. Thin white head dissipates leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of mango, peach, and apricot giving way to a hoppy aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of mango, peach and apricot. Lots of bitterness on the finish with an unripe peach like flavor. This is called a peach DIPA and there is certainly peach notes here, but calling it a peach DIPA seems a bit far. The peach is more a flavor that you notice from the hops used, not a strong flavor. That being said it is a tasty beer.

Feel is mild carbonation, bit sweet on the tongue. Definitely what you'd expect from a DIPA.

Overall a solid DIPA in its own right. That being said, for a "peach DIPA" I'd love more peach flavor here.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't think this is supposed to be a "hazy" brew, if that's even the word to use. There is so much "stuff" floating around in this product that I wasn't even brave enough to taste it, assuming there was something wrong.

It smelled good enough, but the floaters totally turned me off. I give it a 1 for Look and 3.5 for Smell, but defaulted to 1 for Taste and Feel because I couldn't leave them blank.

I wrote Odell inquiring about the chunkiness of this product...

1 | 3.5 | 0 | 0 | 2

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Update | 4/29/15
Odell's Quality Control Manager replied to my email. Here was his take:

"The sediment you are seeing is a protein-polyphenol complex and is commonly known as chill haze. We use real peaches in our Tree Shaker. A lot of them. Real fruit produces a unique and more authentic character to our beer, but as you have experienced first hand produces some other, shall we say, less than desirable consequences. It contains lots of proteins, and tannins, and pectins, and other squiggly bits of delicious compounds that can make it past our centrifuge. This is in no way harmful to you, but in some cases can be very unsightly. The variation you were seeing is likely due to the way the beer has been treated. We are working on some neat tricks to try and reduce this phenomenon, but once again, because we use real fruit it was a risk we were willing to take. Check our website out as I just wrote a blog post to help explain our situation further. I have attached a claim form for you to fill out at your convenience, so we can get you squared away and back to drinking your favorite jellyfish-free beer."

As such, I will re-rate this beer after I get a cleaner 4 pack.

That is great customer service right there, folks. < thumbs up >

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Update | 5/16/15
Odell got me squared away financially and even sent me a T-shirt. Very much appreciated.

I have yet to see a 4 pack that wasn't loaded with floaters, but did end up straining the floaters out of one of the remaining bottles I had, so I've updated my ratings.

3.25 | 3.5 | 3.5 | 3.5 | 3.5

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can really taste the peach and is a pretty decent DIPA. It is pretty thick and heavy though, even for a DIPA. Execution is nice and it is an excellent departure for the style.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a very solid IPA, but sadly there is almost no peach at all. I got excited about this one, but found very little flavor in this other than a decent hop profile.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice golden unfiltered color, with a 1 inch frothy looking white head, slow to disapate. very appealing except all the bubble make me very nervous, i HATE over carbonated beers... aaaand thats the last good thing i have to say about this beer.

first off Odell is my #1 all time favorite brewery, but this is all based on there normal 4 packs & 6 packs, havent yet had the privledge of getting any of their bombers but after this idk if i want to :( also my manager LOVED this beer and we agree on 90% of the stuff we both try, so i wonder if i have a bad bottle.

smell: no hops, slight, SLIGHT peach, i get what smells like clove and yeast.... smells like a belgian to me which would explain all the bubbles.

mouthfeel: yup, definatley carbonated like an 8 outta 10.... anything above a 6 or 7 is tooo high for me.

taste. damn...not the good one either....friggg.... just like the smell. belgian alll the way. some clove some yeast, no hops, no peach and even the flavor i am getting is very very bland. bland and tasteless would be good describing words for this beer. i guess the only other good thing about this beer is that the 9.7 or whatever % is masked very VERY WELL. i would guess this to be 6 maybe 6.5%. but EXTREAMLY dissapointing not just for a 13.99 bomber but especially for odell. this was in NO WAY an ipa and defianlty far far from a double ipa, i've had PALE ALES more hoppy. what. the. pooop. most dissapointing beer i've had in a long long time. top 3 most dissapointing beers ever. sorry odell and i dont even think i can finish it just cuz belgians and carbonated beer are my least fav style besides miller, coors and bud of course.

Ps 2015 4 pack bottles much MUCH BETTER!! More peach, more hops, less carbonated. Much morr balanced!!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Colorado + in Wheat Ridge

Pours a murky orange/golden color with a minimal head. lacing is oily and slick

Stone fruit aroma with peach being very subtle. Apricot and persimmon, some orange zest. Smells quite nice, albeit not all that powerful for an iIPA

Taste is short and subdued. Those fruits come out, and peach is the last one to say hi. The flavors meld together, which quiets them a bit. Nothing bad here, nothing outstanding.

The feel is where this beer leaves me cold. It's somewhat dry, but really not biting. For a iIPA this falls short of even a APA. But, it does not make it bad, either. It's tough to rate, but going with style this beer misses. If the label didn't read 'Imperial' then this beer would get a better rating. As it is, the marks fall short.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight peach aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the peach aspect is fairly subtle.

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Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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