Juicy Tree | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Experimental India Pale Ale made with blue spruce tips, juniper berries, and cranberries

Added by madeofsteel on 02-15-2012

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Photo of redleg64
5/5  rDev +38.1%

If you're feeling an urge to quench your thirst with Christmas tree juice, give this thing a try.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.97/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes.

Appearance: a golden color with a hint of amber to it. almost a perfect clarity but just shy. a small head that leaves nothing behind.

Smell: juniper and spruce, juicy cranberries. its quite juicy and fruity with the juniper and spruce combo bringing in some good bitterness on the backside.

Taste: it opens up with a distinctly cranberry juiciness. lots of initial fruitiness that is quickly cut by the interesting mix of juniper and spruce. Low amount of malt presence but a noticeable pale malt character.

Mouthfeel: as i have said its pretty juicy, the bitterness is distinct and not a normal hoppy bitterness but created by the juniper and spruce.

Overall: a super delicious and successful experimental IPA. love all the character created by the ingredients used. only flaw i can find is the lack of a head.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/15 and poured 12/4. $2.69 single.

Appearance: Semi-aggressive pour barely got the whole thing into my pint. Two finger soapy/creamy head that goes down to half a finger and stays. Pretty nice lacing. Gorgeous perfectly filtered golden color. Nice stuff.

Smell: Loads of pine and almost a tree bark quality as well. Earthy and herbal hops. Juniper berries are definitely there too, but I'm not really picking up the cranberry that's supposedly added to this beer. If I do, it's hiding behind the piney aromas, and it's only slightly accenting everything. Interesting nose on this one, and I like it a lot.

Taste/feel: Man this beer's got a lot going on and I'm liking it a lot. Hits the tongue with sweetness... but with bitterness. Here comes the resinous, dank pine... then sweet caramel malts. The finish is slightly sticky, a little juicy, and full of juniper berries/pine. I'm bummed that I don't specifically taste the cranberries, but I figure they're adding some sweet/tart balance against the bitter pine. I didn't know what the ABV was for this, but I guessed 8%, and it's at 7.5%. I just get a slight warmth that suits this beer well, considering it's Christmas-y. The feel is about middle-of-the-road in terms of both body and carbonation, and it works very well for Juicy Tree.

No qualms about it, this is another great one from Short's. If you like their Spruce Tip Pilsner, you definitely have to try Juicy Tree. It's not quite as "Holy shit, pine sap" as that particular beer, but more balanced. Frankly, I'm shocked this beer scores only an 82. It's a bold, unique, delicious beer. I'm sorry I missed it last year, but I'm glad I got at least a bottle this year. Fantastic.

I don't normally sail this far over the rDev (I think this is a new record), but this beer is that good -- TO ME. This appears to be a really, really "love it or hate it" sort of beer. For my tongue, this beer is working wonders right now.

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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like huma. It does have nice head retention. Little bit of chill haze however.

S - The frozen spruce tips from last spring are muted, but still evident. It does not smell entirely like the Spruce Pilsner, as either the hops or the juniper provide a quite sweet, fruit driven nose.

T - Wow. Malt forward would be the wrong connotation, but this is sweet and fruit upfront, bittered by the hops and spruce tips. It is quite interesting. Not overtly bitter, but only a fool wouldn't recognize the spruce.

M - My bias, but I hate when IPAs leave my mouth with that oily, sticky feel that seemingly nothing can cut through. This beer, thus is perfect for me. The mouthfeel is not thick, but it a sizeable beer, full on the palate, but no hop stickiness to speak off. It finishes dry and pleasing.

M - Still like the spruce pilsner better, but this is a welcome beer in the lineup. The juniper adds something, though not entirely discernible.

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4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SerBennett
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the wonderful Wurst Bar in Ypsi in-between classes.

A: Not horrible, but nothing amazing by any means. Nice golden hue that is fairly clear, minimal amounts of carbonation rising from the beer, great lacing. Head reduces to a thin layer for the rest of the time.

S: Pine, berries, spruce, honey, bittering hops, and that's about it. Man does it hit you! Very, very sweet smelling. Almost too sweet, but there's something really endearing about its combination of scents.

T: Follows the smell as one might expect. Pine, spruce, juniper berries, blueberries, a nice sweet honey note that wasn't that noticeable in the scent.

M: Hard to describe, but it almost feels like pine needles, in a pleasant way. Very prickly, but for me it just adds to the charm of this beer.

O: Wish it was more widely distributed in bottles! A great, unique take on an American IPA

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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Juicy Tree from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 239 ratings
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