Odell Tree Shaker Im­pe­rial IPA

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Fruit Pale Ale & Ipa -

ABV: 8% | IBUS: 48 | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“We bal­anced fa­mil­iar cit­rusy hops notes with the sub­tle sweet­ness of lo­cal peaches. You might say we gave both the tree and the style a play­ful lit­tle shake.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Sub­tle peach aroma blends well with the bready malt sweet­ness and comes out more as it warms. A pleas­ant es­tery qual­ity, with notes of blue­berry and straw­berry. Mild sul­fur and smoky phe­nol, with flo­ral, earthy, and herbal notes from the hops, with a grassi­ness that gives it an al­most Bel­gian qual­ity.” Fla­vor: “The juici­ness and fruiti­ness of the peach come through much more on the fla­vor, with the herbal and grassy hops play­ing more of a sup­port­ing role. Lots of sweet­ness up front for an IPA from the bready malts, which also work to sup­port the fruity es­ters. Flo­ral hops fla­vors are present, but not enough bit­ter­ness for an IPA. The fin­ish is dry.” Over­all: “This is a re­ally good beer, but it’s hard to call it an IPA be­cause the hops are so sub­tle and there’s vir­tu­ally no bit­ter­ness—10 more IBUS and twice the aroma would help. The peach was nicely blended. Style aside, the beer is very drink­able.”

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