So, I had to try this… you know, because IPA. This one clocks in at a solid 8% ABV with 75 IBUs. This has a great flavor. The hops character is on the floral side of things. Apparently, this is brewed with raspberries and blackberries (according to the bartender), but I personally don’t get the fruit notes to it. There is a nice balance to it, so it’s not “punch-you-right-in-the-face” hoppy. Maybe the sweetness from the fruit balances that out a little bit, but that’s speculation.
So I decided to crack a can of a beer I picked up on my trip to Chicago. In case some of you didn’t know, some beers are only distributed in certain states/areas. I live in Michigan where there is a ton of craft beer, but so much more of it is available elsewhere! Odell is located in Colorado, near New Belgium’s brewery, so I hear. I’ve also been told you used to not be able to find their beer East of the Mississippi. I’m glad they came to Chi-Town.
Enter: Tree Shaker – Imperial Peach IPA
I personally haven’t had a single beer from Odell Brewing, and this one caught my eye. An Imperial Peach IPA?!? It was definitely something I had never had before. I’m a little stuffy today, but I personally don’t get a ton of peach in the aroma. I do get a touch of sweetness in the taste, however. It doesn’t taste like those artificial/overpowering peach flavors you get in some teas. The hops add a little citrus notes to it, which blend together splendidly with the sweetness of the peaches. You do get a bit of a bitter finish, but not like you’d expect from an IPA. This one could be dangerous. Just from the taste, you wouldn’t think you’re drinking an 8% ABV beer. I’m very pleased with this one!
I hope Odell makes all their beer this good (as well as comes to Michigan!)
5/5 ALL DAY.