- My Rating: B-
Molto Bella Espresso IPA – Tree Brewing, 4.8% ABV, 650ml., (Kelowna, BC, Canada)
inked on the back:
“Tree Brewing Company and Giobean Espresso collaborated to brew this occasional rarity, Molto Bella Espresso IPA. Molto Bella Espresso IPA is brewed using the award winning recipe of Tree Brewing IPAs infused with Giobean’s own special blend of the finest espresso. The result is a full bodied brew with notes of citrus, grapefruit and pine balanced with treacle sweetness of toffee, marzipan, roasted almonds and undertones of dark, slightly spiced chocolate.”
- Style: (espresso) Flavoured IPA
- Taste: Burnt roasted coffee-choco pine-grapefruit hopped
- Where I got it : Firefly Liquor Store
- How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Visual: Pours pale cloudy sarsaparilla brown with a decent creamy head, decent foamy retention, sticky lacing, lots of fast and slow micro bubbles, lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Nose: beautifully fresh roasted coffee beans, A. (lvl-10)-pungency
Attack: sweet sour roast
Mid-palate: light coffee sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted coffee, nuttiness, dark chocolate
Finish: thin airy mouthfeel, pine-grapefruit hoppiness, roasted bitter coffee-malt finish.
Summary: This one has distinct layers of flavours with a great balance of bitter-sweet-sour-burnt-hoppiness. Quite solid but a little thin near the mid-finish.