Jumpin Jack India Pumpkin Ale – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Jumpin Jack India Pumpkin Ale – Tree Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Crafting a brew that brings together the classic flavours of a full bodied India Pale Ale and our Pumpkin Ale resulted in our newest IPA – Jumping Jack India Pumpkin Ale. This unique brew displays classic aromas and flavours of citrus and grapefruit that marry seamlessly with the flavours from real pumpkins used in the mash. Full bodied and dry, with a snappy bitterness, combined with subtle pumpkin pie spice and a clean finish make it a perfect fall brew. We hope you enjoy our new interpretation of an IPA as much as we enjoy brewing it.”

  • Style: (pumpkin, spices = Pumpkin IPA) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Caramel malt biting wormwood grapefruit bitter hops pumpkin cinnamon
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75 – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: if you like curious pumpkin beers

Visual: Pours cloudy copper brown with a smallish head, ringed and thin layer of retention, suspended micro sediment, only a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: brown sugar malts, hints of honey. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: malty bittersweet hopped crisp bite

Mid-palate: light tingly throughout, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, wormwood, grapefruit, pumpkin dept + cinnamon

Finish: lingering biting bitter dry hoppy, more cinnamon, malt finish, hints of nutmeg exhale.

Summary: A pretty interesting spin on a pumpkin ale and IPA. Good depth and flavour; still and IPA at heart, but with an augmented layer of complexity. The spices really come out at 18°C.

Grapefruit Radler – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Grapefruit Radler – Tree Brewing, 2.5% ABV, 500ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the side:

“Radler (German for cyclist) is popular in Europe as a thirst quenching mixed beverage. Our radler is a refreshing blend of beer and fruit juice. At 2.5% alcohol, you’re likely not to fall off your bike anytime soon…Enjoy!”

Ingredients: 50% beer; malted barley, hops, water and 50% grapefruit juice, Sulphites.

  • Style: (grapefruit juice + beer) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Tangy-juicy yellow grapefruit citrus mild malt lemon squash bitter peel
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12 – 4x500ml., Summer 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not crazy

Visual: 4pk cans. Pours translucent light yellow without any head, very thin ringed retention, slow steady streams.

Nose: pressed yellow grapefruit juice, tangy citrus, very bright and fruity. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: citrus-fruity sweet, fizzy-crisp-tingly, (lvl-5)-sweetness

Mid-palate: tangy bite, medium-sour, peel bitterness,  (MAIN) yellow grapefruit, sweet barley malt;

Finish: bittersweet grapefruit oils & peel, long “lemon squash” off-dry exhale.

Summary: Much more tangy than Stiegl which I had side-by-side; I prefer this. A good juice-beer blend. Refreshing, don’t dilute with ice otherwise you’ll lose the subtle bitter peel flavour. Drink in a chilled glass.

Knox Mountain Brown Ale – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Knox Mountain Brown Ale – Tree Brewing, 5.8% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Occasionally, brewing in somebody else’s shadow can actually be somewhat inspiring. Located just North of downtown Kelowna and overlooking our Brewery, sits KNOX MOUNTAIN PARK ~ our City’s largest natural park. Known for the annual KNOX MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB and its incomparable views of our city, Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains, our Brewers were inspired to craft this Limited Release brew in recognition of this amazing natural space. Displaying a subtle roasted malt aroma, and a nutty, caramel flavour, the beer finishes well balanced with a dry, pleasant, mild hop finish.”

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Malty brown sugar toasted hopped soft bitter
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off)– 650ml., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not crazy

Visual: Pours light cola brown with a small lasting foamy head, 1mm layer of retention, several spread out singular steady streams.

Nose: light toasted malts, toffee caramel. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, toasted malts, nutty -> hopped bitterness

Finish: lingering soft hopped malty bitter finish.

Summary: Quite balanced and pleasant, though not really limited like they claim. Although their 6-packs are only 5.6% ABV where as this bomber is 5.8%, could be that.

Rickshaw Raspberry IPA – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Rickshaw Raspberry IPA – Tree Brewing, 5.6% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Subtle aromas of fresh raspberry lead to a well hopped, well balanced IPA. Displaying classic flavors of grapefruit, wood/earthy notes and pine needles, the finish is dry with pleasant bitterness and raspberry notes. HOPS: Perle, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Crystal MALT: Pilsner, Vienna”

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  • Style: (raspberry) flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Burnt astringent sweet lager malt
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off)– 650ml., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s okay

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange with a decent smallish foamy head, a nice layer of very sticky retention, lots of active streams scattered throughout.

Nose: orange citrus, hops. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: silky-creamy thick crisp mouthfeel, bright

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange citrus, toffee malts, grapefruity.

Finish: light raspberry exhale, super-soft lingering hopped simple bitterness.

Summary: Lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, light raspberry fruitiness to this IPA; The finishing hoppiness is rather simple however.

Molto Bella Espresso IPA – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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  • 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.

Hefeweizen – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, Canada)

Hefeweizen – Tree Brewing, 5% ABV – 650ml,(Kelowna, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Hefeweizen
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Sour/creamy -> banana/clove/yeast/bread/malt -> sour/tangy finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10%), January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with a decent head, foamy retention, not much CO2 action. Strong notes of bananas and cloves on the nose. Drinks with a mellow sourness up front, 4/10-sweetness, transitions into a dry & creamy mouthfeel, somewhat thin/watery backdrop, tastes of banana, cloves, yeast, light malts, bread, finishing with a sour tang. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. Unremarkable.

Raspberry Porter – Tree Brewing, 5% ABV, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

My notes:
  • My Rating: C
  • Why I don’t love it: barely identifiable raspberry & too thin-bodied
  • Where I got it: Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$6 , 650ml., May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours almost pitch brown with a small head, foamy CO2. Very malty tart raspberries on the nose. Drinks very creamy up front, and then the subdued tartness kicks in, tastes of medium malts, light coffee, faint raspberry aroma, 5/10-level sour backdrop and finishes partially watery, soft bitter, and without carry. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, below-average carry, decent drinkability. An okay experimental beer, but not really worth the time and calories.

2nd Tasting: (Oct 29, 2012): Pours with a nice massive creamy foamy head, okay retention. Roasted malts and dark raspberry compote on the nose. Drinks with a nice crispness, round flavour, coffee-ish raspberry. Not a whole lot of depth. Upgrade to C+.

Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale – Tree Brewing (Canada)

Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale (Limited edition) – Tree Brewing, 6.4% ABV, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: creamy & nicely balanced
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores (Abbotsford, BC)
  • How much: $5, 650ml, Nov/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes if it can be bought locally

Tasting notes: (Not quite Halloween atm I know, but hey I’m thirsting for some spiced beer. This beer sold out super quick in Halloween of 2011 so I had to drive 60km to get this…) pours translucent bottle brown, minimal head, ringed retention, minimal lacing, slow as molasses moving CO2 streams. Some malt on the nose, not much else. 7/10-level sweetness med-heavy malts up front, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin, very creamy silky mouthfeel, finishes just a tad watery and thin. A soft mellow lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, pretty good drinkability.