Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

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Deliciously perky, lightly peachy with a hint of roughness around the back of the tongue. I think I might be in love with this beer.

 Coming to us from the Mile High State (they called it that BEFORE the state passed certain legislation!) and the fine folks at ODell (no apostrophe!) Brewing this is a light and mild IPA. Now, I know what you’re thinking “Lee, a mild IPA would just be a Pale Ale.” Yeah, so what? Pipe down or I’ll spray you lot down with a shaken Bud Light. By ‘mild IPA’ I just mean that it isn’t so overblown with hops that I feel like I’ve licked the entire state of Washington after I’ve drank it. Know what I mean? Besides after some bad decisions a few years back I still can’t go into Washington state. The man is on the lookout for me.

But that’s another story all together.

Beer. Right. Did I mention that this is amazingly drinkable for a 10% beer? I mean really tasty drinkable? Like, I need another one? Whew. As it’s warming up the peach notes get stronger and sour-er. Is that a word? Who cares, shut up and write. OK, on it. One of the things I like about this is that they aren’t sickly-sweet peach notes. When some brewers make a peach beer it tastes like they use peach jelly or peach preserves. Not the boys and girls at ODell Brewing. These peach notes are subtle and almost sour. And that’s perfect. Too sweet would have clashed with the sour IPA notes. Here, they work in harmony. Like ebony and ivory. Or something.

Did I mention 10%?

The beer pours out a light golden color, slightly cloudy with a really fine, shortly lived head that leaves light tracing on the glass. I have no idea why an IPA would be cloudy, but I’m willing to chalk it up to the peach and be done with it. Honestly, I really don’t care. Great beer, who cares if its cloudy.

If I try to imagine the base beer without the peach additives I think I’ve got a really decent, nicely hopped IPA. But this is probably more of an old-school IPA as opposed to what most brewers label IPA’s these days. Strongly hopped, but not a grapefruit note to be found anywhere. I’m willing to bet that most, if not all, of the hops are boil additions.

At any rate I can strongly recommend this beer. Its got it all: Drinkability, high ETOH percentages, great flavors, uniqueness, great glass appeal. All of it, I mean unless you were abused in a peach orchard as a child, you just can’t go wrong here.