Tree SUP Session Ale

Reviewed by on May 29, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tree Brewing

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 29, 2016

  • Best Before: September 20, 2016

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A strangely-named offering that is another cog in Tree Brewing’s 2016 ‘Season Pass’ mixed pack – so, ‘sup’, as in whassup? Oh, I see, it’s actually an acronym for ‘Stand Up Paddling’. Got it – very Okanagan summery in its bearing.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky, windblown cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, mixed dark orchard fruit, further free-range brown sugar, and very tame earthy, leafy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is still pretty sweet – grainy and doughy caramel malt, more untethered dark simple sugars, generic bruised apples, pears, and plums, and a still hard to really differentiate green earthy and floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are a bit testy in their sort of fizzy, but generally just frothy renderings, the body a decent middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising from the get-go. It finishes well off-dry, the biscuity caramel holding down the fort, while the hops once again prove to be the typical arrive late, and leave early sort of party guest.

Overall, not yer normal Session Ale, in terms of a neutered IPA, but more like the same treatment applied to a generic Amber Ale. Since the former has yet to be officially (?) defined, I guess that I can’t complain, but yeah, this is no hopped-up affair, to be sure – just another simple, and mostly easy to put back malty brew from Tree.

Brady White

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