Tree Vertical Winter Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Tree Brewing
- Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA
- Rated On: December 7, 2012
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Warmer
- Rating: GOOD !
This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some high-strung cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it lazily settles. It smells of vanilla, biscuity malt, and leafy, zingy hops. The taste is still big on the vanilla, though now more muddled with some caramel breadiness, a bit of dry ashiness, and still sturdy, leafy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is soft, yet tickling, the body a so-so medium weight, and house-brand smooth. It finishes with a turn to the dry side, the leafy hops going somewhat herbal. Kind of missing out on the whole ‘warming’ part of the concept, though.
An interesting take on the style – nice holiday season sweetness, but with a strong nod towards balance (and moderation) – that vanilla is rendered in such a way that I could see putting a few of these back, before single ingredient fatigue creeps in.