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Beer Man: Layers of peach make Tree Shaker a unique treat

6:21 PM, Apr. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Those looking for a complex beer will find a lot to like about Tree Shaker Imperial Peach India Pale Ale. It's one of those beers where the flavors build upon themselves in layers and each sip reveals new dimensions.

Tree Shaker is a straw yellow color as it pours into the glass, but once inside it shows off a deep orange hue. The white head is creamy rather than rocky and leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, intensifying the aromas, which is mostly fruity hops with little indication of peach.

That changes quickly with the first taste. The peach flavor comes out first, not subtle nor overwhelming, and fades quickly as it is followed by dry bitterness and tangy grapefruit hops. Then a nicely layered sweet malt taste kicks in to tie it all together, followed by another dry spell for a clean finish that cleanses the palate. There is no lingering harshness and the 9.7 percent alcohol content is well hidden.

I recall a couple of other Odell beers that had the same sweet malt quality as Tree Shaker - the sweetness comes out in small bursts that last momentarily to give way to other flavors. It's a neat brewing technique that is not often found.

The grapefruit citrus of the hops works surprisingly well with the peach, although it does overpower it. The beer is an IPA first and foremost, so those looking for an intense peach experience will have to look elsewhere.

Odell has many satisfying beers in their lineup, including Red Ale, 90 Shilling Ale, Cutthroat Porter and the seasonal St. Lupulin (summer) and Isolation Ale (fall). The brewery's beers are only available in 10 states so far - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming; its online Beer Finder is at odellbrewing.com/beer-finder.

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