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I have finally returned home from Penticton, where I participated for the first time at Fest-Of-Ale. Well I was down there I managed to sneak in a trip to Tree Brewing and grab myself a couple of bottles of their re-released Captivator Doppelbock. For a short history lesson, the style known as bock was first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in a town called Einbeck. This style was then adopted by brewers in Munich in the 17th century. The interesting fact is that the Bavarians of Munich pronounced “Einbeck” as “run Bock”, which translates into “a billy-goat”, thus transforming the beer into what we now know as “bock”. Now typically almost all beer labels for bock beers, to this day, have a goat as a visual pun. I must say I am disappointed, because I have searched high and low on this bottle, and well there may be monks, and I can not find a single goat like image. Bocks are historically known for being around for many special occasions. What is most well know though is that Bavarian monks brewed and consumed bock beer as a source of nutrition during times of fasting.

Pouring a ruby-brown this Doppelbock originally poured with two fingers of a lightly tanned head. The smell comes off heavy with caramel, dark fruits, a slight nuttiness and toasted bread malts. The flavor is extremely rich and complex. There is the thickness and flavoring of a dark fruit like a raisin or a fig alongside the caramel and nut. Alcohol is prominent but not over powering. The roasted malts and subtle hops create an excellent balance to the sweetness and alcohol, leveling the beer out.

8% Bock

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Well, back to my home town roots for another visit. One of Tree Brewing’s year round beers is their Cutthroat Pale Ale. I’d love to say this is one of my personal favorites… but, honestly they all are. What can I say? I have a soft spot for Kelowna. This pale ale is packed full of flavor, yet is still truly smooth and goes down easy.

Bronze in color this pale ale has a crystal clear appearance with a pure white head. The head settles quickly but leaves behind a thin layer with a small amount of lacing along the sides. It smells if caramel malts, piney hops and a slight citrus twist. Upfront the flavor screams of sweet caramel and a light citrus touch. Although, this is quickly overtaken by a piney, bitter hop. It finishes off very smooth though, almost silky with a slight bitterness. Very enjoyable to drink with the variety of flavors playing on your taste buds.

5% Pale

Well, first off I have to say that it is good to see another brewery taking it on themselves to use a painted label. For the individuals that are scratching their heads regarding this. Painting the labels as opposed to using paper saves trees. Now, secondly I’ve had this limited edition in previous years. If I remember correctly I didn’t like last years batch. Well, this batch they tweaked it and it is delicious!

This IPA pours a hazy, coppery orange with a thin layer of white head that laces the sides of the glass. It smells of an orange peel, pine, mild spices, and hops. The taste is very unique, heavy citrus at the beginning, followed by a kick of pine, finishing off with a slick sweetness. The hoppy flavor tends to change along with flavors affecting the taste buds. My recommendation, if you’ve tried this in previous years and did not like it, buy one more and give it another try.

8.3% IPA

Tree Brewing: Kelowna Pilsner

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Bottle, British Columbia, Canada, Norm
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Now, I bring to you a pilsner from Tree Brewing. Kelowna Pilsner has also gone by two other names that you may have tried, I know I have… It used to be called Honeycomb Pilsner and before that it was called Fire Weed Honey Pilsner. Do they think people weren’t buying it because of the name? Or could it be the taste? Let’s find out!

Kelowna Pilsner pours very clear and golden in color with a little bit of head. The carbonation has continuous trickles of bubbles that roll up along the sides of the glass. Now the aroma is somewhat mediocre… I can smell a bunch of grains, a slight fruity tinge, and the barest amount of hops almost completely hidden by the grains. It almost smells like bread dough. Somewhat of a bland flavor… Pretty typical taste with grains, a grassy bitter hop, and an unusual salty aftertaste… There is also late sweetness that joins the party. Good for a summer patio beer.

4.8% Pilsner

The Vertical is Tree Brewing’s newest beer. The only way you can get it is by purchasing their “Character Pack” which is a variety pack with all of their standard beers. I’d have to say this is unfortunate because I am sure there are people out there that won’t try this beer because they don’t want to commit to the whole package. Anyways, I was lucky enough to try this beer at the brewery itself. At this point they still had it on tap as “???” and asked my opinion on it.

The Vertical is a mid-range beer that is amber in colour. I would diffidently say more malty then hoppy. It has a distinct sweetness to it that I could not quite put my finger on the first time I tried it. The lady at the brewery informed me that it was vanilla, and now getting to try it a second time, and a larger amount then a sampler cup, I can whole heartedly agree.

She also filled me in on a secret that I’m not sure I should share… But what the heck! The Vertical is actually their Thirsty Beaver blend with just vanilla added in! Kinda lame but I can’t argue with its delicious taste.

5% Winter Ale

Keeping along with the amber ales I would now like to introduce Thirsty Beaver. Compared to the Blue Buck this amber ranks much further up on the hop scale. It literally bursts with flavor on the tip of the tongue. For after taste it leaves a very distinct crispness in the mouth with a slightly hoppy residue.

Now, I have to say that I honestly have a soft spot in my heart for Tree Brewery. Mostly due to the fact that they ate in my home town of Kelowna, BC. I unfortunately had not discovered them until I’d been living in Calgary for almost 5 years, and they had hit their approximate 10 anniversary. Well this brewery is still somewhat young they have come out with a few delicious surprises. Each time I meet one of their employees I ask them the same question. “When will you be bringing back the Jack in the Bock?” I have yet to get a satisfactory answer.

5% Amber Ale