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Tree Groove Session Ale

Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Kelowna, Canada


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A smooth tasting, medium bodied ale with subtle spice notes and a lingering dry, hop bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (1406) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Aroma is caramel, light sulphur, and straw. Taste is lightly roasted malts that transition into moderate bitterness with pine needle and tanin on tip. Fairly subtle and smooth. Appearance is a clear gold with a lacey head that retains quite well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (8942) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
Can. Medium gold, average white head. Cereal and light tea, light popcorn. Just odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAndPonies (168) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 355 ml can from a sampler twelve-pack, served in my NHL Coyotes pint glass. Pours a nice medium amber with light haziness, and a bone-white cap that settles in interesting, asymmetric fashion, like a root beer and ice cream float/soda. I noticed light carbonation through the haze. Aroma is strongly dusty floral/earthy herbal, citrusy, along with some noticeable pine. Flavor is floral and earthy, piney hoppiness, citrus in behind, with clean, pleasant ale bitterness. Nicely bodied, and the citrus lingers pleasantly. An interesting take on a session pale ale...easy-quaffing and refreshing, and the hops aren’t overly challenging for the uninitiated. Still, I feel that Tree’s Hophead provides a brighter, tastier ale for sessioning.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
Tree brewing has a lot of great beers; this is not one of them. Pour had almost no head, left no lacing. Very flat and watery mouthfeel, primary flavour was syrupy malts. Not the best.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
lotsalaughs (149) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
caramel, grass, spruce, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish Amber pour with fast falling white foam. Be quick to catch aromas because they disappear fast. Caramel and grass at first, then hint of citrus after a minute. Taste is more sweet than bitter. Average carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Finish is slick with an astringent, slightly metallic after taste that lingers. Not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfrancis (2984) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Pours light copper with a small white top. Aroma is spice and earthy hop, rather unpleasant. Taste is better with earthy, caramel malts with light hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (490) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Pours a 2 finger head and a bronze colour. Taste is sweet and fruity (citrus), with biscuity undertones. Has some spiciness and a mild hoppiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rae723 (13) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Aroma is hoppy but light. Appearance Is a medium dark amber. Taste is good, has a nice light bitterness. Palate is medium for carbonation. Overall it is decent, would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markas101 (2240) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2014
50 cl can, Calgary, AB, Canada via Coop. Light amber, slight haze. Sweet caramel with malt and spice aroma. Sweet, more caramel, then a balanced bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
So rebranding the banal caramelly 1990s amber ale as "session" because that word is trending? It’s either misinformed - there’s nothing sessionable about a cloying sweet 5% beer - or cynical. Insipid crap like this doesn’t offer one single reason to session it. No balance, no character you might want in a beer, and it’s leeching a really positive trend to sell terrible beer. One of the worst things I’ve seen out of BC in a long time.

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