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Tree Molto Bella Espresso IPA
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Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Kelowna, Canada
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Tree Brewing Company and Giobean Espresso collaborated to brew this occasional rarity, Molto Bella Espresso IPA.

Molto Bella Espresso IPA is brewed using the award winning recipe of Tree Brewing IPAs infused with Giobean’s own special blend of the finest espresso.

The result is a full bodied brew with notes of citrus, grapefruit and pine balanced with treacle sweetness of toffee, marzipan, roasted almonds and undertones of dark, slightly spiced chocolate.


colinw's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colinw (19) - , British Columbia, - JAN 29, 2013
Well constructed beer, good aroma, lots of coffee, nice texture and mouthfeel, and the hops come through well. OTOH wasn’t really impressed at how the coffee matched with the IPA profile, felt a bit like drinking two beers mixed together.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (5237) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle - Espresso and grapefruit. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Espresso roast, pine and grapefruit with a nice bitterness. I laughed at this now I love it. Better than most Black IPA’s I have had. Well done.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4441) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
650ml bottle pours an amber color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by the espresso with some grain and hop notes. Taste is a coffee and hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. If the espresso were a little more subtle I would have scored this higher. Just too much coffee in this for my tastes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Jaune sombre et brumeux (comme un IPA avec un peu du café) avec un col moyen. L’arôme très fort d’espresso avec un peu d’houblon. Le goût a un peu du malt, puis plein du cafe et une finition amer très bien équilibré. Je ne savais pas quoi pensé de ça quand je l’ai vue dans le magasin, mais c’est très bonne.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden body, lasting white head. Holy Moly! Massive vegetal green coffee aroma and flavour here, earthy undertones, pale malts, solid bitterness. Very well done, but it won’t be for everyone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Fluffy head on dark amber. Smells like I poured my IPA into a dirty coffee cup. A beer for brunch? Strong coffee flavours fron start to the long aftertaste. Not a big pleaser to start. Kind of grows on you. Kind of like IPA filtered through cold coffee grounds. Hops, espresso and a caramelly blend note.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (655) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Visual: Pours pale cloudy sarsaparilla brown with a decent creamy head, decent foamy retention, sticky lacing, lots of fast and slow micro bubbles, lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Nose: beautifully fresh roasted coffee beans, A. (lvl-10)-pungency Attack: sweet sour roast Mid-palate: light coffee sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted coffee, nuttiness, dark chocolate Finish: thin airy mouthfeel, pine-grapefruit hoppiness, roasted bitter coffee-malt finish. Summary: This one has distinct layers of flavours with a great balance of bitter-sweet-sour-burnt-hoppiness. Quite solid but a little thin near the mid-finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gramity (1506) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours a dark copper colour with a slightly brown colored head which leaves a nice lacing.. Strong aroma of expresso and a hint of chocolate. Flavour is mostly sweetie malts and a light floral hoppy notes with a strong expresso finish

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
My first coffee IPA... I’d been putting it off due to not wanting to get buzzed while drinking, and also... because it’s a coffee IPA? WTF? The nose is all nutty espresso, a bit of mineral water, the taste is pretty bitter, lots of espresso, the hops don’t really come through in the flavour, only in adding a bit to the bitterness, the main thing that makes me feel this isn’t a coffee apart from the carbonation is the mineral water flavour. Funny that they mention chocolate in the description because this is the first coffee beer I’ve had where I can’t pick up that trace; I guess espresso tastes a bit like chocolate, but the malts are certainly not adding to that aspect. I guess there’s fruitiness in the flavour if you really reach for it. I like it though, since I like espresso, but I dunno reminds me of a "raspberry beer" that just tastes like raspberry juice.

Giving it pretty high marks because the coffee is obviously good quality.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (668) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Poured from 650mL bottle. Opaque orangey yellow with minimal white head. Predominant espresso aroma. Overpowering espresso flavour with mild hops in the background. Feels like a gimmicky one note pony, but it’s good for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1371) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
Mostly clear orange copper, off white foamy head settles and fades. Pungent coffee aroma, some roasted malt. Strong coffee bean taste dominates to the finish, burnt dark malts and some subdued caramel sweetness. Average carbonation, light bodied, lightly hopped. Light bitter hops emerge as it warms with some faint citrus and grapefruit notes. Different and enjoyable. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)


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