Tree Molto Bella Espresso IPA
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Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Kelowna, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 Giobeanís 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.

tiggmtl's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - DEC 30, 2012
Strong coffee and chocolate coupled with cereal graininess in the nose overpowering any hop character. Clear deep tan-gold body is topped by a decent and long lasting off white head that laces well. Flavour is as the aroma suggests. Coffee and chocolate are up front with a long espresso-like bitterness in the finish. Medium full body with moderate to strong carbonation. Quite drinkable but seems more like a light porter than an IPA. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at the BCLS at Hellsgate in December 2012.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (644) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gramity (1463) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
My first coffee IPA... Iíd been putting it off due to not wanting to get buzzed while drinking, and also... because itís 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 donít really come through in the flavour, only in adding a bit to the bitterness, the main thing that makes me feel this isnít 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 Iíve had where I canít pick up that trace; I guess espresso tastes a bit like chocolate, but the malts are certainly not adding to that aspect. I guess thereís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (622) - 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 itís good for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1336) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colinw (19) - , British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
Well constructed beer, good aroma, lots of coffee, nice texture and mouthfeel, and the hops come through well. OTOH wasnít really impressed at how the coffee matched with the IPA profile, felt a bit like drinking two beers mixed together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Large bottle. Color is reddish amber, with a moderate off-white head. Coffee grounds on the nose. Hmm. Tastes of of coffee, then caramel. Hops are well to the background. Different, thatís for sure. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (810) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
Amber pour with white head. Wow - big espresso aroma and underneath all the coffee grounds some grapefruit and caramel sweetness can be picked up. Medium bodied. Flavours of espresso, tobacco, pepper, with undertones of citrus and malt sweetness. This is very interesting. I dont think think Iíve ever had a beer with the coffee flavours this prominent. The finish is coffee and grapefruit. Not too bitter overall. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4618) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquors. I think I grabbed the last bottle? So, in advanced, I have got to admit that I was skeptical - yet intrigued enough to buy a bottle. Pours a medium almond coloured head atop a reddish copper body. Nose of coffee, dirt and ash. The flavour has depth - the coffee actually amplifies the hop bitterness. Orange piney hops with a real leaf chewiness and grainy coffee sand sludge through the finish. This could be my favorite beer of 2013. Great work Tree! --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
650mL bottle, pours a hazy amber / bronze with a medium white head. Aroma of pure espresso, not much else, certainly no hops detectable. Flavour brings out moderate espresso upfront, obscuring the hop character which very faded and far back. Tastes quite fresh, with the espresso dominating. As always with this bizarre combination of coffee and IPA, the coffee tends to outdo the hops. Solid stuff though for what it is.

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