A few years ago it used to be pretty difficult to find a good beer made an Iowa unless you found some Millstream product somewhere. Now, with craft beer taking off and more and more breweries are starting to open and more restaurants and bars are FINALLY serving craft and imports, it isn’t so difficult to find a good local beer and we can partially thank the people at Peace Tree Brewing in Knoxville, IA (www.peacetreebrewing.com). They have come on the craft beer scene and could arguably be the face of Iowa Beer.?
Being infatuated with hoppy beers it took some searching to find one made in Iowa that could stand up to others around the country. Peace Tree’s Hop Wrangler does just that. Although it might not be the hop bomb people are looking for, it does pack a hop punch but also gets mellowed out by the malts in the brew. Not only is Peace Tree products available almost everywhere, they also have sweet looking apparel and their bottles come in the Red Stripe like stubbies which are sweet!
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Purchased at: Foud just about everywhere.
Like I said above this beer is not your West Coast hop bomb but a classic take on the world scene of IPAs. Nice hop bitterness followed by sweetness of malts and sugars.
Pour: Orange amber pour with a medium sized white head.
Aroma: Smell of citrus, a little banana and biscuits.
Taste: Nice hop bitterness mellowed out by the malts.
Eastern Iowa Residents: Support your Iowa beers!!!! Starting to be available everywhere!
Would I Buy Again: A mainstay in my fridge.