Dukes Cider: Put Up Your Dukes

Dukes Cider from Tree Brewing Company in Kelowna, British Columbia pours a clear golden colour with a high amount of visible carbonation after a small head quickly burns off. Bubbles range from tiny champagne-like ones to larger, soda-like ones. It’s quite appealing really, sporting more colour than a lot of ciders (and some of the beers I’ve reviewed).

Dukes Cider
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Dukes Cider has a fairly mild, warm aroma of freshly-cut apples with a subtle honey-like sweetness. It’s very clean and natural in both smell and taste compared to other canned ciders, with no odd chemical or overly syrupy qualities.

The taste of Dukes Cider is quite crisp and tart. The flavour reminds me of not-quite-ripe Royal Gala apples and skin from the Empire variety, though I could be way off. Point being it tastes like real apples and not much else. The finish is mostly dry with a mild sourness and a subdued, lingering apple tone in the otherwise clean aftertaste.

Hop Head IPA: Strikes a Balance

Hop Head IPA from the Tree Brewing Company in Kelowna, British Columbia pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a sizable and frothy off-white head that settles quickly as a collared film while leaving a generous amount of lace. The aroma of this American IPA is not what I was expecting and a bit muted overall. Lightly caramelized malts have a fresh, grainy backing with a semi-sweet floral tone and a subtle hint of lemon oil and alcohol.

Hop Head IPA
This Well-Balanced IPA Quickly Became a Regular Pickup

Hop Head IPA surprisingly tastes like toasted, chocolate malts up front. A light buttery tone gives way to an earth-like taste and a fairly strong bitterness that really lingers, but remains in control. Again, a hint of lemon or orange oil pokes through in the finish. I find it very well-balanced compared to most of its contemporaries. The beer is rather light-bodied with a medium-heavy carbonation that really pops on the tongue and a distinct oily quality that smooths over the bitterness in the aftertaste and adds to its drinkability.

Hop Head Double IPA: Hop To It

Hop Head Double IPA from the Tree Brewing Company in Kelowna, British Columbia pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a small, but frothy white head that leaves some thick lacing and settles as a long-lasting collar. This strong ale smells unsurprisingly of a variety of hops. It has a rich, buttery caramel tone, a defined spiciness to the aroma and develops a citrus backing as it warms.

HopHead Double IPA
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The taste of Hop Head Double IPA is like honey-dipped orange peel with a peppery bite. A grapefruit note comes through in the finish. The beer is creamy on the tongue and the aftertaste is dry and tart, but also has a slightly malty sweetness that helps to keep from puckering. Sometimes the grapefruit and honey flavours produce a pineapple taste, depending on the pour and temperature.