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Drink of the Week: Hop Wrangler 3

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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Peace Tree Brewing, Knoxville, Iowa
6.25 percent alcohol by volume

I picked this IPA purely on a whim while at the Iowa Chop House, a choice that would have been random except that Peace Tree's Blonde Fatale is my go-to pick for potent brews. A familiar name boasts a tasty, successful concoction yet again.

THE EXPERIENCE: The Indian Pale Ale is usually a beer I shy away from, but this brew was far from the obnoxious (or so I found), heavy, palate-destroying fumy taste I've come to expect from the style. Hop Wrangler 3 is a full-bodied and full-flavored ale with a much gentler aftertaste. It has a warm, cloudy, dark pumpkin color, perfect for the arrival of fall weather.

ADVICE: While I am a fan of Peace Tree's stout bottles, I suggest gently pouring Hop Wrangler 3 into a wide-mouthed snifter glass to experience the rich, hoppy aroma at its fullest. At the very least, drink it from a clear glass to enjoy the warm, welcoming color. A tiny brewery in Knoxville has done the impossible: craft an IPA for a casual, weak-willed enthusiast to enjoy an IPA he'll certainly consider getting again.

— by Adam Gromotka


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