HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA by Odell Brewing Company
Beer: Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
Brewer: Odell Brewing Company
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Description: Tree Shaker pours a wonderful sunset orange hue with a bright white frothy head that leaves a very thick layer of lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with hop notes of citrus and pine, with backing notes of sweet malts and fresh peaches. The taste follows the nose with the malt washing over the palate first, laying a sweet foundation for the pine and citrus hops to follow suit. The peaches are apparent throughout but not overly dominate; instead, they add a wonderful backing note of fresh fruit throughout that brightens up this wonderfully balanced IPA.
This medium body and moderate carbonation give the beer an easy drinking, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel that has no hint of the 8 percent ABV. While fruit beers are not always a great experience for many, when done right, as with Odell’s Tree Shaker, it proves that fruit and beer can be a great combination that is perfect for any warm, sunny day!
Ideal setting: The bright, fruity aromas and pleasing hop bite will awaken the senses, and it is best enjoyed outdoors on a pleasant weekend afternoon. This is a beer that is perfect for the outdoors while relaxing with loved ones – just be sure to have plenty on hand, as others will definitely want to try it!
Ideal music: Sunny days, fresh fruit, warm weather, and IPAs are all wonderful by themselves, but when combined, they create an awe-inspiring experience. There are few ways to improve this combination other than by adding a great backing track to the mix. Music that inspires sunny days, cookouts, and pool parties is the best choice for improving an already delightful experience.
Some great albums to enjoy with Tree Shaker are:
- Japandroids – “Celebration Rock”
- The Gaslight Anthem – “American Slang”
- Teenage Fanclub – “Songs from Northern Britain”
- Love – “Forever Changes”
- The B-52’s – “Cosmic Thing”
Ideal movie: Summer is the running vibe with this excellent beer, so movies that bring exciting adventures are best suited for a great pairing. However, it shouldn’t just be any adventure – more specifically, summer adventure films where you can almost feel the sweat dripping from the hot summer sun.
Some great movies to watch with Tree Shaker are:
- “Wolf Creek”
- “A River Runs Through It”
- “Jurassic Park”
- “North Shore”
Ideal book: The wonderful balance of hops and fruit make for a beer that has a punch and is, at the same time, very relaxing. This combination also allows for the mind and body to relax perfectly and settle in for a great read that will transport the reader to distant lands, so books that allow that to happen are perfect, specifically action/adventure novels.
Some great books to read with Tree Shaker are:
- “A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin
- “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
- “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton
- “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
The perfect experience: Tree Shaker is quite possibly the perfect summer beer for late afternoons or evenings relaxing outdoors with a small group of friends. The wonderful flavor profile and moderate ABV will quickly relax the body, and when paired with some great music, it may lead to one of the best summer days ever experienced!
by Derek Warren
Derek is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer, and podcaster who loves to write and talk about beer and cult movies.