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Tornado - Tree House Brewing Company

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.79%

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-17-2012)
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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The hype surrounding Julius is well deserved, no doubt. However, Tornando is in an entirely league all of its own. Think Enjoy By meeting a session beer. The beers body is somewhat on the lgihter side rimmed with tight carbonation that last throughout. Piney resin on the nose with hints of ripe fruit and a crisp hop profile. Taste and mouthfeel- this is where it gets interesting. Very crisp mouthfeel, this is what you get when the beer is coming from the source and is consumed within hours of being poured. Snappy and clean with a left-right-left combo of fresh cut grass and gasoline. Super rich taste and imminently drinkable.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2014 11:26:42 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler: Poured a nice golden/orangey color ale with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of tropical fruit with some very nice and fresh grapefruit notes. Taste is a wonderful mix of grapefruit notes with some light tropical notes. Nice presence of citrus notes with some very limited amount of bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Quite a treat and glad I got a chance to try some of this.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2014 23:25:51 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of jlindros


4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

New APA from Treehouse, that makes me excited! Just filled about 4 hours ago.

Pours a nice fluffy creamy but bubbly looking 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace with spotted soapy lacing, an almost crystal clear applejuice like orange-tan colored beer.

Nose brings all the fresh hop goodness that Julius brings, a light musty resinous aroma, with nice juicy citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, lots of tangerine, light passion fruit and mango, light orange pith, a bit of a floral kick as well. A very faint hint of malt character that barely comes through but enough to prop up the hops. All that goodness but it doesn't seem to pop as well as Julius, which aroma-ed the entire room when I poured it.

Taste starts with more fresh hops again, a bitter rind character out first, with more musty resin flavors, almost a hop pollen kinda thing. Then the juicy fruits, and I mean juicy, tropical fruit with a bit of mango, as well as some citrus, with a little clementine, into lots more tangerine and grapefruit, the musty resin also brings a bit of passion fruit as well, similar profile, and a nice fluffy floral slightly grassy hop kick as well. Malts are there as well, with a faint sweetness, and fluffy feel, and enough to mostly balance the hops so they don't get astringent and overpowering. Bitterness is nice, like an orange rind bitterness that doesn't get too strong. I even get a hint of melon rind, and actually a nice melon flavor on the back end. Finish is a bit sticky sweet but dry mostly, long lingering hop flavors, more tangerine and grapefruit, orange pith, a bit more melon as well, and more tropical fruits all lingering with a long bitterness, and a very faint touch of mint on the way back end.

Mouth is med bodied but soft and fluffy feeling, a nice well integrated fluffy carbonation.

Overall very good, extremely drinkable, great hop profile, even the malts come through nicely buy light, so much fresh hop flavor and resins, delicious. Reminds me of a lighter Julius, but also reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead Edward.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2013 20:15:15 | More by jlindros
Photo of Andrew041180


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper color. Nice lightness to it. Good sized and controllable head forms coming out of the growler. Moderate lacing. Just a really good looking pale ale.

S - Nice strength to this aroma. Almost all hops. Primarily of the tropical/citrus variety. Touch of breadiness to it.

T - Follows the nose - no surprises here. Hops dominate from front to back. Mostly tropical with a touch of sweetness, but both flavors are muted. Not dominating like a Lagunitas. The bitterness is stronger than with most Pale Ales, and I like it.

M - Medium bodied and finishes clean. Very good, but no part of it stands out significantly.

O - Not as good as Edward. Note: I'm comparing it to Edward.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2014 22:41:11 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jdiddy for the hook-up. 750ml growler served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a golden orange hue with a rocky, 1.5 inch bright white head; clarity is slightly hazy. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim with textured swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose express citrus, rind and a light, earthy character. Wow - probably one of the best APA's I've had - tangerine, grapefruit seeds, a light piney quality and lemon zest on a light toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an easy carbonation, pleasant acidity and a creamy texture. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. There's quite a bit of character for a 5.6% abv beer and a nice alternative to an IPA. Both refreshing and flavorful. An exemplar for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2013 23:55:23 | More by Jwale73
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler into a true pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, orange-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head that coats the surface and clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit and cedar front and center, perfectly balanced, with floral and peppery highlights and a subtle cracker backbone. Smells terrific. Flavors are herbal and spice forward, with a cut grass character, pepper, oregano, cedar tassels, and an overall green feel, all supported on a tangy caramel and citrus sweet backbone. Highlights of grapefruit and mango blend in the background to help balance this tasty brew. Mid-bodied, with a smooth, light feel overall. The aftertaste is a good blend of resin and green hops characters blending with tart citrus tones. The finish is slick, slightly dry, with a pepper and bitter linger. Very drinkable, very tasty, with a slow building grass and cedar feel as you drink. Bravo!

Serving type: growler

08-09-2013 03:49:23 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer


4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler purchased TODAY!! Poured into the TH tulip

A- Stunning golden orange color with a big pillowy white head

S-some bready malt character overwhelmed by a blend of piney, earthy hops and some bitter grapefruit

T- Starts off with a light malt then swings immediately into quick little bursts of bitter grapefruit, tangerine, little bit of earthy bitterness to round out on the end

M- a bit light in the feel, but bone dry, making this very crushable

O- A very good pale ale, strongly recommend not having side by side with Julius, but stands up on its own and would be make a great year-round staple

Serving type: growler

08-17-2013 19:40:32 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma offers hops, tropical fruit, pine resin. Sweet and hoppy. Candied citrus and hops with a touch of warming alcohol. Lingering hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2013 00:17:24 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Hendry


4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tornado positively exploded out of the 750 ml growler, and each time the swing top was reopened, there was a solid pop! Honey colored with a pillowy 2 finger white head, solid lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is bright and inviting with notes of naval orange, and definitely some sweet malt.

Taste is pretty close to the nose here, hop forward, bright, and juicy. Nice lingering bitterness, and a well mannered APA.

Mouthfeel is light medium, and seems appropriate for a Pale Ale. Crispy, dry finish.

Solid American Pale Ale in every respect, very much worth trying. Tree House has a lot of buzz going with Julius, which is a tough act to follow, but Tornado is a different style they offer that is solid in every respect.

I tend to feel ratings would be a bit higher on Tornado if others didn't tend to "compare" it to Julius when rating it (many compare Lawson's various offerings to Double Sunshine when rating as well).

Serving type: growler

03-14-2014 00:26:58 | More by Hendry
Photo of ppoitras


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/4" creamy off-white head, over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades promptly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy sticky lace. Aroma is freshly peeled tangerines.

Taste begins with a peek of sweet, they goes oranges in the middle, smoothing out to a creamy lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth, and drinkability is easy as pie. Tornado is a fitting name for one of their brews, going well with the logo that looks to be blowing in the wind.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2013 18:04:03 | More by ppoitras
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly hazed honey with some orange undertones. Head hard to describe via my tiny drinking median.

S-Interesting. Loaded up with hoppy aromas. I get a an interesting duet of pine and lemons. Malt is submerged under the hoppy zestiness.

T-The hoppiness is rather individual. The best way I can describe it is a clever, twisting mixture of clean pine and energetic lemon. There are also some sneaky tropical fruit notes. And the wavering malt interrupts once or twice.

M-Quite dry with some bold bitterness. The overall body is rather agreeable. I like the bitterness-to-body ratio.

O/D-Another nice Tree House brew. I didn't absolutely love it but its unique flavor tempo really struck a chord with me. It was unique and I can always throw praise towards that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 00:28:51 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of scotorum


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml aka 25,.4 oz. bottle bought at the brewery last Saturday.

The name commemorates the horrid tornado which swept across Massachusetts in the summer of 2012, very close to the new Tree House location. If you approach from the north, you can still see some of the numerous broken trees from that devastating storm, which rammed straight through the center of Monson.

Poured from the bottle into a Tree House snifter.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch and a half tall white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Moderate pine and citrus.

t: Smooth medium malt followed by a significant piney hop bite which trailed down the throat. Mild pine aftertaste at first becomes more bitter but mellows out later

m: Medium and smooth. Lots of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: Tornado is a good beer for hopheads. Lots of piney hop goodness in a low enough ABV that the whole bomber won't put the average drinker down for the count. However I don't think there is quite enough malt sweetness for balance to make it superlative.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 04:36:34 | More by scotorum
Photo of cbutova


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Dive Bar 2 days ago. Written notes taken for review.

A- Poured from the tap into a pint glass with a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. Small white head forms to about one finger high with a nice creamy texture. Cap retention is decent and a small bubbly ring leaves thin webs of lace cascading down the glass.

S- Hop forward but not by a ton, nice and balanced. Stone fruit and citrus hops up front with some floral notes, light caramel malts and fresh cracked grain hints supporting that.

T- The balance remains here and I would place this just on the hoppier side of the spectrum for APAs. The first few sips have apricot, stone fruit hops up front but a good floral and citrus zest profile builds with time. Some yeast bread and light cracked grains form the base.

MF- Creamy light bodied APA with a carbonation just a bit on the lower side I would want in the style (could be the keg/tap, although Dive Bar is almost always great with this). A nice silky texture with a medium bitterness in the finish.

Stone fruit-citrus-floral hops lead the way but don't overwhelm allowing this beer to be hoppy but balanced nicely by light malts and clean ale yeast. Super drinkable and worth a try for anyone who enjoys hops and pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2013 21:56:54 | More by cbutova
Tornado from Tree House Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.