Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.58 | pDev: 7.42%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Lawson's Finest Liquids
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 108 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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popery from California

4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jlindros. Pours a nice medium gold. Somewhat cloudy liquid. Smallish white head, rocky. Some lacing, not much retention. Aroma is candied orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a little pine, some blackberries. Just a bit of malt character with a faint touch of caramel flavor. Moderately bitter. Not quite as big on hop flavor as it could be but still plenty good. Lots of pineapple and citrus. Just a bit washed out in the finish, which could be a product of its time in the growler. Normal carbonation, bit of prickle from the hops. Solid DIPA.

Jun 23, 2014
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Hendry from Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Special thanks to my friends in MA, the lines were long to get this beer, and the effort greatly appreciated.I'm a huge Lawson's fan and a recent fan of Tree House as well.

The clear as a bell glowing orange amber appearance was a hair disappointing given my affinity for the hazy,cloudy unfiltered IIPAs I've become partial to, particularly from VT. One finger of soapy white head reduces to a cap,and leaves solid lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is what one would expect from two notoriously hop forward brewers: juicy pineapple and mango stand out to me, slight touch of navel orange with that classic herbal quality in the mix, alcohol detectable but not overwhelming.

Taste starts out a tad more piney than expected, quite resinous. The fruitiness builds throughout the first pour, nice lingering bitterness and notes of mango and orange are bright and flavorful. The booze is not unnoticed,but not really a strike against Yaaarrgghhh either as it never reached the level of heating the throat or chest.

Mouthfeel is light medium and a touch oily. Dry finish and very enjoyable.

First rate IIPA and a solid collaboration. Hope to see more collaboration between these two fantastic New England breweries, very promising.

Jun 15, 2014
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NAPO from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waited 3 hours to get this collabo and in a way I'm glad i did.

A-Nice golden color with about one finger creamy head.

S-The nose is fantastic! Floral with hints of lime and grapefruit. Also some strong pine scent. Little orange/tangerine peel in there.

T-A little grassy with a well balance pine taste. I get lots of Grapefruit and lots of Lime. Dry finish and very resinous.

M-I feel the booze a little, but definitively not overwhelming with a real nice carbonation.

O- Tasty DIPA and nice collabo, but David was a much better beer.

Jun 08, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can't express how difficult this beer was to get. Not like jumping through hoops, but waiting 6.5 hours, with my 19month old daughter, in the crazy heat, was ridiculous. Out of all the trips, beer releases, from things like Hill Farmstead, Kate the Great, beer festivals, etc, this was probably the longest and most painful one out of all of them! Growler was filled a couple hours ago, and shared with rudzud.

Decent creamy head, 1/2 finger, quite clear golden pilsner color not orange at all.

Nose very pungent, little resin, nice pine not sap floral needle pine, with nice dank resin. Nice citrus too, tropical fruit, tons of grapefruit and papaya, little passion fruit dankness, mild grapefruit pith, little orange peel, even some mango. Nice effervescent tropical fruit, hint of sweet malt, basic malt, booze hidden very well.

Taste is similar, starting with that needle pine and resin, little pine sap this time too, dank resin, etc. Tons of resin and dank pine like. Into mild tropical fruits, little grapefruit, dank passion fruit, little melon and fruity bubblegum, mild grapefruit pith and candied orange peel. Little gritty hops, mild hop oils, hint if papaya and generic tropical fruit. Hint of generic malt and faint warning booze, quite bitter. Finish is drier a little sticky, very bitter and resinous, more pine sap lingering, little tropical fruit, citrus. it's like the pine sap and citrus/tropical fruit hops are battling it out, but the pine sap is winning unfortunately.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice gritty feel, faint faint warming booze, nice carb.

Overall great aroma, but the taste dropped off a bit, the pine, resin, sap and bitterness just destroys that awesome tropical fruit and citrus. The nose brought all those out and taste just dropped. With all the pain and waiting I did, I was really hoping this beer would cure all my ailments, 6 types of cancer, and free a few captives in Afghanistan, all while bringing world peace, feeding the starving kids in Africa, and a few other things, etc. Instead, it was a good IPA, but not as good as Julius or even Green. That battle between the pine sap and tropical fruits was a tough battle that was an unfortunate finish. Not really worth the craziness, but still a good IPA.

Jun 08, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear light gold, almost pilsner hue, with a nice two finger white head that fades to leave a thin soapy blanket with light wisps.

S - Aromas of pungent grapefruit, oranges, dank pine needles, light tropical fruit. Grapefruit and papaya nasal assault.

T - Taste is nice and bitter, rather resinous. Opposite of the nose in that this is more pine than grapefruit. Big pine sap notes, super bitter, to the point of almost overpowering the tropical fruits which is kind of unfortunate. Pine bitterness mixed with some grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, bitterness is very pleasant light carbonation.

O - Overall this beer was a slight let down..the nose was so tropical awesome but was entirely overpowered by the pine taste and intense bitterness. While delicious the nose shows what the taste was capable of. As far as tree house collaborations go, I would rank David much higher than this.

Jun 07, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ACBF sample pour

A-Pours a hazy, light orange color. The head is frothy and has a sort of yellowish tint to it.

S-I shouldn't be surprised by how amazing the nose is. It's a tropical-hop-fruit explosion. Exactly how I want my hoppy beers to smell. Exotic fruits along with a grassy and herbal element to it.

T-The flavor justifies why I needed this to beer the first one I tried at ACBF. Treehouse and Lawson's Finest have created quite an amazing DIPA here. It's loaded with peach, pineapple and melon. I also get lots of green grass, marijuana and earthy hops. The malt complements some of the sweeter flavors the hops give off.

M-Softer carbonation. Resiny. Bitter. Lingering aftertaste and feel. Medium bodied.

O-I had some lofty expectations for this one and of course it delivered. Treehouse and Lawson's drilled this one. Just what I needed!

Jun 01, 2014
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pkbeer1977 from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted last night at #ACBF in Boston. Well worth what was clearly the longest line at the show. Pours a bright golden yellow. Fantastic nose of peach, pine, grapefruit. While the aroma was not as pronounced as Heady Topper (granted, it was poured into a plastic cup), it was as fresh and more crisp. At 8.2% ABV this was incredibly balanced all the way through with fruit on the nose and mid-pallet migrating to dry, bitter hops on the finish. Nearly perfect.

May 31, 2014
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