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Very Green | Tree House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Double IPA is created with a massive kettle charge of Australian and American hops. It opens in the glass with huge notes of ripe pineapple, pithy citrus, and dank saturated hops. As it warms it shows its depth and complexity. . . Sweet hints of malt intermingle with straight Tropicana. It has a soft but pointed bitterness and a rich, velvety mouth feel.

Added by Davepoolesque on 05-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
720
pDev:
5.98%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
150
Trade:
0
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tree House Very Green

A: This IIPA from the Monson, MA powerhouse pours a typical murky, full-pulp orange juice appearance. It is crowned by a two-plus finger cream-colored head that struggles to be contained in the glass and leaves sticky lacing down the sides. It has good retention and settles into a dense, rocky cap. Carbonation is solid (from what is visible). This is a quintessential New England IPA in terms of appearance.

A: Mango, papaya, passion fruit, strawberry, guava, banana, and orange all lead an extremely tropical, juicy nose. Underneath lies definite dankness, earthy herbs, and, at the risk of sounding stupid, "green" aromas. Digging way underneath reveals a doughy sweet maltiness not totally unlike Pilsner malt. 4.75/5

T: The taste hits a little different than the aroma with a little bit of graininess on the front end that is quickly swept aside by a very dank herbaceousness characteristic of Galaxy hops hitting up front. Shockingly, mint and rosemary lead off followed by a distinct spat of bubblegum. Next, those prominent tropical fruits hit with guava, papaya, and passion fruit hitting hardest, undercut by mango, candied pineapple, strawberry, and honeydew melon. Finally, grapefruit and piney, weedy resin bitter things down along with just a kiss of alcohol. Pine and bitter citrus rind is left in the aftertaste. Sweet dough ties everything together and is barely there but would be very noticeable in absence. That initial grainy note is reminiscent of some home brews, which is not a compliment and is a little off-putting, but everything else is stellar here. 4.25/5

M: Here the beer excels. It feels soft and full on the tongue, like a liquid pillow. The carbonation is unobtrusive yet omnipresent. It dries out very well for 8.3% and leaves just a little astringency behind, beside a stickiness on the lips. Brilliant. 5/5

O: Pardon me for a caveat before I say any more: this can is from 07/31/16, meaning that at the time of this review it is over two months old. New England IPAs are allegedly the most fragile of all styles (besides maybe some delicate lagers), and so this is hardly in its prime. That said, this is still drinking incredibly well and complex. I am personally a little disappointed that there is not MORE "green" in the aroma and flavor. I think I would like to see Nelson Sauvin hops join the party, as they and are some of the "dankest" hops around to my palate. That said, rating based on what the beer is, this is an awesome NEIPA. There is a ton of complexity and uniqueness to it, and the mouthfeel is simply killer. That initial awkward graininess I attribute to its age, and so I absolve it somewhat in my overall here. Pair with Opeth's "Heritage" for being not what I expected but still very good at what it is doing. 4.5/5

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tblaisdell
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful looking beer. Cloudy light orange-yellowish hue.

Smells like a double Green. Bright and potent hop-infused goodness.

Honestly a little disappointed by the flavor here. I LOVE Green because of how in your face it is with its bold flavors, but I feel this one traded some of its juiciness for bitterness. Still absolutely delicious, but not as good as a fresh Green.

Body felt a little on the thinner side of TH beers, but still very soft and pleasant.

Overall... This one is a top contender. I scrutinize it because it says "Green" on the can, but let me be clear. This DIPA is another from Tree House that goes above and beyond the expected hop-saturated flavor of its "competition". Heady and Pliny are damn good DIPAs. This one has them both beat and it's #4 on my list for TH Doubles.

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Photo of RichD
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can dated yesterday.

L: Pours like a tropical fruit juice with a nice, frothy white head. This seriously looks like orange juice mixed with pineapple juice. I'd honestly take the super hazy appearance over the filtered appearance all day.

S: Boy, you can tell that Tree House dumped a boatload of galaxy hops in here. Huge mango and papaya notes. There's some faint citrusy orange scents as well. The aroma is one of the most pleasant I've ever smelled.

T: These galaxy hops are quite in-your-face. I've never had a beer that was so pronounced in the galaxy hop department. Huge mango and papaya notes with some orange as well. This is also quite bitter. One of the most bitter IPAs that I can remember. This flavor profile is incredible. Definitely reminds me of an imperial Green.

F: This is a creamy, smooth beer. No alcohol to speak of. I definitely could session these beers no problem. Good thing it only comes around so often.

Overall: This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. I think this has entered my top 5 Imperial/Double IPAs. The overload of one of my favorite hops makes for a beer drinking experience that I've never had before. Tree House is unstoppable.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can, purchased from the brewery.

Massive hop nose of pineapple juice, dank resin, rind and pith, and some lemon zest. Very hazy appearance but not completely lost and there certainly were not chucks floating around. Super juicy, very grassy, pulling bitterness, and a pungent character that does not fade is pretty much what this beer is about. All hops on deck, this is a battle on my palate. Some warmth from the alcohol kicks in, smooth with a faintness of a malt backbone. Didn't expect much balance here to begin with, seems each sip gets better and better. Aside from the appearance which is part of the shtick here this is a really fun brew to drink.

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Photo of avas
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 7/29. Consumed 8/4.

A: Thick and turbid deep yellow/orange reminiscent of pineapple juice. Medium, soft, yellow-white head sticks around for a while, leaving thick laces of foam around the glass.

S: Insane. Possibly even more aromatic than Green. Explodes with aroma of tropical fruit--tangerine, pineapple, cantaloupe. Bit of sweet bready malt. A little bit of garlic-y herbaceousness, but the subtler notes are really overpowered by the overwhelming fruitiness.

T: First impression is recognition of the similarity to its younger sibling. It's an explosion of tropical fruit up front, but no single note really stands out from the rest--they kinda all blend together. Mid-palate, VG and Green really diverge. Instead of the delicate, perfectly balanced sweet bready malt that makes Green so special, VG features a malt backbone that is less uniquely Tree House--at least in the way it's integrated into this beer. It's definitely boozier, and it adds a sweet, almost syrupy feel to the aftertaste. The extra ~1% really comes through. All that being said, the taste is supremely world-class, with a level of tropical flavors that matches any other beer I've had.

M: Milkshake-esque. Heavy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Only detractor is the tinge of booze on the finish, which overstays its welcome IMO and brings with it a strong drying factor that cuts through the juiciness, thereby placing this on the lower end of my Tree House DIPA rankings.

O: The worst thing about this beer is the fact that everyone--including myself in this review--compares it to Green, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the best IPAs being brewed right now. The best thing about this beer is that like its younger sibling, it has almost everything going for it. Incredibly juicy nose showcases an assortment of citrus and tropical fruits. Ultra-creamy mouthfeel perfectly mellows an onslaught of tropical flavors. At this point, the worst part about reviewing Tree House beers is knowing what they're capable of. While I prefer Green over VG, this is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had, one that I'd gladly choose over almost any other brew in its ABV range.

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Photo of Boccu
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours merky orange with a nice head. Nice lacing. Aroma citrus and pineapple. Taste follows the nose with pine needles, danky middle but not overpowering at all, gram crackers,citrus with earthy tone finish. Mouth feel is velvety. Another great one from tree house

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps too old. Not sure. But this didn't floor me. The aroma a bit restrained and the flavor disjointed some pineapple and slightly sour citrus (bitter orange?) up front, then a micro-burst of bitter, but this finishing flat wet barley + carboard note that disrupted any reveries. Far from my favorite treehouse. Lacking brightness and definition which is often the flaw of these beers that go for too much haze and fruit. Their center of gravity is sensitive to small fluctuations in balance.

Or perhaps it's just that in the cold war of hops, the competition catches up quickly. You may be able to defend your boundaries on sours and stouts, beers that take years to make as well as large investment in wood+infrastructure where iteration to improve and incorporate trend are more difficult. But hops? Mimicry and learning is easy.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy, opaque orange. Tastes and smells nearly identical to regular Green. That is the reason I rate it so high: the fact that Tree House can mask the amped up level of booze without compromising the unique juicy and dank flavor profile. Worth trying if you can find a trading partner. The latest release had some pretty low limits.

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Photo of YvesB
3.77/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

By for the most disappointing beer at our share. Everyone agreed there was no "very" to be found and that there wasnt notable difference between the th cans we tried (dopleganger, supersap, c29).
Not bad but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of beaver69693
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ty_M
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mmcurran
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is huge pineapple and pineapple juice with light mango, and slight tangerine. Amazing beer..Much like Green it is a lot softer and subtle than other Tree House brews. Nuanced, light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter and ohhh so juicy. Just an amazing beer. I can only hope this one ages as beautifully as regular Green does. Glad I was able to catch this whale...It kicked five before me the last time I was at Tree House. Will go up again for this. Right up there with the best of Tree House's amazing brews.

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Photo of Prospero
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikaveli
4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can poured into snifter. Hazy, murky golden yellow color. Modest carbonation. The fruits to the nose are awesome and the taste is similar to Juice Machine. TH knows how to brew great beers!

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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