Very Green | Tree House Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
593
Avg:
4.69
pDev:
5.54%
 
 
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Photo of GeeL
3.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Everyone is ga-ga over this beer, I thought it (like Green) was out of balance. Tropical fruit and piney notes... like it needed to sit and mellow a couple weeks before opening. I'll try it again if offered, but I'm not spending $4 on it unless I'm in the mood to have it sit in the fridge a couple weeks before I drink it.

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Photo of YvesB
3.77/5  rDev -19.6%
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 Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Opaque pineapple juice with a large, dense, off-white foamy head settling to a souffle appearance.

Smell is sticky yet refreshingly popping dankness with stinging pine, an almost Trillium-esque pungency of yeast nearing white wine vinegar, yet accompanied by a smoothing, softening pineapple orange creme, accented with white pepper.

Taste is pineapple and wheat big time, but then super tangy, almost tartly acidic grapefruit rind pounds the shit out of the palate. A really potent yeast stings on the way down, almost like fresh mango puree. There are also swigs of straight lemon and lime juice, yet it's also extremely bitter, but not like a West coast IPA--this is its own level of bitter. This is more like taking a blender to a huge batch of hops and liquefying it instead of boiling it. Holy shit. It might actually be too much for me. It feels like one hell of a hardcore, potent ass home remedy--if I had some inflammation right now, this would be hitting the spot.

Feel is very tangy, nearing acidic, like an astringent, raw tropical fruit juice extract with a semi-dry finish.

This is a hell of an IPA, and I like it a lot, most especially on the nose, but it's more accurate to say this is a style of its own. For me to call a hoppy, fruity IPA a sipper is a very rare thing indeed, but that's definitely what I'd call this.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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 rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 3rd Anniversary Party at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into the custom Tree House wine glass a hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades slowly to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of super dank citrus, lots of dank bitterness as well. Little herbal too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Dank, resinous citrus, grapefruit pith and a little peel. Just a little bit of herbalness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, drinks a little hot.

O - Overall this beer was good, but pales in comparison to how great regular 'ol Green is. I'd like to have this again though, just to see if in a more controlled environment my marks would be higher.

Serving Type: on tap

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

Perhaps my can was a bit old, but I was expecting a lot more. I love Green and was expecting this to kick Green up the way Very Hazy kicked up Haze. It was very good but I did not feel it was up to billing. Could be because I had this after Jjjulisss. I will need to try it again

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Photo of Rifugium
4.28/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery.

Classic NE/MidA IPA haze, nice white head/lacing. Of course, a burst of fresh hops in the nose, citrus and fresh-cut grass. Some biscuity malts in there, but obviously this is a hop showcase, and really a DIPA "done right," without the lingering sweetness of many DIPA malt-bombs, and also very light as far as booziness goes, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Actually, this is almost indistinguishable from regular Green... Now I didn't have them side by side, and am just going from memory here, but what I mean is, that extra 1% ABV is basically irrelevant as far as drinkability goes. There is a little more body to this, which I like, and therefore I'd say I prefer this to Green.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev -8.7%
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 jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the 3rd Anniversary Party.

Huge fluffy head, hazy peach orange

Nose is good but not what I was expecting, bright tropical fruit, mild dank resin, orange cream, guava passion fruit, pith, somewhat light though as I have to really fish for those characters.

Taste very bitter, big rind pith, tropical fruits, guava, bubblegum, resin, papaya, little tangerine and pith, Clementine, juicy, touch of mango. Finish dry very bitter, rind pith, mild dank tropical.

Nice creamy fluffy mouth, great carb.

Overall, this really doesn't seem like a correct version of Very Green. I've been trying to get this beer for a long time now, and this doens't seem like a good version, and even the Green I had recently seems very underwhelming, so perhaps the batch of hops is less potent than usual, or they got less of it. I'll def try this again next time it's around though.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you've ever had a Tree House beer, you know what to expect from the appearance. Very few beers are truly opaque; this is one of them. Head formation and retention are both strong, with a nearly snow-white appearance atop a cloudy peach body.

On the nose, this is full of peppery Australian hops. Much like her little sister, Very Green is flush with tropical, dank, peppery, and piney notes.

Flavor follows, with huge hoppy flavors of mint and parsley, orange pulp, kumquats, and starfruit. Really a unique profile - unless you've had Green, of course. All of this is atop a somehow noticeable pale malt backbone, slightly sweet and reminiscent of pale crackers.

Super drinkable: smooth and creamy, not quite Vermont level, but lovely. There's a bit of alcohol flush to it, but no notice of the 8.6% ABV on the palate.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like this is one of those beers where many reviewers conflate its exclusivity with the actual taste. I think it's something that the Alchemist beers suffer from as well. By no means is this a bad beer but I don't think it lives up to the hype. I got it as fresh as can be considering they were literally being canned as they were being sold

Incredible aroma. Pungent floral/citrus notes with inspiring complexity. Taste is a bit underwhelming. Feels incomplete in a lot of ways.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This can was a month + old, so not in prime shape. Still the appearance and aroma were on point, hazy golden/orange beautiful with great head retention and lacing, followed up with a big juicy aroma of overripe peach, mango, guava, and pineapple. Some passion fruit as well.

The flavor opens up pretty juicy, but the age can be detected as there's some grassy, yeasty, slightly cardboard like notes that follow. It's still good, but you can tell it's a shadow of its former self. Some banana and clove from the yeast.

The same goes for the mouth feel, medium, somewhat chunky with yeast and hop particles.

I'm rating it this high because I can tell it was amazing at one point, and almost certainly worthy of a higher rating I'm giving it. That said it definitely doesn't age gracefully. It was still very good, but very rough around the edges now.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange.

Green and floral. Earthy and herbal. Some grapefruit and stickiness.

Medium bodied. Some bitterness.

Great IPA from tree house. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange straw color with a gigantic fluffy white head. Nice retention and lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma is a pineapple bomb, as expected. Just wave after wave of pineapple, some mango, followed by some tangerine and orange rind. Finishes with some pithy grapefruit and pine resin.

The taste is basically Green, with a lot more grapefruit and pithy, sticky bitterness. There's a bit of mango, and orange juice as well. Finishes extremely bitter and resinous.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty high carbonation. Creamy, but a touch sticky. Bitterness coats the mouth and refuses to go away.

Overall a very good DIPA but also a very disappointing one. This beer doesn't take Green to the next level the way VH and Doppel do to their respective beers. It's just a touch too sticky and bitter and doesn't capture the amazing creamy mouthfeel of Green. Still, I feel if I hadn't had Green so many times before, I'd be in love with this beer. It's still excellent as always with TH.

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Photo of Mojua
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've only had this one time, at the Tree House 3rd Anniversary party, and was a bit letdown...Green is my favorite IPA, period, and I kinda thought/hoped this would do for Green what King Julius does for Julius...that next level effect...I've heard that the batch 2 years ago was extraordinary, and I've heard that the most recent batch that was canned was amazing....so I look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of -Rick
4.45/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: super hazy, almost like grapefruit juice. A nice white head
S: lots of tropic fruit, pineapple, orange, sweet fruits
T: like the nose, loaded with fruit. a slight bitter finishing on this
F: soft and chewy with fruit flavors
O: a great beer. its like a slightly more boozy version of Green. Glad to have tried it!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A muddled cloudy orange, less bright than other cloudy tree house IPAs. The nose is a bautiful sweet, citrus hoppiness. The taste more bland and bitter than the nose, good but underwhelming after thy nose. This is a full yet easy drinking feel that's smooth to drink. Another top notch IPA from tree house.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th rated beer on BA! Pours super a super hazy yellow orange color. Notes of candied pear, apples, and a very slight piney citrus undertone. The taste is surprisingly dry and not all that juicy especially when compared to regular green. Most of the flavor comes on the back end with a very bitter piney bite. Leaves a classic IPA bitter resiny aftertaste. The feel is a tad light though there is still a touch of that shaky quality from the particulates in the beer (though not as much as the other beers). Overall I think this is a very good beer but is too bitter for my own taste as the reason I enjoy me IPAs is because they not all that bitter. I can see how a true hop head would go crazy for this as it has juicy elements but still has that bitter resiny back end of the vast majority of IPAs.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy straw with minimal head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is tropical orange, citrus melon

Taste is basically a lightly more hopped green with a boozier after taste.

Mouthfeel is super creamy as expected.

Bottom line- was not blown away although it is an excellent IPA. Drank side by side with green and only slightly preferred this. Still feel king Julius is the best of th imperials . And to me it is not even close. A- beer that is still def worth trying

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.53/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of Buck89
4.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass. A turbid golden-yellow color with a foamy bright white head that very slowly settled, leaving thick laces. Complex nose with bright pineapple, dank resin, pine, orange, and white bread. I taste the dank resin up front, followed by the earthy notes and finally the juicy citrus on the back palate. Pineapple and orange on the finish, with a ringing bitterness. Moderately carbed with a creamy mouthfeel as billed. World-class.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(January 2016 batch)
The aroma punches of fresh mango, stone fruit.

The flavor follows with pineapple, orange sorbet, Orange drink apricot, citrus pith, sweet herbs like spearmint. Hints of booze and astringency like a screwdriver.

(2015 batch)
The beer comes in an intense golden yellow, extremely hazy.

The aroma hits of dank herbal quality, bready malt, grapefruit pith, bright pineapple.

The flavor follows with that initial attack of bright pineapple, guava, watered down orange juice, grapefruit, Orangina, barely sweetness, but medium bready malt, then onto this aggressive dank quality that reminds me of fusel, grain alcohol, vodka. At 8.3%, it certainly isn't true alcohol, but a strange note from the hops.

In the end, very much Green in the front, but the malt and that huge dank bite really detract from the beer. A "big" disappointment, relatively speaking to Tree House standards and Green being the best IPA.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.59/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy orange honey color. Aroma is big citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor is juicy citrus, tropical fruit and has a great hoppy aftertaste. Great body and very delicious overall.

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Photo of bcrossan
4.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was a bit disappointed in the taste with this one relative to their others. More bitter than some of their others. Nose and mouth feel are amazing as usual

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.61/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter. Shared with schen9303.

This nose is just as outrageously enticing as every other Tree House beer. Aromas of grass, mango, citrus, cantaloupe and starfruit. Sweet and exceedingly aromatic and juicy. Beer opens mango and papaya with a dank citrus hop presence. Again, near no hop bitterness to be found. More citrus with a dry grassy note towards the end. A bit of bark mixes with a tropical fruit bouquet at the finish. Outstanding! Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Super drinkable and drier than their other offerings going down.

Excellent as always and certainly worth seeking out.

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