Bear
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #44
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,532
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Ratings:
399
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 05, 2022
Added:
Dec 22, 2014
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  87
SCORE
91
Outstanding
BearBear
Notes: Nearly four years in the making, Bear is Tree House brewer Brendan’s recipe and his first scaled commercial batch. It has all the characteristics of a classic English Brown Ale with a distinct American twist. Bear pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a sticky caramel colored head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and earthy hops prep the palate for the wonderful flavor to come. We taste toffee, brown bread, caramel candy, varied nuttiness, and a melange of dark fruit. The earthy hops dance throughout and are balanced beautifully by a brown sugar sweetness. Delicious. Bear is one of the best food beers we have ever had - it pairs brilliantly with nearly everything… including nothing! A lovely and unique example of a brown ale and one we are quite proud of Brendan for creating! Brewed in honor of those who leave a lasting and influential impression on our lives.
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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

From a 16oz can dated 3/28/22. A solid brown ale.

May 05, 2022
Photo of Rug
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 3/28/22. "Da.....bears" stamped on the bottom of the can

Back with yet another classic style from Tree House, but this one being a much old release than the Pizzeria Pils I had earlier. This is one I always mean to pick up when I go to the brewery, but end up not getting in favor of some more exciting options. But this time, I was feeling more of the classics. Let's see what they can do with a Brown Ale

Pours a muddy medium brown with 2 fingers of tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

I know they have a version of this with coffee, but this is already pretty damn roasty without any coffee added. I'm picking up on aromas of pumpernickel toast, medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, earthy hops, raisin, and bread crust

In taste, it's a bit sweeter than I would've expected, but it's still pretty good. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting brown bread, peppery hops, doughy malt, milk chocolate, and general dark fruit. The swallow brings notes of milk chocolate, earthy hops, drip coffee, pumpernickel, light raisin, and toffee

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a silky yet semi-dry beer. Finishes neutral with a slight roast

Well it's not the best they can do with classic styles, but it's pretty good. Definitely easy drinking for 6.4%

Apr 30, 2022
 
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
 
3.81 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Dec 18, 2021
 
4 by SeaCros from Florida on Nov 30, 2021
 
4.09 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Nov 28, 2021
 
4.5 by Saturna from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2021
 
4 by LennyDercolo from Massachusetts on Nov 13, 2021
Photo of 57md
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with over a finger of beige head. The nose has notes of dark bread and coffee. The coffee notes are forward in the flavor profile with some sweet nuttiness on the back end.

Oct 09, 2021
 
4.13 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Jun 24, 2021
 
4 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2021
 
4.35 by digboy from New Hampshire on Feb 13, 2021
 
3.77 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
Photo of AfricanPete14
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by AfricanPete14 from South Africa

Pours an expected dark brown with a coffee coloured head. Smells very malty and a hint of old coffee. Taste is flavorful with a profile of hazelnuts, toasted almonds, caramel and chocolate. There are smaller hints of oak. The finish is smooth and light with medium carbonation. This was a pleasure to drink.

Jan 30, 2021
 
3.84 by Unitspin from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2020
 
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Dec 06, 2020
 
4 by djcira from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2020
Photo of DavetotheB
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 16oz can dated 10/13/20 into a pint glass. Message on can: "Hey Boo Boo!"

Pours opaque very dark brown with about one finger of light tan head.

Smells of smoky/roasty malts with a touch of sweet caramel. Strong nutty component as well.

Tastes very smoky and woody.

Mouthfeel is thin and wet. Low carbonation. Smoky aftertaste.

Overall, not a style I'm super familiar with, but this is a very nice and flavorful beer.

Nov 26, 2020
 
4.29 by McSeal from Connecticut on Nov 19, 2020
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a deep brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Toasted malt, toffee, caramel, earthy hops, and dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the toasted malt, toffee, and earthy hops. Goes into some brown bread, caramel, and a bit of nuttiness. Light bitterness. Finishes with lingering toffee and earthy hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid brown ale with a bit of an earthy hop kick to help balance the maltiness. Easy to drink. Worth checking out

Nov 18, 2020
Photo of Roy_Hobbs
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Canned 10 months ago...let's see how this held up. Appearance is dark brown with a good amount of dens light brown head that had very good retention and no lacing. Lots of roasted malts on the nose, along with toffee notes. Taste is good, not great. Malt, maybe some nut. Doesn't stand out. Feel a little on the thin side. Solid, if unspectacular beer.

Nov 13, 2020
 
4.25 by whatsgoody from Vermont on Sep 21, 2020
 
3.77 by aasher from Indiana on Sep 06, 2020
 
4 by Burt from Rhode Island on Aug 24, 2020
Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Deep and dark like a porter or double brown. Abundant fingers plus of dense caramel froth that settles gradually And leaves a complete cap and lines of lace.

S: Rich and deep woods on this one, reminds me of campfires and mushroom hunting and the Black Walnut trees in my back yard growing up.

T: Dialed back a little from these initial hopes. Not too tinny like similar brews. This one has a nice initial balance and depth with oaky and tobacco notes accompanying dark roasted malts. The taste is a tad fleeting however and leaves only bitterness. It is nonetheless wonderful.

F: Right for weight. Thin and less filling which brings me back for more.

O: The skill of the brewer is evident here with such depth without coffee or gimmicks. Just damn good.

Jul 31, 2020
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

16 oz. can dated 5/27/20. Hope it's still decent. Poured into Alchemist IPA glass.

L: Big 2F light tan head with good retention, leaves lots of spotty lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is...dark brown. Surprise.

S: Unsweetened toffee, caramel notes. Earthy and robust.

T: Dark bread, unsweetened cocoa, toffee, caramel, with an earthy finish.

F: Light to medium body, moderately to aggressively carbonated to dry that earthy finish. Well-constructed and balanced, easy drinking.

O: Still decent, indeed! Why are we not drinking more of this style? *checks ratings* J'accuse myself, your honor.

Jul 13, 2020
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Picked up a single can of this at the brewery in October 2019. As we all know, brown ales aren't exactly the hottest thing in American craft beer, and I'm guilty of this trend in my consumption, both literally and economically.

Pours a substantial deep and very dark brown, this is not watery. Lighter brown head 1/3". Aroma was chewy brown malt, chocolate malt. Standard reference to caramel and toffee here.

Taste was nice, not overly hopped, not overly anything. Enjoyable chewy mouth feel on it. Carbonation done right, not kept low for the sake of smoothness, this beer has plenty despite not having a limpy carb level. Does in fact hit those dark bready levels without being too heavy. Throw in some nuts like flavor. One of the few brown ales that leans into porter territory, and not by sheer virtue of hopping it up, this one just managed to coax some awesome flavors out of the barley. The label sticker is pretty cool too.

Jul 09, 2020
 
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 06, 2020
 
4.08 by Zach423 from Massachusetts on Jul 05, 2020
 
4.48 by Wiffler27 from North Carolina on Jun 30, 2020
 
3.41 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 22, 2020
 
4.03 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2020
Photo of VoxRationis
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass; canned 05/27/20, code BEARS ARE BIG & BROWN.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with mahogany highlights, a two finger, mocha head, rim plus retention, and rings of sticky, foamy lacing.
S: Aromas of sweetened coffee, birch/sarsaparilla, pumpernickel, toffee, and cola. Slight "tart" twang.
T: Semisweet. Flavor is a melange of the aromas (although maybe favoring the cola--RC, not Pepsi or Coke) with balancing bitterness offsetting some of the sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied with no more than moderate carbonation. Cola-like mouthfeel.
O: A tasty Brown Ale. Having just had Catharsis, I see many similarities; actually curious about what accounts for the differences. Named after Brian Boru by any chance?

Jun 10, 2020
 
4.17 by rab53 from Washington on Mar 25, 2020
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A:Mahogany brown color with three fingers of creamy beige head. Ample stickage of lacing.

S: Toffee, bread crust, brown cocoa, hazelnut fudge, and perhaps a hint of coffee/smoke. Big whiff of earthy and piney hops.

T: Follows the nose. Cocoa, crust, brown bread, nutty, toasty. Hint of smoke and coffee. Big balancing presence of earthy and piney hops. Finishes with trailing hop bitterness.

M: Big, hefty body with a sense of real weight and a chewy and creamy texture. Ample carbonation lifts it right off the tongue and contributes to a whipped heavy cream sort of feel. Rib sticking.

O: Its one of the biggest and most robust non-imperial American brown ales I’ve ever had. It also flirts with some porter-esque characteristics. Bottom line: this beer is really fucking good, and a real sleeper in the Tree House lineup. Dare I say, it might be the best non-IPA beer that they brew. Don’t overlook it when it’s available.

Mar 24, 2020
 
3.94 by user785335 from Florida on Mar 11, 2020
 
4.18 by SweetChicken from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2020
 
4.06 by alexsergio from New York on Feb 23, 2020
Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

Excited to try my first Treehouse Beer that is not an NEIPA.

From the can it pours a viscous dark brown color. A moderate dark tan head retains well and yields lacing.

Malty rich aroma evokes nutty and biscuity notes, along with a touch of chocolate and roasted coffee like malt. The hops aroma displays notes of woodsy and earthy hops, accompanied by a touch of perhaps yeast derived dark fruit.

Moderately sweet malt forward taste, producing nutty, biscuity and caramel flavors. There is a lightly roasted malt flavor that evokes coffee and bitter sweet dark chocolate. A developing touch of hops bitterness helps balance, while adding light earthy hops spices, woodsy, floral and fruity.

Medium bodied with a smooth and mouth coating feel. The carbonation is moderate. The finish is dry.

Very well balanced brown ale and quite tasty overall. I like how Treehouse interpreted this style.

Feb 21, 2020
 
4.16 by SpaethJam from New York on Feb 14, 2020
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