Alter Ego
Tree House Brewing Company

Alter EgoAlter Ego
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
New England IPA
Ranked #26
Ranked #99
4.55 | pDev: 6.15%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Alter EgoAlter Ego
Notes: A beer brewed in the spirit of experimentation and the celebration of our 3rd anniversary… ! What we did here is we took a whole bunch of Mosaic and Amarillo hops, a classic punch of citrus purveying goodness, and added them to the Julius dry hop. The base beer is exactly the same, but the dry hop is altered tremendously. The result is a beer with all the deliciousness of the base beer with a layer of added citrusy complexity. Like devil Julius or something. A real treat!
Reviews: 340 | Ratings: 2,510 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on December 24, 2019. Alter Ego is a member of the Julius family, taking the base of Julius and adding a tremendous amount of Mosaic to the dry hop with a kiss of Amarillo. What results is a beer with all the deliciousness of Julius with a pungent additional layer of citrusy complexity.

 339 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one of the beers picked up from Treehouse during the late October trip to New England. This review is written after having the beer three times, once as an extra, once fresh, once 70 days after purchase.

Pours a moderately yellow haze with 3/4" white head. Has the basic proprietary dry hopping, Mosaic and Amarillo, two heavy hitters dropping plenty of nose candy in the form of citrus, hay and passion fruit.

Taste is another winner. 50ibu levels of bitterness saturated in aroma hops keep the notes of orange and grapefruit coming. Body is light pretty much just some pale toasted malt and 2 row. Might be a mild flaking of some alternative (non barley) grains. Slight green hop burn on it, far from problematic. Can still drink multiples of it. Its good stuff but it seriously has so many equals out on the left coast that aren't hyped to the same degree. I guess when you split stuff like this between 4 breweries versus hundreds in a geographic region, its bound to happen. In the end, a good beer done thousands of similar ways by different breweries in your local area.

 1,099 characters

Photo of Donald_Loveland
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/29/2019
Poured 1/12/2020

A: Hazy yellow orange, looks like a nice glass of orange juice. Normal pour provides around a finger of rocky white head. While drinking the beer left multiple rings of heavy lacing.

S: Strong citrus, a slight hint of mango. Very clean and tropical.

T: A mix of mango and pineapple lead to a slight hoppy bitterness. I get a slight bubble gum flavor as is present in a few other tree house beers. Very delicious.

M: Tree house is known for their creamy, full bodied IPAs and this is no exception. I personally felt it was just a tad bit thin compared to Julius or Haze.

O: An absolutely wonderful beer that embodies all I want in an NEIPA. The next time I have a chance to go to Tree House, I will definitely get a nice haul of these.

 776 characters

Photo of thebeers
3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, murky orange with a fat finger of creamy-looking, off-white head. Thick lacing.

Mango, apple, pineapple, passionfruit and white pepper in the aroma. Fruit punch city.

Pineapple and other juices show first in the taste, with a moderate, aspirin-like bitterness throughout that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a slow-building, tight fizziness.

A bit more apple than I prefer in an IPA, and the bitterness and fruitiness are a little incongruous to my taste. It’s decent enough, but not my favorite from these guys.

 547 characters

Photo of thebeerguy31
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dated 1/29/19, drank on 2/15/19

Look (4.75): opaque golden orange. Nice 1.5 finger foamy head.
Smell (4.75): sweet fruitiness, but also smooth hops without harshness
Taste (4.5-4.75): bright grape fruit citra flavors with smooth hops
Feel (4.75): full medium body, super smooth
Overall 4.75

 291 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw with a one finger head; a few shards of lacing

Smell: Papaya, melon and peach aroma

Taste: Papaya and melon forward with just a hint of peach and blueberry; low bitterness, through the middle with the fruit flavors dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I can't say that I was stunned by this beer as the ratings would suggest; the can was fresh so perhaps the batch was off but the flavors seemed somewhat muted compared to other Tree House beers I have tasted; very good but not great

 575 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A dark orange body, with a slightly reddish tinge. Short white head, persistent, with small-bubbled lacing.

S - The nose is bright fruit, citrus in the form of orange and grapefruit, peach and tropical fruits like mango and pineapple.

T - The flavor follows, with orange juice and peach flesh front and center, mango and banana notes, and a hint of pith in the finish.

M - The feel is lush but clean, with a dry close.

O - One of the finest IPAs out there. It offers great smells, amazing flavors. Superb.

 518 characters

Photo of Bluecrow
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The can pour is a densely cloudy crayon yellow. The effervescent cap is very fine. The aroma is strong with pineapple, strawberry and mango. Mango, orange and some grapefruit are large in the flavor. There is significant hop burn, but this is okay. The mouthfeel is very smooth nonetheless. This is a superb NEIPA.

 320 characters

Photo of beer_truth
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good, probably the best New England style IPA I have had. Juicy, citrusy, tangy, fruity, smooth, and enough bitterness to not be sweet, an awesome beer all the way around. Often I don't like mosaic, but this is great. I hate to jump on the hype train because that's not what I do, but this beer is simply awesome.

 320 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a murky glass of white grapefruit juice with two fingers of pillowy, off white head sitting on top of it. The smell is simply grapefruit, sweet malt and pine. Tastes moderately sweet with a ton of grapefruit and pine. Creamy feel and a lingering bitterness. Fantastic beer.

 284 characters

Photo of brewandbbq
4.04/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 3/19/19.

Pours murky gold with an inch of white, whipped white head. Retention is good with dense lacing. Pithy citrus in the nose but subdued. Hints of grapefruit and hard peaches. Medium bodied with a chaulky, chewy mouthfeel. Grapefruit pith with bitter citrus skins on the palate. Finishes with plenty of bitter pith and minimal malt.

Certainly my least favorite Treehouse so far.

 401 characters

Photo of EMV
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Fiddlehead Teku

L: Thick opaque juice bomb pour. Thick fluffy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Citrus and tangerine. Lighter tropicals. Juicy and fresh.

T.F: Light fruit sweetness to start. Strong grapefruit. Tangerine and mango. Apricot and floral notes. Modest bitterness... well balanced and finishing almost dry. Thick and sticky on the mouthfeel. A nice citrus aftertaste stick around a bit.

O: An elite NEIPA, and it's no secret that these guys make some of the best beer in the world. Fantastic stuff.

 561 characters

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/16/17; drank 9/7/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE off-white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Grapefruit, mild caramel & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Dry wheat & mild strawberry flavors up front; dry grass finish.

Too dry to really love, but the mouthfeel is perfect. Not an upper echelon NE IPA but slightly above average.

 418 characters

Photo of jykleo
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/29 , Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 2/11 .
A: Slightly heavy Orange and very haze colour. One finger of could and naice lacing.
S: Bright Citrus aroma.
T:Orange, Mango, peach and accent of bitterness. Felt malts weight heavy.
M:Medium Carbo. Felt like a peach juice. Mild and rich.
O: Easy to drink but good complexity of fruitiness and hops notes.
Mosaic, Amarillo

 392 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a long time ago, even though I've had sips of it a few times while waiting in line in front of Other Half. Of course, this was and still is one of their classics and even though my can was quite old, I enjoyed the taste and how easily it went down!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was turbid, dark, and apricot. Tons of head topped this off but that was probably due to how old it was than anything else and the lacing left behind was not thin, aside from a thick collar along the top. Lots of citrus, tropical fruit, dank hops, and some forest in the nose as this was a bit heavier than I would have liked. Some rind, pith, and dough from the malt came into the taste as this was quite full and balanced, with a good amount of citrus slickness present to keep the Mosaic from dominating. Somewhat soft, the carbonation was light as well as the juice lingered for a while but was never too sweet...

Not a lot of booze in this one, though it felt stronger than 6.80% ABV. Canned on 1/26/17 (yes, I'm behind!) with "JOEY JO JO" written above it and "JR. SHABADOO" written below it, this typical of Tree House's efforts but not as good as their more popular offerings. Not a letdown here by any means but the Mosaic didn't add any appeal to me...

 1,266 characters

Photo of Kinger22
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque amber/gold, with a frothy head. The smell is subtle compared to the burst of flavors one notices when sipping this beer. As mentioned, the taste has a whole host of flavors, including melon, pine, and a burst of various citrus fruits. This beer really hides the high alcohol content with some many different flavors.

 342 characters

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can dated 11/06/18 - poured into a snifter at about 44F. Huge thanks to Matt for this one.

Pours a very deep bronze honey color -99% opaque, with the slightest translucent gleam to it. Barely a finger of bone white head quickly settles to a small island and a sudsy collar.

Nose is beautiful on this. Honey biscuit sweetness, big melon, some subtle grape, berries, peaches, papaya, a little mango, a hint of passionfruit, some dank undertones, some pine resin. Smells sweet and hoppy.

Palate opens up with that big melon with an almost equal dose of pine. Followed closely by a good dose of guava, some peach, honeysuckle, a little mango, some berry notes, a touch of white grape, and some grassy tones too. Not oniony grass notes, but rather green, fresh, floral grassiness. There's a good malt sweetness through it all, until the late finish, where a pine oil/resinous bitterness bites in, and slowly takes it from there. Finish lingers quite a while.

Mouthful is full, very soft, and a little bit fluffy. Feels like a Tree House beer. Not their fluffiest by any means, but still nice and round and soft. Liquid suede. A fine and gentle carbonation gives just enough tingle to keep this moving and alive.

Overall, a great IPA from Tree House. Not quite as good as Julius, in my.own opinion, and a little more complex than Green, perhaps, although I still prefer Green a little. Still a top tier IPA, and one I would gladly reach for again.

 1,451 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/10/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot), very nice diesel like. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot) very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very very tasty brew. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake! Thanks Bill!

 749 characters

Photo of egrandfield
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trillium in a Tree House can. Sharp and fresh. Would try again, but I prefer Sap. Basically what you’d find at the brewery 90 min up the road. Can’t complain, an outstanding beer.

 183 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 11/06/18 "TIM BUCKANOWSKI"

Picked up a few cans at the brewery. What can I say? Just something special about what TH does with their IPAs. This is as thick as fresh-squeezed orange juice and even more opaque with insane lacing. Aromas and flavors are off the charts. Zero bitterness but massive tropical fruit. A bit sticky yet super refreshing/juicy. Bonkers.

 368 characters

Photo of Naughead
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave this one a lower rating at first, but I think it improved with a month or so of aging after canning. The citrus flavors are more pronounced with a little time.

 167 characters

Photo of TheGent
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy and opaque golden amber color. A big, frothy, white head that settles down but still leaves a finger as I drink. Some lacing along the edge the glass.

Smell: The aroma of this beer stands out to me. Huge aromas of citrus including grapefruit and orange, stone and tropical fruit including mango and a lot of guava. Bready/doughy.

Taste: Very much follows the nose. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Very soft mouthfeel with some lingering dryness.

Overall: This is an excellent NEIPA. Super soft mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Huge nose and very nice flavor to it. You drink a lot of these beers that seem to be lacking in one aspect or another, but this beer seems to hit on all cylinders. Great stuff.

 740 characters

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours opaque like orange juice with big dense white head and big steaks of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of sweet pineapple, mango, grapefruit mild hops and grain.

Taste - Huge hop flavors up front, sweet tropical fruit mango, orange with great bitter citrus peel on the finish.

Feel - Big creamy chewy feel, soft, nice dry finish.

Overall - Really well done IPA flavors compliment each other so well .Tropical flavors and nice piney finish as well.

 478 characters

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

06/2015 - What a surprise and boy does it not disappoint; all the juiciness of Julius yet a really nice bite in the back end; fairly crisp, lightly bitter, yet very refreshing and clean.

 186 characters

Photo of Damasen
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good NEIPA. I get a strong amount of citrus, like clementines, with some pineapple in the background. there is a good balance between piney hops and sweer malt. Overall a very good brew.

 193 characters

Alter Ego from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2510 ratings