Alter Ego
Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #26
Ranked #102
4.55 | pDev: 6.15%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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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!
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Pours a hazy medium golden color, abundant foamy head that lasts. Aroma is light citrus and tropical fruit. I get guava, mango, lemon. Flavor is citrusy - lemon, grapefruit, some dankness and light bitterness that disappears on the finish. Good carbonation. Overall a very good IPA. I like Julius a bit more. And jjj way more.

16 oz can dated 4/7/21
4.25 rating

Apr 30, 2021
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brokensail from California

3.59/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can @ Monkish. Murky copper colored beer with a short lived white head. Really a surprisingly resinous and oily hop character here, despite still having quite a bit of pineapple, orange, and apricot juiciness. There’s a pretty dank aroma and bitterness, actually. An underlying malt sweetness to it as well. It’s not what I would usually expect for this kind of new wave IPA.

Feb 05, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

3.86/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 12/01/20, code ARTICULATE.
A: Pours a cloudy, dark orange color with one finger, an off-white head, more than rim retention, and complex rings of lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Aromas of oranges, lemon, and mango with a very , very strong barley presence. Grassy at times.
T: Semi-dry. The palate basically following the nose closely, again with strong barley presence. Bitterness understated.
M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
O: I gather that Julius was the inspiration. Fruit clearly there, but a bit in the background to the barley. Perhaps my can was not brand new, but this didn't even seem to be in the same league.

Feb 01, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit up front. Some peach as well. Very mosaic forward

T: Follows the nose. Big citrus and tropical fruit up front followed by some mellow bitterness. Peach and stone fruit present. Finishes with lingering citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: Super solid juice. Very much all of Julius with that extra mosaic and amarillo kick. Always worth a drink

Jan 24, 2021
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4 week old can poured into a Teku.

Peach juice coloring (beautiful darkwe orange-gold), fully opaque but not turbid, with an amazing soapy head of eggshell bubbles. Nice head retention and fantastic lacing. Wonderful creaminess to the liquid.

Fairly mild nose, but what is there is lovely. Lots of ripe fruits, especially orange, grapefruit, blueberries, pineapple, passionfruit, peach, grape, lemon/lime, and perhaps a little mango. Nice dankness, quite grassy, with a lovely floral quality. A little honeysuckle and bubble gum With a slight mineral note. Ripe orange comes on strong late. Attractive and clean.

Taste is similarly mild, though here the Juicy Fruit gum note makes its appearance. More orange, grass, and bubblegum than anything else, but there is a nice medley of fruit in the background, with berry and grapefruit popping through the most distinctively. Mildly sweet but with a strong grapefruit pith to balance it out. Quite delicate and clean, but I appreciate it more and more (and pick up additional nuances) the longer I sip on it. Hard to compare to the hop bombs that have taken over the hazie world since Tree House first started making beers like this. This one doesn’t jump out at you but is excellent for what it is. Wonderful, lasting ruby red grapefruit — pithy and sweet — lingers forever.

As it warms, the stone fruit becomes much more prominent on the nose and tongue. And interestingly it develops a bit of a sharp alcohol bite. Pretty surprising for a sub-7% beer.

Feel is soft and silky but a touch thinner than the creamy look would suggest. Still, incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Really fantastic, and clearly incredibly well-crafted, but I’m not sure it’s world class. So tough for beers like this to live up to expectations, but I would happily drink this anytime I had access to it.

Dec 29, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Looks like orange juice in my glass with a dense pearl-white head that is Saran Wrap going down the glass. Biting citrus aromas on the nose, with grapefruit, ripe oranges, passion fruit, and that dank note Mosaic and Amarillo hops both purvey.

The taste is an exotic citrus/tropical fruit flavor parade, with the dank grapefruit and orange flavors my favorite. Wow, what a flavor ride this is.

If you like hazy, this beer has to be on your “gotta have” list. World class, IMHO.

Sep 24, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/20/20. Tasted 9/17/20. Surprising that it's taken me this long to procure an Alter Ego. This is a really yummy beer, but it's not as rich or flavorful as many other Tree House offerings. Some folks really loved the smell of Alter Ego, but I found this to be the weak spot in this beer. It was a little murky and sour for my nose. But the taste was delicious, with a nice balance of dank bitterness and sweet/citrus fruit flavors. The feel, while a touch on the light side, was very smooth. The look was a slightly hazy orange - hazier than Bright, but less hazy than most other TH IPAs.

Sep 17, 2020
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Tomwarren66 from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aside from Force of Will, the finest beer in the Tree House lineup, to my taste.

It has the bitterness on the back end that matches the roundness on the front end. A tiny bit thin, but nothing to complain about -- it makes it easier to reach for another.

A simply delicious beer that makes your mouth water for another. Ranks up there with Focal Banger, Pliny, and Intergalactic Warrior.

Aug 22, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

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

Yet another amazing Tree House NEIPA. Medium hued orange juice, light foam and lacing. Dank and citrusy hop notes on the nose. Taste is a bit sharp, a bit tangy. Cirtusy, juicy, dank, slight bitterness on the back end. Well balanced. Medium bodied, boozier than a 6.8 should be, slightly dry finish. Just damn yummy.

Jul 18, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

Mar 06, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Jan 13, 2020
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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.

Jan 13, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 16, 2019
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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts

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

Aug 21, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jul 27, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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.

Jun 12, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

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.

May 17, 2019
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beer_truth from Massachusetts

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.

May 16, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

May 07, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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.

May 03, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

May 02, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Feb 14, 2019
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jykleo from New York

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

Feb 08, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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...

Feb 05, 2019
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Kinger22 from Virginia

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.

Dec 28, 2018
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