Alter Ego | Tree House Brewing Company

BA SCORE
100
world-class
1,877 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Alter EgoAlter Ego
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by Nav71292 on 06-11-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,877
Reviews:
260
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
6.35%
 
 
Wants:
488
Gots:
590
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,877 |  Reviews: 260
Reviews by far333:
Photo of far333
4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazed apricot colored with a half inch of orangey off-white foam that settles out to a quarter inch cap that lingers long. Inviting aroma of citrus and florals, ripe stone fruit and bubble gum. Well-balanced flavors of chewy malt and a hop flourish. Lots of flavors in the hops - citrus, pine, tangerine, mint, a bit of chive/onion. Moderate to assertive bitterness, but a good balance. Full and rich mouthfeel, a bit chewy. Great beer.

 442 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml filled July 11th.

A- Semi hazy golden yellow body with a large creamy white head. Good retention eventually leaving a large ring and plenty of lace webs.

S- Nectar of the fruits. Melon, cantaloupe, mango, stone fruit, tropical and a bit of the TH bubblegum sweets. Juice.

T- This beer might take nectar to a whole new level. Fairly sweet but it suits the intense nectar fruit hops. Juiced melon, cantaloupe, melon, apricot, pineapple, passionfruit, peach, mint, bubblegum. Juicy and mostly clean of malts and yeast. Some zesty citrus and floral hints.

MF- Creamy and frothy. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Somewhat bitter but very smooth.

This beer might be second to Green for me. Juicy and somewhat sweet but it really does work. Bubblegum TH burps and every stone and tropical fruit you can imagine. Really brings nectar/juice/pulp to a new level and probably better than the original in my eyes.

 927 characters

Photo of Hhops
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled the same day it was canned. Open can greets you with hops aroma. Pours cloudy. Mouth feel is soft and juicy; taste is perfect balance of malt body and citrusy hops.

I've never had a better beer. Ever. Anywhere.

This is it.

 237 characters

Photo of gatornation
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Days only canned on, Pours a murky cloudy sunset yellow color , citrus notes with some tangerine , and mandarin, Taste again and again is superb , super juicy tropical hops of mango papaya and citrus mix well together with just minimal caramel malts, mouth fell is smooth with a high hop assault and little bitterness, highlt drinkable and oh so tasty.

 352 characters

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled the same day.
L: Bright, hazy yellow. Half finger of head. Great glass lacing.
S: Over ripe papaya, mango, orange, and pineapples. Marmalade. Fruit pulp. Candied fruits
T: Follows the nose. Lots of over ripe fruit (mostly papaya and mango). Very tropical and sweet with no bitterness. Similar to Julius but with papaya instead of orange.
F: Creamy, siky. Great feel and very easy to drink.
Overall this is similar to Julius, as expected, but with one fruit subbed for another. Great addition to the Tree House lot.

 543 characters

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a week old can into a tulip:

Appearance: looks exactly like Julius, perhaps a smidgeon darker in color. Head is still puffy, off-white, and lingering, along with the signature New England haziness.

Aroma: A little more muted than Julius, with a tad more cracker evident. Still, tons of citrus and hop aroma here.

Taste: all fruit, with a little herbaceous bite on the finish. I got pomegranate (!), TONS of grapefruit and bitter rind, along with some young peach. Excellent throughout.

Feel: soft to medium bodied. Smooth and thick, just like its counterpart, Julius. Lingering sticky finish with tons of fruit that remains on the palate.

Overall: I didn't like it AS much as Julius, but I'm not sure I've liked any IPA as much as Julius, so whatever. Its a goddamn fantastic beer, and is worth the time to seek out.

 835 characters

Photo of ChinaskiWMA
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Julius Topper. I had this from a can in a glass. The look and the head are pretty much Julius, i.e opaque orange, nice thick white head, lacing on the glass, etc... The smell is packed with fruit and citrus. You get all of the juiciness of Julius to start, but then the flavor gives way to waves of bitter hops which in turn give way to more citrus, grapefruit aftertaste - very nice. Nice silky mouthfeel.

 411 characters

Photo of JeffGuilly
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down best beer I have had. 100% opaque in glass, two finger head, bright orange / yellow color that you would swear is emitting light. Treehouse has many fantastic beers, this is no exception.

 198 characters

Photo of leroybrown10
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden orange and super hazy. 1 finger head is dense and creamy with good-ish retention. Moderate lacing but short lived.

Smooth, fruity aroma. Pineapple, mango, orange, and melon. Very light biscuit-y malt.

Big mix of citrus and tropical flavors. Orange, pineapple, lemon, and mango. Cantaloupe and honey dew. Just light edges of sweet malt.

Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth with very low bitterness. Lingering tropical notes in particular.

This is an amazing IPA. Huge fruity hops with superbly blended flavors. Juicy with only hints of bitterness. My new favorite IPA.

 628 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is definitive proof for me that the east coast ipa has overtaken the west coast, at least for my palate and what i like. these hazy, rich feeling, juicy, seemingly wheat based hoppy beers that lack any real bitterness, its just a totally different take, and i love it. this is only my second beer from these guys, but its easily the better of the two. a very pale washed out looking straw colored brew with an inch of white head that slowly relaxes but is easily brought back with a gentle twirl of the glass. the nose, oh baby the nose. tons of hops on it, juicy and tropical, pineapple and lemon, amarillo for sure, the mosaic a little less obvious i think, but both there working together beautifully. dry cereal malt base, light in aroma and flavor but with a lot of structure for the feel. its creamy and bigger feeling, expansive but pillow soft, well carbonated but not explosive. its about as well refined as any ipa out there, and certainly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as beers like heady topper and abner and the trillium stuff. its just fantastic, the best use of these two hops i have known, and i am absolutely frothing for more tree house beers. this is nothing short of stunning. nearly perfect ipa really, i could drink 100 of these.

 1,270 characters

Photo of ryno6616
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really? Really?? How do they do it? How is every damn beer this damn good. Not as juicy as Julius...has a little more "bite" to it. Just an incredible brew and well deserving of its 100 rating. I drive 5+ hrs round trip to come home with 8-12 beers depending on the day and it's so worth it.

 297 characters

Photo of Tidesox28
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seriously? This is like the next level of where a single IPA can go. Citrus is bursting with this. Upon opening the can, the room fills with the most delicious hop aromas. Way too easy to drink. Could pair perfectly with your morning cereal, a total OJ substitute. Have not yet had Julius. Not sure how it could be better.

 323 characters

Photo of beaver69693
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DanGeo
4.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samconway10
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Beautiful orange glow

Smell: Hops, peel, bitterness. Pleasant aroma though

Taste: Peel, pine, hop, grapefruit. Slightly bitter julius, less juice

Feel: Crisp as it gets. Super smooth.

Overall: Great beer. Glad to be drinking it. Tree house is bomb

 257 characters

Photo of SkiBum22
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Similar to Julius, but less bitter - which is a plus. Very citrusy - orange juice flavor lingers long after the swallow.

121 characters

Photo of DaaaaBeers
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raff1150
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is just an amazing beer. Most of the reviews regarding look, feel, smell and taste are accurate, so I won't take the time to repeat. Just know that if you have the chance to get this beer, do it.

 200 characters

Photo of lateralundertow
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Alter Ego from Tree House Brewing Company
4.57 out of 5 based on 1,877 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.