Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #22
Ranked #69
4.59 | pDev: 5.88%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: This beer is an imperial version of Alter Ego. It is intensely kettle and dry hopped to produce a pungent and flavorful double IPA that is super pleasant to drink. It is simply and easily described as a juicy and dank citrus bomb.
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Photo of BeerBaronBear
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another really nice offering from Tree House. Compared with its relatives, I enjoyed this more than Alter Ego, but less than Aaalterrr Ego (sorry if I missed a few letters in there) or Alter Ego w/ Peach. A nice balanced NEDIPA that's got a good amount of hop bite and plenty of juicy character to balance it out. It's easy to get blasé about Tree House's IPA-style beers because they're so darn good - this really is an excellent beer, but there are also 10 or 12 TH beers in the same style that I prefer.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy, dank and delicious.

This beer is an imperial version of Alter Ego. It is intensely kettle and dry hopped to produce a pungent and flavorful double IPA that is super pleasant to drink. It is simply and easily described as a juicy and dank citrus bomb.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Used a tulip Duval glass. Approximately one inch of head that faded leaving some nice lacing. Smell is an abundance of citrus. Taste is dry piney tangerine with a nice after taste that lingered. Feel is medium to full bodied.
Overall another exceptional IPA variation.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. Been looking for this one for a while and obtained this one fresh from the brewery. 3/5/20 date printed on can. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange color with fluffy white head and some small soapy rings of lingering lacing. Smells of fresh papaya, melon, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Also some malt, creamy vanilla, bread and weaker floral hops. Some nice dankness in there as well. Taste follows the nose, and I appreciated the dankness that isn't always present in Tree House's other NE style IPAs. Juicy, easy to drink, high ABV very well hidden. Smooth, creamy, soft mouthfeel, great carbonation. So well done!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on December 25, 2019. Imperial version of Alter Ego that is intensely kettle and dry hopped. Notes of juicy citrus.

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Photo of Donald_Loveland
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange hue with a crisp white rocky head. Strong head retention with nice lacing

S: A bit more muted than expected, i get some light tangerine mixed with grapefruit. Very fruity over all.

T: Tropical melon is the star of the show followed by some light hoppy bitterness. I really enjoy the balance here between the sweet and bitter flavors, sure makes it easy down in a few gulps despite being 8%.

M: Just like all tree house, there is the perfect creaminess that is distinct amongst all beers. It coats your mouth perfectly and helps really savor the fruity flavor.

O: A very good tree house beer. For me, this doesn’t stand out in particular amongst all the other tree house ive had recently, but it still an amazing beer and something is gladly have again

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Photo of bret27
4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of yllib.
Pours murky amber. Light fluffy head.
Smell/taste: bittering hip presence just lightly in the background. Tropical fruits such as papaya and mango shine. Not too sweet. Perfectly balanced. Thanos would be proud.
Medium/thick mouthfeel.
Overall this may be the most drinkable beer I’ve ever had. I would compare it to juice but you could actually drink it easier than juice if desired.

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Photo of beerbully
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-1 finger head, golden, slight Haze, cloudy, lacing is moderate to thick

S-Sweet candied, peach, mango, melon.,..aroma is not particularly strong

T- candy sweetness from the combo of malts and hops.....some breadiness.....citrus notes of grapefruit and orange....some citrus rind bitterness....

F-Slick, oily....carb is suitable to the style...

O- decent brew....overhyped IMO

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 1 Pint can poured into a tulip. Canned on 11/20/19, making this exactly 4 weeks old.

A: Pours a hazy/murky orange with a perfect white head. Nearly the appearance of fresh-squeezed OJ.

S: Wow, possibly the best nose I've had on a DIPA. Peach, mango, papaya. The most impressive thing is maybe just how strong and pungent it is. Just hits you in the face.

T: Nice orange/tangerine up front with a tropical fruit finish, papaya for sure. Just a little hop bitterness on the finish, but it's super mild. Very explosive in flavor.

M: Super rich and creamy, even for a DIPA. How they get this so chewy and full is beyond me. Just a smidge of happiness in the finish, but I'll allow it since it's a double.

O: Shout out again to BCally1980 for this. It's my 2nd can now of TH IPAs, and I'll say I like this more than Hurricane. Way more creamy and drinkable and the nose just goes for days. Quite possibly the best DIPA I've had (for now) and these guys really know how to do it. I'll knock it just a shade for that touch of hop bitterness as well as well as the flavors being a little muddled. But overall, from looks to nose to finish, this beer has it down.

Recommendation: A Top 100 all-time beer from Tree House? Do yourself a favor...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to my brother for sharing this, its been on my list for a long time, and he shows up with it all nonchalant like its no big deal, ah the pleasures of living in the east where this stuff is at least within proximity! i was pumped to get into it, having been pretty high on a lot of the other hoppy beers these guys do, and was blown away by fresh alter ego in the past, which this is apparently a bigger version of. i do think these hops and this balance works just a little better in the lighter beer, but this is delicious stuff, whitewashed looking straw colored with a tall white creamy head from the can with great retention and foam mustache potential. the aroma and flavor bring a lot of ripe grapefruit, peachy stone fruit, and melon, its not quite tropical, but definitely not all citrus, a little mouthwatering passion fruit maybe too, a great combination of hops that doesnt fall off from the aroma to the flavor at all, a rarity in beers like this. i also like that it packs with it quite a bit of bitterness, so many of these are just dry hopped juicy things, but this still drinks like ipa, which i love. it has a frothy soft body, relative dryness, peppy carbonation, and a higher drinkability than it should for this strength and intensity of flavors. no hop bite or burn at all, and despite being really cloudy in the glass, this is very well refined beer. not as oh my god as alter ego was, but a hazy double ipa way ahead of the curve. worthy of its high praise, and a fun one to share with my brother. i wish i had access to more from these guys!

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Photo of CraftKingandQueen
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super murky unfiltered with candy citrus, tangy orange and pineapple come across with a hoppy spice to back it up. One of the best ever. This one and Alter Ego are my favorites of all time right now. If you get it and still have it you are lucky. Great to the last drip.

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Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, murky orange in color with an unfiltered appearance. Poured with a medium, dense, creamy white foam with medium retention. Sharp, fresh citrus orange and lemon zest aromas followed sweet fruity notes and light hints of berries. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy, silky smooth feel followed by boozy warmth to the end. Citrus hop flavors, orange and light pineapple followed by medium, spicy hop bitterness. Mellow fruity and light malty flavors. Citrus and fruity flavors toward the end. Finished with a light prickly booziness followed by light piney bitterness. Fruity and light maltiness nicely balance the citrussy hop character and booziness. Great feel and look. Tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slap my momma! Slap my momma! I don’t want to do it, but this beer make me wanna slap my momma! Imagine a Hawaiian vacation with your favorite supermodel, and she does everything that you want. Oh my. Oh golly... Hee haw! This beer is bat sh-t crazy! Perfect and smooth like your grandmama’s biscuits. Oh my, oh buddy... I can’t, but I want to.

I am alive. Sweet lord, I am alive

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Photo of EMV
4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Thick hazed juice bomb pour. Golden orange color... thick foamy head and with great lacing.

S: Citrus incarnate. Loads of grapefruit and tangerine. Dank and fruity.

T.F: Just like it smells. Dank and citrusy. Grapefruit, orange, and mango. Peach and some floral character. Juicy... with modest bitterness to balance things out. Medium bodied and oily on the tongue. More fruit/citrus at the finish.

O: An elite NEIPA. Great flavor... well executed. Not a damned thing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.06/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an entirely hazed orange color with a solid, medium head atop.

Smells of wet leaves, ice bonbon and ripe oranges. Offers an additional fruit ripeness, resulting from papaya, pineapples and lighter tangerine.

Has a smooth medium mouthfeel, with a nice carbonation spark during the finish, ensuring a great refreshment.

Tastes of bitter lemon pulp, sun ripened oranges and additional mango, amped up by cactus juice and unripe tangerines. This complex, fruit forward first impression gets enhanced by an ongoing bitterness and the beer‘s smooth mouthfeel, guaranteeing a well balanced enjoyment. Finishes with slightly fermented, sweeter fruit and lighter lime, still producing a satisfying, bitter finish.

Nice dipa with a fantastic flavour depth and a well established mouthfeel, with just a little unpleasant hop burn at the back end, which I find quite surprising for a world class brewery like tree house.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 07/31/19, 14:03:23, "DOPPELDANGER".

Somehow this is the first time I've ever tried this beer... however Doubleganger is one of my favorite of all-time from Tree House, so I have high hopes.

Golden orange pour, opaque and with a great warm hue to it. The head is soft and white, rising and forming into a nice ring around the outside of the beer. Really great lace retention around the inside of the glass.

The nose on this is very mango and citrus-forward. The fruit is balanced nicely by undertones of sweet malt, a touch of grain, and some residual floral hop influence. While the malt is subtle, this is definitely the most noticeable presence of it that I've detected from any other Tree House offering I've tried.

Bright citrus and stone fruit immediately hit the palate. Nectarine and grapefruit emerge in particular, with a slightly underripe mango following closely. There's a mild bitterness throughout, with the hops predominantly grassy and with even subtle hints of green onion on the tail. While I also picked out a bit of papaya, the citrus really is what characterizes the overall flavors here.

Soft and smooth, but with a carbonation that has a good bit of grit to it. Finishes with a soft but lightly sticky residual mouth-coating. Mildly numbing, boozy warmth trails in the finish.

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Photo of RockHop
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark apricot hue with white/amber head. Good lacing with modest retention. Drank this alongside King Julius for comparison. This is much more tropical fruit compared to KJ’s more citrusy profile. This is dank and funky with deep flavor. Just a touch of bitterness. Good balance of effervescence and smoothness, but still a thick and chewy beer. I prefer this to KJ.

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Photo of Gatch
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

“Doppeldanger” 07/31/19
Finally got my hands on some DG! Picked up four cans at the brewery on a scenic motorcycle trip down to RI (zero wait time as it was a Sunday, fifteen minutes before closing). Also finally picked up a TH teku glass that somehow survived the trip in the side cases along with the cans, a duffel bag, and freshly picked fruit from a farm!

One of the TH beers that has remained elusive to me, especially since I’ve had both Alter Ego and Doubleganger. And certainly does not disappoint, naturally. Not much to say because it fits the bill...gorgeous pour, massive tropical fruit and hop juice bomb, with absurd drinkability, pleasant bitterness, and an incredibly luscious feel/finish. Can’t believe it’s 8.2%, but by the end of the can I definitely knew it was a heavy hitter. But all the better, because “one can a day keeps the doctor away.”

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The color of hazy juice, with thin lined lacing. Quiet citrus nose, an incredible bright orange flavor that still comes across and tight and restrained, in the best possible way. The feel is light and extraordinarily delicate. So clean, I could drink this all day, but I’d need to have a designated driver.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks murky and orange with a little reddish tint. A finger of sticky head that leaves big bands of lacing. Smell is citrus, sweet malt, floral and piney hops. Tastes lightly sweet with a ton of citrus. Clean finish with a pithy bitterness.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Murkey gold with thick foam and lacing that lasts entire beer.
N: Lots of lemon, orange, mango, peach, and other tropical notes.
T: Very bright citrus flavors, soft feel, creamy, some minor bite.
M: Medium feel, very creamy notes with a light bite on the back side.
O: A rich and flavorful DIPA, ABV is very well hidden and this is just a treat to drink.

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Photo of BigJayK
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most perfect beer for the Fall and Winter months. A little heavier and robust as the air starts to cool. But not too heavy. Just perfect.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milky dark orange with crusty taupe head; big hopsack greenery with dank + fresh orange zest that settles into peach skin, melon rind + a touch of onions; cakey malts, cantaloupe + fresh orange segments, a hit of twiggy grass, some nectarine, slight Tang powder, a bit of scallions, ruby red grapefruit zest + melon rind, a slight ganga end, maybe a speck of mint oil + numbing end; soft, slight burn + super salty. More mango + vegetal as it warms, with greasy rind linger.

Mosaic + Amarillo (?)

4.25 4.25 4.25 4 4

Nov. 11 canning, so a day past 8 weeks old. Wondering how much that’s affecting things (I’ve heard TH drop off fast) because while there are a ton of hops, they’ve got sledgehammer subtlety. I get where, again, it takes like juice, but that seems to be at the expense of any real brightness - it’s pretty muddled considering the hop Jedi rep. Other reviews comment on the sweet malt comeback, which I notice now, but it still struggles to balance just how much chloride is in the water. And it’s oniony. And it gets earthy (not dank) as it opens. And it finishes hot as a 10%er.

Sorry, I can’t get excited about this beer.

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Photo of jykleo
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 2/5. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 2/10.
A: Slightly deep Orange Colour. Just 1 finger of clouds and down with nice lace.
S: Citrus and tropical fruits aromas.
T: Dry=not too sweet, slightly bitter side but still fluffy. , smooth, Dunk
M:Medium Body and light Carbo. Mango, apricot and fruits.
O: Smooth.Never feel 8% Alcohol. Although this is imperial but still soft , mild and easy to drink,

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12-12-18 into Silhouette glass.
L: Cream colored. Standard haze. Creamy off-white head that refuses to die. Spotty, yet sticky lacing.
S: Fresh tropical. Base orange/citrus is pleasant.
T: Excellent balance between the tropical and citrus flavors.
F: Smooth, creamy.. low on the carbonation and bitters. A light back-bite .. maybe the alcohol trying to poke its head in.
O: Excellent tasting, full of flavors.. however, for a higher ABV, it's regular in the smell and look. Feel is quite adequate.

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Doppelganger from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1993 ratings