Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #11
Ranked #40
4.64 | pDev: 5.6%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: This beer was conceived with the intent to push the concept of Doppelganger to the limit of flavor and intensity. Both the kettle hopping rates and dry hopping rates were increased while keeping the base beer the same. The result is intense, but also surprising in its balance and softness. The mouthfeel is viscous and coating with flavors of overripe mango, dank citrus, and tropical fruit balanced by a sharp but pleasant finish. A treat to warm you up as a true New England winter takes hold!
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4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light peach hazy color. No translucence. Aroma pretty heavy with citrus creamsicle. It’s all that I can pick up, but wow, delightful. Upon tasting, it’s just as the same; orange creamsicle, touch of peach, and vanilla. Not complex but a very easy drinking fruit desert! Mouthfeel very creamy and smooth. A little hop bite at the end. Overall, this is excellent, mostly juicy sweet citrus with a little vanilla.

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Benish from Wisconsin, Mar 07, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1/4/20.

Pours cloudy gold with a minimal head or retention. Dank and tropical in the nose. Mango, guava, peach, grapefruit, and weed. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Lush, ripe, juicy citrus on the palate. Unripe peach, mango, and grapefruit. Finishes dry with zero malt and a firm bitterness.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Feb 17, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Pours a hazy and murky orange. Smells of strong garlic, passion fruit, and some sweet tropical fruits. Tastes of sharp and intense hops. Strong garlic, acidic fruits hops. Brief sweetness before it becomes earthy and garlicky bordering on oniony. Earthy and sharp finish. Medium heavy, intense, and a little slow to drink. I love hops like this, but this is quite intense. A bit too sharp for my tastes, but it's not bad.

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4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy yellow color with a hint of orange, perhaps the most tepid one of the bunch of amazing Treehouse beers I’ve been enjoying. A moderate foam head very frothy quickly dissipates thick rings of lace

In the nose, a medley of juicy hops aromas of tropical, citrus and stone fruit. This is accompanied by dank and pungent herbal hops; a real pleasure on the nose. There are notes of mango, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, grapefruit and orange pith, lemon, peach and apricot. A subtle honeyed malt aroma hints at the malt backbone, while resiny notes of pine and grass comprise a highly aromatic and herbaceous blend.

The taste opens with lip smacking juicy sweetness, supported by soft and creamy honeyed and doughy malts, wheat and oats. Medium full bodied with its ultra soft and viscous mouthfeel, this beer almost ventures into the “milkshake/smoothie” territory. Yet, a balanced complexity of flavors, including a developing bitterness and resiny and dank flavors soon help transform this into a supremely pleasurable drinking experience. Tropical notes of mango juice, passion fruit and banana are balanced by the pithy zest of citrus fruit. There are also notes of peach, apricot and nectarine. Furthermore, the developing herbal hops spices add a pleasant prickle. This includes notes of pine resin, grass and peppery spices. The carbonation is gentle and the alcohol is well masked. The mouth coating feel is well balanced by a crisp, spicy and dry finish.

A real treat to drink this for its complexity of flavors. It is also a dynamic brew that opens sweet, smooth and juicy, while evolving into a highly drinkable assortment of zesty and spicy hops flavors. I just finished my last can and I’m quite sad to see it go.

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Gajo74 from New York, Feb 05, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque orange with a frothy white head on top. Good lacing and retention. The smell isn’t over the top but had some nice tropical notes to it along with some subtle dank aromas going on. The taste has a sweet orange-like melon candy with a bitter creamy finish. The feel is smooth, very easy going. Overall another outstanding NEIPA from Tree House.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Jan 30, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/12. A deep opaque orange w/ off white head that clings to the side of the glass as it dissipates, leaving a patchy layer of suds on the surface and great lacing as you drink. Smell is under ripe peach, sugary, ripe orange. The first sip is a bit of astringent grass considering how aromatic it is but there is a burst of citrus rind and a sweet finish/aftertaste. Full bodied beer with sharp carbonation, leaves a grassy, fruity coating on the tongue.

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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey, Jan 30, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Big smack of tangerine, particularly in the flavors. Aromas were a bit muted for a TH DIPA, mostly pungent mosaic and fruity yeast esters. Wonderfully drinkable


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Dec 30, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had my first can of this on an unseasonably warm day down by the river last month.

Pours a darker color than the average Treehouse hoppy beer. This is pretty much amber. The aroma pops hard on all that Mosaic and Amarillo hops, they went all in on the nose. At the same time, while excellent, is it above and beyond literally hundreds of other examples of real tropical dank nose? Sometimes it seems the metrics here are largely governed by the absence of distribution and similar beers from the same geographical region = ratings gold.

Taste is still a heavy hop banger. Really enjoyed the brisk air with notes of tropical fruit bringing back memories of summer. Add some tangerine too. Even though a darker color, it doesn't drape itself in a heavy malt profile or caramel like anchor heft despite having a relative "chewy" aspect to it. Usual massive cover up of the alcohol. Very enjoyable beer.

Its another great beer in the Treehouse portfolio, but its also on par with hundreds of others in the country.

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4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/8/19

A: Tangerine orange with some honey highlights - very hazy, though definitely not a turbid sludge despite the amount of hops involved - pours with a small-medium off-white head, fades to a small collar, leaves some webs of lacing

S: Concentrated fruit cocktail - I have been guilty of describing other Tree House beers as a "fruit cocktail," and once again that descriptor is valid here - loads of citrus, with some juicy yet also oily orange and grapefruit - dank, resinous notes - lightly herbal with some fresh hop pellets - pineapple chunks floating in syrup, peaches, pears, mango - some malty sweetness at the base

T: Again, the fruit cocktail - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit juice, with some hints of lightly oily rind - dank and resinous hops, just a touch of an herbal flavor - some pine sap, woodsy flavors - loads of pineapple, with peach, mango, pear, and maybe some guava - blended tropical fruit, basically - some sweetness, perhaps a bit much - some light bitterness, maybe a hint of alcohol at the end

M: On the heavy side of medium, super smooth and a touch chewy, lingers on the tongue

O: Doubleganger? Alterest Ego? King Doppel?

I have mixed feelings about Doubleganger that are similar to my issues with Doppelganger. I really like Alter Ego, but part of the reason I like Alter Ego is because of the balance. Dare I say that this is too much of a good thing? Having recently had the pleasure of also drinking King Julius, which should be a close sibling to this beer, I have to say I prefer King Julius. But maybe that's because there is too much mosaic here? I am just splitting hairs, of course, and this is definitely an experience worth trying.

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angrybabboon from Massachusetts, Dec 09, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Anyone who compares this to Heady Topper is probably a bit tipsy when reviewing. I was surprised to see such a high rating on this one ... possibly because it tastes like a combination of Juice Machine and King Julius ... two amazing beers on their own but when you combine the taste ... not as much.

Having said that, Treehouse probably gets unfairly held to a higher standard than most other beers simply because of the hype. My real reason for a lower than amazing rating is because while the typical flavors of guava, mango, passionfruit and orange and slight pine needle are there, more than anything else I am tasting a note of soap and bracing grapefruit peel.

The mouthful is fantastic and there is a more foamy head than I am used to with Treehouse beer. It's very easy to sip until that bitter soapy citrus rind flavor smacks you on every sip.

This reminds me a little of a strengthened version of King Sue ... the color is light orange and is so hazy it looks like a milkshake. Don't get me wrong ... I'd take this over Julius any day. The frustrating part is until the aftertaste kicks in, it's as good as King Julius or Juice Machine. I think most people would rate this a 4.75 - 5. I would say 4.25 which is darn good but it could be better without the soapiness.

I will say that the smell from the can is exactly what you are inundated by when you walk into Treehouse. Once it is poured into a glass, the smell dissipates but when you open the can, it smells like grape bubble gum. This is a complete aside and in no way affects my rating but the can is so boring looking. Could use some cover art here as this is one of their hard to find limited releases. Tonight you were allowed to buy 6 of them. By the end of the weekend, maybe 3 or even 2 will be the limit.

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4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a magical pour. The burnt orange color reminded me of a sunburnt 1967 les paul custom. I poured it into a 16oz Trillium IPA glass, and the resulting finger of foam formed was tantalizing. My eyes glistened as I grabbed the glass and positioned it to my mouth. I took my first sip. The day's stress vanished at the instant this magical nectar touched my lips. Spectacular. The hops took me on a journey through the outer-sphere of taste euphoria where I found love in its purest form. At this moment I realized that everything else in my life is meaningless, except this beer. This beer is incredible. I do not need anything in this world other than this beer.. After I finished my first can, I felt invincible. This stuff is incredible.

Chewy mouthfeel too.

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mrbeer69 from Rhode Island, Oct 30, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Canned 10-2, purchased 10-12, consumed 10-20. Has a typical gorgeous TH look - a glowing hazy orange with a nice head and great lacing. Smells like ripe tropical and citrus fruit. Taste is similar but more restrained than expected. Almost zero bitterness. Mouthfeel is, if anything, too soft. 8.2% abv is completely hidden. Overall, it is delicious but somehow this beer manages to be too mild.

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Lucular from Maryland, Oct 22, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a golden slurry. Mango, sugar cane, pineapple, and grapefruit on the nose. There's a lot of Dole Pineapple with some zesty grapefruit. It's not as intense as I would have expected having had side by sides of other TH beers. Solid, just not great.

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Sheppard from Virginia, Oct 19, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look. fantastic
Smell tangerine rind hop bitter
Taste. very bitter start to an evolving hop presence. A citric onslaught with a bitter hoppy frothy finish.
Feel. Froth silkiness
Overall: Exceptional as with most beers here. This one being more bitter than others, still a great beer.
Not many things at the Tree I would not buy again

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Specialmick from Connecticut, Oct 15, 2019
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4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz. can into Nightshift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

At least this one's got a nice head. Nose is dense mango, peach, citrus and sweet clementine. An aroma of creamy lactose ties it all together. Super aromatic. Beer opens soft mango and clementine. I also get tangerine, papaya and pineapple sweetness. Rich and fluffy all at the same time. Finishes cane sugar, pine resin and more tropical citrus fruit. This one harkens back to the old days of Treehouse. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich but not full on the palate and finishes soft with a lingering aftertaste.

Just really a phenomenal beer. This one's up there with the best of them.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Oct 09, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a juicebomb. Typical Treehouse rill of slightly oversweetness. Not as bad as things like Sap or Green or Haze. Pretty nice feel. Not boozy too much. PRETTY Balanced. The malt makes spicy like Selma Hyek’s butthole. I’d buy it again probably. Just wouldn't drive all the way to Charlton.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to JC for this 16 oz. can. Sadly, most of its friends are already gone, with this soon to follow.

Looks more like orange juice than most orange juice, though with more fizz. The nose is orange sauce, mango, with a little white pepper stirred into the mix.

Doubleganger reminds us that “2 is better than 1” or “double is more than single” or “hitting the ball off the wall is better than a chopper through the hole if it’s my team, worse if it’s the Yankees”. In this case, the beer doesn’t have the oomph or fruit of most Tree House IPAs. Some orange, some mango, some citrus on the finish, with a bitterness that’s topical rather than internal. Plenty of sweetness from the malt, which seems to be masking much of the beer’s other traits. Thick. One & done here.

A fairly tame beer that struggles to rise out of the pack of NE IPAs being put out by the thousands every day. Still a pretty good beer.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Oct 01, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical TH pour into the glass - pulpy orange juice haze with a nice initial head holding. Decent lacing on the glass. The first thing that strikes you even upon opening the can is the presence of heavy hops and a sense of wort> I mean that in a good way as it smells like a brewery in the middle of the process. Almost a chewy drink with plenty of deep citrus (mainly orange with some grapefruit) & pine resin notes. Couple those taste notes with some dank and ripe tropical fruits. Feels lush and great in the mouth with an appropriate amount of malty bitterness following through. Super ale.

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osheamatth from New York, Sep 03, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 8/28/19. Poured into Ocelot Becher glass.

L: Golden-orange color. Nice 2F white fluffy head, good retention, leaves lots of webbed lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Very tropical in nature. Mango and pineapple predominate. Some lime rind and tangerine as well. Somewhat dank and earthy.

T: Generally follows nose, quite heavy on the ripe tropical fruit and an increased sense of earthiness on the finish. Light malts but those largely are an afterthought

F: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Solid construction, nice soft rounded fruity flavors and quite well balanced. Drinks easily for all that.

O: Doppleganger, but more so! The entire Alter Ego family is pretty awesome.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Sep 01, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quick review - on tap at Tree House:
Look (4.25): orange yellow, opaque with some bubbles, creamy one-finger head
Smell (?): nice hoppy with a bit of citrus (forgot to record rating)
Taste (4.75): hop forward but not very bitter, nice crisp
Feel (4.5): lighter-medium body, a bit tingly, very crushable
Overall: 4.75

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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts, Aug 21, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh my goodness this was an absolutely incredible IPA. Quite possibly one of the best NE-style IPAs I've ever had - very close to Tree House's Green, and a bit better than Heady Topper. Found this online, can date 7/17/19 so wanted to try it as soon as possible to sample it fresh. Juicy, refreshing, soft, hazy, everything I was looking for in a NE-style IPA - and my expectations were sky-high for this beer, as they are for any Tree House IPA. Looks absolutely incredible - orange-yellow hazy quite opaque color, a little white fluffy head and some nice spotty lingering lacing. More lacing would have bumped up the look rating to 4.75. Smells great, loads of fruity tropical hops - mango, passion fruit, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, maybe a touch of papaya. Definitely tropical and ripe fruit. Also some more balanced malt, vanilla, bread, and then some floral and grassy hop notes at the end. Dankness was muted and well-restrained. Taste follows the nose, again with a good balanced hit of both the bitter hops and sweeter malt backbone. Dankness at the finish was very well-received. The mouthfeel of these world-class NE IPAs is just ridiculous - soft, juicy, slightly sticky, coats the palate, smooth and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation. The higher ABV was very well hidden and these ones are just so dangerous to drink as the alcohol will creep up on you. I could drink these all days and if they distributed anywhere in this region (Midwest) I'd find them and buy 6-packs galore.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Aug 09, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A TH favorite. From a can dated 7/17/19 (straight from can). The tropical flavors of Doppelganger revved up here and make for a delectable DIPA without booziness. On inspection, pours a cloudy. Flavor rich. I think one of the best NEIPAs.

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Underclaw from Massachusetts, Aug 01, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can (one off) from De Bierkoning. Canned on 17 July, so 13 days ago. Pours a milky/juicy yellow colour, very cloudy, and a small white-ish (almost yellow) head with little retention. Aroma's: very dank with light citrus notes, oats and lactose. Retronasl the citrus is a bit more present, still with lots of dank hops and some sweetness. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter, with light fruity sourness. Medium bodied. Faily low carbonation. Light hopburn. Long finish, quite dry and moderate bitter.

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Arjen from Netherlands, Jul 30, 2019
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4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites from TH. This beer is absolutely delectable. It takes what I love about doppelganger and somehow makes it more tropical. Guava, Grapefruit, Melon, papaya, and jackfruit hit you on the nose and the flavor follows suit. Anytime this beer is made I make a point to get it. It's just so easy to drink for a DIPA

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tk-milkbone from Massachusetts, Jul 16, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT can
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours a orange and turbid. It looks like orange juice. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is orange at first sniff. Once I dig in I get tropical fruit.

The taste is tropical and citrus fruit. There is mild pine and grapefruit in the finish.

Medium bodied with a chalky mouthfeel

It is more bitter than I would have expected. It is an enjoyable beer.

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Doubleganger from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1070 ratings