Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #11
Ranked #39
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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Reviews by hughesm12:
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5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 02/23/17.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with 3 fingers of effervescent off-white head. The head slowly fades away, leaving some cobweb lacing in its wake. The head finally settles into a film that rests gently atop the beer.

The aroma is just plain stupid. It's sweet and tropical; with notes of mango and pineapple. It also has plenty of citrus notes; mainly peach and grapefruit, with a hint of orange rind. The back end is subtly dank, earthy and piney. Beer simply doesn't smell better than this. It's a fruit truck driven by God on his way to Hawaii. This is what Doppelganger or even Very Hazy smell like if you lost all your other senses and used your sense of smell to solve crimes and rate beers.

The taste is a full-on mango assault. However, there's more citrus here than the nose led on. Lots of orange and peach, as well as a hint of grapefruit. As the beer warms, watermelon and cantaloupe come out of hiding and bombard the palate with their savory juiciness. The finish has just enough piney bitterness to remind you that you're drinking a beer and not a delicious fruit smoothie.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Fluffy, smooth, creamy, and soft as a pillow. Subtly dry on the finish. The feel isn't quite on the level of Green, but it's a close second.

Overall, I feel like I'm an unbiased reviewer and I'd like to think I don't buy into the hype. But time and time again, I drink a new beer from Tree House, and time and time again, I end up naked and rubbing my nipples by the time I'm done drinking it. Whatever these guys are doing, it's my favorite thing in the world, and I'll gladly take up permanent residence on the hype train.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - really nice sheen on the can. Slightly holographic shininess. I was just over in China and mango juice was all the rage. Coming out of the can was just that. Settles into a more brownish hazy yeasty creamy sunset orange.

S - can't stop catching whiffs of this. Wow that is truly kicked up several notches. Deeply rich aromas of candied pineapple, dank peppery sweetness, and onions. Garlic tanginess and burnt spices. Juicy orange rind.

T - juice galore up front. Take the best batch of Julius and then beat the shit out of it. Violently relieve it of its innocence. I had to split my first sip up into three swallows, each swallow pushing me further back into my chair and squinting my eyes closer to shut. So much flavor. The garlicky rindiness just kicks your teeth in. Orange creamsicle dripping with hot, sticky, dank onion sweat. Amazingly retains the pungent cloying orange sherbet juiciness while assailing my tastebuds from every angle with bitterness, spices, the dank, herbs, and sugar. Abundant watermelon and guava. Peach candy and mango juice. Shocked by the amount of bitterness in the finish. I'm sitting here hurriedly gulping down this nectar and next thing I know, my lips are tingling and my tongue is numb.

F - soft and buoyant, as are all Tree House beers. Like white water rafting down a tumultuous river, except the river isn't tumultuous at all and the water isn't white; it's a slightly dark brownish orange-- AND YOU GUESSED IT: MANGO JUICE. Waves of orange lazily slopping up against the rocks, and by rocks I mean my teeth of course!

O - this is Doppelgänger on steroids, something I didn't think was possible because Doppelgänger is Alter Ego on roids! Like Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped full of synthol, except not nearly as ridiculous as that would look. It's just big. Razor sharp flavors with loads of soft gauzy fruit to stave the bleeding. A heck of a treat.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, canned 9/22/2017, served in a stemmed glass exactly one week later. Pours a hazy orange-amber body, one and half finger thick, frothy white head, perfect retention and thick rings of lacing. Smell is rich tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit, light sugary caramel, papaya. It's quite bright and appetizing. Flavour is a smooth, rich combination of bright mango, grapefruit, tropical fruits on a light background of light caramel and biscuit. The hop aromatics are very much present on the palate, and it makes for a really nicely rounded juicy double IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, frothy but with a really nice mild zesty bitterness on the backend. Crisp yet slightly hefty and frothy on the finish. Another very good double IPA from New England, one of the better ones for sure, but certainly not the absolute end-all-be-all of IPAs.

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Photo of eppie82
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From can into teku.

Pours deep hazy orange appearance with a good bit of soft, frothy foam. Dominant tropical and floral smells burst when you pop the can. Taste is like eating a blended tropical fruit basket. Feel is medium-to-medium heavy. Super smooth and easy to drink. Noticed an ever so slight mild bitter bite at the very end.

Belongs up there with the best Tree House DIPAs.

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Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud, unfortunate events kept him from getting this to me too fresh, but canned 1/30/18 not too bad

Pours a thick creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, very murky pond water ran orange color

Nose some citrus, a bit of melon and cantaloupe, a bit of juiciness, mild tropical like citrus, mango flashes, some creamy wheat/oat malt.

Taste brings big creamy malts, loads of oat/wheat base creamy mash, with citrus in there like an orange creamscicle but also lots of papery pulp, tangerine dream, dried out mango sorbet, a touch more melony cantaloupe like, bit grainy and doughy, some pith, drier finish with a touch of alcohol late, some bitterness, a touch of dank spicy piney hops late.

Mouth is med bod, fair soft creamy, a bit light on the carbonation, just a touch of alcohol.

Overall this was a pretty good beer, not quite what I usually expect from Tree House but not sure how much is due to the age because I can see the mosaic-y pine and dankness may have been more prominent then, but now lots of juicy citrus and pretty enjoyable as most TH beers get better with a few weeks as the bitter tannins drop out. Alcohol hidden fairly well. There are plenty of other TH beers I like more, but that doesn't mean this wasn't a good beer. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would have made it pop more.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yet another killer offering from Tree House. The usual - beautiful unfiltered orange color; HUGE tropical nose. Tons of concentrated tropical flavor --this is a case where the commercial description of flavor nails it cold. I might add some tangerine notes. Finished with the right amount of pithy bitterness. In my opinion, no one does that soft mouth feel better than TH. Bottom line - I think this one belongs in the conversation with the very best coming out of Monson. Given a choice, I might still reach for King JJJuliusss or Very Hazy first, but there would be a pause before I did so.

I've said it before, if being a Tree House fanboy is wrong, then I don't want to be right. Mad props to lunchboxhead for this and a boat load of others great brews.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Doubleganger looks like a glass full of high-end creamed honey, with a solidly opaque dark orange body and a large, cream colored foam head that slowly descends, leaving fuzzy, beaten egg-white lace. The second pour leaves a nice and super thick, fluffy, pillowy uniform blanket.

The aroma explodes with hops, but also with a similarly formidable pungent sharp yeast. Orange cream, juniper, and eucalyptus are anything but shy, with a sting of kiwi and a hint of forgiving pie crust. Then pineapple inspired cologne pops with some Triple Sec and fresh garlic. Yeah, god damn.

Wow, the flavor is much smoother than I anticipated for the overwhelming amount of hops present. It's not burning the tongue with bitterness or stinging with tangy or sharp yeast, but actually has very round flavors of sweet, soft mango and shortbread. A spicy, almost eucalyptus mint flavor kicks in with that classic Tree House Julius orange cream, and a hint of Hawaii--guava! There is more grain here than a number of other NE IPAs. I like how Tree House doesn't shy away from malt, as a touch of sweetness makes this a total hop lover's dessert.

There's a potency that sneaks up on you, not the alcohol, but it certainly does a number with the senses on the palate, making things very tingly after time. Doubleganger has a full body, with a light, smooth thin froth and semi-dry finish. I've never had such an abundantly hopped beer glide so smoothly down the hatch.

Unlike some of their other amped-up versions of their own beers, this actually does taste like Doppelganger gone wild.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kyle424
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vincechan
4.22/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GScow
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Virby44
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hakman
4.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomFoolery_x
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark
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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Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Curt3
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rstump24
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, 12.6.18, poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a super turbid and hazy orange color, amber and honey hues with a foamy white head, almost two fingers that has good retention and yields plenty of soapy lace. The aroma is very nice, ultra dank, super green with raw hop oil, tangy orange juice, a bit of mango purée, doughy pale grain and mineral water. The flavors are excellent, loads of juicy citrus, dank green and grassy hops, very floral, tropical fruits offer more fruity and juicy brightness, pale dough and mineral water. The mouthfeel is great, coating and creamy with a nice lively texture and a dry and crisp bite at the finish.

Verdict: A really delicious DIPA from Treehouse. Dank and bright with loads of hop character without being over hopped and green. There is a pleasant raw character that is in this but it melds well with the other flavors.

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Photo of Rooshops
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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