Curiosity Forty Two
Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - American
4.32 | pDev: 5.32%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: The art and science of brewing continues to captivate us - every opportunity to experiment is enriching in a way that is difficult to describe. To that end, Curiosity Forty Two was crafted with intense focus and attention serving as a means to further our understanding of fresh experimental hop varieties. Fermented with our classic house yeast and imparted with character from a blend of experimental hops, it exhibits flavors and aromas primarily of peach, pineapple, and strawberry. A soft body and supple mouthfeel contribute to a beer that is both well rounded, extremely flavorful, and wholly unique. We hope it can serve as a valuable companion to a memorable moment this Autumn.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud, this should be the best one, it's the answer. I'm surprised they didn't stamp that on the bottom, instead "drink from me and live forever" canned 10/27/17. Also love the artwork.

Pours a nice frothy slight creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild lacing, typical super murky apricot orange color

Nose loads of citrus, big orange juice and orange cream, tons of pith and pineapple, very juicy, a little peachy stone fruit but way in the background, a bit of grassy leaf and a bit of the leaf of a strawberry plant, creamy wheat, lots of wheat

Taste brings creamy wheat base, plenty of grainy wheaty doughy malts, into lots of hops again, citrus out front, tangerine orange cream, pineapple, a bit of stone fruit, hint of melon rind and some mango sorbet, a bit grassy and hint of pine in the background, more pith and orange juice pulp. Finishes drier a bit of spicy hop with fair to mild bitterness, a little rind and peach notes lingering, and flash of strawberry that disappears quicker than it came on.

mouth is med bod fair creamy and a bit soft, nice fluffy carb.

overall not bad, an interesting experiment, of course the base beer is awesome, the hops are OK, but enjoyable.

Nov 17, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a Tree House teku
Thanks to my friend Sean for trading me this can.

Cloudy, burnished straw yellow appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, inch-tall, off-white head that dropped to a clingy collar. Streaky, drippy rings of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy and bright. Super fruity. Citrus came through strongest. Loads of juicy orange and tangerine. Big tropical fruit presence too. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Loads of stewed peach as well. Good amount of sweetness. Cannabis notes were also detectable. Overall, really interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose on the front end but finished much more pithy and dry. Citrus notes came through big initially. Lots of juicy orange flesh and tangy tangerine. Tart and lemony in the center. Somewhat wheaty. White grapefruit appeared here as well and intensified as the beer moved along the palate. Big, dry, pithy grapefruit rind-like notes appeared in the finish. Some pine resin too. Fairly bitter, especially by Tree House standards.

Super light and fluffy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a fine, fairly aggressive effervescence that felt a bit excessive initially. As the beer sat, the carbonation subsided and the liquid turned creamy and slick.

Released just one day apart from each other, Curiousity Forty Two reminded me a lot of Curiosity Forty One, except perhaps that this beer seemed bolder and fruitier in the nose and more rounded on the palate. Overall, another solid offering from these guys and a welcomed change from their typical juice bombs.

Nov 08, 2017
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avas from New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Moderately hazy light gold with a bit more yellow than most TH offerings. Finger of fluffy off-white head that noticeably dissipates, albeit slowly.

S: Oranges and soft berry juice. Very bright and light... Not the intense, overripe sweet fruit assault I'm used to from TH, but more soft and sunny. Pineapple and peach come to the fore as it warms. Getting some orange sorbet, peaches n cream as well. Fresh picked strawberries for sure, maybe a touch of papaya?

T: A wild ride of flavor. Begins with an intense 1-2 peach-pineapple punch. Mid-taste, a strong pine flavor emerges--woody, floral, and slightly spicy in a black peppercorn sorta way. Piney bitterness quickly overcomes initial fruit punch and brings with it some tannic dryness. Finishes on some mild fruit flavors (wild strawberries and underripe cantaloupe), soft and fresh without the sweetness. Vague earthy wood flavor on aftertaste as well as a touch of green herbs.

M: Feels well balanced. More on the bitter vs. sweet side of the spectrum for TH, which enhances drinkability. Dry and tannic, but not overly so. Carbonation is fitting for the body--both medium, soft, silky.

O: Tree House says it quite well themselves--this beer is extremely flavorful and quite unique in their lineup. The flavor profile feels like a mash up of Sap, Haze, and something totally new--suppose that's those experimental hops! I can see how those looking for that archetypal TH juice bomb may be disappointed by this one, but I think it's a wonderful change of pace that, while likely not a perfectly complete recipe, is onto a thing or two!

Nov 07, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/27/17; drank 11/5/17 @ the Yarchives

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE off-white head; a thick curtain of frothy lace.

Orange citrus, dry wheat & mild cream notes in the nose. Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & mild cream flavors up front; tangy grapefruit notes on the finish.

Decent, but a bit messy & not great.

Nov 06, 2017
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really let down by this beer. Only a couple of days old and just didn't have a lot of pop. I'm used to TH jumping out of the glass. The taste is a lemoney citrus and the finish is smooth- which is great. However, just not the same powerful flavors that I've come to expect with them.

Nov 05, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - another refreshing autumn label. Pours a rather densely hazy two-faced yellow orange that alternates between a dark shadowy orange and bright, glowing, radioactive greenish yellow. Fluffy head with killer lacing. Oily.

S - pungent orange rind and salty (?) stringy pineapple. Spicy and bready. I am getting the purported peach in the finish.

T - peach pops early on for a seamless nose to tongue transition. Always love that attention to detail. Fresh wintry pine is the next attraction, followed by a hint of bubblegum and sourdough. Mild melon on the finish. Lightly sweet and comes across as more "fresh" than anything else. Tastes like a tree smells. Gives an air of huge bitterness in the way the dryness zaps away all other flavors, but is surprisingly tame.

F - lively and supple. A bit of warmth and prickle as it wraps up.

O - on the lighter side for Tree House IPAs but has a unique hop balance and flavor, albeit muted. Gritty and grassy, floral and fruity.

Nov 01, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this today at the brewery.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin half finger head that faded to leave thin lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light sweetness, some fainter citrus, really light strawberry. I have to work for it but I do get a super subtle dried stone fruit aroma maybe the smallest of fresh fruit flashes. The nose is far more subdued and subtle than I'm used to seeing from these guys.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice light malt and dried fruit sweetness. Don't get any berry notes at all. There are flashes of some tropical pineapple but again it is incredibly subtle. Surprisingly though on the finish I definitely do get a coconut like flavour, lightly sweet natural coconut flakes with just a small amount of bitterness. The coconut lingers on the aftertastes as well. Very unique though the other flavours are a bit underwhelming.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, maybe a bit brighter than normal. Still a little fluffy. Solid.

O - Overall this was certainly a unique IPA. The hops they used certainly were interesting, especially with the coconut on the finish. I do wish other elements were there though; more fruits for instance. That being said, whatever experimental hop brought the coconut to the finish I hope to see used again in a hop blend as it's a refreshing change of pace.

Serving Type: Can

Oct 28, 2017
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a standard NEIPA haze with the sticky lacing and large head that we are used to from the house yeast and Tree House norm.

S: Light peach , jackfruit, and a bit of ripened apricot.

T: Flavors of stonefruit , mixed with a light late season peach blending into some light coconut and pineapple which is a welcome surprise for an IPA on the coconut side. Definitely a different hop here, one I couldnt put my finger on until I read it was experimental.

M: High level of carbonation with the standard body for a Tree House beer albeit a little less body perhaps. Not way off the norm, just a small deviation.

O: Overall very good. I thought it hits the tropical notes and is good, but not quite the next big thing in the hop world unless it is only a small portion of the experimental hop.

Oct 27, 2017
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