AAAlterrr Ego
Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #77
Ranked #360
4.44 | pDev: 5.86%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: AAAlterrr Ego is a rendition of Alter Ego that utilizes additional kettle and dry hops to amplify and intensify the flavor profile of Alter Ego! Further, we alter the base beer in many ways throughout the brewing process to accept the additional hop charges. The result here is one that is exceptionally fruity and delicious. Layers of tropical fruit, mango, and stone fruit are presented here with a freshness and purity that is genuinely unique and exciting to our palate! We are in love with this beer
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Photo of Benish
3.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It poured a hazy golden color. Smell is dominantly citrus - oranges with bitter peel. Also note a yeasty odor. Upon sipping, note oranges along with the peel, giving an assertive citrus bitterness. Some tropical fruits. This is great, but then there is that spicy hop burn at the back end. Actually makes me cough and is quite the distraction from the taste. Medium bodied, carbonation is excellent, but the spiciness.... Overall, I love Tree House and have enjoyed the majority of their beers. But I find this one has way too much of a hop burn. Clearly I’m in the minority amongst other folks rating this beer.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was pretty good but maybe I expected a little more from Tree House? 2/12/20 date printed on can. Pours a hazy yellow color with some great looking fluffy white head and small soapy rings of lingering lacing. Smells of fresh ripe papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple and melon. Also some malt, creamy vanilla, floral hops and a little biscuit. Taste follows the nose, good balance and decent hoppy bite, juicy and flavorful. Smooth soft mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall still a great NE style IPA, but I've definitely had better (not just from Tree House).

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Photo of Kendo
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12-21-19; consumed on 1-19-20.

A: Poured from the can into a Palm tulip. Body is hazy yellow-golden with a 1+ finger white head on top.

S: Fruity nose jumps out of the glass. Tropical fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple juice and a hint of apricot. Also candied orange peels.

T: Follows the nose, with sweeter tropical fruit dominant: mango, papaya, ripe melon, and some pineapple. Sweet clementine oranges and stone fruits noted as well - ripe peach and some apricot. A touch of blueberries at the finish.

M: Creamy, juicy - great Tree House feel to this one. Call it medium in heft, but it drinks lighter.

O: Awesome. A tremendously fruity, juicy NE IPA from the kings of the style.

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Photo of Holderness
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3 weeks ago.

L -- Hazy muted orange body with two fingers of dense white head produced with moderate pour. Looks a bit darker than Julius
S -- Candied mango, citrus, lemon sorbet, jasmine green tea
T -- The mosaic comes through very strong, balancing a nice leafy earthiness with the classic candied fruit hop/yeast character of TH.
F -- Fluffy and easy drinking
O -- Like with Sssappp, I don't notice too much of a difference between the 'base' and 'DDH' versions of these beers. Still good


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Photo of hopsputin
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy, bright orange and yellow color with some vibrant mango-colored notes. a 1/2 finger off-white solid head that fades into a solid film

s: strong aroma that hits you as soon as the can is open. mango and pineapple upfront. sweet lemon and grapefruit behind that. papaya and dragonfruit follow. sweet crackers and a strawberry/kiwi combo close it out. very juicy and tropical smelling

t: follows the nose. juicy pineapple and mango are what you first pickup. kiwi, strawberry, and papaya behind that. a little bit of grapefruit and orange juice with a touch of bitterness in here as well. a touch of malt in the backbone

m: medium, slightly fluffy mouthfeel with medium carbonation

o: awesome NEIPA. great hop combo and flavor harmonization in here with good balance - not too sweet and a touch of bitterness

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 10/11/19 - poured into an RC IPA glass at 45F.

Pours a beautiful, very turbid burnish orange hue, topped with a short centimetre of loose bone white foam that quickly recedes to nothing but a razor thin film and a micro- thin collar.

Nose: This beer has a nose that can waft for miles. Densely saturated aromas of sweet pineapple, ripe melon, yellow mango, kiwifruit, blackberries, orange juice, coconut sugar, as well as that classic "hop" aroma of yesteryear. It's fruity, succulent, yet still stands firmly in classic New England IPA territory.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a restrained pale malt sweetness that is so refreshingly held-back compared to many modern hoppy beers. Juicy notes of mango, tangy pineapple, orange juice, and tropical fruit melange. Secondary notes of white peach and nectarine wash out most of the tropical notes. This fruitiness is followed by a hoppy dankness that somehow just manages to avoid being earthy or musty. Oily hop resins cover the palate, cutting through the mild malt sweetness, and serve to add a touch of resinous bitterness, which sets up the finish, drying out the beer and lingering for some time.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-bodied, lacking the fullness and softness of many bigger Tree House IPAs. The malt still lends a softness, however, the beer itself has a petite crispness about it, which really allows it to drink easily. There is a fizzy, lively effervescence that adds to this sense of crispness. Unlike many hoppy Tree House offerings, this is one that could certainly hit the spot on a hot summer afternoon.

Overall: While Aaalterrr Ego doesn't possess the complexity of some other hoppy Tree House beers, it's that very element of simplicity that makes this so enjoyable. Is still retains that remarkable hoppiness that Tree House is so well known for, yet it lacks any and all burn, malt heft, rich sweetness, or earthy dankness, as well as the insane complexity that some others in the lineup have, which makes you want to sit down and study them. This is just an intensely hoppy, delightfully fruity, clean, fresh IPA with that classic Tree House magic about it.

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Photo of digboy
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with an ecru 2 finger dense head what leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is intense with a complex mix of mango and citrus and some sharp floral liquor notes.

Taste is just as intense - I mean as much hop flavor as you can think of in a beer without having a green burn to it. Orange juice and blossom, mango, with a finish that turns moderately bitter.

Feel is very soft and smooth with a bit of seltzer.

This is just amazingly well done, kind of a masterpiece of the style I think. I'm psyched to be able to try it... now I want more. Why did I not get more!!

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Photo of mickyge
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/11/19 6.8 ABV
Pours golden yellow with a fairly fluffy head
Big tropical nose suggests mango and peach to me
Taste is full, sweet and smooth with low carbonation
Very slight astringent finish
Very tasty and refreshing, easy drinking one of Tree House’s best IMO.

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Photo of Lucular
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into an oversized red wine glass. Canned 10-11, purchased 10-12, consumed 10-29. Typical impressive TH NEIPA appearance, closer to yellow than orange. Aroma and taste are tropical fruit with some citrus. Next to zero bitterness. Very soft mouthfeel, not quite enough carbonation. No alcohol detectable at 6.8% abv but not much malt backbone either - getting dangerously close to watery hop water. Still a tasty and enjoyable beer but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass via can

color is a beautiful tropical yellow with some decent haze

smell is all sorts of sweet citrus and mango

taste follows the nose..a sweet IPA if I've ever had one

carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is full

of the recent haul I got from TH , this is perhaps my favorite of the group

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, Tree House snifter glass. Hazy golden yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is grapefruit and resin, a bit of pine and slight caramel and sugar. More grapefruit and even a bit of tropical fruit. Flavour follows, fairly nice grapefruit and pine presence, mild-moderate bitterness on the backend which was a bit more than typical, but welcomed. Caramel, sugar and a bit of tea-like herbality. Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy and soft without being too dry, more of a moderate herbal bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can.

Orange, full haze, opaque. Tan head settles into floating islands and collar.

Aroma is full of deep juicy tropical fruits. Ripe and sweet.

Flavor follows the aroma, fruity to the core with a little earthy dankness, overripe fruits in there too.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly full bodied brew. Not thick like a stout, but full of hoppy sticky residue.

Tasty brew, a level past regular AE.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery 8/29.

Beautiful orange-yellow color, lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Super nose of papaya, mango, and peach. Lightly malted but enough to keep it honest. Lots of tropical fruit and stone fruit flavor with a bit of dankness on the finish but they mostly keep it light. Light to moderate mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, strong construction and superb balance. Scary drinkable, I knocked a pint off in about 10 minutes.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up six cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for about four dollars. My fifty second brew from these guys. Very solid brew, in the top tier of TH brews for me.

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Photo of thebeerguy31
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 1/24/19, opened on 2/9/19. So pretty fresh.

Look (4.5): Small head, full orange yellow color, opaque. Looks nice and juicy.
Smell (4.25): Quite fruity, but overpowering nose. Orange and papaya like. Not picking up on too much hops.
Taste (4.25): fruit forward taste. Quite yummy. Not sure if grapey/orangy.
Feel (4.5): Nice smooth, full body. Goes down easy and creamy. Not very carbonated.
Overall (4.5): Very good, easy to drink 6.8% IPA. not feeling the hops quite as much as I'd like with other beers.

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Photo of gcasher
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a brandy snifter
Fast pour resulting in a bronze translucent IPA with a 1 inch white foamy head that sticks around.
Smells of tropical fruit and some dank overtone.
Bitter hops up front on the taste. Some mild tropical fruit on the back end.
This is a big hoppy beer and packs a punch.
The body is medium.
Overall, this is a dank, bitter, yet very enjoyable IPA with some tropical fruit on the finish.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alter Ego is one of my favorite Tree House beers - and when I received an Aaalterrr Ego as an extra in a trade, I was pretty thrilled. Everything about the standard base beer holds - but the Aaaalterrr variant seems to feature significantly more unfiltered matter. The beer looks and tastes quite a lot thicker and more yeasty and hoppy. It's not exactly chewy as with a thick stout, but it's certainly different from your every day IPA.

Excellent beer - absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my gold Teku. Big white head dense orange body. Everything looks smells and tastes like orange juice. This is like an intensified Julius. Very good. A little seeet malty on the finish. Not my favorite but very good beer

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is mango, citrus and pineapple. Juicy and sugary. Very aromatic. Beer opens pineapple, mango, orange and starfruit. Zesty. Bright. Cane sugar in the middle with some more mango and overripe apricot. Finishes sugary and juicy. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Some bubbles on the palate with a nice velvety touch going down. Juicy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Really quenching.

The flavor profile here is almost there but everything else from the nose to the feel is incredible. Worth having for sure.

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Photo of eppie82
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can (within days of canning) into Tree House pint glass.

Golden yellow/orange appearance, completely opaque with good carbonation. Tropical aroma that is followed by that juicy fruit basket taste. Great mouthfeel, with a bit of a dry finish. One of their better IPAs

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Photo of mothman
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can. Hazy golden orange color.

Juicy! Tropical! Mango, orange, papaya. Soft and smooth. No bitterness. I love alter ego and this is next level. Flavor explosion without any bitterness or abv showing. What a crusher.

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Photo of sfielder001
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with full on haze. The sweetness on the nose is what dominates, mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, just a general bubblegum/candy aroma. The flavor is the nose, but on steroids as one would expect and not too sweet. Very approachable, but not bland. Mouthfeel is soft as a pillow with a noticeable bitterness on the finish that is just enough to counteract the sweetness. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical NE IPA good looks, it faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Smells juicy and tropical with citrus bursting in the air mixed with a solid grainy backbone. Tastes delicious with a mix of citrus including grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, mango, tea leaf, light piney notes, orange juice, biscuit, graham cracker and faint caramel. Extremely smooth with a nice light bitterness, another tasty brew from Tree House.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this not too long ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 7/11 of last year with "FREEZE! AGENT SCARN! FBI!" written above it. I have no idea what the reference is but thankfully, I do have an idea of what this beer is about. This was a smoother and amplified version of the Alter Ego that was more aromatic and easier to quaff. Amazingly, the alcohol was the same as only the flavor was more intense than the original take...

This had a good pour to it as the liquid was turbid, apricot, and topped off with plenty of head. A wonderful, thick ring of lacing could be seen near the top of my pint glass as the thin collar above it and soapy clumps below it complemented it well. Loads of Mosaic in the taste along with melon, urine (yes, I said it), dankness, and tropical fruit notes that gave this an exotic and feel like white wine; with even a bit of white grape thrown in for good measure. Indistinguishable stone fruit came in in the taste as this, like many others have alluded to on here, felt like fruit salad. A chalky mouthfeel and crisp, pine cleanness in the aftertaste rounded this out as the more dank notes lingered from start to finish.

Sure, there was booze here but you wouldn't know it unless you looked at the label and saw the ABV. This was a relatively typical New England IPA with as less dank than others I've had when it came to appearance but had enough overripe notes and a heavy-handed nature to it. If you liked the Alter Ego, this would be a go even though the aroma might get to you after a while. Still, this was enjoyable and on par with Tree House's more popular releases...

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Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alter Ego has never been one of my preferred Tree Hazes, so it's no surprise that I'm not too impressed by amping it up. The frothy, soft body transitions sharply to a chalky, somewhat acidic hoppiness that is green and weedy, yet very dry and surprisingly resinous for TH beer. I get minty mango and a peanutty malt background. It's less "juicy" ... per say, but still brings that TH deliciousness, just less so personally than many of their other beers.

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