I Have Promises To Keep
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #118
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
97
Ranked #550
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.2%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
214
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Notes: In 2014, I brewed an American Pale Ale - Beneficiaries of Chance - to celebrate marrying the love of my life, Lauren. Over the years time it has become a perpetual tradition to honor our bond with a new, celebratory beer to mark the occasion. For our fourth anniversary, I am pleased to offer a new Double IPA, I Have Promises To Keep! It is brewed with copious doses of Nelson and Citra in both the kettle and the dry hop. It tastes and smells strongly of citrus, sweet sauvignon blanc grapes, and gooseberries. It is loaded with flavor and yet maintains an easy drinking, mouth watering appeal. As the years pass by, and bonds grow deeper, it’s vital to reflect upon, and give thanks for, the special people in your life. I sincerely hope that this beer may serve as a vehicle to do so.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Murky orange. Big white head. Smells of orange peel and acidic citrus. Earthy yeast aroma, as many TH IPAs have. Tastes of sharp and acidic fruits with a grape juice backdrop. Not all that sweet. Earthy and chewy malt backbone. Medium heavy. A touch of booze. Pretty good. I appreciate the limited sweetness to it, but the earthy yeast is in full force, as a result.

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Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
02/12/20
Served in a tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The completely opaque, pale straw yellow body was capped by a two-finger tall, fluffy, bright white crown that slowly dropped to a thick, bubbly mass. Drippy rings of lacing cascaded all along the sides of the glass and stuck around until the drink’s end.

The aroma was fantastic. Super fruity and pleasantly sweet. Big tropical fruit presence. Guava, papaya and mango came to mind. Lots of honeydew melon as well. Possibly some peach too. White wine notes were also apparent. Sauvignon blanc perhaps. Touch of honey-like sweetness. A crisp, dry, powdery yeasty quality was noticeable initially, but it disappeared after the head died down. Some tangerine appeared later.

The flavor profile was also terrific and mirrored the nose. Tropical fruits dominated. Loads of ripe mango, guava and papaya. Peach notes were also quite apparent. Some honeydew melon too. Sweet but not excessively so. White wine notes were again apparent here, but perhaps not to the degree in the nose. Pineapple came through in the center. Some crisp, tart wheatiness and creamy flaked oats as well. White grapefruit appeared on the back end and carried into the finish. Bit of pithy, lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Nice medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a finer bubbled, fairly subtle carbonation.

Too often I find that Tree House beers have a tendency to lack distinction, but I Have Promises To Keep stood out from the pact. With its spectacular appearance, big juicy, fruity qualities, and soft, plush mouthfeel, this is one of their best offerings in recent memory.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Mar 12, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tremendous New England IPA from the great Tree House Brewery. 2/12/20 date printed on can. Pours a hazy light yellow color with lots of fluffy white head and some sticky soapy sheets of lingering lacing. Looks nice. Smells of ripe oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and papaya. Also some floral hops, malt, creamy vanilla, bread and weaker herbal hops. Tastes similarly, great balance and depth. The can states that it should remind the drinker of oranges and Sauvignon Blanc. It actually reminded me a little more of champagne. As always the higher ABV was so well disguised. Smooth, creamy, fairly soft mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. A pleasure to drink.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Mar 01, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very cloudy straw color, almost like pineapple juice. The head was quick to dissipate and left a fairly smooth light foam top. My can had some sediment in it, but it settled quick to the bottom of the glass. The label in the can is also eye catching so that's a plus.

Smell: Citrus and slight alcohol. The smell is very inviting and reminiscent of a nice glass of juice. Very pleasing.

Taste: Slightly bitter, definite citrus. Smells better than it tastes, but still very drinkable.

Feel: Silky on the tongue with a bitter grit on the finish. Very nice mouth feel and what I would expect out of a DIPA

Overall: Very drinkable. I was given this can as a gift to try, but I would purchase this if I saw it in the store. This wouldn't be my go-to DIPA, but it would be in the top 5 I think.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately drank this straight out the can so i can't honestly comment on the look so I'm averaging the other scores to get a look rating. If it's like any other Tree House hazy 2x IPA I'm sure it's a thing to behold. Aromas of citrus and tropic like mandarin orange meets the ripe mango. Followed this way on the palate with that unmistakeable Nelson and Citra hoppy characteristics and lots of fresh squeezed juiciness. Beautiful finish low on the bitterness.

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osheamatth from New York, Oct 22, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a white head. Smells amazing with passion fruit, citrus all wrapped up into one. Not to bitter but has a good hop aftertaste in this beer.

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npolachek from New York, Oct 16, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 09/18/19. 16oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a murky orange with a tight, half inch, bright white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy swirl. Nose reveals citrus, herbal/medicinal notes and perhaps of hint of something tropical hidden in the background. Taste consistent with nose - cantaloupe comes out in the middle and a light, toasted malt quality immediately follows and then disperses. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a prick;y quality across the back of the tongue. Overall, a delicious and drinkable DIPA.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Oct 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Again, nice head. Nose is citrus, pineapple and cane sugar sweetness. Beer opens citrus, pineapple and starfruit. Cane sugar and grass in the middle with a fresh pine resin. Foamy at the finish with a creamy, tropical fruit malt aftertaste. Delicious. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Prickly and foamy on the palate and goes down dry with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Realy drinkable.

Real good. Big pineapple notes in this one. Almost Dole-y.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Oct 11, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy can goes into a snifter with a super floury and hazy pale banana yellow body and a one finger, thick and frothy head. Pretty good head retention and a wide ring at the edges and island in the middle remains. Lacing is a big, thin sheet at the top with some drizzle below that.

S- Dank and juicy tropical, citrus and stone fruit hops blast off in the aroma. Dank herbs, orange creamsicle, tangerine, melon, mint, berries, popsicles, mango and grapefruit. Very much suggesting sweet, tons of hops and creamsicle driven with time.

T- As expected from the aroma this one is sweet and again rides the line between sweet and juicy tropical fruit, heavily herbal hops and creamsicles. Melon, grapefruit, oranges, tangerine, bubble gum, dank weed, cantaloupe, papaya, wine, berries and floral hops. Light crackery and bready malts and fairly sweet. Strong herbal bitterness.

MF- Medium-heavy bodied and very creamy and puffy textured. The carbonation is somewhat high and it ends with an herbal bitterness.

A bit on the sweet side but still plenty of juicy, dank and fruity hops to be found. Bitter herbalness throughout and creamsicle is big with warmth.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Oct 08, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9.18.19 , opened 10.6.19

“And miles to go”

Poured into a teku

Hazy orange neisoa style liquid, one finger off white fizzy foam cap. Quickly settles to a fizzy ring , good lacings

Aroma is citrus, orange, lemon lime, white grape,

Taste is Nelson Sauvign white grape hops

Medium sudsing, hop taste, no bite

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Oct 06, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/18. Poured to Glass on 10/6.
A:Slightly Orange side haze looks and limited amount of the cloud and disappear soon.
S: QUite strong Citrus and mango aromas spread.
T: Felt like a Mango Juice with citra.
M:Light Carbo, smooth and slightly creamy but not sticky. Easy to drink.
O: Great AMerican Imperial IPA.
ABV: 7.9% Nelson, Citra

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jykleo from New York, Sep 22, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed to commemorate a very important marital even in the brewhouse, Tree House pulls together a strong but easy going New England IPA that flirts with imperial strength and tugs at the heartstrings of hop heads near and far.

Pouring with a very similar silt filled haze, a matte finish of golds and peaches adorn the glass before the frothy ivory cap begins to rise. Teasing the nose with the succulence of orchard fruit, tropical fruit, citrus and botanical greenness, its fruit forward demeanor would have you thinking it were a gin spiked fruit punch. With a gentle sweetness of angel food cake, mild honey and lychee,the taste takes a decidedly malty turn to start.

Then once the cereal malts coat the middle palate, the hop impressions leave a bounty of nectarine, slightly under ripened apricot and cantaloup. Its tropical fruits follow with a mix of pineapple, pawpaw and papaya before a zesty late palate of tangerines, lemons and pink grapefruit round out the fruity sherbet-like boldness. Trending herbal late on the palate, the peppery taste of green tea, light gin and sassafras, its bitterness is smooth, moderate and gentle with its balance.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's cereal concentration buffers agains the hops perfectly while allowing a malty dry sense of drinkability and refreshment that chases the muddle fruit peel flavors into a medium long aftertaste with a pep of gin botanicals once more.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jul 18, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ouncer that was canned 7-9-19.

Full on world class NEIPA kinda look, fully hazed, long lasting frothy cap, leaves nice looking ringed and splattered lacing.

Pungent tropical fruit filled sniff, with pineapple, mango and luscious kiwi coming forward.

Deliciously fruity/juicy, smooth, tasty and satisfying with more pineapple,more mango, kiwi, lime, coconut, bananas all on the palate. World class....go get some

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Billolick from New York, Jul 18, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It seems that Tree House uses a base malt for all their IPAs and plays around with the hop additions to make them unique.
The malt is a bready cracker malt and very light in character.
I am going off of memory on this one and don't want to mess up, but I can say the hop additions add a lot of flavor and character and the result is a delicious beer. Tree House is killing it this summer (2019).

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gcasher from Pennsylvania, Jul 17, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it's been five years since my last review. This is a nice one to come back to!

L: Beautiful hazy orange juice color with a sticky white head.

S: Citrus peel, orange juice, white grapes, fruit cocktail.

T: Lemon drops, orange juice, pineapple, lime rinds.

F: Effervescent, creamy, chewy. Aftertaste is all pineapple and soft pine.

O: The best IPA I've had in years. Tree House definitely lives up to the hype. I'm excited about the fact that I just moved an hour away from them! Very excited to see what the future has in store for them.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Golden-orange color with generous haze. Persistent white head has some impressive clumpy stickage.

S: Strong aroma of freshly sliced mango. Peach, star fruit, and orange. Mild hop oil earthy/herbal whiff. Pound cake malt scent.

T: Bold initial flavor of freshly sliced mango. More tropical notes of tangerine, peach, and star fruit. Earthy and leafy on the mid palate with some toasted hemp seed. Perhaps the mildest notion of sweet onion. Malt base brings pound cake and a. It of confectioners sugar with a slight toasty edge. Lands more on the sweet side. Finish is more mango with a gently gripping bitter spiciness.

M: Medium-full body. Creamy and easy, full, chewy and smooth. Some prickling carbonation. Astringency has a mild grip.

O: I actually cut up a mango for breakfast this morning, and that aroma and flavor is uncanny here. Easy tropical character makes this on enticing. The body is full and feels sustaining in the stomach, but is still rather easy to drink. Good.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Jun 11, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A world of thanks to Matt for sending me this one.

Pint can - dated 04/30/19 - poured into a wine stem at 46F. Pours a turbid, milky, completely opaque greenish yellow-brown colour, with a finger and a half of ivory head, that slowly settles down to a frothy cap and collar, leaving a perfect, uninterrupted ring of foam clinging to the wall of the glass.

Nose: I love Nelson. It's just such a unique and expressive hop varietal. There are quite a few hops that could easily be mistaken for something else, but Nelson Sauvign stands in a category all its own - and it's very evident here. As the aroma fills the nose, there is definitely a base note of classic Citra candied orange and grapefruit peel. Beneath that, the indescribable aroma of Nelson wafts up. Kiwi, gooseberry, lime, green horned melon, lettuce, white grape, laurel, eucalyptus, unripe passionfruit, lychee, manuka honey, and some green, unripe character. Maybe a hint of green banana. It's just so exotic and different, and so very Nelson.

Palate: Out of the gate, the Citra presence is quite evident, and makes itself known. Sweet candied grapefruit and orange. I'm not sure what kind of grist bill Tree House is using, but their IPAs generally tend to be on the sweeter side, without ever becoming cloying or tacky, and this is no exception. The Nelson hops are much more subtle in flavour than their aroma is. After the initial wave of citrus, I do get some kiwi, gooseberry, white grape, horned melon, and that green - as I tend to refer to it as - "cilantro" note. It's very gentle and restrained. If you can remind yourself that this isn't a single-hop beer, and that Nelson is sharing the stage with Citra, then it's quite appropriate, and no complaints are needed. Approaching the finish, the Nelson notes make one last wave, stealing the spotlight for a moment, before everything falls back, revealing a pithy, piney, resinous bitterness which builds in intensity, while still allowing just a ghost of that Nelson to poke through, and everything dries out, with the bitterness taking its sweet time to subside, leaving a long, lingering piney aftertaste. The bitter finish is long, but the bitterness is still incredibly tame, in proper Tree House tradition. From start to finish, this beer is unbelievable clean, with zero earthy flavours at all, saturated yet delicate, and quite bright and crisp.

Mouthfeel/Body: You simply cannot discuss Tree House IPAs without talking about the texture of them. These guys are synonymous with "fluffy" beers. It's essentially a trademark of theirs at this point. Like most other hoppy beers they have to offer, this one is velvety soft. While not quite at the level that Green is at, there is still absolutely a smooth, creamy element to the feel of this beer. It's rich, soft, with a slight pillowy texture. However, it also manages to not go overboard, staying crisp, airy, and insanely drinkable for its weight. There is a surprisingly lively effervescence which adds to that crisp drinkability, keeping the beer light on its toes, even if that means sacrificing a bit of softness. Personally, I think this beer is perfect the way it is, and with that delicate Nelson character, I think a slightly lighter body suits it well, rather than drinking like a milkshake.

Overall: I'm very partial to Tree House. Julius and Green were game changing beers for me, and to this day, Treat is still my highest rated IPA. I've had a fair amount of their beers by now, and they still manage to surprise me. With as many New England IPAs as there are today, it's nearly impossible to stand out. You really have to have a special kind of magic to set yourself apart from the crowd. Tree House pioneered that special kind of magic. Everything they make is infused with this awe inspiring element, and it's almost as if they can do no wrong. They are the pinnacle of unique. They have an unwavering identity that's woven into every pint they put out. This is certainly no exception. It's fresh, clean, and densely saturated with hop flavour. The hops themselves are of the highest quality - oily, resinous, and intensely aromatic. The yeast is clean, refined, and leaves no trace behind. The beer is soft, supple, and smooth, yet manages to be crisp, bubbly, and absolutely quaffable for an 8% IPA - and that Nelson... It just adds this wonderful touch. A little splash of exotic colour that really pushes this beer up into the stratasphere. Tree House beer is abive reproach. Nelson hops are magical. Put them together, and you get something of greatness.

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4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque maize yellow with a lumpy white head clinging in thick ridges.

The fluffy full body features papaya, mango, and smaller Asian fruits with gumball, a lightly nutty, biscuity malt and bitter pine. The softly dry finish has a mildly stinging swallow.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 17, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright honeycomb and white peach hues with a two-finger white foam and sticky lacing
S: Tangerines, grapefruit, and a healthy wine bouquet reminiscent of a Gewürztraminer or Chenin Blanc
T: Beautiful melange of bright oranges and a mild pineapple note mellowed by an unmistakable oaky Chardonnay
F: Smooth, soft, and pillowy
O: Another great one in Nate’s Anniversary series! Tree House does magical things with Nelson hops; exemplary brew here

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, May 15, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange gold in color with one inch head. Taste is fresh orange juice, white grape--chardonnay?, and herbal hops. Medium bodied, slightly bitter, medium bodied. A juice bomb of a beer. I like what the Nelson hop does in this beer. There is a great wine taste. I like this more and more as it warms.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, May 06, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can dated 3/1/19 to a Nonic.
Yellow/orange haze, frothy head of micro bubbles fades mid-session.
Aroma is orange, mango.
The taste is the best thing about this beer, nice citrus, but with a hop bite and some malt. At 7.9 ABV you can sense the alcohol but it doesn't distract.
Mouthfeel is creamy like all TH beers.
Overall a good beer. Not the best from TH, but better than many NEIPAs out there.

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woodchipper from Connecticut, Apr 07, 2019
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4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Early March canning and oh my goodness, time has given this depth, grace, and focus. This is a great developed beer. As tributes go; poems, love songs, slow dances, and flowers may be the norm, but brewing a beer for love finds an infusion of dedication, perfection, gut, and just outright heart searching love, has created a new form of expression that may have been sealed in a can. If your passion can be canned with craft, this has been done.

A huge IIPA that drinks easy like Sunday morning, a dankness veiled in passion, pine that buriers your nose in sweetness, and complexity that embodies all relationship's tender moments all delivers a beer worth enjoying.

I'm super excited for next year, as your romance novel continues to satisfy hopeless romantics in all of us.

Thank you.

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NickandToni from New York, Apr 04, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated March 1, 2019, poured into a Tree House snifter glass.

The beer pours a very hazy and turbid golden honey color, light orange and amber hues with a big and foamy white head, about two and a half fingers tall that has fantastic retention and yields incredible lacing. The aroma is pleasant, really juicy tropical fruits, citrus juice, dank grassiness with some bitter pine needles, floral with a soft yeasty sweetness and plenty of doughy pale grain. The flavors are great, really juicy and bright, tons of mango and passion fruit, valencia orange juice that brings out a great floral character with some nice bitter and dank grassiness, pine resin, sweet yeast, pale dough and mineral water work together at the finish. The mouthfeel is good, heavier medium body that is quite coating, very thick and creamy with an easy but dry finish.

Verdict: A very good DIPA from Tree House. Juicy, floral, fruity, tangy, bright and refreshing. A great balance of flavors that doesn't become too sweet or too juicy as there is a nice dryness and a good amount of bitterness that lingers within this beer.

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kevanb from Illinois, Mar 23, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If someone likes dry white wine, and thinks that they don't like hops, then this is their beer.
The yeast is producing a clean, clear taste. I'd love to know what yeast they use. Very subtle fruity taste. Does not taste like 7.8%: very light.
After a few more beers, over a few days, I decided to bump up a couple categories a 1/4 point. I enjoyed it more after a few more times.

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JohnWesolowski from Connecticut, Mar 22, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

TREE HOUSE I HAVE PROMISES TO KEEP DIPA 3/12/19

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a; Nearly opaque orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Citrus leaning to orange/tangerine

t; Strong citrus with notes of orange and grapefruit rind, lingering bitterness on the dry finish. Later pine resin notes develop.

m; Solid medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A fine TH NEIPA, although later somewhat bitter pine resin notes are perhaps a consequence of the Nelson hops. Still in all, a keeper which fully fulfills its promises.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Mar 13, 2019
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 214 ratings