Curiosity Fifty Three
Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.44 | pDev: 4.73%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Curiosity Fifty Three is the latest in a longstanding line of experimental, inquisitive, and process-progressing hoppy beers by Tree House! Fifty Two draws inspiration from many areas, including an idea first utilized in Curiosity Six back in 2014 and more recently in Curiosity Fifty Two - malted white wheat! For this batch, we increased the volume of wheat, increased the amount of base malt, and utilized a large and more complex hop bill of some of our favorite northwest American hops. The resulting beer is brilliant hazy orange in the glass and tastes like a tangy orange creamsicle, with a wheaty and effervescent body playing beautifully with the fresh selection of hops. Curiosity Fifty Three is full of flavor, elegantly balanced, and easy drinking - In short, it is everything we enjoy about a double IPA. Enjoy.
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Massive thanks to Matt for this can!
Pint can dated 10/26/18 -poured into a snifter at 44f.

Pours the palest, milkiest, yellowest, most opaque shade of yellow I've ever seen. Like a banana cream smoothie. Two fingers of solid white cream lay atop the body, and don't move a muscle. It looks so beautiful. Yellow milk sea with an island of cream.

Nose is out-of-this-world awesome. It doesn't just look creamy, it SMELLS creamy. Late, late, late, and dry hopping aromas just waft out of the glass. It smells dank and pungent, but soft and sweet. The hops are not fruity. No, these are sweet, earthy, dank hops, without a single touch of bready/doughy malt. Some interesting yeast expression going on, but the clean wheat base just gives the hops so much room to play. Lots of black pepper notes. Some way overripe mango, and mixed berries as well. Also lemon, but like lemon meringue pie lemon. A big vanilla/cake batter aroma. As a whiskey connoisseur, I'm even comfortable saying it almost smells a little...oaky.

Palate follows suit beautifully. Opens with a creamy mango base, and then all those vanilla/cream/cake batter/frosting notes come flooding in. Everything is sprinkled with a dash of fresh cracked black pepper, and then the dank, earthy hop nuances appear. Notes of blue and red berries flash around in the background. Lemon cream. There is not a lot of sweetness going on, and "malty" is just such an inappropriate word. Its dry and flavorful, with a tiny hint of sweet. There's some serious character and complexity to this one. A bit of everything.

Mouthfeel is smooth, fluffy, and pillowy, but with a surprising level of carbonation. The bubbles do reduce the softness a little, but I'll just look at it as though it's giving some life and lift to the body. It's very nice. Ultimately, mostly dry.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. Truly great. I don't know how they did it, but here's a Tree House IPA that honestly stands out from all of them. A completely different formula, while still retaining some signature characteristics. The body is very Tree House. The hopping is exquisite. But it's just so unique. I would compare this most to Battery Steel Flume^2 There's some Trillium's Galaxy Cutting Tiles aspects too. Shares some similarities with Green, but this, this is a work of art, all its own. Get this.

Dec 09, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque orange juice color with a thick and frothy, 2-finger head with nice lacing retention. Smell is dominated by citrus including orange withe grapefruit, pineapple and a melon(?) sweetness. Taste follows the nose with a big orangesicle flavor, kind of tangy and zesty with a light bitterness.

Nov 15, 2018
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npolachek from New York

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

Great wheat double IPA. Head that never dissipates. Tastes of hops, oak, citrus. Smell is terrific - good mix of hops and citrus. Very drinkable brew.

Nov 11, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a treehouse willi.

Pours a cloudy, OJ looking orange body with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing and retention.

Aromas are stunning, orange creamsicle, mango, pineapple. Taste is almost as great, creamy tropical fruit, watermelon, mango. Creamy body with low-ish carbonation.

One of the best to come out of TH in recent times

Nov 09, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Canned 10/26/18; drank 11/6/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge eggshell head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Orange citrus, cane sugar & faint pineapple notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & mild cane sugar flavors up front; spring water & faint wheat notes in the nose.

A balanced citrus stunner; best Curiosity I've had in some time!!

Nov 07, 2018
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dlos from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy/pale orange yellow with a two-finger head that fades away to a thin layer leaving thick lacing behind on the glass. Aroma is sweet and citrusy, smells delicious, there's a faint graininess to the smell as well. Taste follows the nose exactly with orange, tangerine, grapefruit with a nice bitterness and even a little dryness on the finish. Creamy, thick and perfect carbonation, feels perfect to me. I haven't had any of the other Curiosity brews, but this one to me is one of the best TH I have tasted, love it!

Nov 06, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours a glossy, milky pale yellow gold. Kinda reminds me of one of those sweet-ass marbles from my marble collection. Leaves a thin layer of head behind.

S - immediate aroma is that of pineapple creamsicle. Lemon honey and ruby red grapefruit juice slide in after. Gets more bready and zesty and limey as time goes on.

T - blend of tangy tangerine and grapefruit peel. More bitter than I expected. Kind of inconsistent in the waves of flavor. At some points, it's punchy, yet others it feels watery. The wheat is intensified by the alcohol content, giving it a much more potent and focused "zest". Errs more toward the natural bitterness and acidity of wheat than the sweetness. Light clementine and lime appear as the beer warms and settles. Finish is dry, herbal, and bitter.

F - thick and creamy as ever. TH DIPAs always nail the feel.

O - was hoping for more excitement with this wheaty deviation from the norm. Packs a potent creamsicle punch up front, but feels inconsistent and unrefined... for a Tree House beer. One of the weaker Curiosities, but the extra booze saves it. Gonna need to revisit with a different palate since everybody else seems to love this beer.

Oct 30, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, light orange-yellow in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is big apricot and dried orange. Medium bodied and carbonation, slightly bitter. Tasty, juicy, good ipa..Get some similar flavors to Doppelganger. Prefer other curiosities but I would get this again.

Oct 27, 2018
Curiosity Fifty Three from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 46 ratings