Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #9,578
4.04 | pDev: 6.19%
Jun 11, 2022
Oct 11, 2019
Notes: Raven is a Black IPA inspired by the changing of the seasons and the cravings of heartiness that come with it. It is an excellent companion to any cool weather occasion. It is brewed with Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops paired with a carefully considered addition of roasted malt.

Raven’s recipe and process were designed with the balance between resinous hop character and gentle roasted malt bitterness as the most important characteristic to make this beer as interesting and enjoyable as possible.

Following extended cold-conditioning, Raven pours a super dark brown to black color in the glass, leaving behind a dense and rocky head. In its aroma and taste, it conjures perceptions of citrus and pine balanced by sturdy light chocolate and roasted malt character. In spite of its relatively simple construction, it presents with a hefty amount of character and intrigue.

Raven is a beer at the heart of who we are, and what we aspire to do. It delights with its tastiness, drinkability, and hearty construct. It drinks well on its own, but it drinks particularly well with seasonally appropriate meals like smoked meat or beef stew. We expect it to age well and evolve over the next several months while being stored away in the refrigerator.
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4.03 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Jun 11, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours dark brown through light with a big 3" ran head that slowly recedes with big streaky lacing - as with almost all TH beers, head and retention are exceptional. Nose is pine, mango, spent grain (like so much TH); not much in the way of maltier characteristics. Taste follows - moderate resin notes off the bat, but on the finish, some bitter coffee, even woodsy notes come out. Mouthfeel is rich and full with a finish on the dry side. Would love some added malt character in here, as it comes in light in that respect.

Mar 11, 2022
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Mar 11, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jngls from Germany

Two weeks old. Can to pint glass.

Look: Pours a dark brown with a lightly brownish white foamy head that dissipates after a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: A mixture of roasty and piney notes with hints of citrusy freshness.

Taste: First sip is a bit roasty followed by a malty, brown sugar sweetness and a piney finish. Citrusy notes are also somewhere there. Slightly bitter finish.

Feel: Full and creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Even though I‘m not a big fan of the style, I really enjoyed drinking this one. The roasty, piney and citrusy notes are balanced very nicely and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very well executed in a typical Tree House style.

Feb 07, 2022
4 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Nov 20, 2021
4.58 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

An excellent BIPA or DCA whichever you prefer. On tap at the source. Nice balance of IPA meets dark smoky malts. It's been years since I've even had the opportunity the enjoy the style so nothing recent to compare to but memory says this is a great beer for the style.

Nov 09, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 10/19/21. "Drink fresh" stamped on the bottom of the can. Man they're really running out of creative phrases to put on these huh?

We've arrived at my final entry for my latest Tree House run, with yet another style they rarely touch; the black IPA. I enjoy their output of IPAs and stouts, so hopefully this will be a nice blend of the 2, though hopefully not as sweet as many of their stouts tend to be. Let's crack this one open

Pours a murky dark brown with 3 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

Ok so this is definitely more hops focused than roast focused when compared to other examples of the style, at least in the nose. I'm picking up on aromas of resiny hops, orange rind, caramel malt, mild roasted coffee, pine, brown bread and pithy grapefruit

There's more roast in taste than the aroma would lead me to believe, but the hops are still the star of the show in this one. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting lightly acidic coffee, brown bread, piney hops, pithy grapefruit, black pepper, and bready malt. The swallow brings notes of burnt coffee, orange zest, pithy grapefruit, chalky dark chocolate, black pepper, and light caramel malt

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet sharp beer. Finishes off dry with a firm bitterness

This is solid, but nothing amazing. As I've said, I prefer a bit more roast in the style, but people seem to be divided on their preference for this

Oct 29, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 16oz can, dated 10/15/21. Served in an IPA glass.

Pours acorn brown with a big, fluffy three-plus finger tall head of dirty, scuzzy foam. Retention is epic, leaving a big puffy cap and wads of sudsy lacing. Looks like the outflow from a sewage treatment plant into a tidal creek at low tide - totally in a good way.

Nose is acrid and bitter. Charred coffee grinds, roasted chicory and lemon peel.

Taste follows the nose and then some. Chicory, bakers chocolate, day-old ashtray and burnt cherries with a squeeze of lemon-lime. Grapefruit and spruce tips into the finish and then bitter incinerated vegetal matter lingers in the sinuses.

Feel is crisp and clean, medium-light bodied and briskly carbonated. The expectation that your tongue has got to be coated with greasy incinerator ash turns out to be wholly unfounded - it’s a bit thin but sort of creamy.

Oct 27, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production, retention, and lacing.

Nose is an intriguing blend of pine, grapefruit, resin, pepper, and licorice. Secondary notes of mango, pineapple, and toffee.

Grapefruit and lemon up front, along with pine, resin, mango, and a mild dankness. Quite roasty on the back half, with notes of chocolate, coffee, rye, and light char.

Crisp and lively bite about the gums; smooth body. Not creamy and soft like Tree House's most famous IPAs, but still creamier than the PNW brews that give this sub-style its alternate name. Solid amount of bitterness, both from the hops and the roasted malt.

This is a delectable Black IPA/CDA. It hits the notes the way I like: IPA first, with the roasted malt in a purely supporting role.

Oct 24, 2021
4.02 by BobSaid from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2021
3.81 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House snifter glass; canned 10/13/20, code CANNCANNNNNNN.
A: Pours black with mahogany highlights, a foamy, one to one and a half finger, wheat color head with rim and spots retention and solid, complex lacing.
S: Fruity initially, mostly white grapefruit and lemon, with black, unsweetened coffee and a barley note, as it warms. Apricot note? Maybe.
T: Pretty dry. Interesting combination of citrus fruit, black coffee, and woodsy organics, including pine. Nicely balanced against the bittering hops causing a clean, refreshing finish.
M: Medium bodied with lovely effervescence. Slick, oily mouthfeel.
O: I have only had a few Cascadians. The nose came as a bit of a surprise. I liked the the citrus fruit blending into the roasty malts, the dryness, and the clean finish. I could get used to these were they more available.

Jan 18, 2021
3.78 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Dec 20, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Kendo from New York

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is black. Even when backlit: black. Nice 1+ finger tannish head on top, which retains well.

S: Let down here - not a big, roasty and bitter nose like I like in a Black IPA. Some roast, a hint of dark chocolate. It's a good profile, but far too tame. Gotta stick my whole nose in the glass and to get anything.

T: Follows the nose, with roasted malt up front followed by slight char/charcoal and modest dark chocolate/bitter bakers' chocolate. Finishes with some juicy, fruit hops underneath. It's good. Very good.

M: A little on the thin side at first blush, it finishes more juicy in feel, oddly enough.

O: A bit of an enigma. I love this style and yet haven't seen many of these beers in the last year or two - so I was very excited when I saw that Tree House had one available today. . . . I'm happy with this, but had higher hopes. It's probably better than I'm suggesting, a victim of high expectations.

Dec 12, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by dele from Massachusetts

Raven is a black IPA - there was just one can in the mixed case of IPAs I bought from Tree House. It was just under two months old when I tasted it - canned in mid October, poured on December 8.

This beer pours jet black in the glass, but the lingering pure white head - not tan or brown - tells you it's not a stout. It's a pretty beer.

The aromas from the beer are classic WCIPA mixed with roasted malts. There's a bigger pine note than I've gotten from any other IPA in a long time here. Grapefruit fills in next, along with a touch of almost smoky malt.

The beer tastes wonderful. It's by far the least sweet IPA I've had from Tree House, with a heavy dose of pine and citrus. There's a solid malt layer underlying the hop flavors, but the finish is pleasantly bitter. Reminds me of IPAs I loved back in 2013 or so. It's got a soft feel, but not the pure fluffiness of Tree House's NEIPAs. The carbonation is light and the beer is airy without feeling thin.

This is just a splendid beer and I wish it was available more often. It's a wonderful change of pace from Tree House's more typical IPAs and I'd love to be able to pick up a few cans every time I went to the brewery.

Dec 09, 2020
3.92 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

From 1 pint can. Pours near jet black with a thick and creamy, persistant head of creamy foam. Looks very like a stout.
Nose is not very open or appealling with sourdough, malt and light baking spices. Taste is well balanced,lightly carbonated with pine resin and light citrus notes giving way to dark malt and chocolate flavors.
Alchohol is well hidden making for a deceptively easy drinking ale.

Nov 30, 2020
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 26, 2020
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Nov 21, 2020
4 by whatsgoody from Vermont on Nov 21, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 10/13/20; consumed on 11/19/20

Pours a jet-brown body with lighter edges around the surface and capped with a towering head of thick, soapy, tan foam; excellent head retention yields a rocky finger of cap, massive, frothy collar, and gobs of dense, webby lacing walling the glass.

Aroma features a black bread crust and dank mango pairing upfront, with a deepening earthy structure of wet grass and pine into the middle beneath a detailed roast with hints of coffee turning ashy into the close of the bouquet.

Taste opens with hints of peach against dark cocoa building to ashy coffee into mid-palate; heavily roasty on the back end and through the finish, with grapefruit and pineapple presenting as distinct undertones to the unignored fruitier side of the profile.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-light body and a fluffy, moderate carbonation; lightly charry across the mid-palate, a grit is ever-present though perpetually level as a moderate malt bitterness edges across the back end and past the finish.

Building, robust malt roast and saturated fruity hops alternate and intermingle at varying degrees, with one never outpacing the other in this highly-approachable take on a Black IPA; a great display throughout of subtle contrasts in the style.

Nov 20, 2020
3.81 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Nov 14, 2020
4.39 by McSeal from Connecticut on Nov 07, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, earthy and piney hops, and some light citrus and dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, pine, and earthy hop notes and slowly picks up some citrus and bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering pine and earthy notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid black IPA that is easy to drink. A good balance and mix of hops and dark roasted malt helps greatly. Worth checking out

Oct 28, 2020
4 by hughesm12 from Massachusetts on Oct 28, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Black with a pillowy khaki head and excellent lacing.

S: Very hop foawrd with notes of candied orange, lemon, grapefruit and pine. The roasted malt comes in with some mild dark chocolate notes as well.

T: Big flavors of candied orange, citrus pith, and pine balanced with a clean malt character with flavors of burnt toast and chocolate.

F: Light bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall: A really great Black IPA. The hop character really reminds me a lot of Maine Beer Company's Lunch IPA if you have ever had that. Definitely worth getting a four pack.

Oct 25, 2020
4.5 by Massbmx from Massachusetts on Oct 14, 2020
3.54 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 30, 2020
4 by Skellbop from New York on Aug 15, 2020
4 by Roy1586 from Massachusetts on Jul 12, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BeerBaronBear from New York

There are some beers where you taste them and immediately can say, "that's a Tree House beer!" This beer would be much harder to place. The look and feel were probably the highlights - it's a pretty, black beer with a light/medium body but a fair amount of creaminess. The smell didn't carry much in terms of appetizing aromas - just a bit of roasted malt. The taste was similarly nondescript - very mild with a bit of roastiness and a bit of hoppiness, but nothing that really stood out. An enjoyable medium-bodied beer that could pair well with a variety of foods, but not one that I would actively seek out again.

Jun 20, 2020
4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida on May 21, 2020
3.78 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on May 17, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Fairly crisp black ale with some good flavors, 3/13/20 date printed on can. Pours a slightly darker muddy brown color with some fluffy off-white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of muddled fruity hops, malt, bread, brown sugar, a little grain and caramel. Taste follows the nose, quite well balanced, easy to drink and higher ABV was well hidden. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Not my usual style but this was quite enjoyable.

May 08, 2020
4.05 by MJSFS from Florida on May 07, 2020
4.09 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts on May 02, 2020
4.17 by smaddock from Massachusetts on May 01, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Picked up 2 cases of Tree House. This was all of 1 can from those 48 beers. Black ale ain't my thang, but neither was that Nomad dark czech lager and I dug that, same with their brown ale, Bear.

Pours a sexy black with a tan head 2/3" deep. Aroma had a hint of Amarillo hop citrus hay and pine like note, but it was mostly the black patent malt that controlled the nose.

Taste was good, had that pine thing going over a nice black maltiness that wasn't all that roasty. Partially dehusked kind of taste to it. They were right, it can sit as I waited until about the 6 month mark to crack this crispy boy. Mouth feel got even better, was the right viscosity, had a firm 50ibu bitterness, but plenty drinkable, right amount of roast, hops, malt, you name it. Definitely one of the better black ales, and definitely top tier when you aren't talking about those ipas with the fruity tropical hops, the ones that just look different. This was kind of the perfect hybrid between a porter and a pale ale.

Apr 21, 2020
4.01 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Apr 11, 2020
Raven from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 113 ratings