Tree House Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #96
Ranked #12,056
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pours a bright clear cola brown color with little to no light passing through my glass when I hold it to the light. A light beige fluffy head of 2 cm foams up easily even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is apparent right off the pour. Some roasted malt and caramel mix up front and then a good dose of pine sap and grapefruit note comes through as well. A pretty nicely balanced nose on this brew.
First sip reveals a smooth textured and average body with very fine and tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy and I find my glass to be almost empty much quicker than I would have anticipated when I poured it out this evening.
Flavor is expected for a black IPA.
I get some caramel and roasted malt with just a hint of brown sugar up front, with the roasted being dominant. This gives way to citrusy grapefruit hops and a dose of earthy or piney flavor that lingers a bit after each swallow. The finish is very dry and the ABV is completely hidden.
I find this to be a bit of a crushable brew and a very well balanced one at that. Glad I got to try this one and think TH did a good job with an underbrewed style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Deep brown body. Even their black IPA is murky. Smells of pine and brown malt sweetness. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, toast, and roasted malt. Back end is pine and a little lingering malt sweetness. Medium body. It's ok, but the malt flavor is kinda syrupy. Like a malt soda.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a willi becher pint glass. pours cola brown but gathers in the glass near black with a half finger of sandy brown head. nose is oddly reminiscent of your typical TH IPA mixed with a bit of caramel and burnt sugar. maybe a little bit of roast. taste is similar. it’s fruity-ish hops up front with a dry, coffee and cocoa finish. i get more coffee notes in this than i do any of their coffee milk stouts. aroma and flavor still contain that signature TH hop perfume but you get enough from the dark malts to combat it and not make it a tropical explosion that define so many of their IPAs and DIPAs. mouthfeel does not quite seem to be on par with their IPAs and that hurts this beer a little but overall i enjoyed their attempt at a style that doesn’t get a lot of attention even though they can be quite good. you get the hop aroma and flavors of IPAs with the dry finish and caramel and chocolate notes of a porter. perfect for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of Lucular
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a tulip pint. Canned 10-11, purchased 10-12, consumed 11-2. Pours a dark brown (light black?) with a nice head and lacing. Aroma and flavor are a surprisingly delicate blend of bitter coffee, dark roasted malts, citrusy hops with some earthy pine, and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is softly carbonated and very smooth. I was expected a little bit more oomph, but it's still a beautiful beer and a great take on a black IPA.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Black IPAs out there. I absolutely love this style and Tree House did not disappoint. There is the perfect blend of coffee, smoke, citrus, and bitterness. Highly recommend if you like the style

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros. His most hated beer style.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy dark brown almost black hue with a thin off white head that fades to lacing.

S - Big aromas of dark roast, light chocolate, faint earthy spicy pine.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice light chocolate and nougat. Nice lightly spicy hops, little earthy. Good subtle roast, light vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, good lingering finish.

O - Overall this was a solid enough black ipa, nice roast with subtle hops.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

WHy rudzud, why?!

Pours a pillowy foamy head with medium retention, lots of soapy lacing, very dark brown almost black beer

Nose pillowy creamy dark malts, a bit of roast and dark chocolate with nougat marshmallow, but also earthy spicy hops with a little orange zest

Taste pine and orange zest hops, a bit earthy spicy, with some dark malts bring a bit roasty with some chocolate marshmallow and nougat, bitter hop notes and a little from the roast, doesn't clash as much as most American black ales but still doesn't mesh well. Drier finish with a little cocoa dust, nougat, and floral hop character lingering.

Mouth is med bod but on the richer creamier side, medium to a little higher carb

Overall not a great style, but this wasn't too bad, no real pine and not a super bitter roast, didn't clash too much but wasn't great.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is roasted malts, pine, and Tree House yeast. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Tastes like it belongs in the Tree House family. That said I really prefer their NEIPAs. Solid, but don't see myself getting this one again.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours a coffee cola brown with a Double Shot-esque head... at least at first. Two tone dark and light tan, but quickly blends into lighter, almost white ivory.

S - faint cereal grains and grape must. More vinous that I think was intended. Dry pinot gris with hints of tangerine sweetness.

T - definitely hoppy and herbal. Fresh and crisp. Lightly toasted grains and coffee ground bitterness. Sweet lemon-lime candy, nectarine citrus, and bittering grapefruit rind. Finish is as hoppy as it begins with some serious lasting power on the bitterness.

F - full, almost overly so for the flavors and general vibes of this beer. It's on the lighter, subtler side, but a good amount of heft is still present. Blends well with the bitterness.

O - the BLIPA is definitely an underutilized style of late. Raven is overall subtle, but hoppy out the ass. Caramelized and citrusy, it is a good example of the style, but much like Ma, isn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger fluffy khaki head. The head is stubbornly persistent and leaves a crown of lacing as it ultimately settles into a thick cap of foam.

The aroma brings notes of pine and citrus up front; namely grapefruit and orange rind. Then comes a rush of roasted malts, bringing notes of medium roast coffee and milk chocolate. There's a slight smokey note on the back.

The flavor starts off with notes of orange and grapefruit pith, with just a faint lingering spiciness. Then there's some roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Finishes smokey and leathery.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great Black IPA that comes pretty much exactly as advertised. You get the hops and the malts and the yada yada yada. Good beer.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up three cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $3.80. Brand-new brew from TH. Not usually a black IPA fan, but this was a pleasant surprise, and tasted better the more I drank. Very-well balanced.

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Raven from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 28 ratings