Curiosity Eighty Six
Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.33 | pDev: 5.77%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Drawing on the knowledge gained from many of the recent oat-based curiosities, we are pleased to present Curiosity Eighty Six for your enjoyment today! Eighty Six pours a relatively turbid yellow color in the glass and presents with a dense body and a billowing, clingy white head. While enjoying this beer, we taste pineapple, ripe nectarine, pithy orange creamsicle, and a hint of a cannabis. The Curiosity series is is a critical initiative here at Tree House - these beers enable us to trial large process changes that allow us to learn at an accelerated pace and evolve as craftspeople as the years roll on. The results, much like Eighty Six, are worth savoring - Enjoy!
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours an OJ-lookin' pale yellow sheet of haze. Actually looks like a non-TH NEIPA of the ilk that's super fizzy but also flat and dead at the same time. No head and no life in the glass. Leaves a startling amount of legs for sub-8%.

S - papaya and starfruit. Vaguely herbal, green citrus. Pineapple, clementine rind, and lemon-lime.

T - bitey and rindy. Orange pith, lime, and lemon peel. Grassy and herbaceous. Raw hops. Zesty pineapple, a hint of juicy fruit, and mild bubblegum fruitiness. Finishes with dry acidity and aggressive hop bitterness, especially on a fresh palate.

F - fortunately not as fizzy as it looks. Lacks that signature TH pillowy softness, but still goes down with velvet viscosity.

O - a bit of a deviation for TH. Errs more toward the NEIPA en masse than their special brand of proprietary magic. Not a bad thing, but not great either. I'm still getting some of that magical TH juice flavor and a whole lot more bitterness than usual.

Jan 24, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with a well retained but thin white head that left spotty lacing. Smells of citrus with an earthy quality and a bit of grass. Tastes of orange, orange peel, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, grass and floral notes. Medium bodied, light but prickly carbonation, mild bitterness and a dry finish.

Jan 11, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is peaches and mangoes. Light bodied, slightly sweet, with moderate carbonation. One of the tastier Curiosities in recent memory. One is good for me though.

Jan 09, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 12/20/19. Poured into Veil goblet.

L: 1.5 F foamy white head. Good retention, lots of fluffy white lacing and a cap. Beer is a very hazy deep orange-gold.

S: Very citrus element to this, along with some earthiness.

T: Getting a ton of grapefruit and orange, including pith. Fair amount of bitterness midpalate, but it grows more earthy on finish. Oats give it more body than it needs, maybe.

F: Medium-ish body, moderate carbonation. Vivid flavors, but perhaps less rounded and integrated than your normal TH.

O: Would put this in the good, not great category for TH.

Jan 05, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy pale straw hue with a thick one finger white head that fades to leave light lacing and a thick, creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of bitter, pithy hops, flashes of citrus rind and almost wet paper. Very wet paper and pulpy. Flashes of bitterness and faint fruit salad like. Not really tropical by any means but it's really muted and papery.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lightly fluffy pithy hops, good citrus and floral notes, almos thoney like. There are flashes of almost vanilla tha tlingers on the finish with light floral notes. The citrus peel is pleasant, flashes of orange peel but lingering heavy pithy bitterness. The finish is also a little hot too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, fluffy alcohol is hidden on the finish though.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming ipa. There are tons of flaws with this beer. Waaaay too pithy and papery and some how drank way hotter than the 7.8% that this beer is. Very odd and unfortunate.

Serving Type: Can

Jan 03, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

THanks to rudzud, canned 12/20/19
Pours a lighter fizzy head with medium-low retention, fair lacing, hazy cloudy light orange color

Nose some citrus but not a ton, lots of pith and some rind like, getting a little pulpy papery chalky like

Taste brings more of the papery chalky pithy like, little grainy malt but light, medium bitterness mostly rind, some pith, citrus, generic citrus rind mostly, pithy lingering bitterness on the mild sticky sweet finish, but a bit dry

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy chalky, pithy, medium carb, a bit of warming alcohol

Overall this was a little sad, like they rushed it out, more of a beer I expect from random brewery, not Tree House

Jan 03, 2020
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Kendo from New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a Palm tulip. Body is hazy tannish-yellow with a small white head.

S: Modest hops - tropical fruit (pineapple) and a touch of grassy/piney hops.

T: Follows the nose, with tropical fruit - primarily pineapple, some melon rind - and a nice piney/lemony bitterness on the finish. Sweet undertones in the aftertaste.

M: Nice juicy TH feel to this one.

O: Very good. Different taste, but comparable to the Eighty Five (which I just finished) in overall quality.

Dec 31, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from the brewery 12/24/19. Canned 12/20. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip. Well done can art of an owl.

a: Opaque yellow orange with hardly any head and spotty lacing.

s: Tropical fruit and citrus leaning slightly to orange.

t: Citrus/tropical blend with moderate hop bite which lingers on the dry finish.

m: Medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A very good stab at a NEDIPA, although not particularly well balanced due to significant lingering bitter notes throughout. Looks and tastes like it has had fruit juice added (perhaps powder) and if so the lack of balance is explained.

Dec 29, 2019
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