Curiosity Eighty Eight
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #350
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,010
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 4.81%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
40
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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One-off
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SCORE
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Notes: The Curiosity Series has entered the Mesozoic era! This batch was brewed with a complex blend of American hops including Simcoe, Centennial, Citra, Sabro, and Amarillo to learn about and to enjoy the character of new lots from our 2019 hop selections. The result is extremely fruity, with syrupy notes of pineapple, dank orange juice, guava, and light earthy melon buoyed by a fluffy, dense body. The foam on Curiosity Eighty Eighty is quite a sight, with a wispy head that clings tightly to the edge of your glass. This beer carries a lovely and unique fresh citrus character that makes your mouth water - you’ll see what we mean!. Enjoy!
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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 1.17.20, opened 2.15.20

can poured into a teku

“anybody got a date code?”

two finger off white sticky foam cap over deep orange hazy liquid , good retention, good lacings

citrus aroma , orange, tangerine

orange citrus hop aroma

little sudsing , hop taste, no bite

good beer

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Photo of beersampler6
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer from the amazing Tree House. I had very high expectations and wasn’t let down. 1/17/20 date printed on can. Pours that great classic Tree House hazy yellow color with some fluffy white head and small rings of sticky soapy lingering lacing. Great aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, melon, mango, passion fruit, lemon and orange. Also some malt, creamy vanilla, bread, weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose, amazing balance and depth. Juicy and delicious. Higher ABV was well hidden. Creamy, luscious, very soft mouthfeel with great carbonation. Hard to beat this mouthfeel. An excellent beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is pineapple syrup, tangerine and herbal hops. Medium bodied, slightly sweet with moderate carbonation. The syrup shines through and makes this one of the better recent Curiosities.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1/17/20.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch of white fluff. Retention and lacing are moderate. Mango, guava, orange, and candied peach in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Ripe, juicy tropical fruit on the palate. A fruit cocktail of pear syrup, mango preserves, and tangerine hard candies. Finishes sweet with lingering tropicals, zero malt, and a firm bitterness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing
Pours a foamy frothy thicker large foamy head with good lacing and retention, decent legs, cloudy hazy orange color

Nose is loads of tangerine orange, like super juicy orange tangerine with a little tropical, light creamy doughy malt, some vanilla, bit of honey malt

Taste sweet candy malt, big honey and candy blond sweet malt, fair vanilla and a bit buttery, some tangerine citrus but not a ton, candy sweet malt with a light alcohol note, touch grainy, candied orange cake icing like flavor, sticky sweet finish with fair alcohol

Mouth is med bod but a bit sticky, fair warming alcohol, medium foamy carb

Overall OK, not great, too much alcohol and not enough juicy citrus flavors compared to the nose

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy golden orange hue with fat two finger white head that fades to leave light lacing and a thick, creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of creamy vanilla and orange juice and zest. Flashes of melon as well as creamy oats and almost a light honey sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose though with a fair amount of dank hops. There is good citrus zest and aflashes of orange marmalade. Nice flashes of honey as well as decent melon and almost earthy notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, fluffy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a decent enough IPA from Tree House. There are pleasant citrus notes but the taste isnt nearly as assertive as the nose is. Other than that it's a solid enough beer.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of SawDog505
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[IMG] Poured into a 16 oz Treehouse glass canned on 1/17/2020. Pours a gorgeous yellow orange, with a 2 finger sticky white that leaves massive streaks of lace as it slowly settles. 4.75

Smell is cantaloupe, tangerine, coconut, garlic, and apricot. 4.25

Taste ripe melon, coconut, tangerine, upfront with a little bit of garlic and a healthy hit of apricot really amazingly balanced and makes you salivate in between sips. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, soft carbonation, sticky not dry, and mostly over 8% goes down insanely easy. 5

Overall just another winner from Treehouse, amazing and slightly different offering from them. 4.5

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Matt for this one.

Pint - can - dated 01/17/20 - poured into an ale tulip at 46F.

Pours a glowing juicy yellow peach hue - ultra turbid, but just shy of milky - topped with twi fingers if soft, pure white head, whixh recedes relatively quickly, leaving some wisps of lacing behind. The occasional bubble can be seen rising from the depths.

Nose: Like most Tree House IPAs, it's just bursting at the seams with tropical fruit aromas. Some dank, earthy guava, melon, pineapple, and overripe mango, with a little flourish of underripe citrus. There's an odd bote in here that reminds me of coconut that is starting to get a bit funky, and there's also a prominent toasted brown rice note. I'm not sure if it's from the grain, or if it's a hop note, but it's interesting. Definitely a unique one here.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a firm pale malt sweetness, that manages to stay behind the line of cloying, with many thanks to the hops for that. An ultra-fruity presentation, though the fruit notes don't translate as anything terribly specific. Certainly a sweet, earthy melon flavour, and some seriously overripe tropical fruits, with some mango coming into focus. The flavour profile takes a turn, and the most bizarre hop dankness. Planty, herbaceous, earthy, green, and almost fatty, like coconut cream. Approaching the finish, there's a ton of earthiness, vegetal green flavours, funky coconut, cut grass, fresh leaves, and resinous whole cone hops, before a gentle pithy bitterness comes in, and dries out little is left of the sweetness. Finish is semi-dry, super resinous, pithy, earthy, green, and vegetal.

Mouthfeel/Body: A big, fluffy, creamy pillow of a beer is not unusual for Tree House double IPA standards, and this is no exception. A big foundation of sweet, pillowy soft malt lends a creaminess and some stickiness that just borders on syrupy - not not cloying. A fizzy effervescence somehow manages to cut through the full-bodied beer, and lend some much-needed crispness. Hop oils cling to the palate.

Overall: Tree House has so many great New England IPAs, it's hard to keep up. At this point, I just automatically acknowledge them as the best in the business. Sure, some can be incredibly similar to others, but they still always have the signature Tree House flair. This actually has some rather unique hop character, and with IPAs being a self-limiting style, just changing up the hops can bring some of the greatest difference. It's a bit unusual, super overripe and dank, but it's still a delightfully fruity and fairly complex beer (given the style). The Curiosity series never seems to disappoint.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque deep orange color with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell white head. The head has nice retention, hanging around for a while before eventually settling into a thick, creamy blanket. Leaves some nice cobwebs of lace as it dissipates. One of the better looking Tree House IPA's.

The aroma is fruity as hell. Straight up fruit loops, followed by some tangy citrus and fresh mango. There's plenty of honeydew melon and guava, as well as some candied peach.

The flavor brings lots of peach notes, as well as some melon, pineapple, and strawberries. Then comes a wave of citrus; namely grapefruit and tangerines with a hint of lemon zest. Slightly bready with a very subtle earthiness.

The mouthfeel literally made me say "what the fuck" out loud. Tree House has a knack for making the softest, creamiest beers on the planet, and this is a testament to their hubris. This one is full-bodied with low carbonation. Literally like drinking a pillow. Creamy and with just enough bite to let you know you're drinking a beer and not a smoothie. Might as well have no alcohol.

Overall, this is a truly fantastic DIPA. I love the hop bill here and it's truly remarkable how Nate can utilize hops like Simcoe and Centennial and create a beer with almost zero bitterness.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Tree House on 1/17, with a stamped date of the same, and consumed on 1/22. Pours with a large long lasting foamy head, typical NEIPA appearance. Aroma of fresh citrus hops, with mild grassy and floral notes. Moderate bitter taste, smooth, easy drinking, hiding the high alcohol content well. Medium bodied, but fairly easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Curiosity Eighty Eight from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 40 ratings