Curiosity Eighty Eight
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 5.22%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
41
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 05, 2020
Added:
Jan 17, 2020
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  4
SCORE
96
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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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Rated: 4.5 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by bcsbeer from Florida

Apr 12, 2020
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Reviewed by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Consumed 3/26/20

Pale orange with some honey highlights, typical Tree House haze, small off-white head that fades to a few wisps
Really nice blend of hops, loads of citrus, tangerine and orange juice and flesh, some grapefruit, floral citrus, earthy, herbal, and woodsy hops, lime, peach, melon, mango, pineapple, orange creamsicle, pale malts, light sweetness, touch of booze
Medium body, very smooth and chewy, low carbonation

Drinking a Curiosity is a bittersweet experience; trying something new and somewhat experimental from Tree House is fun, but knowing that I will likely never encounter it again is sad. Curiosity Eight Eight is particularly problematic because it's exceptionally good. I would buy this again if I had a time machine.
Mar 26, 2020
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Acquired from my youngest daughter last weekend. Canned 1/17/20. Poured from the 16 oz. can with the triceratops art into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Opaque bright orange with a half finger white head which receded to very thin surface foam with surrounding ring, and spotty lacing.

s: Intense tropical fruit combo.

t: Follows the nose with great balance, moderate hop bite which lingers slightly o the dry finish.

m: Pillowiny medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; Outatanding among TH DIPAS for its particularly powerful fruity aroma, nicely balanced hop-malt combo and especially "fluffy" mouthfeel.
Mar 21, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by DaveCash from New York

Mar 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Mar 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Mar 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by smaddock from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by TheIPAHunter from California

Feb 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.84 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Feb 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by smi69 from New York

Feb 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.42 by Eddiehop from Texas

Feb 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Joesapp from Connecticut

Feb 19, 2020
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Feb 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Feb 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by TangoJuliet from New York

Feb 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Feb 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.
Feb 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.4 by CreightonSM from New York

Feb 10, 2020
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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.
Feb 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by skiking70 from Maryland

Feb 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mrthetank from Virginia

Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by Jps715 from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.78 by Bennick218 from Ohio

Feb 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by smcel371 from New York

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.55 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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
Feb 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
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.
Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jan 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by JonB25 from Delaware

Jan 29, 2020
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