Curiosity Eighty Eight
Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.4 | pDev: 5.23%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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Reviews by beersampler6:
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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MilaMila from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 26, 2020
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 14, 2020
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Jeremy_w73 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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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TangoJuliet from New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 15, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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robrio89 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 23, 2020
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 27, 2020
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fossage78 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 14, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jan 22, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
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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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 28, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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
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wip998001 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 02, 2020
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bcsbeer from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 12, 2020
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 05, 2020
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smaddock from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 27, 2020
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grahuba from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 23, 2020
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Joesapp from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2020
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 02, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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PDinunzi from New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 24, 2020
Curiosity Eighty Eight from Tree House Brewing Company
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