Outlier
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #16
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,268
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 7.54%
Ratings:
73
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 12, 2021
Added:
Feb 24, 2020
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  3
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: utlier is a Kolsch-style ale brewed to be eminently drinkable yet loaded with nuance, character, and individuality. It pours a glowing translucent yellow color in the glass with a puffy head that sticks around while you enjoy it. We taste a kiss of lemon, earthy noble hops, doughy malts, a hint of pear, gentle minerality, and a pleasant whisper of wheat that sticks around on the finish. Outlier is a beer brewed with tradition in mind, and the idea that nuanced, carefully crafted beers can enhance living in ways that few other beers can. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - pours a crystal clear faint straw-gold color. Light, almost greenish hue that quickly takes on the color of anything around it, like a chameleon. Virtually no head unless slammed into the glass. Believe it or not, there are actually floaties in here! Looks like Goldschlager.

S - smells like Koln. Crisp and fresh, like fall air. Hint of white bread, sweet noble hops, and pale malts.

T - doughy lemon and crisp, refreshing malty sweetness. Clean and lightly fruity. Mild citrus zest on the finish to give it some character.

F - tingly on the tongue. Almost electric. Pointy and refreshing.

O - strays a bit from traditional Kolsch flavor to introduce some more fruity undertones with lively sweetness, but still that same crushable bready character.

Nov 12, 2021
 
3.5 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Aug 24, 2021
 
4.11 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Jul 31, 2021
 
3.99 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2021
Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a light pale straw color with a finger of head. The flavor is crisp and very dry. The body is light and super sessionable.

There's plenty of respect for the style here. This is decidedly NOT an attempt to take a traditional style and hop it into oblivion.

Nice work TH!

Jul 22, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Tree House in Sandwich for about twelve dollars. My one hundred and sixty first brew from these guys. Not my favorite style, but well done.

Jul 18, 2021
 
3.77 by Khaack from New York on Jul 10, 2021
 
4.02 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jul 10, 2021
 
3.94 by mdfb79 from New York on Jul 09, 2021
 
4.13 by eluvah from New York on Jul 05, 2021
Photo of papposilenus
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 16oz can, dated 06/28/21. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a pale straw-gold with a fuckton of super-fine carbonation bubbles and just shy of two fingers of soapy suds. Retention is unremarkable, leaving a fizzy cap and collar and no lacing to speak of.

Nose is mildly sweet with a clean, cake-like, malty aroma. Smells like a vanilla scone. But then it smells a lot more like pee as it warms in the glass, so there’s a mixed bag right there.

Taste is thinly sweet with hay, grass and peppermint. Sweetened tea, lemon, bread dough and spicy, grassy bitterness. Finishes with minty, biting hop oils clinging to my tongue and numbing the tastebuds.

Feel is crisp at first, more doughy as I sip, medium-light bodied with fine, bright carbonation. A sort of doughy slickness builds up on the palate over the course of the glass that will need to be scraped off with a cracker or something when I’m done.

Overall, adheres rigidly to the style guideline while managing not to taste like any other kölsch I’ve ever had, and with the volume turned up a few notches - pretty much what you might expect from a Tree House interpretation of a kölsch. I keep going back and forth on whether I’m really tasting peppermint oil or if it just burns my tastebuds the way peppermint oil would.

Jul 02, 2021
 
4.19 by smi69 from New York on Jul 01, 2021
 
3.56 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Jun 26, 2021
 
4.05 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Jun 21, 2021
 
3.74 by mtimmerman84 from New York on Jun 06, 2021
 
3.79 by alexsergio from New York on Jun 06, 2021
 
3.77 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jun 06, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

16 oz can into a mug.

Pours a hazy pale gold color with a 3 finger sudsy white head. Very nice retention. Leaves a few bits of splotchy lacing.

The aroma has a lot of lemon notes with a bit of pear. There's plenty of earthiness and grass, with some peppery spice and sweet, doughy malt.

The flavor brings quite a bit of bready malt, cereal grains, and herbal grassiness. There's a bit of lemon zest before a spicy, peppery finish.

The feel is light bodied with pretty lively carbonation. Crisp, with a modestly dry finish.

Overall, I'd say this is definitely a good German Kolsch. There's nothing really unique or special about it, but I'd say it's a solid representation of the style.

Jun 01, 2021
 
4.3 by RichD from Rhode Island on Nov 29, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

16oz can poured into a Stange. Consumed over the summer, reviewed from notes.

A: Dull straw golden color with perfect clarity. Bubbly white head retains well. Thin collar of lacing.

S: Plenty of doughy Pilsner malt, whiffs of lemon zest, lime leaf, and a soft herbal and floral earthiness. Really subtle pear skin sort of fruitiness.

T: Doughy pils malt up front. Hops bring lemon zest and a more pronounced grassy/herbal flavor than the nose suggested. Subtle juicy fruit sort of flavor. Minerality. Clean fermentation. Quick wheat and limey hop finish.

M: Light bodied. Round and firm malt texture. Crisp, carbonic bite.

O: On point. Of the classic styles Tree House has attempted, this is the best so far, I think.

Nov 17, 2020
 
3.8 by MJSFS from Florida on Oct 23, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned on 07/13/2020, enjoyed on 09/12/2020.

Sep 13, 2020
 
3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2020
 
3.82 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Aug 14, 2020
 
4.25 by Antg8989 from New Jersey on Aug 09, 2020
 
4.57 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: A clear straw yellow with a finger of ivory head that faded fast. No lacing to be had.

S: A bright zing of lemon accompanied by muted notes of grain, grass, and hay.

T: Mildly bitter following the nose. Grainy. A little more on the cracker malt and grass spectrums but some herbal and mineral presence as well.

O: A little between styles i think. Reminded me of some European wheat beers also.

Aug 03, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Taste of a European summer. Great rendition of one my favorite German styles--straw-colored pour, head disappears quickly. Deep malt character with a bit of a wheat bite. This will stand tall against any heat-fueled thirst.

Jul 31, 2020
 
3.93 by Burt from Rhode Island on Jul 23, 2020
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

16 oz. can dated 6/8/20. Poured into Alchemist IPA glass.

L: Big white foamy head on aggressive pour, leaves soapy lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a mostly-clear pale gold.

S: Lemon, biscuit dough (something light, airy, and bready), some pear.

T: Wet, lemon, good. No, just kidding (points if you got that reference). Lemony up front, though. Light malts, some pear or Asian pear (cool!). Neutral finish. A bit watery.

F: Light-bodied, moderately carbonated. Nice and crisp. Construction and balance good. Not the greatest complexity or nuance, but not needed, either. Perfect summer or poolside beer.

O: It strikes me this is Tree House's 25th best style and it still blows almost everyone else's away. Could drink this anytime.

Jul 18, 2020
 
4 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Jul 08, 2020
Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2020-06-26 in Lititz, PA from a fresh 16oz can

Fairly clear straw gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Bread and fruit aroma carries over into the flavor with some pear and light earthy spice. Restrained bitterness. Lovely feel. Delicious.

Jun 27, 2020
 
4 by MellowHype from Massachusetts on Jun 24, 2020
 
4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Jun 19, 2020
 
3.97 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 17, 2020
 
4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on May 30, 2020
Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is grass and grain. Light bodied, high carbonation, sweet and crisp. Makes for a really good example of the style. Could drink this all summer long. Well done.

May 20, 2020
 
4.05 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on May 18, 2020
 
3.34 by jay25mac from Massachusetts on May 17, 2020
Photo of ChrisCarp13
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ChrisCarp13 from Massachusetts

Good take by treehouse on this Kolsch. I have continued to really appreciate the beers they have produced outside of ipa’s. Well done!

May 05, 2020
Outlier from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 73 ratings