Force Of Will
Tree House Brewing Company

Force Of WillForce Of Will
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #57
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #667
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
159
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Force Of WillForce Of Will
Notes: Force of Will is a Tree House Double IPA brewed with tropical blend of American hops propelled by a honed-in process paired with our house yeast.

Every so often a beer comes through the brewery that marks a seminal moment of progress in both spirit and outcome; in 2019, this beer was Very GGGreennn. So far in 2020, Force Of Will marks a heightened standard across the board for us.

Drawing on the hyper-focus imparted by our current circumstances, the mouthfeel, body, hop density, and flavor-saturation of Force of Will are tremendously amplified.

Pouring a glowing orange color in the glass, it carries a richness and juiciness about it that finds a new gear in our innovative IPA repertoire. Notes of heavy citrus, peach nectar, mango puree, and pineapple juice grace the palate, carried by a supple and full mouthfeel. It is a hopeful beverage , indeed - Enjoy!
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Hazy orange. Smells of lots of orange and pineapple. Booze. Tastes of sweet pale malt, orange, earthy bitter yeast flavors. Pretty heavy and sweet. Sweetness cuts the acidity of the hops. It's ok.

Thursday at 10:05 PM
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lucius10 from California

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet pineapple juicy tropical hoppy, orange-tangerine citrus, and hint of dank nose on this one! Taste follows with a malty sweet, fruity hoppy, hint of citrus bitter finish. Soft and enjoyable to drink.

Jun 20, 2021
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jdhops from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5/19/21.

L: Pours an opaque orange with a short creamy head that sticks around. Lovely thick lacing.

S: Ripe orange and peach. A bit of melon.

T: More orange, peach, and melon. Some pineapple. Finishes with a drying bitterness. The 8.5% ABV is well-hidden.

F: Medium mouthfeel, much lighter than it looks. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Intensely tropical and hoppy. Supremely enjoyable.

Jun 14, 2021
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit more bitter, pithy notes elevated this above other treehouse brews for me. Finishes dry with pineapple in there somewhere. Very heavy. Very thick.

Jun 01, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2021/05/19
Pours a med large frothy white head with moderate retention, soapy lacing, opaque cloudy pale peach color

Nose explodes with heavy ripe citrus and peach, mango puree, generic tropical, papaya, candied sweet tropical fruit, touch of melon and pineapple, sweet doughy malt

Taste similar, rich doughy creamy malt and flaked proteins with soft minerals, little chalky, then tropical and citrus, plenty of pith, orange and generic citrus, mango and a little pineapple, little stone fruit and hint of melon or maybe even cantaloupe, touch of bitterness, then semi dry finish that gets a bit more bitterness

Mouth is very creamy with med bod, creamy med carb

Overall similar double NEIPA that I expect from tree house, but on the good side

May 29, 2021
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 5/19/21. Poured into Lawson's goblet.

L: Nice fluffy 2F head with decent retention and lots of lacing, plus a longstanding ring. Beer is a hazy dull orange-bronze.

S: I get a lot of peach, pineapple, and tropical fruits. Grass and earthy backnotes.

T: Pretty much follows nose, but with more complexity. Peach definitely is the leader, but there is some muted orange and lime, some pineapple and mango. Even a bit of a berry component. Back end is earthy and grassy, very slightly bitter, with some floral notes. Really a lot of good things going on here.

F: Medium bodied and maybe a bit more. Moderately carbonated, which is good because it would be too heavy otherwise. Obviously strongly constructed and well-balanced.

O: I can see why they're proud of this one. On a day when I walked with with 6 packs of Very Green, Very Hazy, and Juice Machine, this may end up being the big win. Really nicely done.

May 26, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is thick, opaque, juicy with a lovely thick white head. Really good head retention on this one as it dissipates but not completely and leaves a mound of foam ringing the outside of the top of the beer. The aroma on this is killer - rich, pungent, and fruity with notes of mango, orange, pineapple and a little raspberry or strawberry. Taste has those fruity notes - pineapple, mango, citrus, strawberry, with a certain light creamy sweetness. But what really is pleasing about this beer is that the hops are not overrun by the sweetness, but rather there is a nice, noticeable hop bite and bitterness on the back end. Feel is full bodied, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a damn good DIPA.

Mar 23, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1.8.21, opened 2.13.21

“This is your conscience speaking”

Can poured into a treehouse teku

Thick rich dense creamy three finger foam cap, great retention over a hazy orange liquid

Orange citrus aroma, pineapple, mango, grassy

Orange , orange rind, mango taste

Smooth with a hop bite

Good beer

Feb 15, 2021
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark orange, very hazy and opaque with a thick, long-lasting egg white head with incredibly thick lacing.

The smell is orange from several feet away. There's also mango and pineapple.

The taste is stone fruit - peach and mango, along with bitter orange and pineapple.

The mouthfeel is a pillow of low carbonation and thick body with no lingering bitterness or hop burn.

This is magnificent. Wow

Feb 09, 2021
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. can poured into a tulip. Canned on 11/29/20, making this exactly 2 months old.

A: Nice and hazy with slow bubbles up the side. Fluffy white head.

S: Big mango and pineapple, with a touch of papaya.

T: Sharp bitterness up front, big notes of orange and pineapple. Finish is bitter too, but fades quickly.

M: Nice and full and creamy like you'd expect from Tree House. Little more bitter than I'd like though.

O: Shout out to Brandon S. for hooking me up with my 2nd round of Tree House. Really nice to get back into them. Good start here with Force of Will. Can tell it's not top notch TH, it's a little too bitter and sharp for my liking. But it is hazy and the rich mouthfeel is great. Even mid-range TH still blows me away.

Recommendation: A great example of a Tree House DIPA, highly recommend.

Jan 30, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/8/21. “This is you conscience speaking“ stamped on the bottom of the can

This beer was one of the main selling points of the mixed case I picked up from Tree House last week. I’ve heard great things about this one so I’m very excited to try it

Pours a hazy pale orange gold with 3 fingers of creamy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

The aroma here is sweet and fruity, quite standard fare for TH. I pick up on notes of cantaloupe, bubblegum, creamy peach, juicy orange, grassy hops, and biscuity malt

While the nose would lead me to believe this would taste like many TH beers, it’s actually quite bitter, at least by their standards. On the front end of the sip I get notes of underripe melon, fresh piney hops, lemon peel, and pithy grapefruit. The swallow trends a bit sweeter, bringing notes of sweet peach, caramel malt, tangerine, and earthy hops

A medium body pairs with very gentle carbonation, making this go down super easy. Finishes mostly dry and refreshing

This was one of the highlights of the case for me. I was pleasantly surprised by the bitterness and balance on this one. I’ll definitely seek it out again

Jan 18, 2021
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1.5 month old can poured into a tulip.

Darkish-gold coloring with a slight orange hue. A little muddy looking in poor light, but a nice orange glow in good light. Full haze, totally opaque, and a just a touch murky. Wonderful, creamy head of tightly compact, eggshell bubbles. Moderate retention and a half-finger of renewed head on a few swirls of the glass. Splotchy lacing down the glass.

My god the pineapple and orange on this thing! I was actually initially hit with a big, starchy, grassy note, but then the fruit juice flows in hard. Definitely some tropical and stone fruit on the nose -- mango, papaya, peach, and apricot. Lots of sweet grape, as well, plus a little pine and just a slight twang of dankness. But the pineapple and orange juice is what this one is all about. And it is lovely. Not necessarily nuanced or tremendously layered, but saliva-inducing and memorable.

Taste is a bit of a letdown as it simply doesn't follow-up on the wonderfulness of the nose. Fairly starchy and green, and the fruit juice notes are less bold and defined than I expected. But it is certainly juicy. Very citrusy, with under-ripe pineapple and the tropical/stone fruits playing a bigger role. Muddled fruit salad, a little salinity, and a strong mineral note (borderline metallic). Lots of grapefruit pith on the back end (which is lovely), which coats the tongue and teeth in an appealing way. Some lemon-lime in the aftertaste. Fairly dry, with a little blast of bitter, sharp grapefruit juice at the very end.

Incredibly soft, silky, and well carbonated. It's not a heavy mouthfeel by any means, but the coating aspect adds a nice tactile element to the drinking experience.

Quite good but not fantastic, as the taste just don't match the promise of the nose.

Jan 16, 2021
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Kendo from New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the can into a Tree House tulip glass. Body is turbid golden with a wisp of white head.

S: Pineapple-orange juice with dank piney hops and a load of tropical fruit.

T: Juicy - pineapple-orange juice - and fruity - mango, ripe melons and peaches. Really nice - full of flavor and a good full body.

M: Full-bodied and juicy. Smooth. Nice.

O: This is quite good.

Jan 03, 2021
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/31/20

Golden orange, among the most turbid of any TH beers I have ever seen, looks like an orange puree, small white head that fades to wisps, leaves some nice lacing
A fruit smoothie, loads of bright citrus, orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, herbal and green hops in aroma only, an array of tropical flavors, mango, melon, peach, pineapple, slight hints of pine, moderate yet oddly subtle bitterness, some bubblegum but mostly pale malt sweetness, very light touch of alcohol
Medium body, smooth and chewy, a little stickiness

Force of Will does taste like a "next step" for Tree House as this tastes more like a fruit smoothie (rather than a DIPA) than anything I have had from Tree House, which really says something. This seriously drinks like the ABV is half of its listed 8.5%. It's not exactly what I personally want in the style, but it's very interesting.

Dec 31, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat dark gold color, opaque, with a robust 3 finger fluffy soapy head the retains well. The aroma is fairly pungent with spruce gum, grapefruit and maybe some candied lemon rind. The taste is a little more sweet (but not overly) with some pleasant orange notes up front. As a bitterness creeps in it turns to tangerine pith flavor by mid taste. Again, this is not sweet really. The feel is very soft and smooth with a moderate to high bitterness. I really like this one as a break from the sweet citrusy offerings from TH. It has nice character.

Dec 24, 2020
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dele from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a spiegelau IPA glass. Canned 11/24/20, tasted 12/12/20.

Force of Will is a deep orange beer - typically for the style, it looks like a glass of juice with a little bit of frothy white head. It's beautiful in the glass.

The beer's aroma is full of tropical fruit. I get mango and papaya - not so much the peach and pineapple one usually gets from TH beers. It smells wonderful - but there's not much promise of a hop backbone in the smell, nor any piney or resiny notes like one would hope for in an 8.5% DIPA.

Mouthfeel is typical Tree House - soft and velvety. The taste is just like the smell. All fruit, all the time. Just a complete juice bomb, with no notable hop presence at all. On the one hand, it's amazing that they can coax these flavors out of water, yeast, malt, and hops. On the other hand, it's pretty one-dimensional. Most of TH's IPAs and DIPAs pack both a fruit wallop and a hop backbone. Not so with Force of Will. It's pure, pure juice.

I can see why juicy IPA lovers will love this beer, but i prefer IPAs, even NEDIPAs, to balance the fruit with some bitterness. This one doesn't do it at all for me and therefore I much prefer TH's classic offerings.

Dec 13, 2020
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

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

From can. Pours a translucent dusky amber color with tight white head. Not as fragrant as many TH IPAs, citrus forward, especially grapefruit with nectarine notes.
Taste follows the nose, grapefruit leads with peach and melon flavors. Moderate hoppiness gives a very well rounded beer that is easy to drink.

Nov 30, 2020
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love the color of this beer in the light. It glows a beautiful, rich orange color. Wish the aroma had a bit more punch, but the flavors of citrus and sticky, piney hops make up for it.

Nov 20, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Completely hazed out medium golden pour with thick foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Dank and fruity. Citrus, peach, mango, and tropicals.

T.F: Sweet and bready up front. Big time juice... grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and peach. Pineapple, guava, and spice. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied... modest bitterness which gives a bit of balance. Lush fruity finish.

O: A world-beater DIPA. Fantastic flavor and drinkability.

Nov 10, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/3/20, tasted 11/5/20. When I rated this, it wasn't as fresh as I would have liked it to be, so I'm trying to keep that in mind with my review. I had been trying to procure this beer for a while, and unfortunately, I'm a bit underwhelmed. The look was great, the smell had some nice stone fruit character, but the taste just didn't pop for me. Still a really good beer, but not one I'd seek out specifically.

Nov 05, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical turbid nectar in a glass. Dull orange, orange clay, unearthed bronze. Typical tightly woven white head.

S: White gummi bears, pineapple chews, key lime custard, orange, apricot.

M: Easy going thickness like adding banana to a smoothie. Full-med bodied, moderate carbonation.

T: Some know it as guanabana, others as soursop, others, as paw paw. It's a pome forward fruit that's sweetness is counterbalanced by a good douse of yuzu juice. Sappy, piney, pepperberry woodiness ushers in a combination of peach, papaya and pineapple. I'm liking it more and more the more I write about it, and while it's great I feel like I've experienced this flavor profile before with something I had from D96. Also, this is drinking it on a virgin palate. It didn't hold up at all when I had it with my dinner; it was just very meek by comparison.

Nov 04, 2020
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 10/24/20. Served in an IPA glass.

Pours a thick-appearing, opaque and orange juice-like with a big two-finger crown of pouffy fluff. Retention is excellent, leaving a thick foamy blanket of cap, crown and lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet and malty - waffles comes to mind. Faint, though.

Initial taste impression is underripe peach, or nectarine, with resinous, piney bitterness Some grapefruit, then a certain sticky pineapple sweetness develops as it sits in my mouth a bit.

Feel is smooth and full, sticky, a tad better than medium bodied, with fine, bright carbonation.

Nov 02, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Tropical fruit and citrus up front along with some floral notes underneath

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of citrus and tropical fruit. Picks up some nectarine and floral notes. Some malt sweetness balances a light-moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering citrus and tropical fruit

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good DIPA that is super easy to drink. Another one on the tropical/citrus train that exemplifies the NE-style. Definitely worth checking out

Nov 02, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 ounce Nordic pint glass canned on 10/2/2020. Pours a very hazy bright yellow, with a finger sticky white head that leaves a bunch of thin streaks of lace with excellent retention. 5

Smell is ripe melon, guava, pineapple, and apricot really juicy. 4.5

Taste follows guava, cantaloupe, pineapple, tangerine, and apricot. 4.75

Mouthfeel is big, sticky not dry, soft gentle carbonation, and at 8.5% ABV really easy going down. 5

Overall another amazing NEDIPA from Tree House. Always expect huge things and they always deliver. 4.75

Oct 25, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

With this Imperial IPA, Treehouse departs a little from the world of Julius, Green & Haze. The look and feel are traditional Treehouse creamy hazy lightly orange in appearance couple with a nice tight bubbled head. The departure comes in a more pronounced balance of citrus and pine and tropics. Punchy bites of lemon tangerine and yuzu. Equally balanced with guava and pineapple to compliment the citrus and pine. Outstanding newcomer from an outstanding brewery.

Oct 19, 2020
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