Wafflebanger
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #508
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,361
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
40
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 03, 2023
Added:
Jan 14, 2023
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  4
Sometimes you make the joke enough times that the hoke becomes a reality.

Well, here we are - you are holding Wafflebanger. The legend has often been told of this elusive treat, and the world has willed it into existence.

Brewed with grade-A maple syrup and the very best Mosaic hops we could find in Washington, Wafflebanger presents with whispers of sweet maple intertwining with layers of rich blueberry-like hop complexity.

It works beautifully and encapsulates the spirit of a rich and fulfilling carbohydrate-heavy breakfast, replete with fresh squeezed orange juice! Enjoy! Who knows if we'll do this again...
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Beer- its not just for dinner anymore. Tree House searches for inspiration at the breakfast table for a banger of an IPA with a blueberry, waffle and syrup reason to get up in the morning.

Turbidly golden and taupe, Wafflebanger patiently builds a creamy eggshell froth and a bold citrusy scent with dark berry, cream, maple, herb and fresh pastry. And then to taste, its the pastry and cream flavors that carry a sweeter and maltier tone as flavors of honey, light maple, pastry dough and shortcake bring a smooth and dense maltiness to the early palate.

As the ale broadens across the middle palate, its the taste of hops that reign supreme with bold flavor of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and passionfruit before the radiant but controlled taste of blueberry bring an overt fruitiness to the balance. Trending herbal with the bitterness of tea leaf. verbena, hemp and fresh spruce, the hops outlast the malt for a drying and smoothly bitter finish.

Full bodied for IPA but remarkably drinkable, the otherwise pastry IPA finishes with an even keel bitter-sweetness with a long follow through of blueberry and maple, and only a hint of vodka warmth.
Nov 03, 2023
 
Rated: 5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Takeahike1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Interesting. First sip was, "whoa". Next few = "maybe". I kind of get different flavors on every other sip. Occasionally even an intense caramel flavor (which I suppose is the "syrup", but definitely more caramel than maple flavor). Maybe even whipped cream notes somehow. A lot going on in this one. Only halfway through it, but seriously, give it a minute between sips and you get different flavors. Not an everyday beer, but maybe just right for a sipper to last 2nd half of the game.
Sep 30, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2023
 
Rated: 5 by beer456 from New York

Sep 29, 2023
 
Rated: 4.04 by EMH73 from New York

Sep 01, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Aug 25, 2023
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a: hazy mixture of orange and purple, almost like the outside of a grapefruit. 1-2 finger silky off-white head

s: orange and grapefruit upfront. mango sorbet and pineapple juice behind that. slight peach note is tucked in there as well. some generic sweet lemon and some orange zest. a touch of sugary sweetness as well along with some passionfruit and dragonfruit

t: starts with orange and grapefruit, just like the nose. but, immediately then you are hit with some syrup sweetness. blueberry cobbler behind that and some peach as well. a touch of raw hops cuts the sweetness. behind that is some guava and creamsicle along with a hint of that tree house melon

m: medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

o: this one is definitely on the sweeter side. the syrup dominates the flavor a bit, so be prepared for that. everything is harmonized really well though
Aug 13, 2023
 
Rated: 3.86 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Aug 05, 2023
 
Rated: 4.65 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jul 24, 2023
 
Rated: 4.76 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jul 20, 2023
 
Rated: 4.6 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2023
 
Rated: 4.19 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jun 19, 2023
 
Rated: 4.56 by Khaack from New York

May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
3 months old. Can to wine glass.

L: Pours a full and hazy dark yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. No floaters.

S: Bubblegummy fruit notes of ripe mango and sweet, candied citrus fruits. Slight hints of maple syrup and some herbal notes are also there.

T: Notes of tropical fruits and ripe blueberries are followed by a distinctive maple sweetness. Slightly grassy and somehow woody. Medium bitter finish.

F: Full and creamy with a medium carbonation and a minimal burn.

O: I didn‘t really know what to expect from this one, but the maple syrup pairs quite nicely with the Mosaic hops and THs yeast. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste, but overall a very interesting experiment with a great outcome.
Apr 26, 2023
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked-up a four-pack of cans recently at Tree House in Sandwich for about twenty two dollars. My three hundred and sixteenth brew from these guys. Liked more than I expected, but would not get again.
Apr 19, 2023
 
Rated: 4.39 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Apr 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Excellent head production, retention, and lacing. Body is a deep orange color and quite lively.

Nose is immediately hoppy, and if you're familiar with Mosaic, you'll be familiar with this. The maple syrup is present, but not quite as standout as the hops - which is for the best in an IPA. Moderately dank, with additional notes of pine, grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. A really nice hop profile that presents an overall pleasant medley, but also some distinct fruity notes.

The maple adds a distinct character to the palate, much more so than on the nose. It at once amplifies the dankness with its sweet richness, yet also the bitterness, which a woody dullness that is so difficult to describe. The juicier hop notes are bright but not overly juicy, unlike most Tree House IPAs; I suspect the maple syrup character is dominating that somewhat over the house yeast. Tasting notes otherwise match the nose.

In terms of execution, I wouldn't say this is particularly reminiscent of waffles with blueberries and maple syrup, but it's not completely off from that, either. The doughy malt base is a solid start, and the maple syrup does really come through, especially mid-sip. Mosaic can present berry-like notes, but it's a rather dynamic and expressive varietal, and the age tends to influence which fruity and dank notes emerge strongest. My first thought is not blueberry, but as I sip more and more of it, I am getting some of that on the nose and palate.

Mouthfeel is excellent as almost always from Tree House, a remarkable blend of fullness, creamy softness, and liveliness. Fair amount of bite about the gums if you try to savor it.
Apr 15, 2023
 
Rated: 4.75 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

Apr 15, 2023
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very hazy, dark orange color with a white head that provides significant lacing. The is heavy on the maple syrup and blueberries. I am very intrigued.

The taste is all about the maple and blueberries, with a nice balance between the two to prevent the hazy from approaching Cloyingville. Really works on my palate.

The mouthfeel is full and soft. This is a nice departure from the TH juice bomb profile, reminding you that these guys are world-class brewers for a reason.
Apr 15, 2023
Wafflebanger from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 40 ratings