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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #44
Ranked #1,531
4.22 | pDev: 7.11%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: An extremely liberally hopped APA. Tornado was crafted during the unfortunate events surrounding the June 1st, 2011 Brimfield Tornado. We created the beer in honor of the circumstances as we experienced them and luckily escaped the path by 1/2 mile. Tornado is loaded with notes of pine, tropical fruit, and citrus. At 5.6% alcohol, it's super refreshing.
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 578
Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by a friend recently. My forty-first brew from these guys. This was a very nice, flavorful, low-ABV from Tree House. I am looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden. Some good head retention, off white. There is some nice melon aroma, cantaloupe and honey dew. Maybe a little pineapple as well. Nice fleshy melon character. There is maybe a touch of Dole pineapple in there but overall, it is pretty dry. Some oaty malt character finishes it up, rounding out the body. This is hitting the spot on this hot and humid day, but I'm not sure I would enjoy this all the time versus some other pales.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Nose is citrus, grapefruit, peach and mango. Light, fluffy. Beer opens with hints of grapefruit, mango and a starfruit zestiness. A light citrus tartness in the middle is joined by a grassy hop presence. Fresh. Orange and more starfruit in the end. Solid. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Some bubbles going down. Quenching, clean finish that keeps you coming back.

Solid all the way around. A real easy drinker.

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Photo of jykleo
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/23. Poured to Glass on 5/29.
A: Light Peach colour. Some hazyness but not like other TH IPAs.
S: Aromas are not strong. Some Mandarin Orange like aroma.
T: Good complexity but not deep. Rather, very light and smooth.
EASY to drink (even in the morning!)
M:Light body and light carbo. Smooth and clean.
O: Felt like session. Good taste. As far as I know, this one is the most light side APA in the TH family. Different from DDH/IIPA but as light side APA, not bad at all. Enjoyable.
ABV 5.6%. six hop varieties.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up when I was up at Tree House last September, as it was nice to finally see their brewery and order beer for myself there! Didn't know that this had a backstory behind it until I read it's description on here and had I not done that, I would have taken this as just another American Pale Ale. It was a bit better than that as the super-smooth aspect of it really came through as it warmed up, and I had to pace myself through my session to ensure that it lasted long enough for me to review!

Typical Tree House pour to this as the liquid was hazy, orange, and juicy in appearance. Plenty of foam topped it off as it took a while to settle down, though that happened in big sections. Lots of tropical fruit, dank notes, garlic, and some pineapple in the muted nose. The taste was certainly smooth and juicy but just didn't quite make the cut for me. A bit too much garlic spice and pepper could be felt here as I had to slow myself down once this fully warmed up; but only to take that aspect in. With a light carbonation and basic, bready malt, the flavors came through even though the easygoing nature of this beer wasn't quite in line with them.

Not a lot of booze here, which was the best part of this beer. Sure, it went down easily but I wanted something more juicy and flavorful. Tree House has lots of beers that fall in line with that description, but not this one. Canned 9/4 with "F5 HOPNADO!" written above it, this was not a hop bomb by any means and barely felt like an American Pale Ale to me. Worth a go once for something fun but those looking for Tree House's next must-have will be disappointed here...

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Photo of ausonius
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nicely pale, balanced between piney, fruity & sappy. aromatic fresh hops. Med/light bitterness. Great, bright balance. Really refreshing, & @5.6%ABV, very drinkable/poundable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes, consumed in October 2018

A: Yellow with some milky pale orange - hazy and turbid - pours with a medium size off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some lacing

S: Orange, tangerine, some grapefruit - hints of lime - loads of floral citrus - herbal, green hops - some grassy and herbal notes - some tropical notes, but definitely not the focus - pineapple and melon - soft, pale malts at the base

T: Relatively mild for Tree House but very interesting and well-rounded - range of citrus, with some orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - citrus peel, zest - lots of floral citrus, some hints of lime - herbal notes, green hops - very low bitterness - light, pale malts at the base

M: Medium body, very smooth, a touch chewy

O: Smooth, like a tornado?

Tornado is wonderfully balanced, as far as a Tree House pale ale is concerned, and very drinkable. It definitely shares some similarities to Lights On, but I think I prefer the combination of hops in Tornado. I should also note that I am enjoying these "natural disaster" Tree House beers, in general (Tornado, Hurricane, Super Typhoon).

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a quarter inch white head that left lots of lacing. Smells of tropical and citrus fruits with some pine. Tastes of blood orange, grapefruit, bitter apricots, underripe pineapple and pine. Medium to heavy bodied for the style, highly carbonated, mild bitterness, mildly dry finish.

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Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can: This one pours a cloudy to murky golden color. There was a large frothy white head on it that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Tropical, tangerine, pineapple and some pine notes. The taste is good. Some bitterness. A nice balance of pine, pineapple, tangerine and other tropical hop flavors. A very nice brew.

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Photo of eppie82
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque yellow-orange appearance with good bit of foam on aggressive pour. Bit citrusy sweet with some piney notes. On the lighter side of mouthfeel but has that unmistakable Tree House taste. Very solid pale ale.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: ultra-hazy creamy orange/caramel color. large, 2-3 finger frothy white head, almost like a soda

s: tangerine, dank grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple. maybe a hint of mango. fruity with perhaps just a hint of citrus tart. a mellow, bready sweetness in here as well

t: blood orange, tangerine, subtle sweetness as well. a hint of grapefruit and apricot. there is a slight earthy piney flavor as well; very mild. a hint of something earthy like grass as well. all the flavors are very subtle in here. just a hint of cracker and tart orange rind at the end

m: medium mouthfeel that is slightly fluffy. mid-low carbonation..less fluffy, and higher carb than a normal NEIPA

o: pretty good APA. easy to drink and not really watery. the hop combination is harmonized well. a very good APA

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 8/2/18

Yellow to gold hazy body. Okay but not amazing head retention. Mild apricot and pine on the nose but still a fairly fresh green hoppy smell on the end. Flavor is nice and even, some sweet juicy apricot, evergreen pine, and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Really drinkable and lighter mouthfeel than most other treehouse brews. Closer in feel to their Eureka blonde with tons of hops than any other ipa/iipa.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most underwhelming beers I've had from TH. The flavors are muted and really hard to pick out. I would say it's got a hint of the tropical notes that are typical, but I'm not 100% sure because they are so muted.
Mouthfeel is still solid and the beer is extremely crushable. Probably still better than most Pales that get put out. I just hold TH to a very high standard.

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Photo of digboy
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy bright gold color with a healthy 2 to 3 finger white frothy head - very nice looking beer. Big spots of lacing stick around as the head settles to a thick, silky film.

I get peach notes out of the aroma but this seems unlikely. Could just be something more like tangerine. Not too strong but pleasant.

The flavor starts off with some nice, crisp citrus flavors - semi-sweet orange pith and grapefruit. Near the finish that blends in with a more earthy and piney tone that lasts into the finish along with a moderate bitterness. No heavy flavors here, just light and refreshing.

The feel is soft and clean - no stickiness at all.

This is just a light, refreshing APA packing flavor that would do well at a summer cookout. I know people are expecting an over-ripe juice bomb from everything out of TH but this one is a sensible and highly pleasant ale that's not trying to be too much. I like it for its modest goals being met.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy golden pour, not terribly complex pale ale. Comes right at you with both pine and citrus flavors--no surprises. Just the right amount of bitterness to make this an extremely refreshing ale.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can stamped 05/16/18 (purchased 5/11 - date code error I suppose)

Foggy yellow with a tall foamy head that settles to a bubbly pool. Airy hoppy aromas...light OJ and mango fruitiness, earth, flowers, and fresh nutty grain. Light, easy drinking: creamy lemon and orange citrus, melon, and grass. Frothy, light, and dry. Keeps improving with every sip, but one of the less impressive TH beers for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can....2/27/18

Nice looking hazed pour, leaves world class lacing of all sorts.

Over the top juicy..tropical and delicious....does Tree House make a bad beer?

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Photo of BobStubbs
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although I am generally an IPA guy, i have found Tornado to be a great little pale ale to fall back on as well as an easy introduction to Treehouse for newbies that may not want to jump right away into the higher ABV level beverages sold at Treehouse.

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 1/23/18. Consumed on 2/20/18. DOLA DOLA BILLS Y’ALL

Thick juice smoothie look. A combo of colors orange and yellow.

Lush, soft fruits on the nose.

Very pleasurable drinking experience.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glowing hazy pale gold with a very large, airy uneven foam leaving fuzzy spongy lace on the glass. The full pour turns this into a completely opaque yellow-gold.

Smell is a little biscuity and toasty with a touch of astringent pine brightened by peach and orange marmalade, with the faintest hint of cotton candy bubblegum.

Taste is tangy and slightly spicy but also grounded and almost earthy. I get eucalyptus, toasty biscuit, grapefruit and orange rind with a slight sting of pine through that ultra soft and fluffy medium Tree House body, finishing dry.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a hazy orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and grassy hops.

This is pretty simple, but it's well crafted. It tastes super crisp, with a nice fresh grapefruit hop flavor, orange, pine, etc. It's well balanced, and not a complete and unabashed juice bomb.

This is light bodied, and super drinkable, with a normal level of carbonation.

This isn't the flashiest Tree House beer ever, but it's still better than most pale ales out there.

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3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, dated 01/23/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a heavily hazed glass of pulp-free OJ with two fingers of soft, pouffy, lush, ivory coloured foam. Retention is excellent and leaves a heavy cap with big, sticky clumps of merengue-like lacing.

Smells of squooshy white bread and seville orange marmalade. There's a soft yeastiness to the nose but, right alongside of that, there's a sharp citric, composting/fermenting tangerine tang. I'm sort of agnostic about whether or not it smells good but it definitely smells strong.

Taste follows the nose, for better and worse but mostly for better. Overripe, squishy, bitter seville oranges and grapefruit, juice, pith and peel, with diluted pine resin on soft white sandwich bread. Sweet top notes with lots of follow-on bitterness and a mildly grainy, boozy aftertaste.

Feel is mostly smooth and juicy, medium bodied with fine, tingly carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant enough beverage but, if you have to pass on some cans to be able to carry your haul safely back down the hill, this is probably the one.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can.

Cloudy gold with moderate retention and light lacing. A mild blend of pear, peach, melon, and orange in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Unripe peach with pear and light grapefruit on the palate. Medium bitterness with zero malt. Finishes with lingering tropicals and fairly dry.

A nice, fruity pale ale but nothing too remarkable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange yellow in color with one inch head. Taste is orange juice, mango, and orange rind. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, juicy, and slightly bitter. Loads of flavor for such a low abv. Will get this again.

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Photo of tgp202
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden dark yellow color
1-1.5 finger head
Smell is very citrusy like some other east coast ipa/pa, but tasted more like a wheat ale to me.
Interesting, easy drinking, very good beer, but not crazy good like some other treehouse beers.

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Tornado from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 578 ratings