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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #47
Ranked #1,636
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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VoxRationis from New York

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint; canned 7/24/20, code I WAS LOST, ASLEEP INSIDE A FANTASY. Brought back from New England by a friend (Thanks, Chris!)
A: Pours a very hazy, golden orange color with a two plus finger, off-white head, solid retention (nearly a half finger well into consumption) and elaborate, foamy rings of lacing.
S: Bouquet of bread dough initially with fruity aromas of orange, pineapple, and lemon overlaying caramel maltiness and no more than a pine note. More vegetal (steamed asparagus, arugula) as it warms.
T: Semisweet. Elements of palate follow nose, but caramel malt backbone is more noticeable. Vegetal notes more noticeable on the back end. Bitterness nicely subdued, but contributed to complexity and crisp finish.
M: Light to medium bodied. Solid carbonation. Creamy and rich.
O: Clearly many characteristic deviate widely from the style, but seems IMHO like a flavor forward take on Pale Ale, leaning very close to NEIPA. Subtle and complex. Very enjoyable

Aug 21, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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

Quite a tasty pale ale, not particularly exceptional but that's just because Tree House sets an impossibly high standard.
5/5/20 date printed on can. Pours a very slightly hazy yellow color with some nice fluffy white head that settled to some small soapy rings of lingering lacing that slowly faded. Aromas of crisp ripe orange, mango, grapefruit, some malt and vanilla and bread. Tastes similarly, flavor was good but not amazing, still somewhat juicy. Easy to drink and enjoy. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. A fine beer but not anywhere near their best.

Jul 10, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, dated 05.23.19, poured into a Tree House snifter glass. Enjoyed on 6.14.19, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, super hazy with a foamy finger of white head, good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is pleasant, very green with an herbal tea quality, floral and piney as well with a more melon forward fruit character, some citrus behind it with ample pale grains and sweet yeast. The flavors are in line with the aroma, lemongrass, green tea, raw green hop that reads as grassy and piney, tropical mango and citrus with some honeydew and cantaloupe that bring out the sweet yeast and pale grains. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy with a thicker medium body that finishes easily with a dry bite.

Verdict: A nice pale ale from Tree House but not my favorite hop profile. The tea and grassy qualities only yield a sweeter and more melon forward fruit experience that just feels a bit clunky and not complimentary.

Oct 26, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 07, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

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.

Jun 02, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Jun 02, 2019
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jykleo from New York

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.

May 29, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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...

Feb 18, 2019
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ausonius from New York

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.

Dec 11, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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).

Nov 11, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Sep 30, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

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.

Sep 01, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

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.

Aug 14, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

Aug 14, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

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.

Aug 07, 2018
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

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.

Aug 02, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

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.

Jun 18, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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.

Jun 10, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

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.

May 18, 2018
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Billolick from New York

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?

Mar 13, 2018
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BobStubbs from Connecticut

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.

Mar 10, 2018
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NathanBeets from South Dakota

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.

Feb 20, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Feb 16, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Feb 11, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 29, 2018
Tornado from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 596 ratings