Tornado | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of pattmettt
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As always Treehouse doesn't disappoint, Super crushable full flavored Pale ale that has the taste and personality of an IPA. As always great creamy Treehouse mouth-feel while still ending light and refreshing. Smells Fantastic and Im looking forward to drinking the rest especially with this nice weather Western Mass is experiencing.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

muddy apricot color---sweet smell of tangerine and melon, creamy smooth mouthfeel of light piney hops and lots of citrus with that faint taste of honeydew melon present in many TH beers.... smooth finish with almost no bitterness...Absolutely crushable.... close to an IPA, but not....Another TH Winner---ho hum.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The hype surrounding Julius is well deserved, no doubt. However, Tornando is in an entirely league all of its own. Think Enjoy By meeting a session beer. The beers body is somewhat on the lgihter side rimmed with tight carbonation that last throughout. Piney resin on the nose with hints of ripe fruit and a crisp hop profile. Taste and mouthfeel- this is where it gets interesting. Very crisp mouthfeel, this is what you get when the beer is coming from the source and is consumed within hours of being poured. Snappy and clean with a left-right-left combo of fresh cut grass and gasoline. Super rich taste and imminently drinkable.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - surprisingly dark for a Tree House pale ale. Has that signature haziness, but more murky and scary-looking.

S - bready notes with a sweet & sour grapefruit rind acidity.

T - up front juicy smoothness. More on that later in the Feel section. Saturating mango blast with notes of orange and guava. Has a tropical freshness that melds well with the grapefruit spiciness. Extremely inviting as it lazily makes its way into a malty crackery finish. A startlingly hoppy resin takes over long after the sip. Great balance and a great beering adventure from start to finish!

F - lush and full for such low ABV. Feels like it's bursting at the seams full of tropical punch. Really fills the mouth.

O - much better than what I remember. Has a lot of character for such a tame style.

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Photo of rudzud
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up at the brewery. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice slightly hazy golden hue with a good big three finger fluffy white head that fades to leave light side lacing and a nice creamy half finger blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of nice tropical citrus, flashes of pineapple, tangerine, really nice pine notes as well especially towards the finish. Lightly bitter, no traces of alcohol. Oh yeah, really really dig this nose.

T - Taste is more of the same. Juicy tropical notes, juicy citrus and tropical fruit, light grapefruit and loads of tangerine and a nice little melon flavour thing going on. Bright fresh hops, flashes of malty character that helps offer a backbone to the hops. The finish is very, very mild bitterness, no alcohol apparent. Really dig the interplay of melon, tangerine, and tropical.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp and clean yet somehow 'soft n fluffy'. Works excellent with the beer.

O - Overall, how the hell did I go this long without having tried this beer? I'm embarrassed. Seriously. Anyways, definitely reminds me of a lighter Julius or like others have said Hill Farmstead Edward. Really, really well done. Hats off to you guys, wow.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler: Poured a nice golden/orangey color ale with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of tropical fruit with some very nice and fresh grapefruit notes. Taste is a wonderful mix of grapefruit notes with some light tropical notes. Nice presence of citrus notes with some very limited amount of bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Quite a treat and glad I got a chance to try some of this.

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Photo of mirish72
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Picked up some ultra fresh Tornado at my last visit. This is an outstanding pale ale and it rivals a lot of IPA's out there. Definitely grab some if you can.

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Photo of d5001986
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into Tree House tulip.

Pours hazy honey-amber with tall whitish head. Sweet and citrusy smelling. Taste is citrus, pine, and has a nice grainy backbone. Overall best APA I've had since PseudoSue.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a growler Into a Tree House Brewing stemmed glass.

The color is orange with yellow highlights with a finger of white head that leaves just a slight touch of lacing on the glass.

The smell has green grass aroma that gives some hints of earthy hops. There is a definite pine aroma in the nose that has some slight sweet candy aroma tied to it.

The taste is piney and resiny and really has a hop bite. There are touches of grapefruit and some citrus notes. The earthy spruce-tree flavor comes back toward the end and nips at the sides of your cheeks with bitterness.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but does leave at times needing to really concentrate to wrap your head around this beer. There is a smooth drinkable feel that does offset an aftertaste that gives even more bitterness but does not wreck your palate.

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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New APA from Treehouse, that makes me excited! Just filled about 4 hours ago.

Pours a nice fluffy creamy but bubbly looking 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace with spotted soapy lacing, an almost crystal clear applejuice like orange-tan colored beer.

Nose brings all the fresh hop goodness that Julius brings, a light musty resinous aroma, with nice juicy citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, lots of tangerine, light passion fruit and mango, light orange pith, a bit of a floral kick as well. A very faint hint of malt character that barely comes through but enough to prop up the hops. All that goodness but it doesn't seem to pop as well as Julius, which aroma-ed the entire room when I poured it.

Taste starts with more fresh hops again, a bitter rind character out first, with more musty resin flavors, almost a hop pollen kinda thing. Then the juicy fruits, and I mean juicy, tropical fruit with a bit of mango, as well as some citrus, with a little clementine, into lots more tangerine and grapefruit, the musty resin also brings a bit of passion fruit as well, similar profile, and a nice fluffy floral slightly grassy hop kick as well. Malts are there as well, with a faint sweetness, and fluffy feel, and enough to mostly balance the hops so they don't get astringent and overpowering. Bitterness is nice, like an orange rind bitterness that doesn't get too strong. I even get a hint of melon rind, and actually a nice melon flavor on the back end. Finish is a bit sticky sweet but dry mostly, long lingering hop flavors, more tangerine and grapefruit, orange pith, a bit more melon as well, and more tropical fruits all lingering with a long bitterness, and a very faint touch of mint on the way back end.

Mouth is med bodied but soft and fluffy feeling, a nice well integrated fluffy carbonation.

Overall very good, extremely drinkable, great hop profile, even the malts come through nicely but light, so much fresh hop flavor and resins, delicious. Reminds me of a lighter Julius, but also reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead Edward.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can into tulip glass. 3/10/16

L. Looks like a ripe mango brown, yellow orange in color. 2 finger of head with sticky lacing. All haze, obviously.
S. Lots of tropical fruits jump out the glass. Ripe mango and orange. Light sweetness and a touch of pine.
T. Getting more pine than on the nose, especially on the front end. Mid way through switches to light tropical flavors and ends with tropical with light bitterness.
F. Very creamy mouthfeel no average carbonation.

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker looking and tasting than your average pale. Has that great smell that all Tree House brews I have sampled so far have. Definitely hop forward, and it would be easy to mistake this for an IPA. Easy to overlook with so many other well known beers, Tornado is not something that should be missed if you get the chance. I won't hesitate to pick this up any time it's available when I'm at Tree House.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall boy can; 8oz pour into wine stem. Canned on date of 4/8/2016.

Appearance: murky and opaque yellow / orange body with a thick white head.

Smell: Lots of juicy mango's and oranges are what you immediately smell. Hint of pine.

Taste: Juicy mango's and oranges just like the nose. Think there is some pineapple juice in there too with a hint of piney hops. Low bitterness with tons of hop flavor. Near non-existent malt profile which provides a fantastic backdrop for all that juicy hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. Juicy hops and creamy carbonation as always a fantastic combination.

Overall: Yet another delicious hop juice concoction from Treehouse that is awesome!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, dark amber orange hue with a 2 finger off-white head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves some nice cobweb lacing around the glass.

The aroma brings plenty of notes of orange as well as some honeydew melon. Just a hint of fresh dough provides balance.

The This is a pale ale!? If this beer was packaged as a full on IPA I wouldn't have batted an eyelash. There's so much citrus and piney, resiny hop flavors crammed into this can that this beer could easily hold its own in TH's lineup of IPA's. There's some sweet mango and melon, as well as just a touch of spicy, doughy malt. A very nice, well-balanced beer.

The feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. A bit of lingering, sappy bitterness on the back end.

Overall, a very good and very surprising pale ale. It's full flavored and has a good feel that befits an IPA.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Muddled orange/brown. Classic treehouse on the muted side.

S: ripe tropical fruits, honeyed malts.

T: fruit juices (orange mostly, some grapefruit, lemon). Really balanced tropical fruits. Yum/

F: creamy goodness

O: a really nice drinkable beer, and at 5.6% impressively bursting with flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%

The beer comes in a pale golden orange, and not has hazy as their other brews.

The flavor is quite piney and grassy, with some candied grapefruit and sweet citrus to balance it out. A light bready malt in the middle and the beer has a medium light mouthfeel to make it very drinkable. There is also a decent bitterness on the back, continuing with the theme of grassy and green flavors.

The beer drinks towards a smaller version of Alpine's Duet, and I imagine Simcoe could be in this beer.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper color. Nice lightness to it. Good sized and controllable head forms coming out of the growler. Moderate lacing. Just a really good looking pale ale.

S - Nice strength to this aroma. Almost all hops. Primarily of the tropical/citrus variety. Touch of breadiness to it.

T - Follows the nose - no surprises here. Hops dominate from front to back. Mostly tropical with a touch of sweetness, but both flavors are muted. Not dominating like a Lagunitas. The bitterness is stronger than with most Pale Ales, and I like it.

M - Medium bodied and finishes clean. Very good, but no part of it stands out significantly.

O - Not as good as Edward. Note: I'm comparing it to Edward.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember the tornado they named this for (hope to never see one again). Great hazy color and fantastic juicy aroma. Taste a bit subdued relative to Julius, but pleasant, balanced and refreshing. More fruit flavor than lights on (not better or worse just different). I could drink many of these.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler into a true pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, orange-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head that coats the surface and clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit and cedar front and center, perfectly balanced, with floral and peppery highlights and a subtle cracker backbone. Smells terrific. Flavors are herbal and spice forward, with a cut grass character, pepper, oregano, cedar tassels, and an overall green feel, all supported on a tangy caramel and citrus sweet backbone. Highlights of grapefruit and mango blend in the background to help balance this tasty brew. Mid-bodied, with a smooth, light feel overall. The aftertaste is a good blend of resin and green hops characters blending with tart citrus tones. The finish is slick, slightly dry, with a pepper and bitter linger. Very drinkable, very tasty, with a slow building grass and cedar feel as you drink. Bravo!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jdiddy for the hook-up. 750ml growler served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker. Pours a golden orange hue with a rocky, 1.5 inch bright white head; clarity is slightly hazy. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim with textured swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose express citrus, rind and a light, earthy character. Wow - probably one of the best APA's I've had - tangerine, grapefruit seeds, a light piney quality and lemon zest on a light toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an easy carbonation, pleasant acidity and a creamy texture. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. There's quite a bit of character for a 5.6% abv beer and a nice alternative to an IPA. Both refreshing and flavorful. An exemplar for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange in color, solid white head that slowly fades, very little lacing. Aroma has sweet tropical fruits and lots of resiny pine. Taste follows the nose, it is juicy and is heavy with tropical fruits and lighter on the pine; it starts on the sweeter side but turns much more balanced (and decidedly short of bitter) in the finish. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body and carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Very juicy, lots of fresh hop flavor. It has a good amount of the juiciness that Tree House is know for but features a lower ABV then most of its core IPAs.

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Photo of zshaft
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

looks like slightly darker orange juice. nose is faint orange and tangerine but nothing special. taste is front palate some light pine and orange reminds me of sap. followed by strong tropical notes that end rather quickly but leave you wanting another sip. the mid palate to this is awsome with so much punch to it of apricot and puckering peach and mango. overall another great beer from these guys. while not as potent as the upper eschelon ipas this still packs a punch. great pale ale with great mouthfeel and great drinkability.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 05/19/15 notes. 32 oz. growler filled a few days ago, thanks to BeerLawyer85.

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, pine hops, resin, and earthy notes. Medium body and low carbonation, no bite.

Overall a very good APA; more like an IPA to me. Either way, lots of hops and easy to drink; would love to have it again.

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Photo of bobv
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml. growler received Friday, the 24th (IP trade) and filled on Saturday the 18th of July.

Pour into a TH tulip yields a half inch head. Some lacing.
Very nice tropical fruit (mango, melon) on the nose.
Taste is nice as it follows the nose fairly seamlessly.
Feel is a tad thinner than I would have liked, but being that it was filled 10 days ago, not bad!
Overall: As this warmed the nose faded and the taste improved. Originally had those 2 reversed on rating.
I like it! Bring me more!!!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma offers hops, tropical fruit, pine resin. Sweet and hoppy. Candied citrus and hops with a touch of warming alcohol. Lingering hop bitterness. Very tasty.

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