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 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 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 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 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 jcflorian
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can dated 4/7.

Appearance-hazy orange with minimal to no head and light lacing.

Smell-Julius light. Very solid for pale ale. Orange citrus

Taste- biscuit malt up front, again Julius light flavor. Little back end bitterness which I would expect with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light body with late wash of citrus.

Overall- I prefer lights on to this beer, but it is still a very solid beer. Could session a lot of these

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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 anteatr23
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of pine and sweet citrus/candy. Taste is bitter, crisp with tropical notes. Juicy and light. A tad watery, not very much of a body, but it's a session so you get what you get. A nice pale session from a great brewery.

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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 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 Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can split with my friend who brought it down from the brewery. Thanks, Ian!

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass, it's medium amber in color and very hazy with a small creamy white head. Loads of fruit in the aroma, mostly peach and citrus. Very light caramel malts come in to play upon tasting, but get masked by the bold and fruity hops. Medium-full body, a bit heavier than most pale ales you'll find. If I hadn't read the can, I'd have guessed it more of an IPA. A bit of a thick, chewy texture but remains easy to drink. Another great tasting hop-driven beer from Tree House, although not as bright and refreshing as some of their other offerings.

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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 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 spacecake9
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle.
A - When I first poured this I thought it was a DIPA. It has that deep opaque orange color so typical of a DIPA. One finger head settles pretty quickly with some nice lacing.
S - Fairly pungent hoppy aroma.
T - Some citrus and piney.
M - Medium carbonation.
O - One of the best Pale Ale's I've ever had.

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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 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 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 Phillip13
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very find APA. The hoppy flavor of this beer will suprise you as will the citrus and pine overtones. Very smooth with hardly any bite. You will not be disappointed.

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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 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 CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is hazy and amber. Pours a bubbly one finger length head. Aroma consists of floral hops, citrus, grapefruit, and caramel malty sweetness. Citrus and grapefruit are big upfront in the taste, which then transitions to a sweet bread/caramel malt flavor finish. Perfect example of a hoppy flavor beer with no bitter bite. Medium to high carbonation on this one, light to medium bodied, and a malty smooth mouthfeel left in the finish. Overall, a very drinkable and approachable hoppy pale ale that could be perfect for a ipa newbie, or satisfy a hophead.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a pale ale, this is a killer brew. It has a lot of citrus on the nose,and a moderately hoppy flavor. Really nice and balanced, like most of Treehouses offerings. It tastes to me like a more lightly hopped version of Julius, with lots of peach flavors. Really nice Pale Ale.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange. Small white head. Nice collar and surface wisping.

Smell - Light lemony and orange hop. Slight herbal character.

Taste - Tastes like amarillo hops. Has that lemony flavor and some floral notes. Cracker malt in the middle. Mild herbal flavor in the back.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Decent pale ale, but doesn't stand out as very exciting.

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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 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 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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