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Tornado | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly hazed honey with some orange undertones. Head hard to describe via my tiny drinking median.

S-Interesting. Loaded up with hoppy aromas. I get a an interesting duet of pine and lemons. Malt is submerged under the hoppy zestiness.

T-The hoppiness is rather individual. The best way I can describe it is a clever, twisting mixture of clean pine and energetic lemon. There are also some sneaky tropical fruit notes. And the wavering malt interrupts once or twice.

M-Quite dry with some bold bitterness. The overall body is rather agreeable. I like the bitterness-to-body ratio.

O/D-Another nice Tree House brew. I didn't absolutely love it but its unique flavor tempo really struck a chord with me. It was unique and I can always throw praise towards that.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/4" creamy off-white head, over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades promptly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy sticky lace. Aroma is freshly peeled tangerines.

Taste begins with a peek of sweet, they goes oranges in the middle, smoothing out to a creamy lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth, and drinkability is easy as pie. Tornado is a fitting name for one of their brews, going well with the logo that looks to be blowing in the wind.

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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 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 cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Dive Bar 2 days ago. Written notes taken for review.

A- Poured from the tap into a pint glass with a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. Small white head forms to about one finger high with a nice creamy texture. Cap retention is decent and a small bubbly ring leaves thin webs of lace cascading down the glass.

S- Hop forward but not by a ton, nice and balanced. Stone fruit and citrus hops up front with some floral notes, light caramel malts and fresh cracked grain hints supporting that.

T- The balance remains here and I would place this just on the hoppier side of the spectrum for APAs. The first few sips have apricot, stone fruit hops up front but a good floral and citrus zest profile builds with time. Some yeast bread and light cracked grains form the base.

MF- Creamy light bodied APA with a carbonation just a bit on the lower side I would want in the style (could be the keg/tap, although Dive Bar is almost always great with this). A nice silky texture with a medium bitterness in the finish.

Stone fruit-citrus-floral hops lead the way but don't overwhelm allowing this beer to be hoppy but balanced nicely by light malts and clean ale yeast. Super drinkable and worth a try for anyone who enjoys hops and pale ales.

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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 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 taste...wow. 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 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 GonzoHomebrewer
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler purchased TODAY!! Poured into the TH tulip

A- Stunning golden orange color with a big pillowy white head

S-some bready malt character overwhelmed by a blend of piney, earthy hops and some bitter grapefruit

T- Starts off with a light malt then swings immediately into quick little bursts of bitter grapefruit, tangerine, little bit of earthy bitterness to round out on the end

M- a bit light in the feel, but bone dry, making this very crushable

O- A very good pale ale, strongly recommend not having side by side with Julius, but stands up on its own and would be make a great year-round staple

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml aka 25,.4 oz. bottle bought at the brewery last Saturday.

The name commemorates the horrid tornado which swept across Massachusetts in the summer of 2012, very close to the new Tree House location. If you approach from the north, you can still see some of the numerous broken trees from that devastating storm, which rammed straight through the center of Monson.

Poured from the bottle into a Tree House snifter.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch and a half tall white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Moderate pine and citrus.

t: Smooth medium malt followed by a significant piney hop bite which trailed down the throat. Mild pine aftertaste at first becomes more bitter but mellows out later

m: Medium and smooth. Lots of carbonation tingle on the tongue.

o: Tornado is a good beer for hopheads. Lots of piney hop goodness in a low enough ABV that the whole bomber won't put the average drinker down for the count. However I don't think there is quite enough malt sweetness for balance to make it superlative.

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

Tornado positively exploded out of the 750 ml growler, and each time the swing top was reopened, there was a solid pop! Honey colored with a pillowy 2 finger white head, solid lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is bright and inviting with notes of naval orange, and definitely some sweet malt.

Taste is pretty close to the nose here, hop forward, bright, and juicy. Nice lingering bitterness, and a well mannered APA.

Mouthfeel is light medium, and seems appropriate for a Pale Ale. Crispy, dry finish.

Solid American Pale Ale in every respect, very much worth trying. Tree House has a lot of buzz going with Julius, which is a tough act to follow, but Tornado is a different style they offer that is solid in every respect.

I tend to feel ratings would be a bit higher on Tornado if others didn't tend to "compare" it to Julius when rating it (many compare Lawson's various offerings to Double Sunshine when rating as well).

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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 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 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 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 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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