Dirty Water | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how I kept missing this for a review, but finally got to.

The pour forces a nice big head, pasty white fluffy airy almost 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, and the head even crowns up the sides of the glass for a long time, nice sticky lacing, quite clear golden straw honey colored beer.

Nose has lager like aromas, crisp soft pilsner malts, little fruity, some grassy noble like hops, slightly earthy grassy hops, straw, wet hay, blonde juicy like malts, little grainy, and very faint lemon pastry like aroma.

Taste starts with the blonde ale, toasty grainy malts right out of the gate, cracked straw like again, pilsner toasty like malts, and faint almost wheat like even, as well as a juicy but soft crisp lager like feel and flavor. Then into hops, a fair bitterness with grassy slightly juicy hops, a little earthiness as well with that, and hint of lemongrass. The hops turn a bit spicy and chewy and quite bitter, even a little salty, as it finishes dry and quite bitter, long lingering bitter hop profile and crisp.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, nice carb.

Overall not bad, pretty well done for a bland... I mean blonde ale. Typically one of the least interesting beers, but if done well it can get some nice flavors and soft feel at the same time, which this one brings. It has a nice hop profile mostly, but the spicy salty earthy quite bitter finish actually detracts a little from this one as that seems to take away from the intention of the beer. But still a hoppy blonde ale esp for lager fans.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Denzo
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JSBILK
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diamondlie
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyB
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle filled 7 days ago at Tree House. Kept in the back of the fridge since.

A- Flip top bottle pours to a teku glass with a hazy golden body and a white cap. The head is fairly thick and frothy falling eventually to a foamy ring. Large sheets of lace at the top with

S- Hop forward with fruity and citrus notes. Reminiscent of oranges, grapefruits and apricots. Not juicy but fresh, clean hops nonetheless with minimal intervention from yeast or grains.

T- Starts off with a hop profile up front pretty much spot on with the nose. Fresh citrus fruits without any harsh bitterness like grapefruit, tangerine, mango stone fruit and clementine as well as floral and herbal hints. Finishes with light cracked grains and some bready malt hints.

MF- Light bodied overall with a very high end carbonation which suits the body and texture very well. Consistency is slightly creamy and foamy. Finishes with a light bitterness.

3.9% and packed full of flavor. This is not a pungent hop bomb (plenty of hop flavor though) by any means but to me the balance provided by the grains is one of the best aspects of the brew. Seems to get better with every sip.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

First THB glass pours with a 1/4" white head, over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head quickly recedes to the rim, with leggy sticky lace. Aroma is sedately balanced with sweet pale and controlled hops.

Taste is pale sweetness to start, rounded bitterness with a touch of citrus i the middle, and and bitter continues on through the close at a moderate level. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Session brew here, no problem.

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Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTomczak
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bpk59
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of slim2043
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DA84
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice little beer. Nice hop profile and aroma. Brewery says that it drinks like a baby Haze, and it does a bit... which makes me want Haze and not Dirty Water. But @ 3.9% ABV, if they ever can it and start selling it in 12, 18 or 24 packs, I would glady crush these all day while doing yard work or at a family BBQ.

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Photo of greenboat
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of smutty33
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScotNH
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of 311bulldog
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prop28WasBetter
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Petegrieco
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of demdog8
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL growler poured into a pint glass

A slightly cloudy golden yellow with some streams of bubbles pushing north. A fluffy off-white cap clings to the sides and reveals some good looking sip marks.

Some cereal-like grainy notes along with earthy, grassy hops and a touch of green apple and pear. Hits the style points pretty well.

Follows the nose here. Some soft fruit up front before a rush of grains, drying out to an earthy, grassy, grainy finish. A crisp, dry finish with a very mild earthy bitterness.

Light-bodied, refreshing, crisp, and dry.

I have to say this hits the style points pretty damn well, but I didn't love this beer enough to go higher than 4 across the board. This is a great beer for what it is trying to do, and I can respect that.

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Dirty Water from Tree House Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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