Old Man | Tree House Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
237 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our classic English-style Bitter returns to pay homage to a great man and an integral part of the Tree House team - Nate’s father, Dan! Dan has been spent his work-tirement assisting Tree House on the canning line and in many other ways both physically and spiritually. This beer is an homage and a thanks to a great man - and more broadly to fathers everywhere. Thanks, ‘Da’.

Don’t be fooled by the name - our interpretation of an Extra Special Bitter carries light bitterness and a gentle earthy noble hop character from Fuggles hops. The hops are balanced by an airy fruitiness and a rich base of flavors evoking caramel malts, brown sugar, and hazelnut. It is a wonderful and simple beer we find best paired with fish and chips, smoked meat, roasted chicken or, ideally, a day on the river.

Added by ppoitras on 10-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,023
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
237
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of TheEpeeist
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AirBob
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Momack229
1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Disgusting. Tastes like bong water. This brewery is capable of brewing some truly world class beer and we get more Old Man releases than King Julius. Makes no sense.

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Photo of Paul-G
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LouZ
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hughesm12
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -- Hazy burnt orange/amber body. 1.5-finger off-white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and great lacing
S -- Mixed nuts, cacao powder, brown bread, touch of caramel
T -- Brown bread, woodsy hop, hazelnut, walnut, brown sugar, banana
F -- Maintains that recognizable lightness and flufiness in mouthfeel that TH does very well. Medium carb.
O -- While this might be Tree House's lowest rated beer on BA, I have to say it's still quite good. Probably the best in the style I've had to date. Great for food pairing as it's not bitter and not intensely flavorful or aromatic

78/100

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3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up four cans yesterday at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $3.30 per can. Canned-on date of 3/22/18. This is my first brew by these guys. ESB's are not my usual thing, but this is solid. Lots of malt/biscuit, a hint of chocolate? Would drink again, but would not drive 90 miles, & wait 90 minutes to buy @ $3.30/can.

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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

some hop and murk. ok drinkability but odd for tree house. thanks brian.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LukeGude
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into tulip glass. Plenty of head, amber color. ESBs aren't my style...pretty smooth though.

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1.29/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The body is muddy light brown to dark burnt orange, topped by a large off-white head settling to a creamy central blanket and thick collar leaving spotty camo lace all over.

Smell is toasty bread and lightly roasty malt with hints of cocoa dusted almond and corn.

Taste is like a Brown, featuring bready toast with very mild bitterness that's almost floral. Flavors are soft and delicate, but again a sweet corn-like Lager attribute is present, as well as a hint of grape.

The moderate body fills out with a soft pillowy carbonation, finishing semi-dry. Very drinkable and enjoyable cold.

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3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark reddish brown, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tea-like hops, caramel malt, bready malt, and spicy hops.

This is a surprisingly deft attempt at the style from Tree House- I wouldn't expect them to do it well. This has sweet and fruity hops that taste like tea, with some caramel, light bitterness, and lots of breadiness.

This is medium bodied, crisp, and pretty clean, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

I don't drink a ton of ESB's, so it's always nice to try a decent one from an American brewery.

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Old Man from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 237 ratings