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Old Man | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English 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.

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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigJayK
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't want to crush the review, but this was definitely not my thing.

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Photo of mltobin
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from connecticutpoet into Goose Island Nonic Pint.

Nice pumpkin color with an almond colored head of 3 fingers. Lots of lace and legs. Great clarity. Good stuff.

Lots of pleasant general fruitiness on the nose. Blueberry, orange, and a wallop of marshmallow. Nice vanilla notes, graham, more berry, sarsaparilla too. Just inhale this thing...go ahead.

Flavorful and nice. Bread crusts, both wheat and white, bright blueberry, tangerine, blackberry, nuts, and slight general sharp (saaz?) bitterness. This resembles a Marzen quite closely.

Feel is real crisp up front, with a mild creaminess followed by resins, starch, and dryness. The starch remains on the palate but due to the style it's welcoming.

Overall, this beer is another fantastic adventure from Tree House. The low ratings are probably due to expectations being set so high, but honestly I'm just approaching this as a beer and it's a great example of the style and highly enjoyable. That's all a guy can really ask for.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to akatz821 for this one.
This was originally tried as a blind tasting, not knowing style or brewer.
Burnished amber in color. Sandy head. Slight lacing.
Slightly nutty at first but then a gently bready malt comes through. At first I was guessing a Marzen, maybe a nut brown ale, but it was a tad light for that.
Taste is bready malt, a nuttiness still comes through, some caramel malt, and a slightly fruity and almost floral honey note. A slightly dry hop bitterness finishes. Still thinking Marzen or nut brown ale.
Mouthfeel is medium, moderate yet consistent carbonation.
The reveal shows it to be this beer, Old Man ESB.

Overall, a very nice take on style. Not many breweries are doing ESB's.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger of off white head.
Smells of caramel malts, bready, a little fruity. I know it sounds odd but I'm definitely getting hints of green apple. 
Taste follows with the caramel, bready notes, and getting a bit of toffee as well. 
Medium to full body, smooth, and well carbed.
Overall a quite enjoyable ESB!

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Photo of dramsden
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moltch
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky dark ruby red/ light brown

S: caramel, toffee, huge bready notes, fresh bread and some dark fruit

T: follows the nose. Huge bready and caramel notes. Some dark fruit and earthy grains as well. Really smooth and easy to drink

M; medium mouth with mid-carb

O: easy to drink esb. Tasty sweet and crisp

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had from can 8/28/18

Fantastic. Smoothest most quaffable ESB I’ve ever had.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has wonderfully mellow sweetness to it, hinting at caramel, toasted nuts, brown sugar, but never approaching that level of sweetness. also some mellow woodsy bitterness to it and a hint of light citric and leafy green earthy character. very clean and crisp, light mouthfeel is appropriate.

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Photo of Boccu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papposilenus
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, dated 11/13/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a hazy-almost-muddy copper-almost-acorn colour with two fingers of beige suds. Retention is pretty good, leaving a fat, creamy cap-and-collar and thin rings of lacing.

The aroma is sharp and tangy, toasted malt, Tetley tea, a tart fruit note and a little metallic character.

The taste is tart and tangy rather than bitter, similar to the nose, mostly cold, damp, sweetened toasted-malt tea with a squeeze of lemon or, maybe, cranberry or tart apple. Earthy and dry, some decent lingering sour apple bitterness.

Feel is crisp and dry, medium-light bodied with bright, zesty carbonation, a little aggressive relative to the style but no complaints.

Overall, as ESB's go, this is a good one if, in fact, it really is an ESB, which could be argued... ah, hell, it's an ESB, why not? It's pretty tasty, and drinkable as the dickens but, let's be honest, it's not the reason I drive an hour and a half to Charlton.

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Photo of Icka31
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gmcmillan67
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dms
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh. It tastes a lot like many other ESBs I've had. There's nothing really special about it. It's somewhat malty and "brown" in flavor. Kind of sweet and just OK. I've had this beer or its equivalent at many other, lesser breweries that couldn't seem to whip up a decent IPA of pilsner and it was just as good there as it was here at Treehouse in its "Old Man" clothing. It could be that I just don't like ESBs . . . I don't. But I sort of expected this one to be special in some way. And it wasn't.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: unfiltered; bronzish amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: nutty, doughy, metallic;

T: sweet malt with sourdough and nuttiness; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: unimpressive for the style; the metallic aspect of the aroma was a turn off;

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Photo of TripleShot
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spluger
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dazka
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, fresh from the brewery....11/13/18 canning date

Pour with a medium haze, darker amber, almost brown. Looser bubble mini cap left behind on the glass.

MIld and leafy malts on the nose.

Tasty n malty brown ale, smooth and easy drinking, delicious creation...well worth a try...surprise surprise...Tree House can make a great brown ale...go get some

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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Old Man from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 324 ratings