Old Man | Tree House Brewing Company

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117 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
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of TheChairman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is Tree House Brewing's interpretaiton of an English-style Bitter and they did a bang up job with it. It carries a nice bitterness with a very nice earthy noble hop character. Well balanced and extremely tasty. Two thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of BRoweski30
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jhavs
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Dark amber, clear with a thick, big bubbled frothy head of just off of pure white.

Caramel and toffee aroma, nuttiness.

Flavors of slightly burnt toffee, sweet caramel, roasted nuts and toasted grains/bread.

Moderate carbonation and medium body, a bit syrupy, coats the tongue.

Tasty brew, change from their norm, clean flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of von_kaiser
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of the style...not a fan of this...this is not for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zinzi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of burns3y
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darth_Smacktard
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Murky amber body. Small white head. Smells of caramel, some bready malts, and just a bit of banana. Tastes of caramel, bread, and the same banana. Moderate bitterness. Medium light body. Pretty good. Flavorful ESB, though heavy on the banana bread flavor.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had out of the can last weekend during our Halloween party. Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a fluffy tan head.

Aroma is pretty malty, some toast and caramel sweetness, maybe some earthy bitterness underneath. Good blast of malty toffee sweetness upfront, but it's fleeting and doesn't linger. Toasty bread and grain husk, finishes bitter with some leafy and earthy hops, mineral-ness in the finish.

Very light body, crisp finish. I really like this ESB and would love to have more in the fall. Shame I only had half a can.

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

Thanks Kegatron for the hookuo on this. Pounder can into a tulip appears a clear amber color with a khaki colored head that stands firm leaving spots of lace as it slowly fades.

Aroma is bready, biscuit-like and toasty with malt, toffee, slight fruity raison and citrus/herbal hops with a touch of minerals.

Taste is a pleasant mix of malty layerings contrasted by fruity alcohol and herbal hoppy bitterness. Almost a hint of butterscotch in this.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a pretty solid ESB.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkSansone
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Old Man from Tree House Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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