Old Man | Tree House Brewing Company

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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:
136
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eagle109
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

You have to go into this beer open minded because for the style it is good! I am a hop lover for sure but I appreciate all styles so i started my night with this beer as the first and it was delicious. By no means a hoppy juice bomb but a nice cracker, subtle caramel malt beer with some bitterness and light earthy hop notes in the back. Feel was sharp and smooth. Another style well done by TH!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ScottKramer, I'm able to give my first detailed review of a Tree House brewing beer. Thanks, ScottKramer!

CAN: Love the label design. Has a classily understated label on a silver can; label is pea green and depicts a man fly flishing. Standard pull-tab top. 16 fl oz format. Canned 07/07/17.

5.4% ABV. Extra Special Bitter. Brewed with European hops.

Served cold into a nonic pint glass.

HEAD: ~6-7cm worth of head. Frothy and off-white. Thick. Creamy. Robust. Leaves gorgeous lacing on the sides of my nonic as it slowly recedes. Retention is superb - ~10 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper-amber. A bit lacking in terms of vibrance. Seems filtered; I observe neither yeast/lees nor sediment within. Nontransparent. Quasitranslucent; it has a glow to it.

Style appropriate in appearance with no immediate flaws. Still, more vibrance to its body would help make it still more attractive.

AROMA: Fruity sweet, hinting at candied orange peel/citrus peel. Marmalade. It's clearly in the Fullers camp of ESB brewing, eschewing the American hop approach favored by many American breweries in favour of a return to tradition.

Caramelization is evident throughout. Pale malt, caramalt, maybe even crystal malt.

No diacetyl or other off-notes are present aromatically.

Hop presence is mild - just floral character or maybe some complementary citrusy character, but none of the earthy character I'd expect.

Suggests a balanced yet sweet brew with a nice citrus peel emphasis. Certainly true to style.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Certainly an inviting aroma; I often hate the diacetyl in ESBs, and this seems to be diacetyl-free. No buttery aromatics whatsoever.

TASTE: Candied orange, orange marmalade, caramelized citrus, moderate malty sweetness. Pale malt and caramel are at the heart of this brew, but there's not much competing bitterness from the hops, which provide floral and slightly earthy flavours.

Definitely a fruity sweet expression of the style firmly in the Fullers camp of ESB brewing. No diacetyl off-flavour or American hop nonsense here...just true-to-tradition balance and nice depth of flavour.

Has a bit of a toasty edge to it which plays well with the marmalade-like flavour. Has an English vibe in that respect, and I could see this pairing well with an orange marmalade biscuit.

Good flavour duration, with some of the pleasant sweetness lingering past the finish. Apt flavour intensity.

TEXTURE: A bit gooey. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied. Has apt heft and weight on the palate given its flavours and the style. No booziness here (or diacetyl butter). It's a bit crisp in its carbonation, but overall this mouthfeel complements the taste nicely.

Not syrupy, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Restraint and balance aren't often observed in American approaches to more delicate styles, but Tree House succeeds in the English ale arena with this true-to-form ESB. It's a highly drinkable expression of the style and might be the best American attempt at an ESB I've yet tried. Still, there's room for a bit more hop nuance; I'd like more of an earthy or peppery hop flavour in keeping with Fuller's' and it could do with a bit more dryness in terms of mouthfeel. Still, I love that this doesn't go for the diacetyl-emphatic ESB profile that seems to have gripped contemporary attempts at the style and it's a very enjoyable brew. I don't often buy ESBs, but if I was craving the style this would be my pick.

Huge thanks to ScottKramer for the chance to try this!

Drinks great from a nonic pint glass. Pair with rye bread, English biscuits, and/or buttered pretzels.

B (3.57) / GOOD

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Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J-Rice
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrispe2
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bvac21
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ESB as only Tree House can do it. A welcome change from their citrus juice bombs. As an ESB it's very good. Clean and mildly bitter.

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Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 7irondave
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheChairman
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Old Man from Tree House Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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