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
Ranking:
#12,315
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
254
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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Photo of david90292
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Terrific at the outset and once it breathes a little it loses that compact chocolaty smokey flavor you get staright from the can. Having consumed many a bitter, I find it to be on par with many English ESB. This bitter definitely has the "Yankee feel". I would have a few any time.

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Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Hmm decent but forgettable

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Photo of smutty33
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a large off-white/light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized malt with nice light earthy floral hops aroma. Taste is a mix of dry caramelized malt notes with some earthy floral hops notes and a dry aftertaste. Body si about average for style with good carbonation. Simple yet very enjoyable. Nice to see TH brewing something else then a hop-forward beer.

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Photo of Mrhappy321
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Johnnyz86
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

ESBs are a very underrated style so I'm very glad a really high profile brewery decided to do an expression of this...
16oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Nose is citrus, black tea leaves, dried twig and a mellow hop bite in the back. Not overly aromatic but it checks all the right boxes. Beer opens subtle malt. Hints of anise, black tea and brown sugar. Some bark in the back with just the slightest touch of bitterness. Finishes with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Very solid. Body is light with moderate to low carbonation. A little bit of foaminess but really gentle and almost filmy on the palate. This is where this beer loses me a bit. I want a little more life and aggressiveness from this style.

A good beer overall but it could be so much more if it was more aggressive on the palate to improve drinkability. As is, I don't expect anything less than very solid from Tree House.

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

Photo of SkiBum22
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grovejr20
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatGreer
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bhatch729
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AirBob
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Momack229
1/5  rDev -74.1%
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 -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Old Man from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 254 ratings