Old Man | Tree House Brewing Company

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Old ManOld Man

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 117
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 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 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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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 Tonyjenlasc
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Clear copper type color
Smell - Nutty, earthy, sweet maltiness
Taste - Nutty, earthy, some toffee, bready, some fruity esters, herbal, grainy, metallic

Overall - Not bad at all. Actually, a nice change of pace.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark amber/copper in color and relatively clear. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a perfect ring around the edges.

Aroma- Caramel, nutty, and fruity.

Taste- A little nutty and noticeably fruity at first. Middle/finish sees a bready malt, earthy hops, and residual fruity esters.

Feel- Soft and chewy, low/medium carbonation, and a finish with a little residual sweetness.

Overall- An excellent beer with a nice array of malt flavors, pleasant fruity esters, and touch of earthy hops in the finish. Definitely best when let warmed a bit.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike many of the hoppy fruit bombs that come out of Monson, this one is a pleasant surprise from the usual. Though this style isn't one I frequent, I was pleasantly surprised by "Old Man." Like Tree House does on a consistent basis, they churned out yet another respectable beer. Do yourself a favor and try at least one. Sweet and smooth, your palate is owed a break from the typical TH brew.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a rustic hazy brown. Seems like it has some viscosity to it. Dark tan ball with light syrupy fringes. Poured kinda aggressive, but not much head. Settles down quickly.

S - up front I'm getting more of a winter warmer-esque type nose. Faint nutmeg, allspice. Toasty caramel.

T - nutty, almost like a brown ale, but with a rich milky sweetness that quickly fades into mild bitterness. Brightly features dark fruits such as plum and raisin. Toast, sticky toffee, and an earthy floral character.

F - chewy and surprisingly rich for such low ABV. Smooth and creamy.

O - I'll admit, this is a boring and uninspired style, but in typical Tree House fashion, they dig deep to find the inspiration necessary to create a great beer. In this case it's a father. An incredibly balanced take on a traditional style. I wouldn't say "this is how you make an ESB", because it's not. But I will say is, "this is how you make a good ESB".

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL growler into a true pint, the beer is a crystal clear, chestnut-caramel coloring with a thin, tight, filmy, off-white head. Aromas of roasted toffee, biscuit, tangy and slightly bitter hops, and a subtle apple sweetness. Flavors are a bitter and roast blast on the forward tongue, both robust and balanced. Toffee and caramel rich and roast, with a bitter, resiny undertone that cuts and cleans. After the bold and robust start, the beer gets light and very smooth in mouth. Tangy sweet caramel blend with hints of hops character into the aftertaste, and a slick, slightly lingering finish with a slow dry. Very solid, drinkable beer. Tasty and light.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually an ESB fan, but I remember this being pretty good at the brewery.

The pour yields a nice creamy but bubbly 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, lots of big bubbles bursting mostly, spotted lacing on the sides, with a mostly clear slight coppery reddish orange rosy hue beer.

Nose brings plenty of grassy slightly herbal earthy hops, fairly floral typical hop profile for ESB. Light grainy sweet toasty amber malt base under that. The hops get stronger as it warms, a nice grassy floral but little herbal aroma, and just a hint vegetative.

Taste comes on nicely, again hops right out, this time more on the grassy side and earthy side, but a little herbal and very slightly vegetative like but not much. A bit chewy on the hop profile as well. Malt bill comes in very slightly grainy again, mild sweetness with some toasty amber malts but not really caramel like, maybe a hint of biscuit or that could be the marris otter. bitterness is nice, not too strong but def lets you know it's an ESB. Finish is a bit drier but still somewhat sticky, nice mild bitterness lingering with a bit more grassy slight herbal hop profile.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, little sticky.

Overall nice for an ESB, again not my fav style but this is done well. Nice mild bitterness that def lets you know its there, nice hop profile mostly, little too sticky, but drinkable and fairly tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BPK59 for sharing .

A - Poured into a Tree House tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a thin one finger head that faded to leave thin lacing and thin halo.

S - Aromas of grains light bread, and subtle hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more hop bitter finish. Lightly floral finish. Not bad.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated but still refreshing.

O - Overall this was an okay esb. I'm not a huge esb fan and this was somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 3/4" light tan head, over the totally cloudy coppery amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with coating, lasting lace. Aroma is sedate and balanced.

Taste begins lightly nutty, sweet in the middle, and closes roundly bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Nice intro to Tree House Brewing for me.

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