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:
118
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
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5
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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 Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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

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 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 chippo33
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of Raziel313
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 118 ratings.
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