Eureka W/ Nelson
Tree House Brewing Company

Eureka W/ NelsonEureka W/ Nelson
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,116
4.2 | pDev: 7.38%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Eureka W/ NelsonEureka W/ Nelson
Notes: A Blonde Ale brewed entirely with Nelson Sauvin hops, a New Zealand varietal that melds beautifully with a simple bill of pale malts. This is a true "session beer" and one that does not make any compromises. It has a delicate bouquet of passionfruit and a slight lemon flavor that will surely quench your thirst.
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 262
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a hazy and cloudy yellow color ale with a medium size white foamy head with OK retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits with dry leafy hops notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is dominated by tropical fruits with quite a bit of residual sugar notes and some leafy hops notes with a somewhat dry finish. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Another enjoybale and refreshing beer form TH.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The head has great retention, leaving some sticky lacing around the glass before settling into a blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of lemon, bready malts, and passion fruit.

The taste has plenty of lemon, white grapes, grape jelly, and a cracker malt backbone. Finishes faintly piney and earthy.

The body is light, with moderate carbonation. Very dry with a moderately crisp finish. Exceptionally drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, a very good session ale. Not my favorite in the Eureka series but it's still highly drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of huntley101888
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 16oz can into a Tree House tulip glass. Believe it or not, this beer sat in my fridge for about a month because I never made time to do a proper review.
L - Hazy yellow, light gold color. One finger thick white head settled to a skim coat over the full surface of the beer and left lacing along the glass. The glass looks like the sun when held near a light source.
S - Bright aroma full of dank hops, bready. Aroma subsided as the head settled out.
T - Sweet as it hits your tongue. The bready flavor is present. The hops are definitely saying hello, but they aren't too powerful, and bitterness is low. The description mentions lemon and passfruit flavors, and I definitely agree with that.
F - Light and refreshing. Carbonation is appropriate. The tart fruitiness leaves a bit of a bitterness after the swallow.
O - This offering hits the mark as a light and refreshing pale ale. The lemon and passionfruit combine to give it just the right amount of tartness to make this an excellent summer session beer.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nice golden yellow hazy color with a. White head that sticks and leaves lumpy lacing
S big passion fruit and lemon, orange, peach, tangerine, pineapple juice, light white pepper, it definitely has that creamy treehouse presence
T also big passion fruit, peach, tangerine, papaya, lemon zest, little bit peppery, almost a kind of cream/umami flavor in there too that all treehouses beers have, I'm assuming it's from the high calcium content of the brewing water
M light creamy mouthfeel, alc xovered, aftertaste is lemon peel and bready light malt
O definitely a tree house beer, not the best one but damn good

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks rob! something about this beer just doesn't do it for me. I love treehouse and dug the citra version of this beer, but this's good, but for treehouse it is bottom of the catalog that I've been lucky enough to try. Very drinkable and the nelson is definitely there, but the beer beneath the hop seems to light.

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Photo of KingColumbus
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have tried so many TH beers. They all so good to amazing in their own way. The Eureka line is no exception. Light, crisp, super drinkable. The Nelson hops with the light taste of grapes is delicious. Ever pop the skin off a grape? You get the taste of the meat of the grape. Awesome. Brings back childhood memories. The Eureka line are beautiful summer beers.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright yellow, hazy, nice white silky head.
S: Up front is a sweet grape aroma. What follows is a dank, wet vegetal like smell, followed grass/hay, and just a touch of lemon
T: Very light, refreshing beer. Just a touch of sweetness, an excellent grain character, and finishes with a very light dry bitterness. Key is everything is balanced quite well, which makes this very drinkable.
F: Typical of Treehouse, the body rocks. Light, frothy, carbonation is about medium. Smoother than an oil slick on a fresh ice rink.
O: I cannot wait to kill a couple of these by a fire on the 4th. Such a very nice beer.

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Photo of DCRealAleGuru
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light mouth feel. Nice white grape nose with some onion and garlic. Thin mouthfeel compared to other Tree House beers. Loved the beer thought. Yellow/golden in color.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 8/22/15 poured into a Teku. Very light straw color with a nice lacing head. Aroma is a very delicate citrus with some slightly dank floral notes. Taste is similar to the smell with a great floral spicy at the end and nice cracker malt and yeast sweetness. The feel of this is crisp and light and super refreshing.

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Photo of flskydiver
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can dated 08/22 into my spiegelau ipa glass
L: beautiful hazy straw yellow body that looks like it is glowing. Head us huge, comes out of the glass and looks like a pillow of soft fluffy foam. Leaves great lacing the whole way down
S: Subtlety is the key with this beer. There is a faint aroma of lemongrass, apricot, and bread. The smell also has a pinch of some musty quality to it that i can't place
T: Simple citrusy passion fruit tinged hops up front. Very low key but you know they are there.What follows is delightful. Sweet bready, malty goodness that is also very low key and as the sip finishes, the hops come back into play. Somewhat thin,yet smooth at the same time. Moderate carbonation
O: As I finish the beer I marvel at how well it is made. Very well balanced and the delicate flavors all complement each other without ever being overpowering. This would be a great nightly dinner beer. Well done Tree House!

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Photo of SABERG
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 8/22/15 into a modified tulip glass.
A - Hazy, bright straw colored, frothy cap with lasting lacing.
S - A touch of the tropics, a bit of uric acid, .
T - Wonderful biscuit, and cracker flavors, nice hop bite.
F - Round and full bodied for the ABV <5%, Lingers on the palate quite nicely.
O - Very nice blonde ale, straw, cracker, and wonderfully light.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best version of the Eureka series from Tree House.

Everything on the palate is simple and sessionable, a good representation of the Nelson hops.

This is second only to Lawson's Super Session #1.

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Photo of Nicole15
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a straw yellow with decent head. The aroma is fruit and a bit of black pepper. Full flavor, bit of a hop bite but overall juice. The best blonde ale I've ever had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 8/23/15 from a 750ml growler that was filled at the brewery on 8/22/15, into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy yellow color, with a medium foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, light caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good hoppy representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking fresh from a growler.
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a finger thick head that settles quickly but leaves much lacing.
S - Delicate, mild citrus aroma.
T - Light and soft, maybe a little lemony.
M - Mildly carbonated.
O - Very nice session beer. I usually steer clear of these low ABV beers but this one is well done.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very refreshing blonde ale. This beer pours a golden color with a wonderful fruity bouquet. The taste is sweet and pleasant with a delightful smooth hop bite. A great beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Light golden color, white smallish head

S: Oooo....fresh beautiful fruits and fresh grains. Some apples, berries of some kind, citrus, dank earthy leafiness. Delicate soft aromas fill my face. Peaches, apricots and tropicalesque scents like pineapples.

T: Lightly sweet, very fresh, and delicious. A fantastic blend of fruit and light grains. Citrus, peach, fuzzy juicy berries... Really interesting hops, and very pleasant.

M: Smooth with lip smacking chewiness. Soft and fluid, juicy somewhat.

O: This is a delightful beer and its freshness is unbeatable.

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Photo of beerjunky413
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Intense pepper aroma from the nelson sauvin hops dominates the nose but slowly subsides as the beer warms. Incredible aroma and mouthful for a 3.9% beer. The flavor of the hops shine with just a hint of malt. Not my favorite beer, but extremely drinkable. A very interesting low abv beer with an intense hop flavor. This could also be described as a session ipa. Treehouse impressed me with this one as most breweries cant pack this much hop flavor into their IPAS, let alone a 3.9% offering. Worth trying if you want something different

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Tree House tulip.

A: Pours a pale straw gold with a finger and a half of white head. One of the lightest, palest colored ales I've ever had.

S: Light citrus, some grassiness, a hint of pine. Maybe a bit of peppery spice as well.

T: Mild, pale malts flavors dominate with hints of lemon, grapefruit and tropical fruits. A mild grassy spice lingers at the finish.

M: Light on the palate, a bit watery, no alcohol presence (no surprise there). Crisp and refreshing.

O: A very nice session beer. Mild and drinkable. Even for such a small beer, I think the Nelson hops could have been scaled up a bit. Still, a tasty beer for warm weather.

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Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Filled today @ Tree House

Foggy yellow color topped with a loose, bubbly head. Spotty lacing. Smells light, but freshly hoppy. Sticky, pungent hops...spicy, skunky, and fruity with some biscuity malts. Smooth, oily hop flavor with a very pleasant, fresh grainy finish. Floral and citrus notes mix with a bit of cracked pepper. Melon, grape, lemon, grass...amazing flavor for under 4%. Crisp, light, a little sticky with all those lupulin oils coating the mouth. Obviously super drinkable and a great introduction to Tree House. I can't wait to crack my growler of Julius.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Sean. Served in a Cantillon tulip at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Transparent pale blonde body.

S - Very hoppy, with zesty citrus and light onion notes. A kiss of malt sweetness and some mild yeasty bread presence support things, but this is all about the hops.

T - The taste isn't quite as potent, but it's still pretty enjoyable. Zesty citrus, crackery malt, and light bitterness. Not super-complex, but plenty of flavor for the 3.8% listed on the tag.

M - Light in body, and perhaps a tad watery in conjunction with the lower growler-style carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp in the finish, with a clean residual texture.

D - An excellent take on a style that can be quite underwhelming. Fantastic session potential and tons of flavor for the low ABV. It's like a poor man's Walden. Another fine brew from Tree House; can't wait for them to get into their new brew house. Could easily drink 1L on my own, maybe 2L.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL swing top growler from the brewery. Pours a semi translucent gold color with very little head. Some lacing. The aroma is some light peach, orange peel, yeast, spices and bread. Not a big nose on this one. The taste is some peach, orange peel, yeast, spices, lemon and malts. Bitter orange peel at the end. Some floral hop notes as well. Light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Never would have guessed the abv is only 3.9%. Overall, its a pretty solid sessionable brew that still packs a good amount of flavor.

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Photo of Resuin
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip. This was filled at the brewery 4 hours ago.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold/yellow and leaves a finger or two of white, fluffy head which leaves some solid lacing on its way down.

Smell: Light citrus hops, a yeasty/bready smell, definitely some light lemon in there as well. Pretty light aroma.

Taste: Light floral hops, bitter lemon, some light spices and perhaps a hint of pepper. Again, pretty light on flavor but tasty hops take center stage.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light, creamy, buttery texture. Goes down extremely smooth.

Overall: Doesn't pack a huge amount of flavor, but the flavor that it does have is nice and floral and tasty. It's hard to put a finger on the exact flavors, but they definitely come from the fresh hops. This is really, really refreshing.

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Photo of Gatch
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Visited the brewery on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Small crowd and no line. Dean is the man. Amazing property and such a cool operation. Can't say enough good things about Tree House.

A: Hazy, bright golden-yellow with a huge, fluffy, soapy, bright white head that leaves behind a bit of lace and retention.

S: Massive NZ hops. So resiny, so sticky, so pungent. Fresh grass, fresh sap/pine, tropical fruit. Everything you want from hops. There's that quality to NZ hops that I can't figure out a description for. All I know is that it's amazing.

T: As good as the nose. The hops shine but there is still some malt in the finish and enough Blonde Ale character to remind you it isn't a session APA. Which is a testament to the brewers.

M: What else can I say? Super smooth, super fresh, super delicious. Bright, pungent, refreshing. I love NZ hops!

O: I just might drink this entire 2L growler right now. For the style this is unbelievable. Top class.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic. Pours a golden hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a rocky, two-inch bright white head that sizzles as it slowly recedes into a consistent, soapy skim. Spots of lacing coat the sides of the glass after each quaff. Nose is bright and citrusy (lemon and tangerines) with a a hint of toasted malt in the background. Taste consistent with nose, but there's less citrus sweetness and more rind. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation that tickles the back of the throat. An incredible session beer - no big flavors here, but everything coalesces nicely which makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. I could drink this beer all day long.

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