Eureka W/ Nelson | Tree House Brewing Company

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Eureka W/ NelsonEureka W/ Nelson

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Filled at the brewery about 2 hours ago.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly with a bit of lacing, hazy golden sunset yellow orange colored beer, similar to a wheat beer. The color is nice but the head left something to be desired.

NOse brings plenty of fresh Nelson Sauvin hops, grassy floral with a little earthy twinge, bright musty citrusy fruit but more like a light lemon and little pineapple orange like, little musty grape skin like vinous quality, all that with a touch of a light sweet toasty grainy blond malt.

Taste brings some golden malts at first, a little sweetness, but at the same time a dry grainy bready kinda malt flavor, almost wheat like but not quite, little toasty almost biscuit also but not quite, but a fluffy feel. Then hops, light bitterness but nice musty flavor, again plenty of Nelson Sauvin flavors, little grassy hay and slight earthy, musty grape skin vinous must, little floral at the same time light citrusy fruit again, just a hint lemony and grapefruit rind, abd quite a bit of that slightly tannic musty fruit skin flavor. Finish is dry but somehow a bit sticky, bitterness increases nicely but not a ton, lingering grassy floral hops, with a touch of spiciness and some light vinous musty grape skin again.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, tons of fluffy effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, showcases the Nelson Sauvin grapes well, and I'm loving the kiwi hops lately so its great. The malts bring enough profile to not only prop up the hops but bring their own profile and it melds well with the hops. Light easy drinking beer that I could pound a full 2L growler in the late spring early summer probably. Cheers Nate to another well done beer!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up from Tree House less than 2 hours ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a hazy straw hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave a thin, thin blanket and light lacing. Solid, solid.

S - OOhhhh yah, this is Nelson alright! Quite pungent, dank aromas here with some faint pine, faint floral, light citrus of nectarines, tropical notes. Really cant get more pure Nelson aroma than this.

T - Fun, fun. So this starts with more of the dank pungent Nelson Sauvin hops with light juicy tropic notes, similar to passion fruit like another member posted. Just before it starts to go an IPA or APA route WHAMMY, grainy malty blonde. Faint lemon on the finish too with linger very slightly bitter Nelson. Quite balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Super crisp, light, faint bitterness on the end. Stuff is crazy drinkable, as it should be for the ABV.

O - Overall, a damn tasty beer....if you like Nelson Sauvin hops. This would be awesome on a hot summer day, just awesome. Well worth the purchase.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" white head, over the cloudy light orangey amber brew. Head promptly recedes to an uneven froth, strong around the edges, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is moderately tart citrus.

Taste has underlying citrus from end to end, tart upfront, earthy and rounded in the middle, with a sharp close. Lingers after the swallow as well. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue and smooth, and drinkability is easy. As sessionable as the abv would indicate.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Resuin
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
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 cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
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 wedge
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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 vonnegut21
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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 PicoPapa
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Chico1985
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey. Siked to see this local-ish, less than 4% brew getting some good reviews.

Poured into the Tree House glass light orange with a sold finger of white head. Leaves nice lace on the way down and eventually dissipating into a slight cap.

Scent hints of good things to come. Definitely getting those Nelson hops. Earthy, citrus, lemon. Some bready backing but mostly hops.

Taste - great. Nice fresh earthy and citrus hops stand out with some grapefruit, spicy hop and light grassy dankness. Good amount of toasted bread here as well along with some graininess. Soft and flavorful hop presence with the lightness make this refreshing and in no way abrasive. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is a definite highlight, perfect body - feels fuller than it should considering the beer, but still retains overall lightness and drinkability, with good amount foamy carbonation.

This was great, especially at Brunch. Lots of nice flavor coming out for a blonde ale, especially for one at this ABV level. Also, does a good job at still tasting like a blonde, not an IPA. Nelson Sauvin works great here for single hop usage.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml swing-top growler purchased at the brewery this morning and poured into a Tree House glass. This is a 3.9% sessionable blonde ale with Nelson Sauvin hops and a "smattering" of Galaxy.

A- Pours a hazy yellowish with about a finger of white frothy head that recedes at a decent pace and leaves light layered lacing. Decent carbonation of consistent rising small carbonation bubbles.

S- Fresh green hops (definitely can tell it's mostly Nelson), some pine, some slight floral characteristics, light citrus fruit (lemons, passion fruit), some faint malts that balance nicely with the hops. Very hoppy, fairly aromatic, nice light citrus fruit aroma, pleasant.

T- Fresh green hops balanced nicely with a very light malt presence in the background finishes with a light bitter juicy passionfruit taste that has a very nice lingering presence. The passion fruit definitely shines through here (in the nose it wasn't as easy to detect). Very well balanced and extremely flavorful.

M- Light, finishes fairly dry, nice carbonation, highly sessionable.

O- This is my first beer from Tree House brewery and I definitely highly enjoyed it. It had a a pleasant fresh hoppy presence mixed with a nice tropical passionfruit presence. It was highly drinkable and I could easily finish off a 2L growler of this, if only they sold them (hopefully soon). I definitely recommend checking this beer out and the brewery as well. They are very small, but definitely on the rise!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Gatch
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
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 SABERG
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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 tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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 davey101
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a Tree House tulip. Dated March 32, 2013.

A - Pours a cloudy and dull orange/yellow body. Looks very much like grapefruit juice. Soapy and clingy bone-white foam stick around and generates loads of lacing with impressive retention.

S - Oh, how I love Nelon Sauvin hops! A bit of pungent dankness is quickly washed away by a flood of juicy exotic fruits. Nectarines, clementine, cantaloupe, and mango. Light bready malts. Finish returns to a dank edge. Smells so damn good.

T - Starts off with some of the danky dank and exotic fruits that the nose exhibits, and just as you think its going to take an IPA or pale ale route it goes all blonde ale on your ass. Clean and light grainy malts and some lemon. Finishes insanely clean.

M - Crisp and well carbonated, the bitterness is noticeable but faint. Super drinkable and refreshing.

O - This is the perfect summer beer, unbelievable high drinkability and it displays the Nelson variety so well. I wish I had kegs of this beer...

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Photo of spacecake9
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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 HopHunter19
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
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 edward_boumil
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Roland7792
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 TheLostGringo
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Tree House brewery for the first time and picked up a 2L growler of this 3.2% session beer.

A: Poured a golden yellow into my new Tree House tulip with a very bubbly and frothy head that takes its time before settling down. Really nice lacing through out, continues equally on my now second glass.

S: A lot of solid aroma coming from this low ABV brew. Plenty of tropical fruit and good amount of Hops present.

T: Fruity, Hoppy, but incredibly balanced and drinkable.

M: Light bodied, goes down nicely, with just a nice Hop bite in the finish. Absolutely Sessionable.

O: A really enjoyable beer when you are sitting around wanting to polish off an entire growler in a sitting. Perhaps the best "Session" beer I have ever had.


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Photo of Phillip13
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Nicole15
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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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