Ma | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In commemoration of our head brewer and co-founder’s grandmother’s birthday, we have once again brewed this super fruity yet balanced amber ale! Hints of oranges, tangerines, and stone fruit grace the palate before a sweet malty caramel character provides balance and depth. A real treat that drinks well on any occasion. Happy Birthday, Ma. We love you!

Ma is a very special amber ale brewed in remembrance of Nate’s grandmother. A fiery Irish spirit who imparted deep values of dedication to family and love, Ma was one of a kind. This beer mirrors her spirit with bright notes of citrus, pine, and soft fruit boosted by a rich caramel base and a medium body. A wonderful beer to celebrate the New England transition to cooler weather. We encourage you to drink to honor Ma, and to those whose souls we carry deep in our hearts.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Hazy reddish brown color, not very appealing, but nice foamy head and sticky lacing.
A - Caramel/sugar malt and fruit. Among the stone fruits, I'm guessing plum and apricot.
T - Follows the nose, which is fairly pleasant. Not much of an amber ale fan, but this is pretty enjoyable.
F - Smooth with a light to medium body. Very easy drinker.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, opaque burgundy amber with a finger of khaki head. The head gave promise of forming larger, but I tapered off early to fill up my 12oz glass with more out of the 16oz can. Head retention is moderate, with great lacing. Aroma is very pleasant, with notes of toasted malts with pine and resin hops and a plethora of citrus notes (orange, lemon, and tangerine). It almost doesn't smell like an amber ale at all. A sip provides a blast of many, many flavors. For starters, citrus notes like orange, lemon, and tangerine poke through and linger throughout the flavor profile. Pine and resin hops add a little bite, while still proving satisfying and easy to drink. Roasted malts sit in the rear, playing back up. Mouth feel is... strange. It's watery, and a little abrasive, while still feeling full. Almost as if the beer itself is thin, but the additional particulates from the lack of filtration give it a more full feel. Strange, but not in a bad way. Overall, it's a fantastic amber, but it is on the hoppier side. It's not a great option for those who are fans of traditional ambers, like wise, it's a great one for those hop heads who want something a little more mellow, or to help foray into the amber ale variety.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Dark reddish brown color. Pretty murky but there's some clarity at certain angles. Pours a thick/foamy three inch head that stick for a bit and leaves good lacing.

aroma- Surprisingly hop forward with oranges, peach, and juicy citrus. Some caramel sweetness is present as well.

taste- As with the aroma this is big on juicy oranges and peach upfront. Definitely reminds me a little of green and its galaxy hop characteristics. Towards the middle though the malt starts to come out with caramel, toasted bread, and a faint burnt/smoked taste. In the finish there's a lingering caramel sweetness along with a little bit of resinous pine. Definitely a lot going on with the flavor in this beer.

Feel- Medium/Full bodied, low/medium carbonation, chewy, soft, a little resinous, and overall very easy to drink.

overall- I really enjoy hoppy ambers and this does not dissapoint in the slightest. While this has some of the pine/grapefruit characteristics that hoppy ambers usually have, this really leans heavy on the juicy orange/citrus hops. Midway this beer really shifts to a more heavy malt flavor and picks up some pine on the way. Really enjoy the blend of flavors here. Great beer overall, another great beer from TH, and one I will look to grab every release.

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Photo of aquabears
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from the brewery today. Deep amber, with a yellow-ish head. Smells like berries. Tastes sweet, malty, resinous, piney hops and a bitter bite on the back, almost tastes like tart berries.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from the brewery.

Dark amber and murky with a large, creamy, off-white head. Peach, orange, and pine in the aroma. Light caramel malt but it really gets drowned out by the hops. Lots of fruit in the flavor with a fairly strong bitter finish. Medium bodied, nearing medium-full. Smooth, creamy texture, as is par for the course with most beers from Tree House. Not my favorite offering from them, but they've set the bar high for themselves. An enjoyable amber ale. Thanks to Ian for the can.

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Photo of Awolter
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A pretty decent amber ale, that is darker in color than most. It's pretty close to the color of the can art actually. Little to no head retention, with a piney and butterscotch flavor. A decent beer, but I prefer the juicy hop offerings.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

My son urged me to try this, he favors it over other TH beers. I lean toward IPA's and was thinking, meh. However, this is an interesting beer. Color is a cloudy amber. Not a heck of a lot of aroma to pick up until tasted. Flavor is citrusy with hints of herb flavoring. Sounds weird, but it works with all the other complex flavors. Mouthfeel is the usual superlative TH feel. This is a unique brew and I think it will grow on me with each tasting.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler filled Oct 23rd 2015, opened Oct 27th 2015

A – Murky milk chocolate body. Nice light khaki head pours 2 fingers high with ok retention and lace.

S – Soft hop-forward nose with fresh pine, thyme, cilantro, and a touch of sweet molasses.

T – Malt-forward profile. Really nice. Caramel, pumpernickel bread, and butterscotch with a firm woody hop center and herbal thyme accents.

M – Smooth medium to medium-full body.

O – Great balance with a really interesting flavor profile.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a murky amber brown, as dark as any amber ale I've seen.

The aroma offers peaches, oranges, dank weed, resin, Tree House bubble gum.

The flavor follows with that Tree House bubble gum up front, orange candy, stone fruit, a kiss of sweetness, then onto chewy bready malts, onto a stiff resinous bitterness, for Tree House. Lingering earthy, dried herbal qualities. Mouthfeel is medium plus and creamy. Green hop matter sticks to the teeth.

Almost as if a Tree House IPA was blended with a bitter bomb of a West Coast IPA. Appearances are deceptive as this is spectacular, yet unfamiliar for the style.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red to burgundy cloudy color with a small white head. There is quite a bit of a soapy lacing and good carbonation. The odor for me is piney, resin, grapefruit, citrus, slightly malty, tropical fruits, peach, apricot, slightly spice, floral, guava like. The taste for me is very grapefruit, tropical fruit, guava, orange, pineapple, malty, dried fruits, slightly bitter throughout.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty average beer from Tree House crew.

The nose was muted with next to nothing memorable.

The taste was something that could easily be replicated but not worthy of seeking out.

Overall, a disappointment given the hype.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber with a thick, foamy/creamy white head.
S: Plum, slight caramel, biscuits, citrus.
T: Pine, caramel, breaded malts, slight hint of citrus.
M: Moderate carbonation, hops are slightly prickly to the tongue, mild bitterness. Crisp and smooth finish.
O: Not a style that I usually consume. I'm a big "Nugget Nectar" fan so I thought i'd like to try this. Solid overall.

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Photo of KidDoc
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy dark Amber, light head, minimal retention, light lacing. Aroma is nice, some peach and plum in the background. Flavor has a little roasted malt in the background but is otherwise nicely balanced. Tree house always manages to provide nicely balanced beers

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a modified tulip glass, canned 1 week ago.
A - Deep copper color, light carbonation and a thin cap.
S - Sweet caramel, slight bitters, a bit of tropical note.
T - Nicely structured, smooth amber, with enough malt backing to support a hop bite.
F - Smooth, even and one of the best parts, round and full bodied with a pretty clean finish.
O - Quite enjoyable amber ale, Reminiscent of Catamount Amber from the way back machine.
Cheers all

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Photo of Nicole15
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not my usual style but so far I've enjoyed everything tree house has put out so I figured I'd try it. Pours a dark reddish Amber. Nice frothy head that dissipates rather quickly. I get a lot of pine, touch of burnt caramel and a little malt. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the brewery. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a murky dark brown/amber hue with a fat two finger off white head that fades slowly to leave licing and a one finger creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of resinous hops, caramel, citrus rind, biscuits.

T - Taste is a fair amount of caramel malts, resinous pine, very light citrus rind, fair amount of toasty bready malts. Little bit of sweetness too. The bitterness pops too on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean. Good bitter finish.

O - Overall this beer, while good, doesnt really scream 'amber' other than in colour. Lots of malts here, decent bitter finish. For me though the caramel malts and sweetness detract from this beer.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a can poured into a 20 oz Samuel Adams glass. My can actually says 6.8% abv as opposed to the 7.3% listed above.

Look: Dark brown/amber, unfiltered appearance.

Smell: Piney, tropical fruit rind, caramel

Taste: Sweet start from the malt and juicy hops, then more bitterness and pine from the hops, finishes with a lingering bitterness. Could be a better finish, but a minor nitpick.

Feel: Full mouthfeel, almost cream ale like. Excellent!

Overall: Well above average for the style, as per usual for Tree House. The mouthfeel definitely puts it ahead of a beer like Nugget Nectar for me (and I'm a big fan of NN).

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Photo of ChinaskiWMA
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look is brown, not really amber, but pleasingly opaque and murky. The smell is malty biscuit with fruit undercurrents. It hits your palate with a warm, soft, malty flavor to start, which gives way to slight stone fruit and fig flavors, with a crisp, bitter hop finish. The mouth feel is typical of Treehouse beers: slightly thick and silky. Beautiful.

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Photo of bobv
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. growler received in an IP trade on Friday the 24th of July.
Filled on Saturday, the 18th of July.

Look: After 9 days in the growler, it still looks nice with decent lacing.

Smell: I really like the nose on this. A nice balance between the malt and hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose to a "T!"

Feel: Again, after 9 days, almost perfect.

Overall: This is in my top 5 Tree house offerings. Well done!

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Photo of KOrtyl
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my least favorite THB beer. Tho that's like saying I ate the worst dish at NOMA in Copenhagen. I'm addicted to their Citrus I cannot appreciate this as much as others.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Tree House snifter

a: Cloudy cider-brown with a two inch head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pine resin

t: Mild pine resin and light pear and apple-like fruiit with a light to moderate bite over a medium bready malt. Dry finish. 7.3 ABV is almost undetectable.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine hoppy amber, hoppier at first than later but with good flavor throughout. An enjoyable sipper

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink ambers all the time in college 10-14 years ago, but these days I drink mostly just IPAs/APAs/DIPAs plus more and more stouts these days...I only bought this because all the beers I drove 150 miles for kicked the day before and website didn't update until I was nearly there. So I was really bummed being my first Tree House visit, so I bought some Tornado and this beer, only because TH described it as a "hoppy Amber ale." Well, I need not have been so narrow minded. Ma was delicious just like every other hop-forward brew they make that I have tasted (over a dozen).

It pours a very dark Amber/dark reddish color from what I remember. Great nose, strong malt smell but also strong aroma of fruity hops. Taste follows the nose, though the hops take on more of a central role. Fruity hop taste is well balanced out with your standard amber malt bill, with some caramel and toffee taste associated with the malt. Overall a very solid amber ale, true to the style but still with the Tree House signature hop forward taste. definitely recommend picking up a growler next time it's on tap, though I personally wouldn't want more than one. If you are a fan of ambers and of Tree House though, you will love this beer.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - looks like Tree House, but darker! Has a beautiful caramel brown hue to complement the juicy haze.

S - smells like overripe fruit with caramel undertones. Mild bready malts.

T - sticky sweet candied oranges. Peachy grapefruit candy dipped in molasses.

F - soft and silky. Leaves hop residue in the mouth.

O - not the best Tree House beer, but a great take on the traditionally boring amber style. Has all the typical caramel malts and sweetness of an amber with the bright juicy fringes that Tree House does oh so well.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml filled 07/11/15.

A- Poured into their signature pint glass with a medium amber body. A thick and creamy white head rises up to several fingers with great retention. Tons of lace, huge rings all around.

S- Mostly hops with tropical and stone fruits leading to citrus and slight pine. Slight toast and malts.

T- Hops seem to burst even more than the aroma somehow with an even juicier feel like mango, peach, tangerine, guava as well as flower, bubblegum, pine and citrus. Light caramel sweets, toast and bread but honestly this batch isn't much Amber besides the color.

MF- Creamy and frothy medium to heavy body. Smoothness is created by a medium-high carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

Seems like an IPA more than anything and reminds me of 3-4 other recent. Tree House brews. It is delicious but it could be amazing with some more light to medium toasted malt tones. Signature feel but I think Tree House needs to branch out a bit from the tropical hops.

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

A wonderful Amber red ale. Very hoppy and smooth with citrus and carmel flavors from start to finish. A Amber red ale that drinks very well. Enjoy it every chance you get.

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