Tree House Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,501
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: 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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 432
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a chalice.

A: Deep amber color with orange hues. Murky haze. Two fingers of beige head retain well. Webby lacing.

S: Orange marmalade, broken pine needles, red berries. Thick malt backbone of heavy toast, scones, caramel. A touch earthy.

T: Fresh and pithy grapefruit up front, in a big way. Orange peel. Marmalade. Red berries. Earth and pine. Firm bitterness. Malt foundation of caramel, toast, pinch of cocoa. Muddled earthy finish.

M: Medium-full body, round and firm. Some gritty astringency. Stiff carbonation cuts through a muddled, silty feel.

O: It has all the requisite flavors one would expect from the style, but also has a sort of raw and unfinished feel to it at the same time. It feels muddled and gritty. This is one of those styles that just needs to be clean and clear, even if it means filtering.

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

Tall can w/ 4-2-19 dating

Pours dark plum and quite hazy, leaves a healthy load of fine medium sheeting

I get ripe dark fruit on the nose, along with some nuttiness

Tasty and smooth amber ale, nice fruit/malt/nut mix...a pleasure to experience the "Tree House" treatment to a different style then NEIPA. Notes of more dark fruits, apricots, plums, cinimmon, delicious and well worth a try.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Great color. Nose is brown sugar, roasted malt and a touch of caramel. Soft. Beer opens brown sugar, grass, sap and overripe mango. Some hazelnut and coarse walnut shell in the middle. Finishes with a touch of nutty hop bitterness. Great balance and mellow. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down dry with a lingering, sticky finish.

A nice sipper but nothing really stands out in this one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with light beige head. Aroma has resiny hops, biscuits and some orange rind. Taste follows hoppy and resiny with orange rind notes, quite bitter, old school flavors. Medium body and carbonation. A more classic approach from Tree House but well made.

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

Picked-up three cans at the Tree House brewery today. Canned-on on date of 2/5/19. My thirtieth brew reviewed from these guys. Not typically a fan of amber/red ales, but this is well-made.

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Photo of jykleo
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/5. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 2/16.
A: Amber, brown and Hazy colour. 2 fingers of clouds and remain long time.
S: Tangerine, orange and caramel.
T: Tangerine, caramel, coffee like notes. Comfortable strengthen of the bitterness last but mild.
M:Medium body. Medium Carbo. Slightly creamy.
O: Good harmony of Hop and Malts. Sweetness and bitterness also great balance.
Ma is definitely greater than popular pale Ale/Lager. In the Tree House Family, there are too much higher priority brother/sister to taste.

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Photo of MatthewPierog
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ma is clean and crisp while being on the fruity side of things. Very refreshing and tasty. One of the most unique amber ales I have had. It does not disappoint!

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long lasting, chunky head. Excellent 3D ring lace on the glass. Darker amber color with plenty of haze.

Pleasant toasted malt aroma with a mild hop background. I also get some yeast which makes me remember my home brewing days.

The "red" is evident in the caramelized, but dry, malt tongue from the onset. The body leans thin and the carbonation is a bit high. The finish is vacantly bitter, meaning the malt has a bittering element that melds with the hop presence. Short aftertaste, though. Overall, I'd say this is one of Tree House's more malty offerings. It doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can: This one pours a murky amber/brown/caramel color. There was a frothy beige head that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Various citrus, but mainly orange. Some pine and caramel malt notes also. The taste is good. Some residual sweetness and a fair amount of bitterness at the same time. Malts, graininess, some roast, orange. A really nice blend.

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

From a 16oz can, dated 11/27/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a cloudy acorn-brown with three fingers of soft, pouffy, beige head. Retention is excellent, leaving fat gobs of sticky lacing.

Mildly sweet, earthy aroma of shoe leather, dried orange peel and noble hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with real biting bitterness. Toasted grain, golden syrup, leather, fir tips and orange peel, earthy, with the bitterness dial set midpoint.

Feel is clean and dry, medium-thin bodied, with bright, almost aggressive carbonation.

Good stuff. Better even than I remembered. Odd that I pick up noble hops so strongly in the nose but not at all in the taste - insignificant in terms of the rating, just a curiosity. I had served this with Thanksgiving dinner, too, and it was just right.

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Photo of Hophead68
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, reddish brown with 2 fingers of head. Smells of sweet malt. Carbonation is perfect. Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hoppy after taste. Nothing bad ever comes from this brewery.

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Photo of BEER88
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 10/23/18 poured into a bulb! Look is a hazy amber color with a foamy white head! Smells of juicy fruits and biscuit malts. The taste matches the smell with nice pine and earth in the back. The feel was soft and velvety. Overall this is hands down my #1 red ale.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(16 oz can, 10/23/18, purchased 10/27... decanted into a fat Trillium tulip)

L: garnet-colored liquid with good clarity; rocky, aged white, frothy foam... a few clouds of lace top to bottom; keeps a thick collar

S: (black?)berry, blood orange; subtle background of sweet mint; bit of hard candy-like crystal malt, hint of nutty cocoa... alcohol eventually pokes through a bit

T: berry wine, grapefruit rind, chocolate-berry hard candy core (malt), bit of hot (vaguely cinnamon) spice on the finish... little grain or bread flavor to the malt, maybe a bit of toasty crust lingering in aftertaste... overall tastes like a hopped-to-hell Belgian red noel ale

F: resiny-silky texture, foamy carbonation, dry and lightly flushing warm in its mildly dilute finish... body not at all thick or bulbous - streamlined, which is pretty nice for the style

O: a gaudy display of hops - somewhat tasty blends, but tipped too far in muddled hoppy direction, foundation of the beer is dull, little balance or dimension... did end up dumping in dregs when almost done, and though it made the beer look terrible, it didn't alter the taste in any negative way, maybe adding a subtle nutty yeast back note

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

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/23/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine), nice roastyness. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine), very nice roastyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very very tasty brew. My first Amber Ale from TH, they do amber's very well also. Addictive! MilkShake! Thanks Bill!

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Photo of JRG281
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ma looks good and smells good. The first taste did not blow my mind, but I enjoyed the beer quite a bit after a few sips. Not my favorite Tree House, but solid.

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

Ma Ma hey hey, let’s hope this beer is here to stay! Gorgeous cloudy mostly brown in the glass with 2 fingers of fairly long lasting creamy head and considerable lacing. The smell is mild but pleasant but what a flavor, a savory blend of considerable hops up front with a smooth slightly sweet malt base in perfect proportion and that patented Treehouse mouth feel. Hey hey Ma Ma, this beer will drop your jaw!

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Photo of Holderness
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 13 days ago.

L -- Pours a murky orange-brown with a finger of off-white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Has that TH creamy yeast character, along with citrus, floral, and a touch of caramel
T -- Lightly sweet and toasty malt character melds wonderfully with the afformentioned creamy yeast character and a touch of gentle citrus hoppiness. The yeast is the focus of flavors here, interestingly
F -- Fluffy and creamy. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Touch of roasty bitterness on the finish
O -- Very unique amber ale. Quite hoppy, but it's that gentle Tree House hoppiness


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Photo of fitzy84
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a can at Tree House. Beer pours with a dark amber and is a little cloudy. Head dissipates but leaves some good retention. Malty aroma with a little bit of light smoke. The beer is malty sweet but there is a sharp hoppy aftertaste. Slightly silky texture with good carbonation. Overall, very nice appearance and taste.

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Photo of Tony210
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful cloudy dark amber with billowy head that lingers. Nose is faint but I still detect malt and fruity hops. Has a solid malt backbone, great sticky hop flavor, touch of bitterness on the finish. Carbonation lends to the creamy mouthfeel. Overall an outstanding amber ale and I would buy again.

16 oz can dated 4/12/18 - thanks Adam
4.25 rating

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy eggshell white head of 6 cm foaming up with an easy pour. The head fades slowly to a pretty robust surface layer and leaves dense lattice that sticks to the glass for the entire sampling.
The aroma is some caramel and a bit of biscuit malt with a little bit of hop character with pine notes.
First sip reveals an average body and mild carbonation, very smooth texture. Easy drinking beer.
Flavor is very malty and caramel and toasted malt dominant. I get a little biscuit and some sap hops too. The booze is well hidden and the beer drinks very easy with a lingering toasted note.
I like this beer, but I dont think it is any better than many other Ambers that I have had in the past. I would probably pass on this one if its available next time I go to TH.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque as hell, this displays a muddy prune juice like brown-umber, with a large foamy khaki head that settles unevenly, leaving very thick chunks of fuzzy coral foam on the glass.

Smell is toasty but still soft pumpernickel with accents of grapefruit, pine and biscuit.

Taste also has soft, slightly toasty pumpernickel, but with that hint of Tree House melon and bubblegum, as well as some tangy sharp orange zest, pine and grapefruit. I'm surprised this isn't an over-hopped monstrosity, like some of the "Kolsch" and "Brown" ales that come out of Trillium.

Body is medium to light, carbonation is mild, and the finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like you're pouring out caramel sauce. Just looks so thick. The head is a nice khaki color. Wouldn't be able to see through it for anything.
Smell is a little bit sweeter with some pine notes.
Taste is almost like some thick caramel sweetness and something a little harsher almost like a smoke. Almost like if you were burning pines.
Pretty thick and leaves a little smokiness on the mouthfeel.
Overall, very nice amber. Would love to have more

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Photo of curtis6290
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very refreshing and light brew.

Look: Deep red/brown with a great head that foams and lingers for days.
Smell/Taste: A sweeter IPA that is much smoother and crisper than what we're used to from TH. Not overly sweet or hoppy, extremely drinkable.
Feel: Amazingly smooth and enjoyable.
Overall: This is a great brew that ages nicely. It's an IPA without the heaviness of the hops, malt or alcohol. One of the better experiments from TH.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A murky Dark amber to brown with big fluffy white head. Has medium carbonation.
Smell: Caramel, bread, citrus, orange, candy, and pine.
Taste: Toasty caramel, bread, citrus, orange, candy, and pine.
Mouthfeel: Medium.
Overall: A nice amber ale from Tree House.

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Photo of Sherls30
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’m really into IPAs so I tried this beer with an open mind. Being an amber ale, it obviously doesn’t have that punch and bitterness that I look for. With that said, this is a super smooth, rather juicy, tasty beer that I would gladly drink 10 of.

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Ma from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 432 ratings