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Ma | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 aquabears
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 -1.5%
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 +5.1%
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 -0.7%
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 +6.8%
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 -1.7%
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 -8.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.2%
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 -5.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -5.4%
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 kevdemers
4.46/5  rDev +9%
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 +11.5%
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 +8.8%
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 +12.5%
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 concoctions..so I cannot appreciate this as much as others.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +1.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -4.2%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of ScaryEd
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown color with a cream-colored head. Leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of citrus and caramel with some piney, grassy notes as well.

The taste has a lot of citrus, as well as plenty of sweet caramel malt and pine on the back end.

The feel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Very creamy and very smooth with no alcohol present. Just a bit of lingering bitterness on the end of each sip.

Overall, a solid brew. Has the hoppy characteristics of TH's IPA's and pale ales while also adding a nice, sweet caramel malt character to balance it all out. Not the prettiest beer I've ever seen but the flavor is great as expected.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" beige head, over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head gradually falls to an uneven layer of bubbles, with lingering lace. Aroma is citrus and toasted grains.

Taste is sweet to start, citrus bang in the middle, with some pine hops character coming in for the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue and very smooth, and drinkability is nice. Would enjoying visiting this Ma again, as I would my own grandmother, who was also a Ma to us all.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery yesterday.

After popping the top it somehow started to come up the neck and over the top, so I had to pour quickly and spilled a little... anyways, pours a nice frothy bubbly thick 2 finger head that sticks to the sides of the glass like marshmallow, a hazy dark amber copper color.

Nose starts with some fresh hops, a bit earthy, little spicy, light pine, fruity almost stone fruit like, and even a bit floral, plenty of amber reddish malts in the background, little sweet, hint caramel toastiness, coppery malts mostly, with a faint citrus to go along with all that.

Taste brings more fruity hops to start, syrupy sweet malts, almost candy like with copper malts, caramel syrup, little sticky sweetness, little toasty malt flavor too, but mostly an amber malt profile. Hops bring a hint of citrus and pine, some earthy, chewy like hops but never spicy, but nice overall bitterness. Hops also bring a fruity flavor that hints at bubblegum. Finish is long bitterness, not overly bitter, nice fruity bubblegum hops, hint of citrus and even tropical fruit, chewy malts, as well as plenty of amber toasty malts, little sticky sweet but drier, and slight earthy hop profile to go with it all.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, faint hint of warming booze but barely.

Overall not bad, a decent hop profile, nice malt profile, nice balance, just enough hint of warming booze, a nice bitterness, tasty... but not necessarily my fav beer, esp from tree house, just a tasty beer.

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