Tree House Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #4
Ranked #3,727
4.1 | pDev: 7.56%
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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bret27 from California

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of p025757.
L: Dark amber fluffy head with retention and lace.
S: Caramel malts, stonefruit
T: same as smell.
F: appropriate for style.
Overall: Tasty. Balanced.

Jun 22, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 3/9/20.

Pours clear, dark copper with a big, off-white head. Unrelenting retention with fat ropes of lacing. Almost proper Belgian-level carbonation. Sweet malt with a minerally undertone in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky mouthfeel. Malty and bitter on the palate. Finishes bitter and sweet.

May 13, 2020
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

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

Pours a clear reddish copper in color with nearly two fingers of off white head. Aroma is a little citrusy, some sweet malts, with stone fruit notes. Taste has tangerine, peach, nectarine, a little caramel malt underneath, and a moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer, tasty and drinkable but isn’t totally what I expect from and Amber. It’s a lot fruitier than typical ambers which is in keeping with the House character of TH.

Apr 09, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love you, Ma! Of Tree House's offerings that are NOT IPAs or stouts, this one's my hands down favorite (so far). The look is a clear, reddish-brown (my daughter thought it was beautiful, hence the perfect 5!). The smell isn't incredible, but the taste is wonderful. It still manages to have a lot of the fruit character present in Tree House's IPAs, but with a nice malty backbone. Very balanced and smooth. Eminently drinkable but with a ton of flavor to boot. A really great red/amber ale. Unless you're an IPA only snob, pick some up the next time you visit Tree House!

Mar 29, 2020
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odenbr12 from New Jersey

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

Super crushable, love the palette. Very juicy, a great beer for when you’re sitting on the couch after working ten hours and ur watching The Office for the 80th time, and despite the fact you’re a Predictable Patty, you can still be distinct, lively, and own that distinct sense of uniqueness. That palette of this beer - this lovely array of fruit, hops and fizz - helps you feel as if you have a real control of your life. One sip everyone knows the rules.

Nov 29, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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

Poured into a 16 Nordic pint glass canned on 9/03/19. Pours a very attractive cloudy rusty ruby with a finger off white head that leaves thick streaks of lace all over the sides of the glass, with solid retention. 4.25

Smell is caramel, toffee, sweet rye, tangerine, pine, apricot, pineapple, and some hints of grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows malty caramel, rye, and toffee upfront with and explosion of apricot, pineapple, and tangerine in the bold yet balanced finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is big, soft and gentle on the palate, slightly sticky not dry, and at 6.8% big on flavor and feel, but really drinkable. 4.25

Overall I always like a hoppy red during the Spring and Fall and seriously this one is exceptional. So balanced and crazy tasty, really impressed. 4.25

Oct 02, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 09/03/19 “hug ‘em extra!”
Been looking forward to trying this for a while because I knew it would be near flawless. Is there any style that Tree House can’t perfect? A unique appearance, being super cloudy but with that fluffy brownish head you expect. Simply stellar balance in the nose and flavor, with that lovely, sweet malt you want and the hint of hops you hope for. The finish and feel are equally stellar, though a bit cloying. What an enjoyable Amber. Could drink this every day and like it says in the description, pairs well with one of those cooler nights in late summer.

Sep 20, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

May 05, 2019
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Billolick from New York

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.

Apr 17, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Feb 28, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Feb 20, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 16, 2019
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jykleo from New York

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.

Feb 16, 2019
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MatthewPierog from Connecticut

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!

Feb 12, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 30, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

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.

Dec 14, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

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.

Dec 03, 2018
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Hophead68 from New Jersey

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.

Dec 01, 2018
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BEER88 from Washington

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.

Nov 18, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

Nov 16, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

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!

Nov 15, 2018
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JRG281 from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 26, 2018
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biointen from Massachusetts

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!

Oct 12, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Sep 10, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 08, 2018
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