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Ma | Tree House Brewing Company

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MaMa
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MaMa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

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.

Added by merc7186 on 03-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,624
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
285
pDev:
8.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
67
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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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More User Reviews:
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 Horbar
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much better than Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joel66
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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

Photo of tigg924
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is caramel malt, brown sugar, and light citrus hops. Smells a lot hoppier than it is. Sweet start, with light underlying business, medium-light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not always a fan of hoppy ambers as many of them are too aggressively hopped and malts barely come through. They often become an ipa with a twist that is mostly the color....Ma is exceptionally well balanced...Might be my favorite malty beer from Tree House. Could drink this all night...Really tasty.

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

Photo of avas
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Not an easy one to describe... Pours a dark, burnt orange color that seems to border on copper. In the glass, it's completely opaque and, with the lack of light piercing it, appears muddy and dull. That said, the liquid sits below a beautiful two fingers of creamy tan head that retains itself beautiful, leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: A wonderful contrast of light and dark, as well as a showcase of the different ingredients that are in the beer. Bright spritzy citrus notes a la tangerine juice and orange peel mix with deep toasted grains, molasses, and a vague brown sugar sweetness. The signature TH bubblegum candy yeast expression is here in spades, at the level that it appears in some of their more yeast-forward brews (like Julius, Green). As it warms, there's even more overripe tropical fruits that come out, a very distinct peach note (that seems like a blend of the yeast and hops), something like overripe banana, and maybe even cantaloupe? Way more fruity than I was expecting.

T: Follows with tangerine spritzer and orange peel flavors punching up front and lingering throughout the taste. Less overripe fruit (I don't get the peach/tropical much on the taste) and more pine sap, toasted grain, orchard fruit, herbal hops, and a brown sugar sweetness that borders on but doesn't quite reach caramel on the finish. The underlying presence of assertive yeast is there in the form of that Dubble Bubble gum flavor, but it's very subdued with respect to it's expression on the nose. Overall, this is a wonderfully balanced and wild ride of flavors.

M: As expected for these guys, they just about hit it out of the park on the feel. Carbonation is medium-plus, creating an illusion of higher weight and bigger body while maintaining fantastic drinkability expected for a beer at this ABV. It's definitely sweeter than most TH beers, but similarly one of their more bitter offerings, meaning the residual sweetness on the aftertaste is perfectly checked.

O: Another great beer from Tree House that, for better or for worse, compares more closely to their rotational IPAs than it does to any other red ale / hoppy amber I've had. It's very hop-forward, but (of course) in a gentle and soft package. It's certainly more malt-forward, a bit sweeter, and earthier in its flavor profile than Julius/Green/Haze/etc., but it shares many of the elements that differentiate those brews from others in the hop-forward style. Some may throw some shade at this beer for diverting from style, but to be honest, a brewery that's built itself around NE-style IPAs (which have taken more heat than any other style of late for breaking with tradition) shouldn't be too concerned with stylistic boundaries. True amber/red ale or not, it's a ridiculously good beer that showcases the best of what Tree House is capable of--with a twist!

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

Photo of dbthom123
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of Guess2814
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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 JoeB51982
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wesley_Legg
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ace1117
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml can); produced 10/25/17.
A: Pours cloudy copper color, looking much like unclarified apple cider, with a half inch, light tan head, little retention, but ring upon ring of Belgian lacing.
S: Fruity aromas of orange, grapefruit, and mango, blend seamlessly with pine and peppermint notes.
T: Citrus flavor (?lemon) taste present, but fruit is much more understated than the nose would suggest. Caramel, more molasses flavor seems to predominate in balance with a earthy, piney light bitterness.
M: Medium body, low carbonation, drinks smoothly.
O: I thought it unusually hoppy for an amber/red ale, really almost an IPA, but found it very enjoyable and drinkable.

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

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

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

Photo of BeerMagistrate
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark warm Amber color with a full bodied, well rounded IPA taste. What a treat!

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Ma from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 285 ratings
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