Curiosity Two | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jlindros on 04-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 5
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a full white head.

S- nose is a blend of passionfruit citrus, pineapple and harsher, danker hop tones, still enjoyable for a hophead like myself

T-more of a softer version of the nose; a mingle of passionfruit, pineapple with a rindy/herbal bitterness

M- Seems to be a little undercarbed for the style

O- Very drinkable all around, so I bumped it up a bit for that here, solid beer that hides the alcohol very well; there's a reason why I just mentioned it here, I didn't actually notice it in the beer at all, impressive.

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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really nice, hazy straw color, pretty light as DIPA's go. Nice head! Smell is citrusy/yeasty with a definite "skunkiness" that tells you it's going to be pretty bitter. It is. Taste is nice, but too bitter for my taste and a bit lacking in the late addition hops that I think make this style of beer so nice. Still, if you like really bitter DIPAs, you'll probably really like this. Mouthfeel was very good. Perhaps a bit undercarbonated, but quite good. Overall, a solid, well brewed beer, just not geared towards hop-forward junkies like me.
By the way, I got this growler at the brewery just a few days ago and you could not ask for a nicer, more friendly brewery. Small, personal, beautiful.

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" creamy white head, over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head dwindles rather quickly, down to an uneven frothy layer, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is pungent citrus with a light pine tinge.

Taste starts sticky sweet and tangerine juicy in the middle, pine and bitterness come on through the close. Flavors linger after the swallow, with only the lightest of alcohol presence. But I know it's in there, gum numbness comes later. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is way easy. Another nicely dangerous brew from Tree House.

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4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for JLindros for scooping this up for me on Thursday. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy honey golden orange hue with a nice two finger, creamy dense head that fades to leave a nice thick blanket and minimal lacing. No ugly duckling appearance here! HAH!

S - Aromas pop, just pop. Wet, dank, oily tropic notes. Flashes of pineapple, mango, papaya. Deep inhales reveals heavy floral notes, almost rose petal like....scratch that, definitely flower petals. In fact, more flowery that most flower based beers! It is an intoxicating aroma with barely any booze. Screw balance...this is a hop bomb. Yeah, I want this as a candle please. That floral note...that is what made it a 5.

T - OOoohhh that is good. That is damn good. Tropical notes, pineapple and mango definitely accounted for here. Musty, dank resins and hop oil along with juicy fruits. The finish is sublimely bitter. I gotta agree with Jared on the Nelson like hop qualities in this one. And wtf mate...melon? Its a flash of melon before the bitterness comes in. That is really, really neat. I have to wait a few moments before sipping again so my pallet can calm down and pick up that melon again. Spicy hops are intermingled nicely on the end with a creeping alcohol presence.

M - Mouthfeel is darn good. Super drinkable, though that could be a problem as the alcohol definitely creeps up. Just a hair too lightly carbonated.

O - This is a fun one, a very fun one. I enjoy every aspect of this beer, however, I wish it retained a head better...that it was a touch less boozy on the tongue...a little more carbonation. You know, minor shit. Reviewing beers, its a love/hate type of thing. You get to try some amazing beers, but then you encounter things like this. At what point does one become "too critical"? If you give this beer to someone who has not had fresh Hill Farmstead, fresh Heady Topper, fresh west coast beers...they would feel like this is the be all end all DIPA. But having had so many know when one is bad, or average, but to try and split hairs when you have one that should be up on a pedestal. Yeah...crazy. This DIPA, like Nate's other one King Julius, is practically flawless. Seek this out and consume it fresh because as over saturated as the market is with IPA/DIPA there will always be room for world class beers such as this.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled yesterday.

Pours a nice big creamy fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, mostly big bubbles popping, nice soapy bubbled lacing, hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings a great hop blend, all American hops, where do I start... tropical fruit with a light mango and papaya, a light musty almost passion fruit like hop, then it turns to a floral grassy hop, an earthy terrior of New Zealand strangely maybe a light eureka crossover... then back into light hop oils and hint citrus. Deep nosing brings a sweet malty base with a bit of a booze complexion. The grassy floral Kiwi hop dominates for a bit until I take a step back for a minute, then get more American hops... for a minute I almost thought they poured eureka by mistake, but the more I nose deep and the more it warms, the more that character seems to actually be a blend of the fruity hops and the grassy earthy hops.

Taste brings another plethora of various hop characters, again American hops with a tropical fruit and grassy/spicy blend. Bitter hops ramp up quickly with musty resins, light papaya and passion fruit, juicy tropical fruit. Then into earthy hops, again a Kiwi terrior like hops but lighter than Eureka, however on the second sip the fluffy Nelson Sauvin like hop character seem to come through, but then eventually turns to a spicy hop, grassy and American like spicy hops take back the reigns. Hop oils and resins start to really come out. In the background is light sweet malts than bring an amber sweet malty flavor, and a nice kiss of booze. Hops come back through and continue with a light melon rind, faint grapefruit pith and some generic tropical fruit flavors as well. Finish brings a long very bitter finish, spicy hop flavors, more Nelson sauvin like hops, but of hop oils and resins lingering as well, it teeters on astringent bitterness with the spicy hop level and plays with your taste buds, keeping them on edge but never pushing them over. There is also a faint mint oil from the hops in the background which adds another level of complexity.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, light warming booze, nice carb esp for a growler fill.

Overall pretty nice, it's a bit deceptive in a few aspects. First the booze doesn't seem as much as it really is, until I was almost finished with the growler and could feel quite a buzz going. Second, the combination of the earthy grassy hops with the tropical fruit seems to give off the character of Kiwi/New Zealand terroir hops, but they aren't really there. Third the bitterness doesn't seem to really be there until a few sips in and late on teh finish when it really gets bitter . So, a nice DIPA, nice hop character with some good tropical fruits without the big citrus addition, as well as the grassy spicy floral earthy hops, blended nicely to almost mask each other into a new hop, and adds just enough bitterness to keep my tastebuds on edge, and nice malty slightly sweet balance to... er... balance the whole thing. I pounded back the first half of the growler before I decided to take it easy and enjoy the second half... and then realized the alcohol sneaks up.

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Curiosity Two from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 19 ratings