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847. Tree House Brewing Sap

Tree House SapContinuing my run of Tree House beers with Sap. This one is a bit different from the others I have tried from Tree House. With a name like Sap I was expecting a big resinous piney flavor but I can think of several beers that had much more pine than Sap.

The pour is typical Tree House with a deep orange, thick off white head and a nice haze that is far from see through but not to the point of being murky. Aroma had quite of bit of grapefruit and pineapple but that did not flow through to the taste. Flavor was slightly dank and earthy with a bit of pine in the finish but not nearly as juicy as most Tree House beers. Perfect mouth feel, almost no bitterness and just a hint of alcohol make this a very drinkable beer.

Sap is an excellent beer that I would love to drink regularly even though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting given the name. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Our IPA brewed with Northwest American hops prominently featuring Chinook! A pungent aroma gives way to a delicate beer loaded with hop flavor. Soft notes of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and young mango give way to a dry finish making this one hard to put down. We find Sap to be one of our most complex and intricate IPAs – We love it dearly!

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846. Tree House Brewing Haze

Tree House HazeAs you can tell I went on a bit of a Tree House kick a while back as I had a couple people that went and traded me a bunch of Tree House cans. I should make the trip to Monson more often than I do but it is a long boring drive from Western Maine and I don’t have many customers in that area, yet. Hopefully that will change soon and I can visit the guys and gals at Tree House more often. In the meantime if you make the trip and end up with extras let me know as I am sure we can work out a trade.

Haze looks very similar to the other Tree House beers with the murky orange and substantial off white head. Aroma is less citrusy than most with more tropical and peach than the others from Tree House but still very pungent and enjoyable. Flavor follows but adds a significant resiny pine character that is not in the nose. Finish has more bitterness than Juice Machine or some of the others but still relatively low compared to many IPA/DIPAs. Carbonation is typical Tree House low on the scale but enough to help keep the head and aroma coming.

Another superb beer from Tree House, if you enjoy hops you must try their beer as they are certainly in the top 5 breweries when it comes to hop forward beers. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: We constructed this beer around hops we currently have plenty of access to, allowing us to re-brew it on a (relatively) consistent basis. We smell a ton of orange on the nose, with complimentary notes of peach and passionfruit. The flavor is similar with a blast of citrus fruit & orange quickly followed by spicy grapefruit, and earthy dankness. A lingering but pleasant hop oil finish awaits.

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845. Tree House Brewing Juice Machine

Tree House Juice MachineMy brother in law happened to be coming back through Mass from a trip to Pennsylvania just as this beer was being released. His timing was perfect and he was in and out in minutes with his six can maximum. I ended up with two cans before he had a chance to drink them all and glad I did. I had one for this review and brought the second to a share in January.

Juice Machine looks much like the previous beers I reviewed from Tree House, cloudy deep orange with a bright white head. Aroma is huge with loads of pineapple, orange, mango – doesn’t smell like beer. Taste follows as it has tons of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple with absolutely no bitterness. Carbonation was light but intentionally so.

This beer was superb and one that I could enjoy again and again. It is not your typical double IPA though so don’t expect it to taste like all the other DIPAs you have tried. 
Pros:
Juicy!
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Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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844. Tree House Brewing Green

Tree House GreenA few more Tree House beers to review including Green which is one of their more common IPAs. This one comes in at 7.6% ABV which is right on the border between a single and double IPA but they classify it as a single. Love the story of how this one got its name, see brewery description below.

As with most Tree House beers this one is an unfiltered deep orange with a thick white head. Aroma is full of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and just a hint of sweet malts. The first sip is full of fruit flavors but finishes with a nice sweet finish. Very little bitterness which seems to be a trademark of Tree House IPAs. No alcohol present, just a superb all around beer.

Between this beer and Julius you could drink them with your breakfast and feel like you got daily allotment of vitamin C from your orange juice all while enjoying a beer. I am not advocating beer for breakfast but there are worse ways to start the day. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewery Social Media: FB20 twitter20 insta
Brewer’s Description: Our cross-continental IPA. Made with Australian and American hops, this citrus heavy IPA opens up in the glass with notes of pineapple, tangerine, and orange rind. It’s sharply bitter and nearly 8% ABV. . . The name comes from the initial batch in which, post boil, the wort looked green from so much hop particulate floating around. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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843. Tree House Brewing King Julius

Tree House King JuliusI have been fortunate to trade for a number of Tree House beers over the past few months including this one which was right around Christmas time. Julius is one of their more frequently canned offerings but King Julius doesn’t come around very often.

King Julius pours a very cloudy deep orange with a solid white head. Aroma had loads of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and was truly excellent. Flavor was just as juicy with those same citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Almost no bitterness and a relatively dry finish make this dangerously easy to drink considering its 8.3% ABV.

It will likely be several months before this beer is available again and unless you make the trip to the brewery than you will likely have to know someone to get your hands on a can but if you can I’m confident you will enjoy it. My only disappointment with this beer was that I had only a single can.
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Alcohol Content: 8.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewery Social Media: FB20 twitter20 insta
Brewer’s Description:Big brother of our favorite IPA, “Julius” and he’s crafted to be like “Julius” only more… stately. At 8.3% ABV and loaded with, frankly, a stupid amount of hops, it’s bursting with tropical flavors and just enough dryness to leave you longing for more.

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830. Tree House Brewing Ma

Tree House MaMy brother in law often attends events with me and gets a lot of great beer from my frequent trips to breweries. Occasionally he repays me with beer including this one from Tree House. Ma is a hoppy red ale and like many beers from Tree House now comes in 16 ounce cans with a label stuck to it. Love that they are canning their beer now and still need to find a reason to make more regular trips to Monson.

Ma pours a deep red almost brown with a thick off white head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is an interesting mix of piney hops, slightly fruity and sweet almost bubble gum. Taste starts with the sweet malts you would expect from a red but the hops really shine in the end with plenty pine and citrus. Slightly bitter finish with nice amount of carbonation.

Really well done beer and as much as I don’t like the black IPA I am really enjoying these hoppy red ales. Ma is right there with Nugget Nectar and Stoneface’s Red Rye IPA as a few of my favorite hoppy red ales. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
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622. Tree House Brewing Tornado

Tree House TornadoThis is the third and final beer I purchased on my visit to Tree House Brewing. Tornado is a pale ale named for the tornado that ripped through the Brimfield/Monson area in June 2011.

This is Tree House’s hoppy pale ale; think Mo from Maine Beer Company or Edward from Hill Farmstead. Tornado pours a very clear pale orange with a nice off white head. Aroma is plentiful with lots of citrus and a touch of pine.

Flavor is excellent with an excellent hop profile and finish is only slightly bitter and really leaves you wanting more. I enjoyed all three beers from Tree House Brewing and would recommend you make the trip to check them out.
Pros:
Very drinkable
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Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewers Description: An extremely liberally hopped APA.  Tornado was crafted during the unfortunate events surrounding the June 1st, 2011 Brimfield Tornado.  We created the beer in honor of the circumstances as we experienced them and luckily escaped the path by 1/2 mile.  Tornado is loaded with notes of pine, tropical fruit, and citrus.  At 5.6% alcohol, it’s super refreshing.

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621. Tree House Brewing Julius

Tree House JuliusMy second beer from Tree House Brewing and this is one of their most popular. Julius is one of their IPAs using loads and loads of hops. This and Green seem to be the two most popular beers from Tree House.

Julius pours an unfiltered deep orange color with a thick white head. Aroma is one of the best from a single IPA with loads of tropical fruits. Taste is hops, hops and more hops with lots of tropical fruits to start and then some pine and floral. Finish is slightly resinous and not quite as crisp as I had hoped.

This is a truly excellent IPA from a brewery that is new to me but getting lots of rave reviews from beer reviewers that have made the trip to Monson. Keep an eye out for my full post on the brewery soon.
Pros:
Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewers Description: Bursting with 1.6 oz per gallon of American hops, Julius is loaded with notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus.  At 6.5% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.

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620. Tree House Brewing Eureka w Citra

Tree House EurekaWell I finally made the trip to Tree House Brewing in Monson, Mass. I will have a post dedicated to the trip and the brewery in the near future as I took tons of pictures and had a great time talking to Nate, Johnny and the others at the brewery. In the meantime here are a few beers I took home from my visit.

Eureka with Citra is described as a blonde ale but like many other beers today it pushes the limits of what a blonde ale can be. Appearance is a very hazy yellow with a single finger white head. Great retention and lacing on the glass show this is a well crafted beer. Aroma has plenty of citrus, very aromatic for a low ABV beer. Taste follows with plenty of fruity hops and only a very slight bitterness as you would expect from a blonde ale.

Eureka is an excellent session beer; very flavorful and refreshing. This one would be right up with their with Walden from Hill Farmstead.
Pros:
Flavorful and low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewers Description: A Blonde Ale brewed entirely with Nelson Sauvin hops, a New Zealand varietal that melds beautifully with a simple bill of pale malts.   This is a true “session beer” and one that does not make any compromises.  It has a delicate bouquet of passionfruit and a slight lemon flavor that will surely quench your thirst.

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