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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
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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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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837. Hill Farmstead Excursions #5

Hill Farmstead Excursions #5I sometimes feel like a broken record when I am reviewing a bunch of quality IPAs. While they all have their individual characteristics many have the big citrus, tropical fruits that I love with a slightly hazy appearance. I guess some call this the New England IPA as breweries like; Hill Farmstead, The Alchemist, Trillium, Tree House, Bissell Brothers and certain beers from other breweries all seem to fit nicely into this description. So many great IPAs in the Northeast that I rarely trade for IPAs from other parts of the country as I am usually disappointed.

Excursions #5 continues Hill’s use of experimental hops including the up and coming Vic Secret hop from Australia. Appearance is typical Hill Farmstead IPA with the hazy orange and bright white head, plenty of lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is full of tangerine, lemon and a bit of herbal/floral hops. Taste follows the nose but also adds a bit of dankness. Carbonation is light giving it the soft mouthfeel of most Hill Farmstead beers and very little bitterness.

Overall this is another excellent beer but is outdone by some of the other beers available at Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.

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836. Night Shift Brewing Santilli

Night Shift SantilliI had high hopes for Santilli after enjoying Whirpool unfortunately it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped.

Santilli is Night Shift’s single IPA and it comes in at a very reasonable 6% ABV. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a bright white head. Aroma is mostly earthy; grass, pine, maybe a bit of pineapple. Taste starts with a fairly aggressive bitterness that overwhelmed some of the other flavors. I got a little grapefruit, pine and a floral finish.

Overall a very good beer that I will try again in hopes that it either improves or that my palate was off that day. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
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Brewery Website: Night Shift Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Smooth-sipping IPA with massive hop profile. It is crisp, tropical and delicious; named after our address on Santilli Highway in Everett

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835. Trillium Brewing Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Fort Point GalaxyThis is the third variety of Fort Point Pale Ale I have reviewed. The originalMosaic Dry Hopped and now the Galaxy dry hopped version. All have been excellent and received 4.5 star reviews. You just can’t go wrong when you start with such a solid pale ale and amp it up a bit with an extra dry hopping.

Appearance is a little less hazy than the original and the Mosaic version but still far from see through. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of citrus – really excellent smelling beer. Taste is super juicy fresh hops, not as crazy as the double dry hopped varieties but still a crazy amount of hops especially for what is called a pale ale. Carbonation, mouthfeel are all right where I like them.

Just another excellent brew from Trillium. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: This version of our signature American pale ale is dry hopped with the pungent Galaxy variety. Enticingly hazy and blonde in appearance with frothy carb, the nose erupts with strong citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple aromatics. Upfront and resinous hop-derived flavors of grapefruit pith, peach, and mango are balanced with a subtle, bready malt character and mild, subdued bitterness.

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834. Trillium Brewing Artaic

Trillium Brewing ArtaicTrillium is making some fantastic beer and I have been fortunate to make several trips down to visit the brewery in Boston and most recently the new location in Canton. This one came from the Boston location and I enjoyed it a few weeks ago. Artaic is a double IPA with 100% Mosaic hops and includes raw wildflower honey. Honey seems like an odd addition to beer but Anna from Hill Farmstead is great and Hopslam from Bell’s is also excellent and both include honey. Maybe honey is the secret ingredient as Artaic is truly exceptional.

Pour is a very clear deep copper color with a thick bright white head that left a lot of lacing. Appearance is much different than so many of Trillium’s murky offerings.  Aroma is peaches, mango, melon, citrus always amazed as the depth of aroma brewers can get from a single hop variety. Taste is very similar to the nose with plenty of citrus, tropical and a slightly sweet finish. Artaic is incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% ABV beer with light carbonation, very little bitterness.

This beer is a unique take on a double IPA that works on all levels. Last time I only bought two bottles but next time I will bring home my limit. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Artaic Double IPA is brewed with 100% Mosaic hops in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. Local raw wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone. Juicy, candied peach and nectarine up front backed up with a nuanced white wine on the nose that continues straight through in the flavor profile. Pillowy soft mouthfeel, with a restrained bitterness on the finish. Artaic is an innovative Fort Point business that creates dynamic mosaics only possible through robotics.

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833. Trillium Brewing Deciduous

Trillium Brewing DeciduousI am not a big fan of red ales but after how much I enjoyed Ma from Tree House I decided to open this bottle from Trillium. This beer may be my least favorite beer to date from Trillium but that’s not saying much as they have all been exceptional.

Deciduous pours a deep amber with a reasonably thick off white head. Aroma is pine, toffee and pretty sweet. Taste was too sweet for my tastes with some piney hops and a reasonably bitter finish.

Overall a well made beer that just didn’t do it for me. If you enjoy red ales than you will likely enjoy this one.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: We brew Deciduous to welcome the return of Autumn and celebrate New England’s changing foliage. This imperial red ale is russet-amber and fills the nose with pleasant aromas of fresh baked bread, pine sap, and floral citrus. Deciduous embodies the seasonal transition from summer to winter with an earth, lemon and spicy pine aroma balanced on the palate with a hearty malt character and clean, refreshing bitterness. Deciduous is medium in body and dry on the finish.

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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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829. Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool

Night Shift WhirlpoolNow that I am making regular trips to Mass you will see more reviews of Night Shift beer. Love their tap room and it’s a pretty easy stop on my way back from Trillium. If you have recommendations on beer I should try from Night Shift or beer you would like to see reviewed comment here and I will do my best. Whirlpool is regularly available in cans that can be purchased at the brewery and occasionally at select retail locations.

This beer pours a deep hazy yellow with solid white head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma is full of fruit with some peach, mango and pineapple coming through. Flavor leans heavily towards ripe peach with an extra bit of citrus. Finish is clean with almost no bitterness. Really flavorful for a 4.5% ABV beer and one that I could drink all day long.

Everyone that I have shared this beer loved it including many non-craft beer drinkers. Overall just an excellent brew that seems to fly under the radar but that is OK with me as I expect I will be drinking a lot of it in 2016.
Pros: Flavorful, low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Soft pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach and citrus.

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828. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #15

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15This is actually my first review of a beer from Hill Farmstead’s Civil Disobedience series even though I have tried several and have many more in the cellar. The Civil Disobedience beers are typically a blend of various barrel aged beers and have included some of the more rare offerings from Hill including Art, Ann, Mimosa and Juicy. CD15 is a blend of barrels that was then aged on “mangos… many, many mangos”.

CD15 pours a very clear pale orange with thin white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring and minimal lacing. Aroma was slightly funky with some mango, citrus and wine. Taste was juicy mango, very little brett funk and not a lot of wine barrel but just enough to be noticeable.

Overall this is an excellent beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting but isn’t overwhelming. 
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos, thanks to the able assistance of some great volunteers!

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824. Lost Nation Brewing The Wind

Lost Nation The WindI travel to Vermont often and for the past couple of years we have made the trip out for Hill Farmstead’s Festival of Farmhouse Ales a two day trip spending the night in Montpelier on Friday and then heading to Hill on Saturday for the event. Each time we spent a significant amount of time (and money) at Three Penny Taproom eating and drinking some great beer. The highlight of this years trip to Three Penny was The Wind from Lost Nation. Before going to Three Penny I had no idea this beer even existed but after having it I knew I had to find some bottles. Fortunately a few months later Lost Nation released another batch and I made a point to visit the brewery to grab some bottles.

For those that don’t know The Wind is Lost Nation’s Gose dry hopped with Citra and grapefruit added. Their Gose is excellent by itself but add some more hops and grapefruit and it makes it even better. Appearance is a pale yellow with a thick white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small rim around the glass, pretty typical of the gose style. Aroma give you a nice mix of citrus and grapefruit, no real surprise there. The Citra hops are essentially lost in the flavor leaving a tasty gose with plenty of grapefruit. Carbonation is low but seems intentional.

This beer is every bit as refreshing as the original Gose and bit more flavorful with the grapefruit coming through nicely. Excellent beer and if someone out there happens to have the Brett version of this beer let me know as I would really like to try it.
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
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Brewers Website: Lost Nation Brewing
Brewers Description: Introducing our latest bottled beer, The Wind. The Wind is our classic Gose dry hopped with Citra hops and grapefruit. Some of you may have had this beer in the past as a cask beer. Well we liked it so much that we figured out how to bottle it.

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