House Brewing out of Monson, Massachusetts seems to be the “it” brewery
of the moment around here. Based on this beer alone I can see why, as
it’s brewed very much in the “New England-style” IPA, which is trendy
and popular now. I don’t mind if a beer is trendy just as long as it’s
good, and in the case of “Green” it most definitely is good (much more
than good, actually).
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Jason for the can!
Appearance: Pale orange hue over an extremely murky/opaque body. Looks
like an Orange Julius. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces
and retains tremendously.
Smell: Extremely clean, bright, fruity aroma – especially of pineapple
and orange juice. A slight grassy/herbal note can be found, too.
Taste: There definitely is a difference between a highly-hopped beer and
a beer that’s hopped with finesse and style and this is a great example
of that. The citrusy/tropical fruit aromas carry over to the palette
perfectly. Almost sweet or even tart at first with pineapple and orange
flavors. But it’s also significantly bitter. Juicy up front, but more
grassy and herbal spiciness on the finish. The ability to make that
transition is what separates the good IPAs from the great ones. Not much
in the way of distinct malt character other than a general pale base.
That’s okay, because the final product is so delicious and enjoyable I
don’t mind that it’s not perfectly balanced.
Drinkability: When I saw Tree House Green pouring out of the can I
thought it looked like an orange milkshake. When I drank it, it thought
it kind of felt like a milkshake, too. The body is so smooth and velvety
– almost like a nitro stout. Though it’s certainly crisp on the
backend, which makes it almost self-cleaning (the hops do linger on the
tongue, though). At 7.5% ABV it’s certainly a strong beer, but in no way
intimidating. I had to hold myself back from slugging it all down at