Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tree House Green

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1349) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Tree 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 once. 
Score: 10/10