Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tree House Curiosity Fourteen
Style: American IPA
- Beer Advocate: 4.54/5
- RateBeer: 3.97/5 (four ratings)
In a never ending journey to explore new hop varieties, Tree House's Curiosity series experiments with different combinations of hops and each offering is unique. Curiosity Fourteen was brewed with Northwestern hops and that's pretty much all we know.
Pours a dirty, unfiltered dark orange almost on the verge of becoming amber. Got two fingers of a slightly off-white, yellowish head.
A lot of dank hops on the nose with sweet mandarin orange and sherbert.
The taste has a lot of blood orange and even cherry. Imagine tropical fruit punch and that's the fruit flavor in this one. Maybe even some kiwi in there too. In addition, bitterness is the biggest in the middle and the back of the tongue which is surprising since it's usually at the front. Actually, the aforementioned cherry is actually on the finish too. Not quite a cough medicine cherry, but still enough to give you a "what was that?" reaction. I swear I'm picking up white wine and grapefruit too, almost like Nelson hops.
In terms of feel, this is as fluffy as a cloud. It's actually doing a good job of coating my entire mouth, pretty unique for an IPA. The alcohol is non-existent and despite a pretty bitter finish, this is still easy to crush.
Curiosity Fourteen has a lot of complex flavors for a standard IPA. The fruit combined with the bitterness and utra-soft mouthfeel not only keep your taste buds wondering what will come next, but they make for a high level of drinkability without drying out your palate.