Friday, May 29, 2015

Tree House Green

The Stats
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.60%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.47/5 (Top 250: #165)
- RateBeer: 3.96/5

Made with an abundance of American and Australian hops, Tree House calls this beer their "Cross-Continental IPA". After having Julius and Sap, I'm interested to see what other directions Tree House can take the IPA style.

Appearance is...well...I've seen unfiltered, hazy beers, but this takes the cake. It's as if you squeezed the pulp out of pulp. Just a completely cloudy, creamy-looking dark orange with two fingers of white head.

Strong orange juice on the aroma with other acidic citrus and grassy hops.

The first thing I notice is how sweet this is at the front of the tongue. Really sweet, candied orange, or even peach with fruity pineapple and some tart acidity. At the same time, it is incredibly bitter as grassy, herbal hops take control near the back. It has such a creamy consistency that I detect hints of sherbert or orange creme. Very dessert-like.

As I just said, this is a creamy, smooth, and soft ride on my tongue. It's almost stout-like with its ability to coat my tongue in flavor. With its 7.60% abv, it is coming close to that line between IPA and Double IPA, but this goes down easily, maybe even too easily. It's full-bodied for the style and with no alcohol detection at all, just be careful taking this one on by yourself.

Green delivers delicious citrus flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. The thick, dessert-like feel is a unique twist to the style, but it stays true to its roots with fresh, juicy and herbal hops that produce big tropical notes and pleasant bitterness as well as acidic tartness. It runs the gamut of everything you want in an IPA.


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