Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tree House Curiosity Thirty Seven

The Stats
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.6%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.36/5
- RateBeer: 3.88/5
- Untappd: 4.45/5

"Curiosity Thirty Seven was imagined as a beer fit for personal reflection with a gentle hop saturation and light drinking composition. Fermented with our classic house yeast and imparted with character from a blend of our favorite Northwest American hops, it exhibits flavors and aromas of nectarine, stone fruit, and overripe papaya. A soft body and ample mouthfeel contribute to a beer that is both well rounded and extremely flavorful. We hope it can serve as a lubricant to good times and meaningful reflection"

Just like yesterday's offering, this one pours a murky orange with a finger of fluffy, white head.

Strong stone fruit presence on the aroma. Bready, almost doughy malts are also here along with a malty, wet hop smell. The aroma isn't as powerful as I had hoped, but still good.

This has a lot of grapefruit on the taste, which was not something I picked up on the aroma. I wasn't expecting so much bitterness from a New England IPA, but it casts a dark shadow over the entire tasting experience. Peaches and peach pits might be the biggest influence from that aromatic stone fruit, but it comes back down to earth with a good amount of pine and sap. Malts are also playing a huge part as the doughy qualities are just as big as they were on the nose. There's a transition to strawberry and just the smallest amount of mango and maybe even plums. The back end continues with the bitterness and an acidic kick from the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is calm and soft. It is noticeably dry, but is also easy to drink.

C37 was more bitter than the typical Tree House offering, but I enjoyed it all the same.Summing it up, I'd mostly emphasize the stone fruit influence and the bitter bite on each finish. It's not a standard juice nuke, but they don't all need to be in order to be a good IPA. To me, it had a lot in common with wet hop IPA's with the big malt flavor and resinous moments, and I enjoyed the change in scenery. Another solid win for these guys.


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