Tasting: December 21, 2015
Beer # 874
To me, the hottest three breweries on the east coast right now are Tree House (Monson, MA), Trillium (Boston) and Other Half (Brooklyn). Apparently, I’m not the only one that holds them in high esteem as their releases bring crowds of fans to their breweries. Inventory disappears in mere hours and their goods reap a king’s ransom on craft beer trading sites. Last week, a friend make a daily double trip by hitting Trillium and Tree House in a single day. I believe it was a fifteen hour adventure from northern New Jersey and it included standing in the rain for hours at Tree House.
I’m grateful that he filled out my wish list at both breweries and you’ll be seeing a number of entries from both breweries. He was particularly stoked over Green IPA and asked me to check in with him once I popped open the two liter growler. Tonight is the night. He noted in a text that once the beer warmed a bit it was sublime. I’ve noted in the past coldness can mute your tastes. Kind of explains the Coors Light campaigns, “Cover up the bad taste by drinking it really cold.”
Let’s get the taste memory of Coors Light out of my head and into this glass of Green IPA.
Pour is as cloudy. Like other Tree House offerings it looks like orange juice. First sip and it’s holy citrus rind! Wow! Bright and crisp grapefruit and tangerine rind. Totally fresh tasting and unbelievable. It’s not all rind bitterness as Green IPA has a wonderful base of tart pineapple sweetness that balances this beer out nicely. Can I say wow again? 97 points for Green IPA.
I’ll also give an honorable mention to a few other east coast breweries: Singlecut (Astoria), Grimm Artisan (Brooklyn)