Double Dry-Hopped The Publick House & Ma in the morning sun.
Hey John, we haven’t met but I’d like to thank you for sending these two gems along to Chris. When Chris asked if I might want anything from Tree House, I laughed. I know the limitations of their offerings and doubted anyone would share their minimal haul. This really made my day.
Tasting: November 24, 2016
Style: Amber/Red Ale
Beer # 1,024
Because I have a problem, I’ve created a log of Tree House’s weekly releases over a six month period. Ma seems like a sparsely occasional release and I see another beer called Pa. Seems like a matched set.
Here are the notes from the brewery:
In commemoration of our head brewer and co-founder’s grandmother’s birthday, we have once again brewed this super fruity yet balanced amber ale! Hints of oranges, tangerines, and stone fruit grace the palate before a sweet malty caramel character provides balance and depth. A real treat that drinks well on any occasion. Happy Birthday, Ma. We love you!
Ma is a very special amber ale brewed in remembrance of Nate’s grandmother. A fiery Irish spirit who imparted deep values of dedication to family and love, Ma was one of a kind. This beer mirrors her spirit with bright notes of citrus, pine, and soft fruit boosted by a rich caramel base and a medium body. A wonderful beer to celebrate the New England transition to cooler weather. We encourage you to drink to honor Ma and to those whose souls we carry deep in our hearts.
I get the caramel that is typical in this style layered under some wonderful fruit flavors. Mostly apple, white grape, tangerine and some underlying pine. Seems like there’s more fruit as I work my way through this can. Ma is entirely drinkable and enjoyable. In conclusion, Ma gets 92 points.
Tasting: November 24, 2016
Beer # 1,025
Double Dry-Hopped The Publick House
We went to Tree House for their explanation on Ma therefore it’s only fair to go to Trillium for their take on Double Dry-Hopped The Publick House.
Brewed in appreciation of The Publick House, a craft beer mecca in Brookline, MA where close friends and warm hospitality welcome us time after time. The Publick House IPA features Citra, Centennial, and Columbus hops with an aroma bursting with fresh orange juice and under-ripe peach along with notes of toasted malt. The flavor profile is more bitter than our “Street” IPAs, but with a toasted, bready malt character to balance. Bitter grapefruit flavors emerge with mild pine on the finish.
I have a rule of thumb that says anything double dry hopped or dry hopped from Trillium will be awesome. Additionally, I have a rule that any pale ale or IPA from Trillium will be awesome. It seems like I don’t need to clue you in on how I think Double Dry-Hopped The Publick House will turn out.
Rather dank. In addition to their typical pithy style, this IPA delivers some nice pear and tangerine rind. I also get mild peach and candy sweetness.
In conclusion, Double Dry Hopped The Publick House gets 94 points.