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Judge's Review: 97 Rating - Haze by Tree House Brewing Co.

September, 2016

Haze

Massachusetts
United States
Judges Rating: 
97
Aroma: 
24 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
39 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Haze Double IPA by Tree House Brewing Co. was judged as a Double IPA (style 22A), according to the BJCP's 2015 style guidelines.

Pouring this New England-style double IPA from its large can, a frothy, persistent white head billows forth. The underlying liquid is, true to its name, hazy and very pale-colored, suggesting little use of crystal malts or other darker grains. Strong aromas of fresh grapefruit and orange juice dominate the nose, with underlying notes of mango, pineapple, and stone fruit. As it warms, tropical fruit aromas of kiwi and paw paw emerge and mix with a strong citrus zest or pith-type smell. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, but not filling. Fruity and citrusy hops continue on in the flavor department, boldly pushing any malt aside, leaving the drinker tasting pineapple and orange peel. Bitterness is present but somewhat hidden until the finish. As the beer warms further, the alcohol content becomes a little more noticeable but remains very drinkable. The finish is slightly sweet but still dry, with some light malt finally coming through. 

Despite its obviously large hop content, the bitterness of this beer is restrained with intense hop aromas and flavors in the spotlight and malt simply performing a supporting role. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

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