“Green” is a pretty powerful word. It’s synonymous with making money, being young, or being in tune with the environment.
And while all three accurately describe Tree House Brewing, they took a much more literal approach when naming this hop-heavy IPA. According to its website, “green” described what brewers saw after boiling their initial batch — wort heavily laden with green hop particles.
Green pours a vibrant yellow/orange color (no, not green). It is extremely cloudy and somewhat thick, releasing a bright apricot scent with notes of pine and slight pineapple. Hops are, of course, pronounced…but not overtly so.
Our panelists knew right away this beer was not lacking the ingredients for a heavyweight IPA.
Green has a smooth mouthfeel with some sudsiness and a bit of fizziness. Taste was judged well, with our panel noting the beer’s crispness. Flavors of piney hops, apricot and grapefruit are dominant.
The beer is packed with flavor, but considering how heavy the beer looked and smelled, our panel was pleasantly surprised at how crisp it was.
The panel rated aftertaste fairly well, but felt it was a bit more bitter than it needed to be, with a slightly metallic edge. It certainly doesn’t ruin the experience — this is a solid IPA — but a bit less “bite” at the end would have earned it a few more points.
It certainly didn’t detract from strong points for drinkability from our panel. As mentioned, the beer is a looker, smells great, and is jammed with flavor while maintaining a refreshing crispness.
In summation, I suppose we could close this review with a clever line about Green making other IPAs “green” with envy. Or how this beer proves that Tree House surely isn’t “green” when it comes to brewing craft beer. Or we could tell you that plunking down some “green” to purchase it would be worth your while.
But perhaps it’s best to take the same literal approach Tree House did when they named the beer:
Try Green. It’s a pretty powerful IPA.
(Appearance 6.5, Smell 8.75, Taste 23.75, Aftertaste 14.75, Drinkability 25)