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The BeerRantsAndBooks family happened to be in the vicinity of Tree House Brewing Company the other day and I took advantage of the opportunity to stop by and grab some cans.  For those in this part of the world that haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend the trip. The brewery is absolutely beautiful with plenty of outdoor space to sit and enjoy the surrounding woods while drinking some excellent beer.

Beer Name: Doppelganger

Brewery: Tree House Brewing Company (Charlton, MA)

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.2%

Description: An imperial version of the brewery’s popular Alter Ego IPA, this beer was loaded up with loads of fruity hops.  You can read more about here on the brewery website.

Appearance: The beer poured a light orange/yellow body beneath a thin coating of thick off-white foam.

Smell: Lots of melon and tropical fruits with moderate amount of pine resin lurking in the background.

Taste: Similar to the smell in that it featured a lot of soft melon upfront, backed by juicy tropical fruits.  It finished with a hazy layer of pine resin stretching out across the last half of the sip and peaking at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly less than moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: Elevated on account of the brewery that made it and because I had heard some good things about this beer in particular.

Overall: I liked this, but I think that I had perhaps hyped it up a bit too much in my head before drinking it.  It was definitely a very good double IPA, but not the world-beater I had thought of it being going in. Definitely an excellent purchase, this was just another example of how it is often best to set your expectation aside before trying out something new.