Last weekend was pretty eventful in these parts. Months ago my wife and I had made plans to spend the long weekend in New Jersey and despite the threat of major winter storm we decided to make the journey anyway. On the way down we made a pit stop at Treehouse Brewing Company in Charlton, MA to pick up some provisions for the hotel and hit up the Cracker Barrel down the street. Luckily for us we picked a rather fortuitous day to visit the brewery; not only did they announce a couple of releases that morning (more on those later) but they also had this seasonally appropriate brew available as well.
Beer Name: Snow
Brewery: Treehouse Brewing Company (Charlton, MA)
Style: Wheat Double NEIPA
Description: A double IPA brewed with a “boatload” of Citra, Centennial, and Sabro hops as well as what sounds like a good amount of malted white wheat.
Appearance: Poured a hazy, juice-like yellowish orange body with a thin foamy white head.
Smell: Huge tropical fruit notes coming right out of the can. Takes on a bit of additional pale malt/light wheat aromas in the glass.
Taste: Straight up tropical fruit juice upfront. After the initial sweetness the beer took on creamy grainy/wheaty notes in middle before coming to a lingering bitter finish highlighted by citrus zest and perhaps a hint of lime.
Mouthfeel: It had a smooth drinking fluffy, medium body with a fairly moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: Elevated considering the source. Add in a bit of my own expectations as well given its seasonally appropriate name.
Overall: I thought this was a very good beer that left a very positive impression upon me. I know I recently lamented being somewhat burned out on the NEIPA style, but between the addition of wheat and the somewhat atypical hop mixture (I don’t come across Sabro all that often) I thought this one distinguished itself from the pack.