What You Need to Know
This New England-style DIPA is only available during the summer months. It features a hop bill of Amarillo, Citra, and Magnum that’s balanced with a hefty oat base. When available, it can be purchased on tap at one the brewery’s locations, or in pint-sized cans to go.
The ale pours an opaque marigold hue and is topped by a firm, inch-thick cap of ivory-white foam that shows excellent retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind gobs of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is faint with a soft scent of citrus. It’s pleasant enough but not particularly strong.
The palate is led by a taste of doughy bread that transitions to a more pronounced hit of orange citrus muddled with a subtle yet complementary earthiness. That bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue for a moment before being quickly swallowed up by a sweet rush of mango, pineapple, and tangerine.
The feel is soft with a medium body with matching carbonation. The finish is dry and moderately astringent. Its relatively high ABV is well hidden.
Summer presents nicely but its aroma disappears all too quickly. The palate is quite nice, appropriately balanced, and the feel is what you’d expect from the style. Overall, Summer may not represent the best of what Tree House offers, but it’s a solid New Englander, refreshing, more than drinkable, and certainly worth a try.