Tree House Ma

Posted: September 20, 2015 in American Amber/Red Ale, Reviews, Tree House Brewing Company

The next brewery that we went to was right next to Maine Mead Works. If you didn’t know it was there (at the end of an unmarked alley), you could walk right by it. Oxbow was absolutely empty when we walked in. The bar was absolutely gorgeous with lots of copper and reclaimed wood accents. The space for tables was huge as well. They didn’t have any games, but the beauty of the bar made up for it. I asked if we could order samples and they said no. The smallest pour they had was 8 ounces, which in normal circumstances would be fine. But, when you’re planning on hitting at least 4 other breweries, it can be a bit much. Their beers were good and the staff was relatively friendly, but since the pours were so large, we had one and then headed off to grab lunch.


ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ma is a very special amber ale brewed in remembrance of Nate’s grandmother. A fiery Irish spirit who imparted deep values of dedication to family and love, ‘Ma’ was certainly one of a kind. This beer mirrors her spirit with bright notes of citrus, pine, and juicy resin boosted by a rich caramel base and a medium body. A wonderful beer to celebrate the New England transition to cooler weather. Drink to honor Ma and to those whose souls we carry deep in our hearts.”

Random: I love bars with copper accents. Victory has them too.

This beer poured with a very large, cream-colored, fluffy head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, mahogany color and cloudy. Due to the color, there wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was a combination of caramel malt and citrus hops with some pine resin. The taste was incredibly hoppy up front. There was some peach along with grapefruit. It then transitioned into some bready malt with light sweetness at the end. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It finished with the same caramel sweetness. This was an outstanding beer and one of the best of the style that I’ve had. I’m glad that I got a chance to try this.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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