I have quite a backlog of beer currently, but because I’m an idiot, I just keep buying more rather than drinking all of what I have. That fact did let me do some interesting “research” however. (For a frame of reference, I did this back in October). Plat and I recently (in October) took a second trip up to craft beer juggernaut Treehouse Brewing in Monson, MA to pick up some Julius and another flagship beer: Green. Since I still had some Green left over from an earlier trip, I had an interesting opportunity to compare a fresh Green with a 2 month old Green. Breweries always tell you with these “juice bomb” type IPAs to drink them fresh…but does it really matter? Let’s see.
Two Greens, one canned on 8/19/16 and the other on 10/11/16 (so I’ll refer to them as August and October). Only two months time, but there were some noticeable differences. First, Treehouse describes Green:
Our cross-continental IPA. Made with Australian and American hops, this citrus heavy IPA opens up in the glass with notes of pineapple, tangerine, and orange rind. It’s sharply bitter and nearly 8% ABV. . . The name comes from the initial batch in which, post boil, the wort looked green from so much hop particulate floating around. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Immediately you notice a difference in these two beers, right from the pour. Both poured a beautiful hazy golden orange color. They look like cloudy orange juice. The head difference between the two was crazy though. August poured just about two fingers of white head that dissipated fairly quickly. October, however, poured about three fingers, if not a bit more, of creamy white head that just continued to stick around. The October head basically never dissipated.
October had a much stronger aroma, as I you’d expect. Heavy tropical notes, a touch sweet, citrusy, and just a slight hint of IPA bitterness. Both had orange and pineapple aromas at the forefront. August smelled similar but for some reason had a strong grapefruit aroma which seemed very faint in the October, as well as a stronger hop aroma. This is strange because all the other tropical and citrus aromas were a bit muted in the August.
You can pretty much take your pick when it comes to the taste of these because both are delicious. Both had heavy citrus flavors, a creamy mouthfeel, and just the right amount of bitterness. October had a lot more pineapple flavor and more of a piney, slightly bitter aftertaste. As with the aroma, August had more muted citrus and hop bitterness, with stronger grapefruit flavors. Both are very well balanced, I would just say that August has the dialed turned down to like a 7, while October was at a 10.
Here’s what I learned: there’s no bad choice here. It was crazy to see that there was a definite difference after only two months with these beers, but both are absolutely delicious. The October seemed stronger and more “in your face,” while August was more dialed down and actually a bit more drinkable to me. While Green isn’t my favorite of the Treehouse lineup, it is very close, and both the fresh and a couple months old are a 9/10 for me. I will always give the same advice when it comes to Treehouse Brewing…make the trip….like right now…..go get in your car and drive to Monson.