Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Doubleganger’ Double IPA


39918032_938070493043763_7872835968812711936_n“This beer was conceived with the intent to push the concept of Doppelganger to the limit of flavor and intensity. Both the kettle hopping rates and dry hopping rates were increased while keeping the base beer the same. The result is intense, but also surprising in its balance and softness. The mouthfeel is viscous and coating with flavors of overripe mango, dank citrus, and tropical fruit balanced by a sharp but pleasant finish. A treat to warm you up as a true New England winter takes hold!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Murky orange kind of affair – looks a bit like freshly squeezed orange juice topped off by a puffy two and a half finger crown. The head holds for a minute before settling to a thick overlay which leaves a healthy lace in its wake.

Aroma: Lots of tropical fruit, lots of orange citrus and resinous/sappy pine lifting out. Plenty of peach, apricot, pear and apple and paw paw also getting amongst it. That stonefruit profile really starting to open up as it warms. Also loving this subtle and slightly sugary hint of frosty fruits with just a flutter of alcohol warmth in the background. Absolutely hallmark Treehouse.

Flavour: Tasting that brekky juice character on entry. Followed up by orange rind, unripened mango, melon, pine and green botanicals. Quite smooth but the middle develops a bit of warming booze and assertive hop bitterness. A hit of yellow grapefruit, pithy orange and herbs finish with a dry hop bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and smooth but with a firm bitterness forming in the swallow. Light warming alcohol (8.2%), medium body and co2.

Overall: Rather bitter for a Treehouse NEIPA…we dig it though. It somewhat balances out the juicy notes, not to mention the addition of some aggression. All in all it’s a solid NEIPA.