Beer review: Tree Streets Pale Ale

Hannah Swayze • Sep 4, 2018 at 5:15 AM

There’s only one beer that makes sense to review the week of the highly-anticipated Tree Streets Yard Sale and Fundraiser and that’s the beer that was named after the historic Johnson City neighborhood: JRH Brewing’s Tree Streets Pale Ale. 

Full disclosure: I am in no way what you’d call a, “beer expert.” I have tasted and regularly enjoy a lot of local beers, but beer terminology is not part of my regular vocabulary and the term “mouthfeel” makes me a bit uncomfortable. However, it is rare to find a beer than I can’t find a redeeming quality in. 

Beer: Tree Streets Pale Ale

Brewery: JRH Brewing in Johnson City, Tennessee. 

ABV: 5.2%

IBU: 33

Appearance: A light caramel color.

Aroma: You can smell both the hops and the malt int this beer. To me it seems a bit more hoppy that the average American Pale Ale. 

Brewer’s description: “A crisp Pale Ale with a classic malt backbone, but dry hopped with Fuggle for a more woodsy hop aroma, true to it’s Tree Streets name.”

My conclusion: “Crisp” is a great way to describe this beer. I have a habit of walking into any craft beer venue in the summer and asking for something good to drink outside and this one has been recommended to me twice in Johnson City. 

To me, this is a pale ale that just about everyone can enjoy. It’s pretty cut and dry: crisp and summery. The slightly bitter aftertaste would normally be enough to steer be away from this beer, but it’s not overpowering and still pleasant. 

The Tree Streets Pale Ale is the kind of beer that you share with friends at the top of the mountain after a hike while basking in the majesty of a beautiful view. Or while talking with friends at a local tap room as the summer draws to a close.

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