Eureka W/ Citra - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 304
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 1.64%
Wants: 29
Gots: 39 | FT: 6
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jaasen64 on 12-28-2013

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Photo of aleigator
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely hazy, vibrant light yellow color, with a decent head, leaving back a fluffy lacing.

Smells of crisp citrus, together with lots of juicy oranges among light, bready malts. The flavors come well together, while they do not provide too much depth, revealing the beers light body.

Has a medium carbonation with a very light body to it, providing enough flavors to exhibit a satisfying taste.

Tastes of fresh, fruity hops, defined by orange peel, some lime and bready malts, which turn sweeter, as the fruits do. Has a pleasant dankness to it, due to wet grass, enhancing the depth of the fruits effectivly. The beer is very soft and light on the palate, while its aqueous qualities are perfectly entangled into the juicy, light fruitiness. Finishes with orange lemonade, biscuit malts and a very enjoyable, enduring fruitiness. The hops are there till the end, they don't turn very bitter though, as they carry the beers very enjoyable fruitiness relentlessly.

Very enjoyable, sessionable ale, which exhibits pleasantly focused fruits, along with balancing malts and a fitting carbonation. (1,109 characters)

Photo of T_Hass
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful hazy light golden beer with a fluffy white head. I would never guess this is a blonde. The smell is citra with mangos and oranges. The taste is a slight let down. I expected it to be more citrusy based on the smell. It tasted and felt like a session IPA with the flavors slightly muted. Overall though a decent beer especially for its ABV.

Poured from a can into a tulip at Public Wine in Long Beach (434 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from the most recent can run. Another great entry in the Eureka series. Great aroma and mouthfeel and perfectly balanced. Doesn't quite reach the level of Eureka w/ Mosaic, but still really excellent. (204 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler growled yesterday and consumed within 18 hours or so.

Pours dark yellow and very hazy. Maybe a bit aggressively colored for the style, but still pretty.

Smells strongly of Citra against a backbone of barley, yeast, and cereal. Imagine a nice, chewy American blonde Ale (like how Goose Island's used to be) against mango citrus. Quite nice.

Tastes just as delicious and well-balanced as the aroma had led me to believe. Mango Citra starts things off, moving into a middle and finish that's a straight-up American against a background of tropical fruit.

Citra is probably the best imaginable hop for single hopping a style as meek as an American blonde, but it could perhaps be too easy; the hop is delicious enough all by its lonesome, so you can get away with a not-so-great malt backbone. Treehouse's effort is excellent because while the Citra takes the main stage, this is still recognizably an American Blonde. And aside from Half Acre's Gossamer Golden Ale, which takes a much more complex and spicy approach to the style, this is probably the best ABA I've ever had. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid Tree House option with a low ABV, allowing you to consume it all day long. Fruity and delicious, your palate will be more than satisfied. Like many of it's TH counterparts, it' cloudy and mimics the color of a tropical drink. Your palate will be pleased. (260 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I should start by saying that I do not care for blonde ales at all. That being said, this is a very tasty, hoppy and citrusy beer. Very light as you'd expect from a beer with basically a flat 4% abv, but despite that, it's not lacking in flavor. I am sure that it helps that I love Citra hops, so I would be curious to try the other versions of this. Overall though, I'd be happy to have a handful of these laying around in the ice cold cooler on one these hot summer days. (476 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my brother for sharing this -purchased from the brewery enjoyed in a tumbler chilled.

The color is golden with thick haze and white head after settling with fine bead and lace that sticks. The smell is very aromatic with hops -very dank hop smell with weed-like and tropical smell almost a pineapple quality with citrus and nice herbal odor dominant with slight yeast ester and low malt in the nose. The feel is very resinous with low bitterness with mild astringent element and light body with mostly dry finish.

The flavor is very juicy tangy and herbal with a spicy element and almost minty hop flavor with slight lemon-lime in the middle with light malt in the taste to support with mild sweetness and gentle yeast adds to the flavor as it finishes with a lingering taste of hops. This is an excellent blonde with good hop flavor and light summery refreshing quality with drinkable all around pleasant in taste and feel. (937 characters)

Photo of Baab200
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden beer, with a good nose. Not super flavorful as it has a thin finish. However this is a great beer for a hot summer day. And can def enjoy this as it's easy drinking. (180 characters)

Photo of thampel09
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is that beer I want all day everyday. One that a perfect for the beach, talegating, cutting the grass, or sitting around on the patio! The Citra shines so well through the blonde ale. Plus it's treehouse so it's delicious (227 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a cloudy light orange.

The aroma hits of peaches, oranges, tropical, a light crackery malt.

The flavor follows with bright peachy candy, lemon, citrus zest, orange pith, a touch of Juicy Fruit, a crackery malt base with pale ale and some cereal, oats possibly, a light lingering grassy bitterness.

A stellar sessionable hoppy beer. (352 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a snifter. Bright hazy orange body. Nice white head. Great lacing. Smell is all citrus hops. A bit of doughy malts. Taste is just as straightforward. Citrus hops. Light cracker malt. No bitterness. Light body. Soft carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable blonde ale. (296 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/19/15 notes. 16 oz. can poured into a small tulip. Thanks to Palme for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of citra, citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon zest, oranges, perfume and floral notes, wheat, and fruity malts. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall very much like the Galaxy version; ranking this slightly better as I like citra hops better and the extra tropical notes this one has. A great summer drinking beer, would love to get a few cans for the beach. (599 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jmu500 for this one!
Pours a hazy sunset orange with a good head and drippy lace all around. Lasting unbroken surface skim.

Aroma is nice, tropical and fruity, light and airy.
Taste is a little more grainy and yeasty, with grassy hop and grapefruit, maybe some lesser mango. Light and airy, crisp and easy drinking. Nice stuff, well suited to warm summer weather. (376 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light peach color, light citrus and hop nose, tastes similar with a dry, smooth finish. Very drinkable but a little austere compared to other TH offerings. (161 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this would be the 3rd or 4th I have had this brew over the years. Can brewed on the big new system.

A- Tallboy empties into my teku with a moderately hazy yellow-golden brew. The head is thick, frothy and white retaining well. Very thick clouds of lace at the top with large webs cascading from the base of that.

S- Mostly clean base from the yeast and pale cracker malts give the hops the stage. Toned back strength from the TH Pales and IPAs but still fresh tropical and citrus notes of mango, oranges, lime zest, papaya and slight passionfruit.

T- More to mention here as the malts and yeast base open up a lot compared to the aroma. Notes of yeast bread, cracker, cereal and cracked pale base grains. That being said it is still hop-centric with aforementioned tropical and citrus fruits coming to mind. Bubble gum, banana hint in the background; something I have noticed more in TH brews recently.

MF- Creamy and frothy consistency in a medium bodied Blonde Ale. Carbonation level is moderately high leading to a crisp and lightly bitter finish.

Light and sessionable brew packing plenty of hop flavors smoothed out with a pale grainy base. Not a pungent juice bomb but somewhat more balanced and appropriate for the style. Quaffable. (1,253 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice change of pace to all the super hoppy beers I have been drinking as of late. This beer has great taste and goes down super smooth. Can absolutely drink these all day at the beach without batting an eye! (209 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Very hazy. Sunny golden in color. Large-bubbled and rocky white head retains very well. Lacing is clumpy and sticky.

S: Overwhelmingly green and oily. Wet leaves, earthy, dank. Underripe mango. Herbal/peppery. Underlying ready and grainy malts.

T: Earthy, leafy, herbal/peppery, green and oily. These flavors soften as underripe mango comes to the forefront. Orange blossom. Kiwi. Malt contributes barebones, dry and crackery tastes. Quick, bone-dry finish of grainy malt and green, leafy hops.

M: Light bodied. Slight chewiness of feel. Carbonation cuts through sharply.

O: This is Citra in the raw. A simple and one-dimensional display, but that's more or less what the Eureka series is intended to be. Easily drinkable and very good. (784 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Tree House tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery last week.

Pours a light golden hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly, leaving lacing and retention.

Big aromas of citrus and rind, grapefruit and fresh hops, slight tropical fruits. On the tongue this is more pale-ale like, with subtle fresh hoppy citrus and bright fruityness, not much of a bitter hop aftertaste which makes is very drinkable and refreshing. Nice body for a 4.1% beer.

This beer takes crushability to the absolute max. I could drink this all day. Delicious and refreshing. (595 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good sessionable beer.

If Tree House ever gets to the point where they can product large batches of cans for retail sale, this beer will be one that makes a regular appearance at summer outings, eg. cookouts, camping trips, etc.

Eureka w/ Citra would also be a good introductory beer for those still dipping their toes into the craft beer scene. (366 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was given to me by a friend randomly met at brewery Cantillon. Awesome gift, I'm really thankful.
A: pours yellow / pale orange, with a nice head. The pour is trouble with many sediments floating around but this looks juicy.
S: The smell is the best part of it, fruity and a little bit resinous. Orange, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit, very tropical nose, some pine also, very focused on citra. Lovely.
T: The taste follows the nose but with herbal notes added to the mix.Some grass on the finish, quite resinous despite being light on the palate, Bitter aftertaste, a little bit cheesy yet on the back of the tongue. Very tasty.
M: Light and smooth, very refreshing.
O: Well crafted pale ale. Really fresh and thirst quenching. The nose is everything I like in pale ales from the US. (791 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz. can into pint glass

A - Eureka pours a cloudy, straw-color. The white, fizzy head that forms leaves some nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - A fantastically fresh-smelling beer. Meyer lemon, summer flowers, tropical papaya, persimmon, and grass form a magnificent bouquet that wafts from the open can.

T - A dry cracker malt taste serves as the brief opening act for a monster wave of Citra-hop goodness. The tastes from the hops are very similar to the nose, but a bit heavier on the lemon and floral notes. An encore of the dry cracker malt segues into a mildly bitter fruity finish.

M - The mouthfeel is thin and dry - which is not surprising for the ABV. However, it does have a smooth creaminess to it that pleasantly distinguishes it from other lesser session beers. The carbonation is lively - serving to better effervesce the tropical smells and flavors.

O - The ultimate beach beer. I could happily kick several of these back on a hot summer day. The citrus flavors are so pungent it could almost pass for a drier version of a shandy (and I mean that in a good way). A bit of a peak into warmer times after a truly horrendous New England winter. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Juicy, tropical, grassy, citrus, herbal, biscuity, cracker, wheaty, and yeasty.

Taste: Same as above, but was expecting more juicy hop flavor. Still tastes good though. It's growing on me.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, mild bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice ABA. Very sessionable. Was expecting more hop flavor in the taste though, but still happy with it. (646 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was the second Tree House growler I was able to try. American Blond's are certainly not my cup of tea, but throw in some Citra and I'm definitely going to be interested.
Like the other TH growler I had (Haze) the pour is completely opaque. Very nice looking beer, with a thin white head.
The smell is fantastic, it smells like an IPA for sure with the Citra present, getting tropical fruits galore, and some herbal qualities as well.
Taste doesn't quite follow the nose--the hops are there but its clearly a low ABV blonde ale. It makes for an interesting beer for sure, with layers of complexity.
Mouthfeel is very creamy, super enjoyable and unbelievably drinkable.
Overall this beer is quite an interesting take on a Blonde ale. I was really impressed by this one--it goes to show that TH is good at just about everything. (844 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Kegatron for the share. The brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a white cap about a finger strong. Quite soapy looking cap fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is downright juicy with hops. Some tropical fruity and floral notes get grassy to herbal with a fresh grain backing. This is somewhat catty and dank as it warms up.

The flavor brings everything showcased in the nose. Fruity and floral hops are slightly tropical and almost lemony blending to pithy rinds but with a very lowkey level of bitterness. It is somewhat grassy towards the finish with a hint of straw/cereal grains to balance things out.

This is a medium to lighter bodied bree with a modest amount of carbonation. An entire bounty of hop flavor with mild bitterbess. This is effortlessly drinkable, you could kill this by the gallon. Really a show stopper in the style that reaches out of bounds and into the highly hopped sort of session IPA/pale ale territory moreso than the typical blonde. Thank you Heath, this sure was a winner. (1,078 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle bought fresh at the brewery yesterday.

Poured into a Tree House snifter.

a: Hazy gold with an inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus! Made with Citra hops so duh.

t: Good citrus hop bite over a solid malt base. Dry finish with some bread/biscuit notes.

m: Medium with good body.

o; My new favorite blonde ale. Beautifully balanced and very tasty throughout. Although at 4.1% ABV it is definitely a session brew, it does as the brewer suggests taste more substantial due to the solid malt body and the citrus hop aroma and bite. Reminds me of Lagunitas IPA, but Eureka has more body. The brewer calls it "a delightful and delicate little beer." It's that and more. (729 characters)

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Eureka W/ Citra from Tree House Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.