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Eureka W/ Citra | Tree House Brewing Company

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Eureka W/ CitraEureka W/ Citra

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jaasen64 on 12-28-2013

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Photo of fitzy84
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought on the Friday before Fathers Day weekend. Finally getting around to review it from a glass. The beer has a murky, pale yellow appearance with hints of orange in the light. Patchy lacing forms on the sides while a thin ring lines the glass. Sweet lemon citrus aromas can be smelled from the beer with a little pine, bread, and grapefruit. This beer balances a lot of flavors without being overwhelming. The beer is generally sweet, refreshing, and crisp with a balance of grapefruit, lemon, and spiced malts. The beer has a great body; not too light, but not too creamy. Outstanding really. Overall, this is a fantastic, well balanced blonde ale that is full of flavor.

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Photo of professorchow
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Brewery Saturday, multiple tastings from Growler and tallboy since then. Wonderful citrusy/floral nose--one of my favorites, ever--but the rest of the beer isn't up to that level. To me, this beer is still really impressive as a triumph of craft over style: How interesting can an American blonde ale be? I'd thought not at all, so, to me, this one is surprisingly interesting. I'd rather have any number of the other amazing beers from Tree House, but this is very flavorful for 4% alcohol. An excellent summer ale.

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Photo of Lappleby24
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love at first sip. Poured from can to tulip. Straw colored with a beautiful cloudiness. Citra really shines through in the nose with notes of tropical fruit. Same tropical notes in the flavor. Subtle, but flavors really pop. Very refreshing. Perfect for a summer afternoon. Will definitely drink again - just wish I didn't have to drive all the way to get my hands on it.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color with a healthy 2-finger fluffy white head. The head dissipates into a nice crown but leaves very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is definitely the best part of this beer. As soon as you open the can a wave of orange citrus and grapefruit comes through assertively and continues as you poor it into the glass. After the head settles there are plenty of notes of mango and pineapple. On the back end is the subtle but present cracker malt.

The taste starts off with plenty of citrus, as well as a touch of mango. Finishes on the crackery malt with a faint peppery spice character lingering after each sip.

The feel is medium-light bodied with relatively low carbonation. Slightly oily as the beer coats the mouth, then finishes on the dry side. Not real crisp or smooth but definitely refreshing.

Overall, a very solid if slightly disappointing beer. The flavors certainly represent the low ABV but I think they could have been better given the aroma. The mouthfeel is also not what I look for in this style. Still, a very drinkable and refreshing beer that's perfect for summer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow. this is delicious!this is the perfect starter beer for the day! which it is. a little thin but that is probably due to the lower alcohol content. lots of flavor though and that's what counts. ok, i lied, abv is important also.

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

huge thanks to rob for the impromptu treehouse share. canned 4/21/16 says keep cold drink now. very light and super drinkable. feels a little faded, but easy drinking.

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Photo of ELS
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I took one whiff of this beer and a huge smile came across my face! Wow does that citra smell good! Grapefruit and a little orange. Then, I tasted it and I was a bit disspointed. I was expecting big flavor but received a little citrus followed by a dry, bitter flavor that wasn't living up to the aroma. Also, the feel was not that smooth and a little overcarbonated. Overall, the aroma was the best part and thereafter it didn't deliver the beer I was hoping for. This is the fourth hop forward beer I've had from TH and other than Julius (which is great) I'm not jumping on the hype bandwagon.

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Photo of Rejis
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've previously had the Eureka with Mosaic so when i stopped at Tree House on Saturday, I knew I had to try this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Tree House session glass, it has a light hazy fizzy yellow appearance with a thin but foamy head that leaves a generous lacing at is it dissipates. The aroma is all citrus: orange, grapefruit, and something very tropical. On first taste, I get light crisp citrus, mostly grapefruity, that is followed by nice dry bitterness to finish. The mouth feel on this brew is crisp and dry, nicely carbonated. Overall, I think I like the Mosaic version slightly better but it's very close!

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Photo of zshaft
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy cloud of yellow orange. smells of biscut and lite hops. from a 4 percent beer this delivers. taste is bright juicy citrus flavors w mouthfeel of much heavier beer. I like eureka w mosaic better but the whole series is top notch. no better session out there. my rating based on style. as a blonde ale this is amazing. drinks like a world class ipa

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Two finger soapy head. Color is light yellow and completely dense and hazy. No visibility whatsoever.

aroma- Tons of hop aroma with juicy citrus, peach, and mango standing out. Little bit of a bready malt hiding in the background.

taste- Follows the nose exactly except for a few things. It starts off with a huge punch of the citra hops followed by a stronger presence of bready malts. Very little to no bitterness whatsoever.

Feel- Light bodied for sure and a little thin at times, but overall its impressive how much body it has for 4%. The feel gets better as it warms too, picking up a creamier texture.

Overall- Its incredible how hop flavor is packed into this 4% blonde, and how much body is present. Blindfolded this could fool me for a 5-5.5% pale ale. Really good stuff, solid balance, incredibly drinkable, and a perfect summer beer too.

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Photo of GregA135
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am not really a fan of blonde ales, but the citrus and hops gave this brew its awesome taste! I seriously need to visit this brewery just so I can stack up on their amazing beers!

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

Juicy and tropical. Clean and bright. Doesn't feel thin despite the low ABV. Wonderful balance. Packs so much flavor at such a sessionable level. Very impressive.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz canned on 11/3/15, "Drink me now!" inscription. Okay!

Pale gold in color and hazy with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

Light biscuit malt aroma with citrus, flowers, and apple. Taste follows suit with all of the balance towards the hops, leaving a very bitter finish.

Medium-light body, soft carbonation and an oily texture.

Despite the low ABV, this one was a little too thick for a blonde ale. The hops were too prevalent and failed to create a crisp, clean beer. Perhaps filtering it a little more would improve the mouthfeel. Still glad I had the opportunity to try. Not a bad beer by any means, just failed to impress. Thanks, Ian!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Cloudy yellow with finger white head, coating lace. Light citrusy aroma. Light cracker malt taste with citrus peel presence, nicely balanced, flavors work well together. Finishes dry with grain and orange peel lingering. Medium mouthfeel better than expected. Overall very tasty hoppy blonde, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Patrick!

A mildly hazy light yellow with a dense white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The nose is relatively clean and focused on the hops with stone fruit and citrus along with some grass. The sweetness that afflicts other Tree House beers is absent here; instead a mild straw like malt backbone that complements the hops is present. The palate opens bright and fruity with citrus and white peach, a little grape and sine floral honey. The mid palate has some grain flavors with a mild sweetness present. There is a mild aspirin and grassy bitterness present. Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this beer finishes dry and mildly bitter with some nice fruit notes. Maybe a little thin at times? Solid.

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Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow from the can. Nose is full of the CItra with lemon and orange sweetness coming through. Body is lightly citrusy juicy with good malt presence. Really easy drinking and would be great on a beach.

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Photo of emount91
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow. smell is mild, but the citra hops cut through everything else. taste is citra forward, citrusy with a decent malt backbone, caramel. no alcohol taste whatsoever. feel is great for a session. this one really reminds me of what a lot of breweries consider a session IPA. good beer for outside in the warm. another great one from treehouse.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Tree House. Cracked open the 16 oz can and was immediately hit was an amazing juicy/fruity hop profile. Can't get enough of the aroma. Pours a little cloudy. Taste is spot on, follows the aroma. The citra really comes through, nice balance with the blonde style. Well done.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2L growler into tulips:

Tons of haziness, and a vibrant golden yellow color, coupled with a sudsy white head make this brew beautiful to look at. The smell is amazing as well, with tons of citrus, a slight bit of cracker and lots of tropics. The taste is incredible for a beer of any alcohol percentage, but at 4.1% you could drink a six pack of these and be more and more amazed by the flavor profile every single glass without getting drunk. I got lots of delightful fruit flavor, with peach, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple all present. The feel is soft and creamy, with a short finish. Yum. Overall, it's one of the best low-alcohol beers I've recently had.

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Photo of bluehende
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can that was about 6 weeks old. This is an amazing beer for 4.1%. By far the best session IPA I have ever had. Creamy and citrusy to the max.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a couple cans of this now, so I figure it's time to try to formulate a few thoughts. Right off the top, things you should know: excellent body on this 4.1% brew. Lotta breweries try their hand at session brews and fail on body. No troubles here -- big kudos on that. Nose is similarly exemplary, at least for the first half of the glass (which I'll touch on shortly). Great burst of Citra, peachy, tropical goodness, with maybe a touch of light greens. Pretty in the glass, too, peach flesh colored, hazy but allowing some light through, decently enduring, if minimal, head. Now, re: aroma, I did find that evolution of the nose over the course of the glass was pretty distinct. With all these dry-hop-heavy beers these days, it's not uncommon to see the nose evolve markedly over the course of the glass. My experience with Eureka (and similarly with Julius) is that the evolution can be especially noticeable. That said, I thought the light, sweet crackery malt character of Eureka a pleasant enough transition. Overall, this is a really nice session brew. Maybe a little one note, but hard to fault that in a single hop beer (and one that is explicitly focused on the hops themselves, with the malt only there to hold them up).

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/3/15 canning date. A week old.

A: A very cloudy straw pour. Looks like a witbier. Tall, frothy slightly off-white head. Great head retention and a thin lacework sticking around behind as it recedes.

S: Light tropical fruits and lots of citrus. Oranges primarily I'd say. Aroma is not super strong but is pleasant just the same.

T: Huh. Not even entirely sure what to think. Light tropical fruits and citrus up front with a decent bit of bitterness. Then it's grassy and wheaty. Lots of cereal grain to soften the bitterness. A medium wave of bitterness into the aftertaste with some flowery, perfumy hop flavors. Drying, bitter aftertaste with flowers and hints of grass. Just a touch of that citrus still lingering around.

M: Medium bodied, much heavier and smoother than 4.1% would imply.

O: One hell of a session ale. It's soft and smooth and light enough to drink a million of. But plenty of hop flavors and bitterness to satisfy even the biggest hop addict. Very tasty and very drinkable. Might be the best beer in this ABV range I've ever had.

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Photo of dd43
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 10/31 750ml swing top five days later. A lot of fuss is made over session beers in the U.S. these days. This is session beer, elevated. Pours a beautiful golden yellow, hazy, rather dense looking for the style and ABV. Really attractive.

Aromas are grapefruit, peach, and a really light grassy malt base. Very appealing on the nose, which when you dive in just makes it all come together that much more. Malts are more present in the flavor, somewhat bready and a little bit grassy as well. Really is kind of like a citra hopped kolsch. Lemon notes in the mid palate lend an uplifting and drying quality.

Mouthfeel is amazingly robust for such an easy drinking, crisp low alcohol ale. Well carbonated and reforms a foam cap with ease. Just a wonderful beer to drink. Tree House is the real deal.

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Photo of -Rick
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head. Smells of acidic fruits, oranges, grapefruits. Taste follows the nose. Lots of tropic fruits. This is a super easy drinking beer. Light but has all the flavor the citra hop has to offer. Well done!

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

This beer is awesome. The can I just cracked was also a month old and still was surprisingly fresh. Do not age though! The color is a hazy light gold/unfiltered look. Nose is present with so much fresh fruit and floral. The body is well rounded with a easy delicious finish. Warning: totally crushable.

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Eureka W/ Citra from Tree House Brewing Company
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