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Lights On | Tree House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introducing Lights On - A modern American Pale Ale brewed to celebrate a new beginning here at Tree House! Lights On pours a gorgeous hazy orange in the glass, releasing an aroma filled with a bounty of sweet fresh fruit. We taste papaya, guava, and mango - a fresh and distinctive flavor profile that’s wholly Tree House. Buoyed by a soft and fluffy mouthfeel, Lights On is a delight to drink. We’re excited to share it with you!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#741
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,250
pDev:
6.45%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
365
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,250 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigJayK
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Green, but lacks the pungent after frat party smell that Green has (like the smell of stale beer). But otherwise not noteworthy. Just kind of okay. Would rather have a lighter Bright or a heavier Doppelganger.

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Photo of mlatvakokko
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boccu
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmoore32
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with brutalfarce. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/3/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, red apple, mango, watermelon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, red apple, mango, watermelon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, red apple, mango, watermelon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight lingering resins/rinds. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a fantastic NEAPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazing soft feel. Feels like Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, El Dorado. Very juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of chazmatz
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this puppy into a Spencer stem glass. It was light, hazy and golden yellow. It had a baryardy and citrusy first nose, and the first sip through the last felt heavy and quenching all through my mouth, landing eventually on the undersides of my tongue with a dry, acidic, hop-textured and soft bed of warmth. The lace on the glass was irregular but artistic. I loved it, and the aroma left in the glass is like a diffuser of essential hop oil.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Diura
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoolEnthusiast
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jykleo
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/1. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 1/6.
A:Light hezyness. Peach colour. Inch and half cloud.
S:Citrus and some malts aromas. Not strong.
T:Malts seems stronger than typical tre house's IPAs.
M:Smooth. Bitterness and sweetness are not strong but mild. Very fluffy.
O:Easy to drink. Might be good for breakfast.

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Photo of Icka31
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can: This one pours a milky straw golden yellow color. There was a frothy white head on it. Good nose, but a little lighter. A tropical hop bomb! Lots of different tropical fruit aromas. The taste is very good. A touch of bitterness, with lots of tropical hop flavors. Another nice one!

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Photo of Meeshy40
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaMacAndCheese
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can dated 10/26/18, poured into a tulip-esque glass at around 40F.

Pours a milky orange color, completely opaque, with two fingers worth of fluffy white foam, that really sticks around for a while, getting fluffier and fluffier. Gentle streams of carbonation climb the side of the glass. Incredibly tenacious, heavy lacing clings to the glass. Very impressive for a pale ale.

Nose is pure tropical fruit hop expressions. Pineapple, guava, mango, and lychee fruit. There's also an underlying aroma of rose water, that I find really interesting. The nose isn't so strong that it leaps out of the glass, but it's very fragrant and quite pleasant.

Palate opens up with mango as the primary note. Very little malt sweetness or base for the hops. After the juicy, slightly under-ripe mango flavor, a moderate hop oil bitterness sweeps in, relatively early on, bringing some lightly earthy, and an almost berry note with it. The flavor is full, hoppy, and bold, as much as I would expect from an actual IPA. Lots of flavor for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel on this is where you're reminded that this is not on fact an IPA, but an APA. That lack of malty sweetness I mentioned earlier translates very much into the feel of this. It's very light, and almost airy. I don't want to use the word "watery", because that implies it's weak and bland, which it's not. The flavor is all there, and stands up alongside any other IPA. It's only in the feel and body where the word watery comes to mind a little bit. Not watery. Light. Thin. Imagine all the flavor of an IPA, with the body of a lighter beer. It's not as crisp as a lager, but it's quite light and crisp. A very lively carbonation accentuates the light, crisp feel. Still, for a pale ale, it has some body.

Overall, this is probably the best pale ale I've ever had. It has bold, juicy, signature Tree House hop expressions, and as much flavor as you could ask for in an American Pale. The body is a little light, but that just means it's insanely drinkable. This is the perfect go-to afternoon thirst quencher, or lunch beer, or the beer to kick off the session. There's not much to complain about, and I love it very much.

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Photo of benjaminsa
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can in a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass.

White-washed and watered down shade of cloudy orange color. The 1F white cap fades quickly but retains as a thick film and leaves some sticky foam lacing.

There's not much going on in the aroma file. Subtle notes of tropical and stone fruits, hints of orange and onion.

It gets better here. Nice mix of tropical fruits, mango mix. There's orange peel and nectarine. No malt flavor.

Despite the lack of malt flavor, there's medium body and it's not too juicy. Finishes with dry hop bitterness.

It's good, but you won't catch me waiting in line for it.

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Photo of gmcmillan67
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TripleShot
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 10/28/18 and poured into Teku glass.

L: 2F white foamy head with lots of lacing and good retention and a cap and ring. Beer is a hazy golden orange.

S: I get more citrus than tropical out of it. Grapefruit and orange, but yes some papaya and mango. And very good at that.

T: A little more tropical-forward on the taste as mango comes forward along with the orange. Also get some berry hints. Light cracker malts. It's very good.

F: Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Good construction and balance. Crisp and refreshing.

O: There's your super-solid session pale ale or whatever you want to call it.

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Photo of eddiefl
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJA-Boston
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(1 pint can, 10/26/18, purchased 10/27... poured into a fat Trillium tulip)

L: opaque, hazy, yellow-amber liquid; messy, sudsy froth atop... a few thin streaks of lace, one broad crusty blanket on one side... looks mildly disastrous once the remaining 1-2 oz w/ sediment are added

S: fresh-squeezed orange juice, hint of spicy grapefruit, maybe some dried apricot on the edges... relatively intense, fragrant, perfumy floral essence humming up through and out the nostrils in no time... muddled aromas, but vibrant intensity

T: orange rind, mashed/bruised flowers; delicate background notes of pine, caramel, bready grain (almost too subtle to be worth mentioning)... after a few sips, moderate biting bitterness with a fleshy white grapefruit rind character; aftertaste is heavy in floral character, very mild fresh bready note lingering in back

F: foamy, soft, layers of resins and silky sediment; mild warmth holding mid-palate... could probably drink by the pitcher, so soothing

O: doesn't look/taste/feel remarkably distinct from Julius, but has a more palatable approach perhaps due to the slightly lower abv... rather enjoyable from the get-go, the lower abv being a big factor - how low can they go??... rather drink this than Julius, et al

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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy yellowish color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and floral hints
T-The taste follows the nose with generous amounts of citrus and floral flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well made APA

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Lights On from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 1,250 ratings