Lights On
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #17
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
96
Ranked #597
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,280
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: 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!
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osheamatth from New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours nicely into a glass coming across with lemony orange haze. Compared to many other Tree House offerings this is light on both the nose and the palate. Faint notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Clean finish with a slight nice bitter aftertaste. A fine beer.

Jul 19, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In celebration of the beer that got Tree House Brewing started, their attempt to reinvent the pale ale brings a rich malt texture, a sweeter pastry taste and a bright and breaming hop flavor.

Lights on pours a light goldenrod hue with the rich visual texture of yeast slurry. As a frothy eggshell head builds on the beer, its tropical scent is illuminated. Hints of citrus, cider, dough and cream hint toward wheat beer. A bready and sweeter malt profile rolls in a mild cereal flavor for a texture that's also redolent of wheat ale.

The full hoppy effects billow over the middle palate with their papaya, pawpaw, passionfruit and grapefruit, partly using fruit esters as part of its rich and apricot complexity. Hints of apple, lemon, pineapple and mango complete the fruit cocktail of flavors before a medium bitterness of green tea, spruce and fragrant grassiness suggests a light spicing of gin.

Medium bodied and considerably fuller than the standard pale ale, the beer's "hazy" profile has it tasting shy with caramel but rich with breadiness. With its tepid bitterness and medium length pastry fruits, the refreshment is sacrificed for fullness in taste. It's pretty clear that 'm having a hart time telling New England styled IPA and hefeweizens apart nowadays.

Jul 17, 2019
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BigJayK from New York

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.

Mar 06, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

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.

Jan 28, 2019
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chazmatz from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 19, 2019
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jykleo from New York

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.

Jan 06, 2019
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Boto from Connecticut

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!

Jan 04, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

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.

Dec 11, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

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.

Dec 01, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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.

Nov 15, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

Nov 12, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

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

Nov 11, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a couple of cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton. Pretty sure that I have had this before, but forgot to review. My 18th beer review from these guys. Very solid low ABV offering, with one of TH's lowest price points.

Nov 04, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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

16-oz. can needed an average pour into a 20-oz. mug to get. a finger sized frothy and rocky off-white head with average retention and some stringy lacing.
Turbid, orange-straw color with light yellow-orange highlights in front of light.
Fresh smelling piney hops and citrus fruits and baking spice greet the nose.
The hops start the taste, semi-dry and bitter as a creamy rich maltiness and juiciness invade the middle. The finish is quick and similar to the start of the taste with added spice and a spicy, peppery after taste.
Medium light bodied, given a lift by the ample carbonation and again that smooth malt.
This delivers; freshness, malt, hops, and yet remains true to style. New England style in appearance, easily quaffable.

Nov 03, 2018
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nbrady37 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 10/26/18. Poured into Belgian tulip.
Look is bright orange haze with a fluffy white head. Nose is all tropical fruit, especially mango. Taste follows the same with little bitterness and a semidry finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall really nice pale ale, really closer to an IPA I’d say, good stuff overall.

Oct 28, 2018
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

2.71/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just like all the other Tree House IPA's. I am now changing my reviewing criteria for all items to start at 2.5 as a baseline and move up and down from there. From that standpoint I might go back and change my past Tree House experiences and bring the overall Tree House experience somewhere down to a 3.25- 3.5.
"Lights On" is one of those Tree House's with more bitterness than I care for But ultimately I'm just disappointed with the lack of variety at the company. Still a world-class beer and all in all I like the Tree House IPA flavor better than nearly any other beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

drunk out of the can bought direct from TH, 9/20/2018

color is a nice honeydew melon orange

smell is mango& papaya..sweet but mild

taste was not as hefty as some of the other TH offerings and lacks some of their punch but easy to drink just the same

medium body and carbination

Sep 27, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: super hazy burnt caramel color with some pale yellow notes and a thick, 1 finger off-white head

s: orange zest, grapefruit, lemongrass upfront. there is some musty earthy grains behind that. super juicy passionfruit and papaya follows. the finish is more of that earthy must and juicy grapefruit & papaya

t: big hit of melon and papaya upfront. behind that is some sweet malt and dry crackers. pineapple and oranges add a nice bit of tropical sweetness, with a touch of grapefruit at the end for a subtle kiss of bitterness

m: mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium, with a touch sticky from the malts. mouthfeel a touch chewy, a touch fluffy, with low-medium carbonation

o: this is a nice drinking APA. nice hop combination and isn't too heavy. it looks like a hazy NE style beer, but the mouthfeel has enough carbonation that it makes for a juicy and refreshing APA

Sep 23, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pretty typical treehouse, orange/pale-yellow colored beer, very hazy, originally pours a frothy head though retention is somewhat limited.
S: Tons of fruit, this one is really attractive smelling. Sweet banana orange mango smoothie like in aroma. Creamy and delicious. Nice mix of hop fruits and yeast related fruit aromas here.
T: Lots of dry malt and wheat. Hop notes come through but are rather restricted to a slight but present bitterness on the finish.
F: As per this brewery, highly drinkable, smooth silky and full bodied. Sort of like a meal in a can, just feels substantial but its not a chore to drink. Slightly astringent on the finish.
O: Great beer with a killer aroma. Easy to drink, probably could have some sessionability though its on the heavier side for sure. Compared to the market its a winner, though compared to other TH beers its sort of blends into the crowd.

Aug 27, 2018
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

TREE HOUSE LIGHTS ON 8/24/18

Bought yesterday at the brewery.

a: Cloudy yellow/orange with an inch and a half white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Orange peel. That quintessential captivating Tree House aroma.

t: Follows the nose, especially at first, over a light malt base. dry finish.

m: light to medium. OK body and some carbonation tingle.

o: Wow, the quintessential Tree House brew, smells and tastes like the brewery smells. Sessionable yet with all the usual Tree House New England IPA bells and whistles. Only slight negative is the mouthfeel has a tendency to get slightly watery . Still, the best session IPA for my money.

Aug 25, 2018
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JarginPhlogger from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell of this beer was beautiful, fresh and sweet, just put a smile on my face. Taste is a nice juicy balance of malt and hops. Stone fruit with a delicate bitter finish. Great carbonation. Overall, a unique and satisfying beer, real pleasure to drink. This is a must try APA, and to me defines what one should tast like.

Aug 07, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, into glass

pale yellow golden in color, quite hazy and opaque. white head, good head retention. tropical fruit aroma. similar flavor, moderately bitter. thinner bodied.

Aug 07, 2018
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Lazhal from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/17/18, so almost 3 weeks old. Nose of citrus, hops, and pineapple. Taste is similar. This was surprisingly bitter for a New England Pale Ale but in a good way. Very light and fluffy, even more so than their flagship Julius. Drink-ability is crazy. I could kill this in no time. Tree House continues to put out quality beers even in a flooded market.

Aug 04, 2018
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etaggie09 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look:

Hazy burnished yellow. Moderately Persistent one finger egg shell head. Moderate to low carbonation from what I can see. Moderate lacing on glass

Smell:

Peach and papaya are definitely there. Brewers notes say mango but I’m not getting that. There’s some caramel malt backbone that’s clawing it’s way out amongst the fruit here. Nice aroma for a pale ale. Smells like the malt and hops will be more in balance in this beer.

Taste:

Just as the nose would suggest, the malt steps up here. The hops play a background role that give the beer a great aroma and a nice, dry finish with a gentle bitterness. An excellent representative of the pale ale style. This is definitely a tree house beer. Right up there with zombie dust although that is definitely a more hop forward pale ale. There is definitely stone fruit and citrus in the flavor with some nice malt presence to balance everything out. Smashingly good.

Feel:

Excellent. Carbonation is moderately high and perfect for what this beer is. Lighter in body but not watery in the slightest. When you can drink the beer and just focus on identifying flavor instead of thinking about the feel, that’s when you’ve gotten it right, in my opinion. I’ve had to remind myself twice that I’m trying to assess mouthfeel right now. Maybe the slightest bit more heft to the body would have been welcome, but I’m nitpicking now.

Overall:

This is the quintessential summer beer in my opinion. Crisp and refreshing with stone fruit flavors and balanced bitterness. For once the hops aren’t the center focus here. This is one of the best pale ales I’ve ever had. Probably just slightly behind zombie dust from a pure ratings standpoint, but in the summer, I’d grab this one to go outdoors every single time.

Jul 29, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a Carton Boat Beer glass.

Nose is pineapple, mango and a dank hoppiness. A little mellow but the flavors present are on point. Beer opens light and playful. Notes of mango, papaya, citrus and sweet overripe peach. A light, almost prickly bitterness appears and disappears throughout. Finishes cane sugar, foam. vanilla and sweet tropical fruit. A shocking amount of flavor for the style. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive and crisp. Super drinkable.

A fantastically drinkable pale ale. Others in this style wish they could be Lights On.

Jun 25, 2018
Lights On from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1280 ratings