Lights On
Tree House Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #17
Ranked #631
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
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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djgustafson from North Carolina

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

Apr 05, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big thanks to rudzud for picking some of this surprise up for me.

Light fizzy head, fades semi quickly, very light lacing, hazy murky nectar orange color.

Nose nice citrus and mild tropical notes, some dankness, papaya passion fruit, faint mango and nice citrus, generic tropical and citrus fruits, light creamy malt base, light dank.

Taste starts very creamy, creamy malts and orange cream, then tropical fruits, mild papaya and faint mango, light tangerine and plenty of orange citrus, faint nectarine juice, fair bitterness. Some rind and orange, nice bitterness, little pineapple orange juice, etc. Finish dry, decent bitter, lingering citrus mild tropical fruit, light rind.

Mouth med bod little creamy nice carb.

Overall nice but not amazing. Nice hop little and nice malts, very enjoyable, great to see in cans, decent tropical notes nice citrus, nice creamy malt base, etc.

Mar 28, 2015
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

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

L: clear golden yellow. A summers day on the grass near a lake, a loved one's smile, a baby's laugh.

S: clearly communicated aromas here. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits, some watermelon. Everything fits beautifully together.

T: ditto on the taste, no flavor overwhelms the others; this is sheer symphony.

F: perfectly carbonated

O: this is the best Tree House beer I've tried. I say that despite the fact that I enjoyed Green and Julius more -- but that is only because I love the style of the juicy, hazy Vermont IPA. Trying to suspend subjective tastes, this thing is the real winner. Everything is neat, but the flavors are still thought provoking and complex. This is the best pale ale that I've ever had, and I think that it IS a pale, relative to some of the other pales that are really IPAs.

I think it's hilarious that this has an avg review of 4.3 at the time of this writing. Reviewers are celebrating beers that dominate their palates and smack them over the head with the roastiest of the roasty malt, the hoppiest of the hoppy hops. I raise a glass in the name of balance, concert, symphony. Doing what you're trying to do and killing the game.

Jan 05, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cans purchased last Saturday so probably about two weeks old at most.

A- 16oz can reveals a fairly hazy golden orange brew into teku. The head is white, creamy and fairly thick. It peaks over one finger before dying to a large pillow and ring depositing several large sheets and many spots of lace.

S- Finds a balance between the two pungent themes of citrus and tropical fruits; alludes to a juicy smooth flavor. Mango, oranges, passion-fruit, tangerine and light grains.

T- Not quite as juicy as the aroma suggested but still brings on a blast of fruity hops in the forefront. Mangoes, overripe peach, papaya, orange juice and a bit of the peel, clementines, semi-bitter red grapefruits and slight pine and floral tones that come out here. Hints of pale and slightly toasted grains and bubble gum.

MF- Fairly creamy overall consistency coincides with the rather high end carbonation level. Feels pretty puffy and finishes with bitter citrus notes on the taste buds.

Plenty of fruity hops to go around but still drinks very smoothly like an APA. Focuses on the tropical side of things compared to some of the other Tree House pales I have had.

Apr 25, 2015
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Danstaats from New Jersey

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

Another great beer form treehouse. Easy drinking and just enough hop balance to keep it tasty. I drank this one 2 months old and it was still delicious

May 09, 2017
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional and clean TH; unfiltered but still crisp and intensely drinkable. Tropical fruit (bread fruit, star fruit, papaya) on the nose and a more direct, crisp flavor profile. Lighter than most of their offerings with plenty of flavor. Killer pale.

Jun 05, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nearly perfect pale ale, why do people not talk about it more?

This one pours a brilliantly hazy and beautiful orange, with a small white fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, guava, and a heavy grassiness.

This is just about as good as it gets, and it doesn't get the press that the rest of Tree House's lineup does. There's lots of mango and guava, and a clean crisp bitterness on the finish- grassy and a little bit piney. There's no malt character.

This is unbelievably drinkable, with a really clean mouthfeel to it.

This is definitely one of my favorite beers i've had from TH.

Nov 22, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Shared with JLindros. This was canned three minutes before purchase.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very hazy orange hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice tropical hops, fragrant, light dank, faint citrus, fluffy malts. Pleasant, but, wish the tropical notes higher.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, though for me more citrus than tropical. The mango, guava, papaya, and nice citrus peel. The malts balance this beer. Faint pineapple juice notes, light mango. More oranges ad it warms.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, fluffy.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty, good tropical and citrus. Nice and fluffy

Serving type: can

Mar 27, 2015
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

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

Incredible. Huge head, great tropical fruit notes, tastes like pineapple juice. Best pale ale I have ever had.

Apr 24, 2015
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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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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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BierRunner from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this upon finishing a half marathon, where a cold beer tastes its best, so I'll refine my review when I have a chance at a leisurely tasting. However, it was nicely balanced, that same orange mango flavor I've grown to love from Treehouse and a pleasant hoppy finish (both slightly less intense than Julius as you would expect for a Pale Ale). I could drink many of these.

Mar 02, 2016
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This guy was a huge suprise! The smell was out of this world. Especially for being a 5.2% pale ale. A true juice bomb dominated by mango and papaya and fruitiness!

Goes down smoother than butter.

I would love to be able to drink this on the daily

Sep 04, 2017
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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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

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

Pours a radiantly hazy pale orange in color with a finger+ of pillowy white head. Aroma is on the subtler side with tropical fruits. Taste is typical Tree House. Again there are tropical fruits, specifically papaya and guava, with a strong melon and cantaloupe presence. Finish is subtly bitter. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body. Not quite pillowy but soft. This has all the hallmarks of a Tree House New England IPA with the melon/cantaloupe flavors that I always pick up from them. It's not quite a crusher but is an easy drinker.

Jul 25, 2016
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stevehagy from New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 20, 2018
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RichD from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jun 10, 2015
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tylergoov from Connecticut

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

Jan 14, 2016
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MikeHBerk79 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 28, 2015
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Virby44 from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 16, 2016
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/01 can pours a cloudy lemon /orange color with a fresh white head looks great,, tropical smells of mango and ripe fruit, taste is good fresh citrus and papaya with just a touch of malts, smooth creamy mouth feel with nice amount of hops just a lingering bitterness, one of the better PA'S available

May 20, 2016
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 11, 2015
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keags_beer from Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 14, 2015
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 2016
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

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

Nov 28, 2016
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