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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #36
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4.4 | pDev: 6.82%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Bright was created to be a clean and elegant showcase for one of our favorite hops - Mosaic! It is crafted with a simple malt bill and fermented with clean American Ale yeast to create a flavor profile that is more a function of its vibrant fresh ingredients than an expression of yeast character. Bright’s aroma is a cornucopia of citrus dank… The taste follows suit with notes of grapefruit, sweet berries, and clementine with a gentle orange rind finish. She is dry, soft, deceptively juicy and adequately bittered resulting in a very approachable yet pungent Double IPA. We hope you find this bit of a departure as enjoyable as we do!
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Photo of amano_h
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well smack my ass and call me Sally, because I think I like Bright a lot better than I do Julius.

Perhaps owing to the super-diverse, multi-purpose nature of Mosaic itself, the aroma and flavor comes together in such a harmonious yet daedal way. A cesspool of tropical fruits, bright citrus, and dank earthy goodness charge your nose hairs from the get-go: I smell pineapple, papaya, yellow grapefruit, Cuties up front, with a nice reassuring back drop of wet pine cones and dirt-covered burdock roots.

Flavors follow the aroma closely, with papaya, orange, and mango up front, followed by some resinous pine and grass. A neat little bow of grapefruit rind-like bitterness wraps all the flavors together into a can-shaped box; there's a very light, almost indiscernible level of saltine-cracker like maltiness which becomes apparent as the brew gets warmer, but otherwise this beer sports an immaculately clean fermentation profile, with a huge hop presence as expected from Tree House Brewing Company.

Medium-light bodied with soft, non-intrusive carbonation. One thing I noticed with Tree House beers is that the head retention on their beer seems to be either god-tier (see e.g. Curiosity 44, Bright, Haze) or lukewarm (see e.g. Julius, Green) and there's not quite a middle ground. I would swirl this around my mouth to see if it has a creamy body, but I have an ulcer growing on the lower right quadrant inside my mouth which is stinging me every time something makes contact with it. Apparently citrus-flavored IPAs are not a good source of Vitamin C.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3.5.19, poured 3.28.19 into a tulip glass

“Snowed so hard that the roof caved in”

Two finger white foam cap, good rentention, good lacings over hazy orange liquid

Aroma is citrus tangerine, orange, passion fruit, berries, whiff of dank

Taste is citrus grapefruit, dank finish

Hop taste, gently nibbles but doesn’t bite

Good beer

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with an inch of creamy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is lots of citrus and some berries. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, berries, pineapple and guava. The taste is more dank than expected by the aroma. Still some citrus hop flavor along with pineapple and berries. Creamy and soft with an oily mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated with a moderate alcohol presence.

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Photo of BigJayK
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second-favorite Tree House Beer. Beats Julius for a hot summer day. Tastes less heavy but still has fantastic flavor. The equivalent of this in the winter is Snow, which is a gem as well.

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Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10/31/18, consumed on 12/30/18.

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy straw-yellow with a 1.5-finger fluffy white head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing when it (finally) recedes.

S: Not a terribly strong nose - modest tropical fruit (pineapple) and a touch of lemon zest.

T: Solid-tasting beer, with a touch of blueberry, some citrus (think red grapefruit, lemon, even limes) and a faint grassy/piney bitterness. Finishes fairly clean for a juicy NEIPA. Touch of warmth felt in the belly from the somewhat higher ABV.

M: This beer - as with most TreeHouse offerings - shines here. Juicy in feel makes it drink less like a beer and more like a glass of your morning pineapple-orange juice.

O: Very good. A stronger nose would help with the overall score, but this is a very good beer overall.

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Photo of Karpuk
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy NE IPA. The flavor is on point, with a solid aroma. It's deceptively hoppy, leaving you a little more thirsty after each sip. If you can, grab a Bright and a Bright w/ citra to compare side-by-side.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I admit that I think my can was more than a week old, but, honestly, not that impressed. Kinda one-note in taste, and that note was not forward enough for me. My taste buds may have been zapped by the other beers I had first, but this really didn't impress or stand out in any way compared to the other beers I was drinking.

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Photo of trapp2424
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried some on Thanksgiving 2018 and it's is one of my favorite Double IPAs. Cloudy in color, looks like a glass of OJ. Incredibly smooth finish - SO GOOD.

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Photo of egrandfield
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, but overrated. An imperial NEIPA that's way too soft...I got bored halfway through drinking a pint of it. Just not that compelling or differentiated from their other IPAs. Yeah, it's good beer, but nothing special. Also, super low ABV for an imperial.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(1 pint can, 10/24/18, purchased 10/27... poured into fat Trillium tulip)

L: occurs to you as it pours why it could be called 'Bright' - for the most part a clear liquid, but not without a very slight haze, but not at all on the order of their NEIPAs - same pale yellow-amber color, but again, foam doesn't build high, hold firm... turns out I decanted initial pour well, as there was a good bit of sediment in bottom 2 oz, ended up clouding remainder to a familiar degree

S: orange flesh, coloring of red grapefruit juice, hint of pine, acidic spice - altogether vibrant, fresh, pungent - subtle juicy sweetness anticipated... after a few sips, a spicy pineapple-orange note dominates, along with a soft raw alcohol... with sediment added, again a fruity muffin aroma

T: piney resinous hops backed by relatively cereal-grainy pale malt; grapefruit-flavored candy powder static all throughout, though its spicy, lightly sugary essence ripping hardest through the center of the palate; mild orange hard candy note lingering in the aftertaste... overall, lots of fruity resins, while malt does a great job complimenting flavors, giving a light, delectably-doughy foundation... vaguely British sensibilities?

F: sleek resinous viscosity, lightly slick malt body, smoothly clipped finish with perfect touch of soft warmth and tickle at the back of the palate, while the middle of the tongue hums with a mild-moderate desiccant scrape... another fleece-soft, crushable-in-pitchers texture

O: the most conventional IPA/Pale I've had from them (4th brand sampled to date) ... nice to know they can nail a straightforward DIPA - made these comments before pouring in dregs... still an excellent drop, though arguably most dynamic and refined minus the sediment... easily my favorite of theirs so far

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Photo of JohnWesolowski
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice, slightly bitter taste. Grapefruit rind is close approximation of the flavor. Not much smell, but I'll take taste over smell any day. Surprisingly light (not filling) for a DIPA.

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Photo of Gatch
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 10/31/18

Well whaddya know?? A (slightly) filtered hoppy beer from Tree House! Massive juicy hop character. A tad bitter, so clean and crisp, and super refreshing. Of course it’s insanely drinkable. They did it again!

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up 6 cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton this past Saturday. Canned-on date of 10/31/18. My 24th brew reviewed from these guys. Very solid, not mind-blowing, middle of the pack of TH for me.

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Photo of Amendm
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16-oz can 10/31/18 poured slowly into a 20-oz. mug produced a finger sized fizzy and foamy white head with short retention and minimal lacing.
Very hazy translucent orange-straw color, yellow straw in front of light.
Fresh bitter and floral hops, citrus juice dominate the smell with malt and spice in the background.
The taste starts off a little light yet there is a fresh hop brightness as rich malt, citrus juice and bitter hops build up the middle. The finish is dry, clean and quick with a faint peppery aftertaste.
Medium light bodied, ample carbonation, alcohol is cleverly hidden.
Smooth easy drink, benefits from warming. Great balance between semi-sweet juiciness and hop bitterness. Fresh and malty.

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

Solid beer. Pour is hazy orange. Taste is combination of both bitter and sweet. Citrus smell with pleasant mustiness. Overall very smooth with solid balance and feel.

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Photo of stoumi
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright pours a murky dark golden color with a thick and foamy complex head. The smell is dank with a grassy note and over ripened fruit. Big citrus flavors including grapefruit and tangerine with a floral component. The taste hits with a bitter hoppiness but quickly balanced out with sweet fruits such as grapefruit and pineapple coupled with a light malt bill. Overall it's a solid DIPA with a medium body and big resinous mouth feel.

*Updated review* Pours a hazy yellow orange with a foamy and complex, 1-finger head that offers excellent lacing retention. Smell is big citrus;grapefruit and orange and a hint of sweetness. Taste is cream and smooth with a big juicy flavor, containing an excellent hop profile with a clean and bitter finish

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Photo of JASnyder
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 1/30/18 - Opened 9/18/18 & 10/18
With a 9 month old can, my experience of this 7.8% IPA is obviously happening well past the end of its lifespan.
That being said, the aroma immediately hit me as VERY delicious from a foot away. (10.18 update - smell is almost entirely gone.)
The somewhat hazy orange color is appealing and, honestly, the taste is pretty good. It isn't sour. (10/18 update - it's a bit sour. It's not the best Tree House, but it's still a Tree House.) It has flavors of orange. It is really rather tasty. You can still get hints of freshness. It does NOT come off as a mass produced heartless beer, even after all these months.
You can tell it is a clean craft beer with a slightly tingly small-bubble carbonation.
Typical Tree House Brew.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour a nice hazy yellow. Very nice lookin beer.

The smell is a bit mute but you can pick up some citus and mango. Decent but doesn’t blow you away.

The taste is fantastic. Great combination of bitter with a slight sweetness to it. Extremely juicy with a huge Mango citrus punch.

The feel is smooth especially for a DIPA. Great balance with not bite whatsoever. It does build on your tongue a bit with some bitterness as I got to the bottom.

Great beer. Very impressed and very juicy. Think I’m most impressed with the smoothness.

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pale orange color with a finger of foamy head. Smells dank with weedy, grassy, overripe papaya, and citrus rind aromas. Flavors of bitter grapefruit rind, papaya, citrus juice, and subtle spice with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Has a medium body feel with nice carbonation. A little heat lingers in the finish.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent gold minimal head to a nonic, from a dated 8/13/18
Dank aroma turns to fruit on taste, turns to alcohol finish.
Nothing to complain about, but not thier best.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an IPA glass. Purchased 3 weeks ago at the brewery.
Pours very pale and just barely cloudy, with good effervescence and a tight finger of head. Heavy lacing.
Smells beery with light, fruity hop presence.
More powerfully fruity, nouveau hop presence on the palate, but it's not very special or compelling. Fizzy grapefruit, hint of apricot.
Very tight effervescence, beautifully clean and more moreish.
A beer of this character doesn't need to be this strong. It's at its best when Bright is spritely, not chewy.

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Photo of Reef
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 7/31/18
Mosaic hop fan here, so I’m here to put up da big number for this beer.
Opaque hazy golden appearance. One finger’s head receding to a ring and continent on the surface. Luxurious curtains of lacing.
Huge citrus wave on opening the can. Papaya, grapefruit, tangelo aromas.
Lovely tropical flavors, papaya, white peach, citrus showing up later.
Very smooth, medium feel. Somewhat drier and bitter on the finish.
Superior DIPA.

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

Nice IPS from Tree House. I picked up two cans and enjoyed the first one and will drink the second this weekend. Nice citrus flavor, gray aroma. Not as good as Hazy which I got at the same time but still fantastic.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Don't love the base version of this beer. Maybe it's because I don't love Mosaic hops. However, the versions I have had have not been dense, juicy, hazy, or anything that resembles a NE style IPA. I've heard the variants are good, but don't like this one. Tried multiple times.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is really great beer, one of the better hazy ipa types i have ever had really, and honestly the difference isnt really the hops, everyone can dry hop a beer with some sexy variety or two and make it smell and taste good, thats not unique to tree house at all, its the grain that sets this apart for me, its not just starchy and heavy for the sake of being cloudy which sometimes feels like is the case with these, its soft and round and fluffy and so smooth, almost creamy, an incredible texture for a hoppy beer, wheaty and oaty probably, proteins and richness without sweetness or heaviness, its really just right for the fruity hops, they arent just in the finish, its like the grain lets the hops go deeper, start earlier, and last longer. white grape, pineapple, melon, and grapefruit notes to this, super fresh, and with just enough bitterness to balance the sweet oiliness of the hops too. carbonation is magnificent, lifting up the fuller body and making sure this never seems heavy. i know there is a ton of hype with the tree house beers, but i can see why after this one, its brilliantly put together and so much more refined and high quality to me than almost anything else out there in this style!

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Bright from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1193 ratings