Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #39
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4.39 | pDev: 6.83%
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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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Watching from the east coast the nba finals game 5 la vs Miami. It’s late and I plucked this one from the fridge, intrigued by the name. I get the dry, orange peel, maybe even piney taste balanced with an effervescent mouth feel and a quick finish. Pours a hazy pale yellow, thin head. Nice citrus aroma. The hops bitterness doesn’t linger.

Oct 10, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House, Willi Becher glass; best by 05/12/20, code HOP CANDY.
A: Pours a hazy, orange amber color with ochre highlights, a two to three finger, foamy, white head, solid persistent retention (a finger) and foamy, broad rings of lacing that just seem to quit.
S: Fruity aromas of tangerine, pink grapefruit, and nectarine with strong barley presence (at first), pine and basil notes. Vegetal aromas persist and strengthen as it warms.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Palate fruity like the nose: tangerine, ripe nectarine, pink grapefruit). Vegetal elements not in evidence, except briefly at the beginning. Moderate, highly balanced, and refreshing bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with a light to moderate effervescence. Creamy and smooth.
O: I had Baby Bright yesterday, a very sessionable AIPA, but really do prefer Bright. Were it available locally, I would always have some of both in the 'fridge.

Jun 23, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (12May2020) into a pint glass

L: turbid yellow orange (makes me think of a more opaque mix of yellow and orange gatorade, if that makes sense), with a very dense white head and matching lacing

S: very pungent, sweet, fruity nose. Think tangerine, orange, pineapple, with a dank weed aroma lurking in the background. There’s a smooth, creaminess that’s come out as it’s warmed a bit

T: like the name, leads with very bright citrusy flavors. Good amount of tangerine/orange (can mentions grapefruit and clementine, which I definitely get after reading) plus a rich tropical papaya flavor. Moves to a nice lingering bitterness for a medium-long finish

F: medium carbonation, medium body, slightly drying, very drinkable

O: solid flavors, unique nose, and great bitterness. Very drinkable, really excellent - man I just like TH haha

Jun 03, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a tulip. Less hazy than an Tree House IPA I've had in a while. Pours a lovely burnished orange that's more translucent than hazy, with a loose, 1/8th inch off-white head that quickly disperses into a consistent slick that coalesces into a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses citrus, pith and a hint of pine. Taste consistent with nose with a pleasant, malt character across the backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (much closer to light) with an assertive carbonation. Overall, solid and drinkable.

May 20, 2020
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Too bright, without enough redeeming qualities to make it interesting. I like hazier. The Nelson version of this has the redeeming qualities, though.

May 11, 2020
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At first blush it was stingingly sharp. It felt like acid scorching my palate. As it warmed up and my palate kind of warmed up to it, it felt much more enjoyable to drink. Reminds me of Nebco supernaut. All mosaic, with a similar build/malt profile... but this has a bit more sharpness. *This beer definitely morphed as it warmed. I enjoyed the last sip even more than the first. I noticed that these Treehouse beers deserve time to be tasted. They benefit from warming up a bit.

Apr 20, 2020
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amano_h from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

May 12, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Mar 29, 2019
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Mar 14, 2019
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BigJayK from New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Mar 06, 2019
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Kendo from New York

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Dec 31, 2018
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Karpuk from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Dec 20, 2018
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Nov 26, 2018
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trapp2424 from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Nov 22, 2018
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Nov 15, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Nov 14, 2018
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JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Nov 10, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Nov 10, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Nov 04, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Oct 18, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.39/5  rDev 0%
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

Oct 11, 2018
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sep 19, 2018
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Sep 16, 2018
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remingtonsteele1987 from California

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Aug 25, 2018
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1218 ratings