Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo
Tree House Brewing Company

Bright - Simcoe & AmarilloBright - Simcoe & Amarillo
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #155
Ranked #1,218
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Bright - Simcoe & AmarilloBright - Simcoe & Amarillo
Notes: This batch of Bright was created to be a clean and elegant showcase for a pair of our favorite American hops - Simcoe & Amarillo! 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 w/Simcoe & Amarillo’s aroma is a bounty of citrus, fruit, and pine. The taste follows suit with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and sticky hops with a gentle orange rind finish. She is dry, soft, and adequately bittered resulting in a very approachable yet intense Double IPA... classic, delicious, and perfect for this hot weather!
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10.18.19, opened 11.7.19

“Keep cold drink fresh”

Hazy orange liquid, solid frothy rocky white two finger foam crown, good retention

Aroma is tangerine citrus, whiff of pine

Taste is tangerine, orange rind

Hop nibble gently lingers

Good beer

Nov 08, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a few cans at the Tree House brewery for $4.80/can. Canned-on date of 2/12/19, green dot on bottom of can. My thirty second brew from these guys. Very solid, very unique taste.

Feb 16, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago, but I'm not sure when I obtained this as the bottom of the can read "ROLIA" with "17" below that and "BLOOMIN'" below that. Nevertheless, this tasted pretty fresh and has very little sediment left on the bottom of the liquid after I poured this out and let it settle.

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was an opaque apricot with plenty of head to top it off. Tons of rocky lacing was left behind once that settled and I took some sips, especially along the top portion of my pint glass. Lots of citrus, lime, and dank hops in the nose as this was even heavier and darker on the palate. Citrus rind, weed, wet dew, and some forest came in as this was quite the turbid brew without being overly strong or boozy. A full bite and chewy mouthfeel gave this a nice body and kept this as balanced as could be for the style, as the carbonation was on the lighter side...

The amount of alcohol was spot-on as well as there was a slight warming effect but not enough to be a detraction. Not as good as the others in the series but this was solid, enjoyable, and like a good beer, left me wanting more Bright - even though I was looking forward more to the other iterations of this.

Feb 06, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/04/18 - and this is definitely beginning to show it's age. It's not very good at this point, but I'll ignore the stake yeasty aspects, and try to rate the positives.

Pours a hazy medium golden, with a massive rocky head (age).

Nose highlights are big citrus notes of grapefruit and orange rind, and some pineapple character as well. A detectable sweetness, and some oily resin.

Palate: it's hard to get past the stale-ness, but again, lots of orange rind and grapefruit oil. A little bit of vague tropical fruit notes, and a light to moderate piney bitterness. Has a crispness to it, and does not drink like a double.

Mouthfeel is medium light to medium, with a moderate lively carbonation, and some oily stickiness left behind.

Overall: probably my shortest review ever, and admittedly, this is more for a tick, because I really don't enjoy reviewing old stale beer. It's held up better than other beers would, but it's definitely not what it should be. I can see this being great when fresh.

Dec 09, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Murky bright orange. Smells of tropical fruit and an oaty malt backbone. Tastes of tropical fruit with a strong spike of citrus and grapefruit behind it. Moderate sweetness and a chewy oaty flavor. Low bitterness and a dose of booze. Very good.

Sep 15, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright pours a semi-transparent golden orange with a thick and foamy 1-finger head that lingers a long time depositing some spotty lacing. The smell is a mild citrus, with tangerine some light tropical notes and a touch of pine resin. The taste big grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, some stone fruit with a citrus peel or zest, a light peppery note and a hint of pine that is light on the palette with a medium body.

Sep 07, 2018
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mlatvakokko from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The word I would use to describe this beer is subtle. Compared to Bright with Citra or Bright with Galaxy or any of the BBBrighttts it is much more subdued. It is a great beer but not one that jumps out from Tree House offerings. Not bitter, no taste of excess alcohol, and the hops are very pleasant and flavorful. Maybe the best version of bright to offer someone not into the hoppy IPA's.

Aug 17, 2018
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4


Bought at the brewery two days ago. Canned three days ago.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mild citrus.

t: Follows the nose for an instant then develops pine resiny notes with a hop bite on the lighter side of medium, dry finish over a solid biscuit malt base. The moderate almost 8% ABV is well covered.

m: Hefty medium with very good body and light carbonation tingle.

o; A very good DIPA, not as flavorful as the other three versions of Bright I have had, certaInly less citrus notes, but substantial and satisfying.

Aug 11, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Treehouse has done it again, though that should surprise no one. Great looking beer (7.8%) with a beautiful head and a phenomenal nose...citrus and pine in the nose and very prominent on the palate. Love the sticky hops, and pineapple and tangerine show up for a cameo in the finish. Yeast takes a back seat here, but very nice use of Simcoe and Amarillo in tandem. Solid DIPA, and great for a post yard work treat!

Jun 20, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a BrewDog tulip.

A: Body is bright yellow with a half a finger thick white head with awesome retention.
S: Aroma is mildly hoppy and citrusy but freshness is not at its peak.
T: Taste starts off with a mildly citric touch from the Simcoe and ends with a power grassy and ripe pineness on the end.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is mild to high.
O: Tree House is basically the best brewer in the US right now as they don't make any bad or less than very good beer.

Jun 15, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can: Poured a clear pale golden color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, tangerine and tropical notes is quite awesome. Taste is a refreshing mix of tangerine, citrus with some tropical notes, light residual sugar notes with limited amount of bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Super enjoyable floral IPA which drinks more lightly then NEIPA with less residual sugar notes.

May 09, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/27/2018. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly soft mouthfeel for the style. Perfect hop showcase as expected. Extremely juicy and fairly dank hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, not overly sweet with adequate lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering.

Apr 28, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 2/9/2018 into 12oz snifter glass

color is a nice hazy pineapple juice yellow
smell is muted but Pineapple and tangerine make an appearance
taste is the same but not muted at all albeit softer than most TH beers..a nice pungent/dank taste is there as well (as with most TH beers). Almost 2 months old and the simcoe hop still pops..this might be my favorite Bright variant

Mar 30, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a teku glass.

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The head slowly fades into a thick, foamy blanket, leaving some random splotches of lacing along the way.

The aroma brings notes of mangoes, peaches, pineapple, and grapefruit. There's some hints of dank, earthy pine and a touch of doughy malt.

The flavor is exploding with notes of peaches, mangoes, and grapefruit, as well as some tangerines and orange rind. Finishes piney and subtly spicy with a solid malt backbone. Very nicely balanced. Starts off sweet and juicy and finishes bitter and resinous.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with exceptional creaminess. The flavors coat the tongue like a sheet and are slowly pulled away. Damn near perfect for the style.

Overall, yet another excellent addition to the Bright series. Bright has to be the most underappreciated beer on the planet. This particular variation is beautifully balanced and showcases both of its hops fantastically. Might be my favorite in the series. Well done.

Mar 28, 2018
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/7. A nice change of pace from the traditional hazy TreeHouse offerings as this one is a nice, bright and clear golden yellow. Modest amount of head that faded pretty quickly but left a loose ring of foam around the glass and robust lacing. Smell is also a little more subdued as well but getting nice tropical nose, passion fruit and guava, sweet corn. Taste is bitter up front with some citrus rind on the finish. Smooth finish, booze is well hidden. Not my favorite TreeHouse offering but a delicious been nonetheless.

Mar 08, 2018
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Frudel from Canada

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous looking, hazy yellow/orange liquid with a big white foamy head, couldn't pour the whole can in my 500ml Trillium glass because of the head! Head was sticking to the glass at the beginning.
Subtle hops flavors on the nose, fruity exotic fruits.
Mild fruitiness in mouth, moderate bitterness, feels light, I admired the subtlety of this brew, high drinkability despite the 7.8%
Amazing mouthfeel!

Feb 26, 2018
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Tazmon from Hawaii

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into tell glass.

Pours light/opaque yellow with nice white head. About 2 inches of head that slowly vanished.

Smell is tropical fruits, mostly fresh cut pineapple and mango with some faint pine/grass.

Taste is pineapple and light grassy bitterness. Juicy with a subtle bitterness that’s is crisp. A lot lighter than expected. Really easy to drink at 7.8%

Mouthfeel is light and delicate with almost no residual hop bitterness.

Feb 21, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a Tree House teku
Acquired in a trade with my friend Sean.

The beer poured a nearly crystal clear, pale straw yellow but turned hazy when the dregs were added. A frothy, finger-tall, bright white crown topped the liquid and fell to a thin collar. Streaky lacing trickled down the glass after the first few sips and later turned into spotty dots.

The aroma was fruity and bright and really transformed throughout the session. Tropical fruit notes dominated initially. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Some juicy citrus came through as well. Tangerine and clementine perhaps. Bit of lemon peel. As the beer sat, big herbal hop notes appeared and soon took over. There was a bit of a skunky quality too. Later, grapefruit was noticeable. By the beer’s end, the tropical fruit notes reappeared.

The flavor was also really hoppy and bright. Big citrus presence. Loads of juicy orange, tangerine and clementine. Some grassy hops were noticeable in the center. Orange peel appeared on the back end. Good amount of sweetness too. The beer finished with just a touch of rind-like pith and a subtle bitterness. Like the nose, grapefruit notes came forth later and really intensified by the session’s end. Some pineapple and tart lemon notes were also apparent.

Nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The beer contained a larger bubbled yet soft and subtle carbonation that turned frothy, slick and smooth on the palate.

Bright W/ Simcoe & Amarillo is an enjoyable DIPA that combines bright (duh) citrus and ripe tropical fruit notes with a nice herbaceousness. Like all the beers in the Bright series, this one showcases a nice melding of both old school and new school aspects of the style.

Feb 19, 2018
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JimmyAddo from Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 1/3/18. Smelled and tasted like a bud light. Couldn’t drink it. However, when I had one days after canning, it was pretty good and would give that one a 4.25.

Feb 13, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is peach, melon, with a spicy hop kick. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slight bitter and slightly juicy. Makes for an interesting take on Bright. I prefer Citra and Nelson more, but still way better than regular Bright.

Feb 12, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow sunshine color with a thin white head and zero lacing. Smell is tropical fruit and citrus. Taste had melon pineapple,citrus a crisp hop bite with some pine. Mouth feel was TH soft but did have a pine hop bitterness in the finish with garden dankness. This is one of my least favorite TH brews to date, however to scale it is a good IPA. and a DIPA that steps out of the circle for TH.

Feb 11, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clean and bright looking. About 3/4 of a finger worth of barely off white head and a light hazy light gold beer.
Smell is of slight citrus. Tangerine, some mango. Maybe some slight pine. Nothing too impressing.
Taste is crisp. More crisp than a lot of NEipas. Has a nice citrus tang to it. Pine on the backend really makes it nice all the way through.
Mouthfeel is soft, a little dry and doesn't leave a thick mouthfeel behind while the flavor stays.
Overall, I like it. Very good balance. Very good brew.

Jan 28, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Medium-pale gold body, somewhere between translucent and opaque, under a tall thick white foam head that left tons of lacing behind... Bright (lol) presentation, with lots of crisp, clean citrusy fruit... Suggestions of grapefruit, melon, and orange... More bitter than a lot of those smoothie-type NEIPAs, with a sticky pine backbone... Sweetness is mild, feel is soft and smooth, with ample carbonation... 1/4/18 canning...

Jan 14, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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

Look: Yellow hazy with big fluffy white head.
Smell: Tangerine, watermelon, grapefruit, and pine.
Taste: Peach, watermelon, tangerine, and pine.
Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy.
Overall: Another Great IPA from treehouse.

Jan 11, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

soft peaches, pithy herbaceous quality, hint of bubblegum, grainy malts, hint of orange, some dankness and pine. pretty enjoyable and well balanced IPA!

Nov 29, 2017
Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 316 ratings