Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo
Tree House Brewing Company

Bright - Simcoe & AmarilloBright - Simcoe & Amarillo
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #162
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,195
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.54%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
314
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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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Reviews by oline73:
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Looks like your typical juicy New England IPA... that is, phenomenal. Nose is pine, tree sap, resin, grapefruit and grass. Aromatic and pungent but a lot less fruity with a lot more "forest-y" notes. Flavor is citrus and tropical fruit upfront with grass, pine, bark and sap hop bitterness in the middle. Waxy towards the end a grapefruit and pine finish. Solid. Feel is right on point as always with a big, bone dry finish. As always, super drinkable.

Bright is likely my least favorite of all the Tree House IPAs. That being said, its still a great beer and one that I'd highly recommend for those that want a bit more balance between fruit and pine as opposed to an offering that's more one-sided.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a very hazy and t h i c c looking orange. It looks like a creamsicle. There's a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like mango, tangerine, grass, chive, pine, and slight soapiness/perfume, especially as it warms.

Cold, this is pretty delicious- it's filled to the brim with creamy tropical fruits, with a vegetal bitterness on the finish- kind of chive/onion/wet grass. This vegetal character only increases as the beer warms up- by the last 2 oz or so, it's almost undrinkable. Basically, drink this very cold and don't let it warm- it's definitely odd.

This is very creamy, with a good level of carbonation, and a lingering vegetality on the finish.

This is hard to rate, because when it warmed, it became a different beer.

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

Canned 10/28/16. Consumed 11/11/16.

A: Beer comes in a deep orange color with medium-minus haze. About a finger of fluffy white head slowly dissipates to a thin layer of soapy bubbles and a sticky ring of foam, which leaves alcohol legs and lacing on the glass.

S: Big dried strawberry, candied peach, yellow grapefruit juice, and tangerine peel notes up front. Sweet fruit flavors dominate, showcasing the best aspects of the featured hops. Underlying is the more familiar Simcoe note, a catty, dank earthiness. But it's much more subtle than I was expecting, taking a clear backseat to the fruit aromas.

T: Far more dank than the nose, the taste really reminds you that this is a Simcoe-forward beer. Tons of grass, pine, grapefruit pith, and resin. A hint of those fruits that came through on the aroma, but the precedence is reversed, as they definitely lie beneath the dankness. Grapefruit and tangerine are there, as is a sweet crackery malt character, which rounds out the citrus-heavy finish nicely.

M: A bit lighter than some of Tree House's other IPAs and significantly more bitter on the finish. There's some sweetness up front, which nicely balances the bitterness, as well as a medium-plus, pithy citrus drying quality on the finish. Still quite soft on the carbonation, but seems Tree House was shooting for balance more than their typical 'creaminess' here.

O: I swear, Tree House can do no wrong. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a whole heck of a lot from this beer. I had heard mixed reviews, and I'm not the biggest fan of OG Bright. But as with the Nelson variant, this Simcoe- and Amarillo-hopped version has left me impressed. Not expecting a crazy hazy juice bomb a la their flagship rotational IPAs, I'm really enjoying what I'm interpreting as a fantastic showcase of some of the best aspects of two underappreciated hops. The aroma is absolutely wonderful, pulling some super unique fruity notes out of the hops. The taste, while more aligned with my past experiences with Simcoe-heavy beers, is still fantastic, on par with the best 'west coast' style IPA flavor profiles I've encountered. And the mouthfeel is, of course, damn near perfect given what I believe were the brewers' intentions. So to me, this is a fantastic beer that, stylistically, is not my favorite. That being said, after having so many beers within the overly fruit-juicy IPA category, something with a bit more bite and dank is a welcome change! Would be happy to see this one every once in a while for sure!

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

Consumed 9/6/17

A: Golden tangerine with some orange highlights - hazy, but not as hazy as most Tree House beers - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves an above-average amount of foamy lacing

S: Well, it smells like Simcoe and Amarillo - nice array of citrus, with some tangerine, orange, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, juice - floral citrus - some herbal, leafy hops and some dank notes - a touch woodsy - some pine - touch of mango - pale malts and light sweetness at the base, mostly neutral

T: The "Bright" beers are supposed to showcase particular hops, and this is no exception - ripe tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flesh, juice, and a touch of zest, peel - some floral citrus - some soft pine - leafy and herbal hops - dank notes - lightly earthy but mostly clean (and bright) - hint of under-ripe peach, not much tropical flavor (which isn't shocking) - touches of tea - pale bready malts at the base, absolutely never would have guessed the nearly 8% ABV

M: Medium body, lacking the distinct Tree House fuzziness but smooth, crisp, clean

O: I, too, like to wear shades

Somehow I have missed out on Bright and its variants until now. They don't have the best reputation compared to other Tree House beers. And I understand why; they don't particularly taste like "typical" Tree House beers. But for what it is, it's great. It's hyper clean and very nice, assuming you enjoy the idiosyncrasies of the variety of hops being used.

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

Big creamy foamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly nice lacing, murky straw orange color.

Nose nice hops, little grassy leafy fresh hop flower, but some citrus and grapefruit notes, pith, fruity bubblegum, generic fruity and a little melon, some musty dank anchor notes, touch sweet malt.

Taste brings light sweet malt, toasted little creamy malt, quickly into hops, a little spicy earthy, but quickly into citrus, grapefruit pith, musty dank simcoe notes, plenty of fruity bubblegum Amarillo, little rind with plenty of pith, generic fruity and little melon rind. Pretty chewy briny like hops. Drier finish, spicy hops little grapefruit pith, rind, fruity.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little creamy.

Overall pretty nice, decent showing of the hops, but not a great beer at least to tree house standards.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the can dad.

A- Tallboy pours with a somewhat hazy golden body that has a slight tinge to it. A thick and creamy white cap shoots up to about two fingers high with great retention. A tall and wide pillow remains atop most of the beer painting the entire glass in thick blankets of lacing.

S- As one would truly expect the hops pop off leading the aroma with dankness, tropical fruits and soft citrus fruit notes. A marriage of mango, bubble gum, guava, papaya, dank herbs, floral, tangerine and sweet melon hop notes. The hops are at medium strength for a TH brew but plenty clean. Really not much beyond the hops.

T- The hops are the story and carry over from the aroma with similar flavor but a bit of a shift in the overall balance. The citrus takes off with tangerine, grapefruit, oranges balanced out by notes of mango, papaya, bubble gum, melons, dank herbs, floral and pine/woodsy hop notes. A light sweetness, crackery grains and pale barley in the backdrop.

MF- Creamy and fluffy medium body with a high level of carbonation. The bitterness is in the finish at a moderate level. Somewhat chewy and very smooth.

Luscious body and very appealing appearance goes hand and hand with the flavorful and classic combo of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. A mix of citrus and tropical, sweet fruits with many of the classic hop flavors beyond that.

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillLyon4
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tay2349
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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Photo of Pubes_DDH_DIPA
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prop28WasBetter
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pprichar
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Paul-G
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattbchow
3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/27/17. Bottom says "Lets Get Spooky!!!"

L: Hazy straw yellow. Medium head retention.
S: Smells like popcorn and citrus hops.
T: Tastes clean and not too hoppy.
F: Good mouthfeel.
O: Not one of my favorite TH offerings. It's just okay.

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

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

Photo of NathanBeets
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 314 ratings