Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo
Tree House Brewing Company

Bright - Simcoe & AmarilloBright - Simcoe & Amarillo
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #164
Ranked #1,205
4.28 | pDev: 6.54%
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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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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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 BranfordBound
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer, though I'm not the biggest fan of Simcoe and Amarillo, maybe like Simcoe a bit more. This was an interesting Bright variation. I definitely like the Mosaic one the most thus far. I thought this version was solid, expressive hops with a good dankness and herbalness, lots of grapefruit citrus. Classic Tree House body.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/22/17; drank 9/8/17 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge bright white head; a thick curtain of frothy lace.

Dandelion, mild orange citrus & dry grass notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Dry dandelion & mild orange citrus flavors up front; dry grass notes on the finish.

Dry & boring; however, that Tree House mouthfeel is in full effect. Permanent pass for me going forward.

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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 HopHunter19
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful golden hazy beer with a white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S # pine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, tangerine
T & pine, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, hop resin
M @ medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste pine and grapefruit
O ! It's a damn good beer, not as amazing as other TH brews, but damn good.

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

Pours a pale straw golden, it's a beautiful look. There's maple syrup and pine aroma. Presents itself with some grapefruit, pine, and tree sap. It features the hops well, which, in the day and age of protein heavy slurry cans, is a nice change of pace. I don't like nearly as much as Bright original, but it's a well made IPA.

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

16 oz can dated 5/17/17.

Pours hazy gold with plenty of white fluff on top. Nice retention with plenty of lacing. Aromatics are a split between grapefruit and earthy bark. A bit dank. Medium bodied with a luscious, creamy mouthfeel. Pithy grapefruit on the palate with a big bitterness quickly following. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and earthy grapefruit.

Tasty beer and my first Treehouse. That being said the aromatics were less than expected and the hops otherwise were far from juicy and pretty one-dimensional. The Galaxy Cutting Tiles that I had after this was superior.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light yellow with two fingers of foamy, white head. The beer turns a murky peach when the last few ounces of the glass are poured into the glass. Great head retention, with a pillow of white foam remaining on top for a while. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is light bodied citrus, and orange, with a delicate biscuit malt base. Flavor profile is light bodied citrus, and orange hops with biscuit malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a fine, grainy texture. It develops a little more smoothness when the last couple ounces are poured into the glass. Overall, tasty, with a low dose of citrus hops. Just a simple drinking DIPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 5/17/17. Poured into Teku glass.

L: Aggressive pour leads to 3F+ head with good retention, lots of white soapy lacing, and a cap and ring. Beer is a hazy golden beautiful thing.

S: Ripe tropical fruit, lemongrass, pine.

T: Follows nose in general. Lots of lemongrass up front. Some orange peel. Light malts. Piney finish that is pretty neutral.

F: Light to medium body. Pretty lively carbonation. Quite drinkable. Solid construction and balance.

O: Not my favorite hops, but Tree House does a nice job with them.

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Photo of cmurphy7
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

had this in growler form, from a pour yesterday. clean nose and crisp in mouth feel. definitely lighter than some of their fruitier IPAs. aftertaste is sharp and lingers a little longer than I would like, but overall strong double IPA from Treehouse.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Clark thanks.
Lightly hazy deep straw with a bubbly white head. Huge dank nose faint bready malt. Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Great beer.

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

Liked this beer better than Bright by itself. Good hoppy floral aroma and a nice kick on the back end. Tough to describe its not heat and not spice but a fullness on the back end

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Photo of DaveinFF
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a relatively clear dark golden color with a white head which did leave a fine lace in the glass. Upfront pine, resin hops. Medium fine carbonation. Crisp and clean finish. Not much in the way of juiciest, definitely more west coast IPA given the Simcoe and Amarillo hop profile.

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Photo of aquabears
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, golden amber, fluffy head. Smell is pine needles and candy lemon, some grapefruit. Taste is lemony and slight rind bitterness, resinous, sweet malt creeping in on the back end. Fizzy bubbles, light drinking, slightly thin finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Largely clear, Bright gold with a large, cream-colored foam head leaving spongy lace. It only gets slightly hazy with the last dregs of the can.

Whoa, this is a surprisingly aromatic brew! Earthy and West coast at first, then developing into a more tropical IPA. I get black pepper, distinct toasted cracker and aged pine at first, then mango, dragonfruit, peach and strawberry lightly linger in the background. It's very enticing.

Taste is Bright, refreshing and balanced candied orange, mango, and very defined yet not overpowering pine, with hints of peach bubblegum, and a crackery finish.

Feel is supremely tingly, crisp, Bright and nicely carbonated, finishing semi-dry.

This is a surprise hit for me, I like it much better than the "regular" version of it, and, dare I say, more than many of the other Tree House brews I've had. This iteration truly deserves the name Bright.

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Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super clean, really drinkable double IPA. I'm usually not a fan of the sticky, syrupy flavor i get out of simcoe/amarillo but this is well done and an improvement on the base Bright.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour, medium white head. As with regular Bright, the hops are a bit more assertive, though the medley here is pretty straightforward (floral, kind of herbal). Mouth is a touch sweet with lots of hops through the mid and back palate. This is enjoyable but it's a bit uninteresting and it's inferior to the regular Bright (and the Bright w/ Nelson).

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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 StoutElk_92
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 10/28/16

Pours foggy hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like apricots, peach, pineapple, white grapes, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, nutty bready crackery malt, with dank pine and earthy herbal grass. Tastes like apricot, peach, pineapple, white grape, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, nutty bready crackery malt, with dank pine and earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really great double IPA.

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

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is quite dank with some overripe oranges. Taste starts sweet, slightly malty with dank hops, grass, some tea leaves and finishes with a light to medium bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a quite tasty IPA but not as good as the other ones from Tree House.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - really digging the label. The original is trippy but this is just rad. Pours the same semi-opaqueness as OG Bright. Golden caramel with super fine bubble action. Sticky head's got legs!

S - immediately grassy and piney up front. Lots of resin. Has a grainy sweetness. Reminds me of those fruit bars. You know the one. The earthy, mealy, gritty, raw, and natural bars. Candied orange and pineapple with a sticky, bready dankness.

T - candied grapefruit is the main attraction. Simcoe seems to impart a distinct pointed grapefruit pang of flavor. It's sharp and piercing. Earthy and dank. Sweet like candy, but bitter enough to remind you there are hops in here! Spicy fermented fruits of all sorts. Apricot, pine (shit, that's not a fruit), lemon, orange peel. Peach rings! Finishes with a stronger bitterness than OG. Leaves a tingling tangling on my tongue's tip. Leaves a raw, grassy, fresh pine mintiness with all is said and done. Not the mint flavor, but the vague cooling effect. Vanilla extract.

F - soft as usual with all Tree House beers. Mild syrup with a velvety carbonation. Smooth and easy-drinking.

O - this is definitely a more aggressive and questionably balanced iteration of Bright. The Simcoe punches hard and takes no prisoners. The Amarillo smooths things out the best it can. A flavorful roller coaster of, uh, flavors?

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Photo of Mikee440
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright is very appropriately named. I am lucky that I have a brother that can go across state lines and pick up the various brews from TH. I was a little skeptical at first, I cannot say I like Simcoe hops but it must be the Amarillo which is deftly added to make this a delightful intoxicant. Like a lot of the offerings from TH this one smells great. Similarly it has the same citrus opening but has some pop with deeper notes of cherry. Golden in color with a deep lace this is a light and very drinkable concoction. Not quite as fine carbonation as Julius but still in that smooth creamy class with a slight malt finish. I can see why people wait in line. I think I am becoming a beer snob

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

Treehouse delivers again. This time they are having a little fun. Same golden hazy look but a clean crisp nose with subtle hints of juice. A fresh lively taste with and great mouth feel. Very refreshing but somehow whimsical.

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Bright - Simcoe & Amarillo from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 309 ratings