Bright - Citra
Tree House Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #30
Ranked #357
4.42 | pDev: 6.11%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Bright - CitraBright - Citra
Notes: This batch of Bright was created to be a clean and elegant showcase for a notoriously delicious hop - Citra! 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/Citra’s aroma is a citrus explosion. The taste follows suit with notes of orange juice, grapefruit, and tangerine with a gentle finish. She is dry, soft, and adequately bittered resulting in a very approachable and thirst quenching
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/9/19

A: Pale tangerine with some honey highlights - hazy but has some clarity (it is a "Bright") - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Uhhh... smells like Citra - bright citrus, with some floral notes - orange and tangerine juice with a twist of lime - slightly herbal hops, vaguely leafy - slightly tropical, although this particular application of CItra is all about the citrus - virtually nonexistent malt base, as is the thing with Bright

T: Tangerine and orange flesh, juice - some lime - floral citrus and some citrus peel - lightly herbal and leafy hops, does not quite have the raw hop pellet flavor I was expecting - maybe a touch of earth - low bitterness - light pale malts, minimal sweetness, vague hint of alcohol

M: On the light side of medium, smooth but not chewy, mostly clean and soft finish

O: Yo dog, have you heard of this new variety called Citra?

I've had so many single-hop Citra beers in the past five years or so that reviewing another one is becoming a fool's errand. Tree House performs some kind of magic rituals with hops, but ultimately this is somehow less interesting than some others I have tried recently (e.g., Toppling Goliath's King Sue, Great Notion's Ripe). It's still great but not enter the top tier occupied by many other Tree House IPAs, at least in my book.

Dec 10, 2019
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musicsherlock from New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from the brewery into a pint glass
10/31/19 on the bottom

Hazy pale yellow w bright white head
Pineapples and apricots, slight earthy background
Tastes more of the same, clean pineapple...maybe shot of rum on the side would be awesome
Crisp, clean not cloying. Well carbonated
Love me some Citra IPAs

Nov 18, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark lemon yellow in color with a hazy, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a short creamy white foam with good retention.Fresh, fruity aromas of orange and over-ripe lemon with malty and light floral notes. Medium bodied with soft, medium carbonation. Lush, creamy smooth feel with expanding warmth to the end. Fruity orange and tangerine flavors with hints of lemon zest and a medium malty backbone. Medium light hip bitterness. Finished with tapering fruitiness, light, pleasant booziness and light lingering bitterness. Fantastic hop aromas and flavors that are nicely balanced by the subdued maltiness and booziness. Silky smooth feel. Very tasty and dangerously drinkable.

Aug 04, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed juicy golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Bright and citrusy... orange rind and tangerine mingled with citrus.

T.F: Light grain backbone. Citra hops all the way. Grapefruit, orange, and rind. Lighter tropicals and lemongrass. Juicy... with some sweetness up front and then modest bitterness towards the finish. Lingering grapefruit and tangerine on the tongue. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. ABV well hidden.

O: Not my favorite Tree House IPA but very well crafted. A nice take on Citra hops and super drinkable.

May 06, 2019
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DCbeerhead from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super drinkable with nice early hop bite smoothing out with bright clean flavors of orange, citrus and a little peach and apricot. Clean and balanced finish. My favorite version of Bright.

Apr 27, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy lemon; huge grass, hazy, dank, lemon + piss; oyster cracker then grapefruit, candied lemon/Swedish fish, speck of lime, honeydew, some dank, cut grass, cat + dried grass end; smooth + round.

4 4.75 4.25 4 4.25

2 months old today! Lots of Citra in different poses. How good was this fresh? After a couple of (aged out?) TH duds recently, but curiosity re-piqued + faith restored.

Feb 28, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ha! It would make sense that this Jersey Devil gave the 666th rating of this classic beer, without even attempting to pull that feat off. All kidding aside, this was a wonderful showcase of the Citra hop and if that's you're after, then you wouldn't have to look any further than this beer!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was orange, a bit hazy until the sediment poured out from the bottom of the can, and topped off with plenty of head. Tons of rings remained on the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this as the lacing never fully went away during my time with this. Lots of orange in every form was present in the aroma - juice, pith, rind, hops, and of course, brightness! Candy sweetness, hints of pulp, dank tropical fruit and grapefruit, and a deep forest undertone all kicked in as the initial citrus blast became much heavier as this warmed up. The malt was basic and the mouthfeel was slightly chewy without overwhelming the flavor profile of this beer.

The amount of alcohol was spot-on as it wasn't the least bit of a deterrent from start to finish. I loved the juicy slickness that lingered on my palate long after this went down, as it was such a nice aftertaste that felt like something I'd have at breakfast. Dated 7/25/17 on the bottom of the can with "REACH OUT IF YOUR" written above it and "CUP IS EMPTY" written below it, the liquid on the inside was just as trippy as the label on the outside. No doubt that this beer isn't so much a winner as it is a classic, and possibly the best variant of Bright in terms of pure enjoyment!

Feb 06, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can dated 10/24/18 - poured into a modified wide tulip IPA pint. Cannot recall who to thank for this can, but thank you very much! Forgotten in the back of the fridge for two months, until tonight.

Pours a very very hazy fresh squeezed orange juice orange. Some light does penetrate, therefore, I feel comfortable calling this "hazy". An aggressive pour yeids a finger of white creamy head that hangs around forever.

Nose is very citrus-forward. Lots of Tree House orange, grapefruit, pomelo, some key lime zest, mango, melon, green pineapple, and sweet honey malt. It definitely has that Tree House backbone on the nose. Swirling it around releases some earthier, grassier notes.

On the palate, there's an immediate sort of tangy acidic zing, that when paired with the initial blast of hoppy orange flavor, really conveys itself as orange juice. Juicy orange pulp, with a little bit if grapefruit bitterness. Lots of ripe mango in the mix as well. The bitterness, which is fairly tame, but quite tannic and drying, comes in rather early, bringing with it these wonderful fresh green notes. Grassy, hoppy, oily resins. The fruit flavors persist well into the finish until finally lifting off, leaving the greener earthier notes to spread out. A good bit of pine in the finish as well. Douglas fir, to be exact. That citrusy pine aroma. A Citra bomb. The overall malt backbone is very tame, and not remotely as honey sweet as the nose leads you to believe. It's mostly dry, with the perfect touch of sweetness to balance everything out. I must also note, that Tree House uses some black magic sorcery, and their hops hold up AMAZINGLY well when kept cold. This shows little to no signs of age. No other brewery's hops hold up like Tree House.

Mouthfeel on this one is a little less soft than some other TH offerings, with a more aggressive carbonation. I like that this is lighter and more airy, because it really lends itself to that tangy orange juice feel, and allows the beer to stay refreshing, despite its ABV. I should also mention that the nearly 8% goes completely unnoticed. This is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a fantastic display of Citra hops with a nice New England twist. When I think Citra, I think classic West Coast IPAs. This has all those citrus and piney flavors, but with a huge reduction and shift in malt, a different feel, and a fruitier approach. Sure, haters will hate, and call it "orange juice", but I'll tell you what...this is the best damn glass of orange juice I've ever had.

Jan 03, 2019
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Karpuk from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful NE IPA with a mild-to-medium citra hop. Great aroma, worth putting into a tulip. Very soft feel. The bottom of the can can be pretty yeasty, so it's worth doing an 80% pour and then swirling the last 20%.

Dec 20, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a can gifted by friends. This was a real gem IMO. Pours a very cloudy bright orange gold with a dense 1 finger head. Super smooth and clean flavor bursting with orange and grapefruit notes - bursting as in dense and very up front. Nose is similar to the taste. Very smooth feel with a little seltzer and a low bitterness. Not really a burn at all, just smooth, delicious flavor.

Nov 30, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can...11/14/18....Bright and fresh!

Classic TH NEIPA pour...leaves great looking fine scattered lacing.

Zesty and pungent nose of oranges and ripe pineapple.

Simply delicious creation , with oranges up front and all the way thru the finish...highly worthy...super pleasant...well worth seeking out.

Nov 19, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up six cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for four dollars and five cents. My twentieth brew reviewed from these guys. Very solid brew.

Nov 05, 2018
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nbrady37 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Belgian tulip.
Look is hazy orange with a white head and a ton of lacing. Nose is mostly the juicier aspects of citra up front with the grapefruit in the back. Taste follows pretty much the exact same, juicy finish without being sweet, lingering tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall really nice, one of the best citra focused beers I’ve had, more of the juicy aspects and less of the grapefruit is really nice.

Oct 29, 2018
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JRG281 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For me, this beer varies quite a bit batch to batch. It can be one of Tree House's best or kind of average. If you hit them on a good day, buy the limit. Buy the limit anyway since you don't know and the "bad" days are worth the risk.

Oct 28, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light golden color with white head. Aroma has ripe citrus fruits, mango and hop resin on a clean malt background. Taste starts bittersweet and hoppy with citrus rind and resiny hop flavors. Aftertaste lingers with a good amount of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. A more west coast approach of the style but it's well made and tasty.

Oct 06, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: muted orange color with some amber & dark yellow notes. slightly hazy. 2 finger frothy white head

s: orange peel, sweet clementines, biscuits, crackers, creamsicle, tangerine, and some apricot

t: orange and grapefruit upfront. apricot and tangerine behind that with a touch of alcohol and hop burn. some bitterness from the grapefruit towards the end, and a nice hit of malt sweetness

m: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation and mild stickiness from the sweetness

o: an ok beer here, but i feel there are better out here. the hop burn and alcohol don't harmonize so well in here. it's not bad, i've just had better

Sep 29, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

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

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 5. Plenty of nice orangey notes in a good, smooth body. Didnt have a strong citra profile, but is really nice and original with its orangyness

Sep 28, 2018
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wow, another Treehouse beer that's almost exactly like the rest.
I generally like Citra, so I was excited... but this one didn't deliver as I'd hoped.
All in all an ok beer.
About 10 days in the can.
Hazy yellow/orange color. Big foamy head that melts fairly fast.
Smells like tropical fruit. Tastes alright; not too bitter, not too interesting.
I'm a week into a mix pack from the revered Treehouse and I can confirm- you had one, you had 'em all. More or less. And this isn't the best of the batch. It's lower tier. A bit flat.

Sep 28, 2018
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amesetz from California

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somehow locked this one down in Chico from a local who gets beer mail. He left it on my porch at 5am on his way to the airport early today and it was still frosty from the morning chill when I got to it. Cracked it same day after discgolfin and a hot shower and holy HOONTAH is this delish. A crisp hit of bitterness turns into the exact feeling of drinking an orange julius. First Treehouse offering i've tried. If I ever conjure enough $ to go on an east coast beercation I will be definitely stopping in Mass. to try other offerings from the source! Short story long: DIDNT DISAPPOINT!!

Sep 18, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is orange gold. Definite taste of Orange and citrus. Very drinkable and in my opinion one of the best treehouse offerings. Solid easy coast IPA.

Sep 02, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am not the biggest fan of Citra as I get a bit of the dreaded cat piss. I much prefer the galaxy version. That being said the Citra here is very well presented.

Aug 25, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can: This one pours a murky golden color with a hint of orange. Good head and lacing. Good nose. Citrus and tropical aromas are predominate. Orange and tangerine stand out. The taste is good. A fair amount of bitterness. Orange, other citrus and tropical hop flavors. Nice!

Aug 21, 2018
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tree House Bright w/Citra 7/1/18

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

a: Translucent gold with an inch thick white head which receded to uneven thin surface foam and moderately dense lacing

s: Strong pine resin and citrus.

t: Follows the nose along with some dank bitterness over a medium bready malt base. Covers its higher ABV superbly..

m: Medium, very good body and light carbonation tingle.

o; A juicy, substantial DIPA, well-named for its bright appearance and taste. Great as a summer thirst and heat quencher.

Jul 02, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 6/27/18.

Pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy head of white. Moderate retention and decent lacing. Peach, grapefruit, and oranges in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Pithy tropicals on the palate with zero malt and a fairly hefty bitterness. Grapefruit and orange with a hint of hard peach. Finishes dry and pithy with a lingering bitterness.

Pretty tasty but a bit heavy on the bitterness and the nose is not as floral as as expected. Certainly not worth waiting in line for.

Jun 28, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from can. Color is a hazy orange with thick white head. Looks like orange juice. Nice citrus aroma with lots of orange, tangerine and a little grapefruit. Incredibly balanced with very little bitter bite. Flavor is huge orange and tangerine, slight grapefruit, melon and some biscuity sweetness. Excellent imperial IPA.

Jun 24, 2018
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