Bright - Citra | Tree House Brewing Company

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4.42/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#360
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
671
pDev:
6.11%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
173
Trade:
1
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Photo of Curt3
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RT-Kris
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
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.

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

Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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Photo of MWhit
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Userme59
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cfcairns
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice beer, not too heavy and very refreshing

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

Photo of NicholasSkebos
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SierraNevallagash
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.

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Photo of KevinFinneran226
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karpuk
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%.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of benjaminsa
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I poured the first 14oz it looked light, after sipping off 2oz and pouring the remainder of the can it hazed up much better.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gmcmillan67
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of digboy
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.

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

Photo of TripleShot
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hughesm12
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Bright - Citra from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 671 ratings