Bright - Citra
Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #32
Ranked #365
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
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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mschrei from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/9. Lives up to the name. Hazy orange like a sunset through frosted glass, lightly creamy lacing. Smell is citrusy and dank, and that follows through on the taste. Notes of orange and grapefruit juices with a lingering dank finish. Medium bodied, mouth watering, light booziness, easy sipper. Proof that it doesn’t have to be an NEIPA for Tree House to make a great beer.

Mar 14, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat hazy straw color with a half finger of head. The nose has earthy tones that merge well with some slightly sweet citrus. The overwhelming flavor is pithy grapefruit. The finish is more dry citrus essence.

Mar 10, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of citrus up front along with some lighter tropical fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit. Decently bitter. Some lighter tropical fruit notes join, but remains predominantly citrus. Finishes with lingering citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good DIPA that doesn’t quite scratch the NE side, although I don’t think it attempts to. Super citrus (and citra) forward with a good deal of bite. Definitely worth checking out

Feb 24, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 6 weeks ago.

L -- I was careful to decant from the can, as Tree House's haze has the (bad) tendency to completely settle out in surprisingly little time, and getting any of that sludge in the glass is a one-way ticket to intense, spicy throat burn. Pours pale orange with minimal haze and 1.5 fingers of solid white head. Good retention and lacing
S -- Dried orange peel, crackery malt, soft floral, woodsy dankness
T -- Largely follows the nose. Not sure if it's just the age on the can, but this one is definitely less tropical and relies more on hop character than other Tree House stuff which is more yeast-forward
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Quite drinkable and crisp


Oct 19, 2020
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LennyLove from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/11/20,poured into a gravity pint glass on 10/4/20. Pours a light golden haze. Basically a Julius but a little lighter. No bitterness. A nice blend of citrus flavor. EZ-drinking!

Oct 04, 2020
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KingColumbus from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Alcohol non-detectable. Refreshing citrus, so light on the palate you’d never know it was 7.8 percent. But either I lost my sense of smell or TH IPAs have lost their beautiful aroma once they moved to Charlton. Good beers, beautiful location but I would give anything for TH Monson. Good but overhyped brewery

Sep 04, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8/11/20, drunk 8/27/20. The first pour was one of the clearest bodies for a TH DIPA I've seen, but it picked up some haziness from the yeast in the last portion of the pour. I don't have much to add beyond other reviews - it was one of the more sessionable beers of this magnitude (7.8% ABV) that I've had. Very true to its name, with a citric brightness and clean and slightly bitter finish. Leaves a nice blend of flavors on the tongue between sips. There are TH beers that carry richer flavors, but this one's super-focused and easy-drinking, so I appreciate the change of pace.

Aug 27, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful imperial IPA I was able to try from the great Tree House. 8/11/20 date printed on can. Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head that settled to beautiful thick clinging sheets of lingering lacing. Almost a perfect 5 for appearance, it was that impressive. Big aromas of fresh grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, pineapple and melon. Maybe a little peach. Also some creamy vanilla, malt and bread. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and drinkability. Very well hidden higher ABV - honestly drank like a NE style IPA. Smooth sticky mouthfeel, with that trademark Tree House pillowy soft feel. Perfect amount of carbonation. Just incredible for a double IPA. An excellent beer.

Aug 19, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is prolly the last Treehouse hoppy beer review from the October 2019 trip.

Right away, this thing looks beautiful, we're getting into an appearance score that only about 1% of my reviews get. Looks just as much like an Orange Julius as well, Julius, just a beautiful orange color and a 4/5" dense whipped head on it. Aroma pops all the citrus notes of the orange, tangerine, tangelo kind of variety.

Taste is right on the nose, just all kinds of Citra hop flavors and almost nothing else. The namesake really does check out, as this is a bright orange hoppiness and an amazing way at covering up alcohol and making something in the double ipa land drink as effortlessly as the best pale ales. Its not all hops and just flabby gloop glub base, still has a crispness to it despite the appearance. Carbonation just right. Man this was just a phenomenal beer, especially when paired with a round of golf (the first can I had was playing disc golf @ Cornell). Impressive shit.

Jul 28, 2020
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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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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're gonna scream scream with me!
If you're gonna scream scream with me!

look: so bright just as its name! clear lemon color, almost no head. this is a surprise and interesting treehouse brew to me

smell: dank, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine

taste: same, very Citra, orange, grapefruit, a tiny pine but not astringent. however, I find the juiciness or hop saturation is
not as strong as their hazy beers.

feel: soft, creamy, carbonated, very drinkable, no alcohol hint

overall: very decent classic treehouse non-hazy IPA, it's light and approachable, but might not suit for some pro alcoholics, cheers!

Nov 22, 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
Bright - Citra from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 732 ratings