Bright - Citra
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #42
Ranked #469
4.41 | pDev: 5.9%
Apr 07, 2023
Jan 10, 2017
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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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a beautiful, hazy orange color with a creamy white head that provides ample lacing. Gorgeous beer. The nose is straight out of the Citra-hopped playbook, with ripe oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit notes abundantly clear.

The taste follows the nose, with the ripe orange and tangerine flavors most prominent and absolutely delicious. I could drink gallons of this.

The mouthfeel is full and on the softer side. There’s a reason Tree House rules the hazy roost, and this beer is yet another example of their prowess.
Apr 07, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2022
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Rated by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Smooth, but meh. Where are the hops? Balanced but boring.
Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by mpolewan from Ohio

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island

Jul 19, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 2/3/22. “Here to melt some snow“ stamped on the bottom of the can

Somehow this is my first beer in TH’s Bright series. It’s surprising given that it’s basically one of their core beers and gets brewed quite often. This is the most highly regarded of the series so I’m excited to try it

Pours a hazy burnt orange with 3 fingers of creamy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

Well, “bright” is definitely one way to describe the nose here, but there’s also a distinct sweetness. I’m picking up on aromas of orange zest, overripe cantaloupe, pale malt, sweet caramel, earthy hops, light pithy grapefruit, and peach

It’s that equal blend of bright and creamy that carries over into the taste to create a cohesive beer. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tangerine juice, crackery malt, earthy hops, orange zest, vanilla, and light pithy grapefruit. The swallow brings notes of creamy peach, tangerine zest, earthy hops, pale malt, light honey, and pithy grapefruit

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth and zesty beer. Finishes neutral with a firm bitterness

This one is kinda different for Tree House; simple, but still delicious. Definitely glad I have another 3 of these to drink now
Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by psweet70 from New Hampshire

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a large, close to three fingers, head, cream white, fine density, wispy lacing. Opaque and stops short of full pureed appearance, kind of peach yellow-orange hue. Very pretty tangerine zest to the nose, bready with notes of milk chocolate and mint, moderate dankness, pineapple, nectarine, mango fruit scents, well-integrated without needing to show off. Light to medium-bodied, possesses smooth fluidity across the palate, carbonation tightens the weave while still allowing for some creaminess in the texture. Same tangerine to tangelo citrus, sweet and juicy but not necessarily sugary. Fresh herbaceousness, nothing close to marijuana dankness. The maltiness fills in when the citrus subsides, bread, cracker and that same chocolaty thing. At times it is reminiscent of an orange julius drink. Tactful finish, no lingering aftertaste. Could drink a couple without even thinking about it. (Canned 10/5/21)
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Fieceheart from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright with nelson sauvin is (so far) my favorite treehouse offering so I expected to like this possibly even more… but I did not. This looks totally different to my memory, very orange. Its crushable, smooth, mellow, not very bitter at all. This beer, at first blush, feels radically different from the nelson version. Reminds me more of Julius flavor wise. Very good. But the body is a bit lighter than other treehouse ipas and I’m starting to feel the connection to the other versions of Bright that I’ve had. It drinks a bit more “clear” feeling, like less turbulent murk going on in the glass but still showcases the hops nicely. However, I feel Bright showcased the Nelson Sauvin better than the citra, here. You cant really go wrong… unless you nitpick.
Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by shelby415 from Oregon

Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by smb71481 from Vermont

Aug 01, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by TheeWarPig from Michigan

Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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
Rated: 4.4 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Rated: 4.53 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Feb 17, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by EuclidTX from Massachusetts

Feb 17, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
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
Rated: 4 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2020
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Reviewed by LennyLove from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev 0%
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
Rated: 4.22 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2020
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Reviewed by KingColumbus from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
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
Rated: 4.75 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Sep 02, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Taycro from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by BeerBaronBear from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
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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