Bright - Citra
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #41
Ranked #472
4.41 | pDev: 5.9%
Feb 21, 2022
Jan 10, 2017
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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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4.38 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut on Feb 21, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

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
4.42 by psweet70 from New Hampshire on Jan 05, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by farrago from New Jersey

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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3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fieceheart from Connecticut

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
4.65 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Sep 26, 2021
4.42 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 27, 2021
4.28 by smb71481 from Vermont on Aug 01, 2021
4.34 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2021
4.69 by TheeWarPig from Michigan on Jul 30, 2021
4.44 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 26, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

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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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

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
4.4 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Mar 07, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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
4.53 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Feb 17, 2021
4.26 by EuclidTX from Massachusetts on Feb 17, 2021
4.31 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois on Nov 21, 2020
4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Nov 02, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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
4 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Oct 16, 2020
4.4 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Oct 10, 2020
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 06, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LennyLove from Maryland

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
4.22 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Sep 28, 2020
4.55 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by KingColumbus from Massachusetts

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
4.75 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Sep 02, 2020
4.46 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Aug 30, 2020
4.41 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Aug 30, 2020
4.35 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Aug 29, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BeerBaronBear from New York

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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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by beersampler6 from Michigan

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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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
4.43 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 26, 2020
4.55 by Justinprintz from New Jersey on Apr 02, 2020
4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 23, 2020
4.6 by Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts on Feb 03, 2020
4.25 by McSeal from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2019
Bright - Citra from Tree House Brewing Company
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