Bright - Citra
Tree House Brewing Company

Bright - CitraBright - Citra
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #31
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
97
Ranked #357
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.11%
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
709
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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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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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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't on the menu tonight, but in my drunken stupor I managed to drop it on the floor, close the kitchen door, pushing it outside where it rolled across the deck through a gap roughly the size of a rolling can, and down a flight of stairs to the laundry room where it settled in a dark corner.

As I approached, a faint PSSSSSSSSing sound could be heard and upon reaching down to retrieve my fallen comrade, I was greeted by dank spicy citrus juice right in the eye from three feet away.

Alas, my good friend had sprung quite the aggressive leak. It was the tiniest of holes and I spent a good five minutes pacing the house with my thumb pressed hard on that pinhole trying to figure out what to do until my hand cramped up and I relieved some pressure in the sink. Popped the top, a few bubbles but nothing too crazy. Let's see how it tastes! I'll go easy on the mouthfeel section. ;)

L - loving this label. Bright labels always blew my mind and this one is burning my eyes almost as much as the beer itself. Love the way the beer itself looks! Hardly lost any carbonation as this shit is foaming up hard. Glowing, resonating yellowy orange. Matches the label.

S - gotta say, as this was spraying into my eyes, I couldn't help but notice the luxurious smell. A bright, lemony candy-like sweetness backed by a robust sourdough stuffed to the brim with orange marmalade and dank stickiness. I'm not even mad that I accidentally sprayed it all over a week's worth of freshly cleaned dishes.

T - orange candy. Sugary and sweet, with just the right amount of dank. Rindy grapefruit and some hidden melon in the background silently pulling the strings. The orange is overwhelming in this variant. Boatloads of those little jam packets you get at shady diners. Orange jelly and the sweetest of ruby red grapefruit.

F - I'm cautious here, but I think the feel was undamaged! Feels similar to OG Bright: clean, but creamy due to the high ABV and general dankness of this brew. Compact and flows with the right amount of resistance through the mouth and between the teeth. A real treat.

O - quite possibly the best Bright variant yet. Nelson was solid, but other breweries did that beer better (COUGH Beer'd). Simcoe/Amarillo was fresh and piney and bitter, but drifted a little too far away from what Bright is all about. OG still might be the best, but I love the overboard orange explosion this beer beats you over the head with, so Citra gets my vote.

Jan 12, 2017
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groutenberg from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours golden orange, not quite as cloudy as others, almost can see thru it, but not really. Great mouth feel with a slight (tiny) bitterness at the end (tiny), certainly not like any WCoast DIPA. So easy to drink, doesn't come across as 7.8%, just an easy drinkin, full mouth feelin DIPA from TH, great stuff but what else would you expect?

Sep 13, 2017
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MJSFS from Florida

4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 08, 2019
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ryno6616 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big big fan of this one. No surprise.
Well the only surprise I had was that this was "only" rated a 92 and a 4.48.
This was one of my favorites honestly. I like Bright - but I Loved this one.
I hope this one gets into a more regular rotation once the Charlton location is up and running

Feb 20, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden hazy. It's opaque but not milky looking. It's a collection of tropical fruit but pineapple and unripe mango are probably the most accurate with a hint of passionfruit and papaya. Those tropical flavors carry through up front but there is a nice kiss of grapefruit on the finish. It's not my favorite Citra focused beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's good.

Oct 27, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really think that the Brights are the most underrated of all the Treehouse beers. Bright with Citra hops certainly lives up to the reputation. Very drinkable and wish I had more!

Jan 19, 2017
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Kendo from New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/5/17, consumed on 12/2/17 - so not super-fresh, but still . . . glad to have a can of this.

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy yellow/golden with a small whitish head on top.

S: Juicy tropical fruit and citrus (grapefruit and clementine oranges).

T: Bright is a good word to describe this beer. The hop profile feels light and bright, if that makes any sense: juicy grapefruit, tropical fruit and sweetness of candied orange peels. Modest grain in the bill too - a flavor profile that's often missing in these NE-style juice bombs.

M: Nice feel to this - modest, fine carbonation keeps it from being too slick. Call it medium to full-bodied.

O: Excellent stuff. A shout out to my coworker's husband for sharing this one now that his wife is unable to drink with him!

Dec 03, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Scored after a 45 min wait in line on 12/13. Not bad, except it was about 5 degree's!! Lol. Worth it!! The selection was very good. Green, Haze and this. Bottom of can : "Smile like you've got nothing to prove" 12/7/17 poured into a TreeHouse signature glass.

A rather "bright" orange-gold color with highlights of sunshine. Completely clear if you pour out the first 3/4 of the can. Totally hazed out from pouring in the rest. Lush, creamy, very well retained white foam cap. A Thick, intricate, solid cover of foam lacing all around the glass as the liquid dissipates.

This is a major citrus hop bomb on the nose!! Sweet mandarin orange, tangy earthiness, light but honey toned malt. Amazingly fresh hop smell, pungent and very bold aroma, sweet tropical fruit blend, citrus sweet tang, with mango and pineapple. The malty sweetness under the bold hop smell is simply awesome.

This one has a very lush but lively feeling body texture, super hazy=super thick, fresh feel with plenty of snap and earthy bite from the CLEAN malt. A sharp but full bite leads to a very complex orange juice and earthiness in the Citra hop. A very excellent earthy hop bite brings in a bit of bitter face, pucker-up!! The high-toned bittrness becomes all citrus...orange with some slight grapefruit and mild pineapple. Mandarin oranges that mutate into a tangy, earthy and herbal hop flavored finish. The slick, slightly sweet German Pilsner like malt complexity really pops out for me. A bold, fresh, clean and then slightly slick malty edge to the feel and flavor makes this one stand out for me.

I love how clean and full of flavor the malt is, reminds me of some fine German malts, and just enough malty flavor and texture to provide an excellent support for the most excellent, Citra hop strain. 7.8 DIPA is insanely easy to drink.

You can taste and feel the love and positivity that goes into Bright. Top shelf quality.

Dec 13, 2017
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Nugget40 from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours with the typical haze, but this is a lighter yellow shade, nice 2 finger head, great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is just straight up tangerines, orange and maybe a hint of mango. A soft aroma, not as pungent as a lot of other DIPAS, very nice. Taste follows the nose, beautiful, bright, soft tangerine, orange, a slight grapefruit and mango lingering in the back, the flavor is unreal. Very soft bitterness, just enough to remind you this is beer. It has a very soft, pillowy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall I believe this to be one of Treehouse's very best IPAs/DIPAs...I love how the Bright series just uses one hop, to highlight the very best qualities of the hop thats used. Just simple, clean, EXTREMELY well executed beers. A+++++

Mar 23, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up some of this at the brewery on release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very nice hazy golden hue with a nice creamy two finger white head that fades very, very slowly to leave very sticky lacing and a very thick blanket.

S - Aromas of very nice citrus, oranges, tangerine, grapefruit. Nice lemon quality as well. Very light malts. Really showcases the quality citra hops used.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The malt backbone is nice offering some bready sweetness. Hops are solid, good orange peel and tangerine, light citrus peel bitterness. Maybe a little bit of lemon. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy. Wouldn't mind a hair more carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very nicely done DIPA. To date, this is my favourite rendition of Bright. The citra is shown off nicely, especially in the aroma. Well done.

Serving Type: Can

Jan 28, 2017
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GiselesGazelle from Massachusetts

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale orange. A week and a half in the fridge and I noticed some separation of the sediment that didn't happen with my other tree house offerings, but a quick swirl in the can brings it right back up. It looks like a blend of tropical citrus juice. About two fingers of fluffy eggshell light head, leaving a thick ring of lacing that doesn't want to dissipate.

Smell - I can't help but compare with the lights on and green that I got from the same run. This was the most muted and least aromatic of the three, but the citra hops certainly come through. Fresh squeezed orange citrus, passion fruit, lychee.

Taste - tastes like a carbonated orange, guava, passion fruit blend. Moderately bitter of the finish with notes of grapefruit zest

Mouth feel - feels lightly juicy on the tip of the tongue with a dry finish on the back of the mouth. Lightly acidic, very well balanced, moderate carbonation.

Overall - I keep forgetting that this is an imperial IPA. Truly tastes like more of a bitter citrus fruit juice blend than it does a beer. Great example of the style, thirst quenching and very drinkable

Nov 26, 2017
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Boccu from New York

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

This is really tasty. I’ve had regular Bright and was less then impressed. This one hits on every level and holds up to treehouse standards. Big fan.

Jan 27, 2018
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brutalfarce from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another solid bright offering actually thinking I like galaxy better but cant go wrong with bright series

May 07, 2019
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Cooper925 from Indiana

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

Mar 29, 2018
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

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

Aug 17, 2018
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KevinFinneran226 from Massachusetts

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

Dec 28, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a teku glass.

This is the best looking beer I've ever seen. It's like looking at boobs for The first time. The pour is a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The retention is absurd. No matter how much you yell at the head to go down, it just won't. It settles into a creamy film that floats atop the beer, leaving some cobwebs of lace along the way.

The aroma brings notes of candied orange, lemondrop, and grapefruit, as well as some grass and pine. There's a nice buscuity malt backbone. Not quite as pungent as other Tree House IPA's, but still very pleasant.

The taste comes exactly as advertised. Citrus out the butt, and some softer notes of mangoes. Finishes with a bite of bitterness.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lower carbonation. This is the fluffiest, softest feel I've ever had. It's like Charmin toilet paper for your tongue. Could use slightly more body but otherwise perfect.

Overall, this is definitely the best of the Bright series. It's different than the typical TH hoppy beer, but still retains plenty of the signature notes that makes their beer so good.

Mar 22, 2017
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bpa112 from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 01, 2018
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tmadd from Massachusetts

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

Sep 05, 2018
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chippo33 from Vermont

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 26, 2017
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manfromanotherplace from New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 06, 2017
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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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kevindp9 from Arizona

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

Dec 09, 2017
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Alexcortez426 from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 21, 2017
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