Brighter Than Starlight
Tree House Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #110
Ranked #1,066
4.59 | pDev: 5.23%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Brighter Than StarlightBrighter Than Starlight
Notes: Brewed with Citra, Nelson, & Galaxy hops, Brighter Than Starlight merges all of the best attributes of I Have Promises To Keep and In Perpetuity with a process approach similar to that of Very Green. It pours an impenetrable yellow in the glass and tastes like lychee, orange gummies, starfruit, passion fruit, and peaches. This beer is inspired, both by our rampant and unrelenting desire to improve and to pay tribute to those we care deeply about. This is a milestone beer in many ways, and one we are exuberant to share with you.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 45
Photo of tigg924
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange tan in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is white grape, tangerine, and orange. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Super tasty. Reminds me of Very Green. One of their better new beers.

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Photo of Mrthetank
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very special offering. The description reflects any/all tasting notes.
If you have the means - you must get out here to have it in draft.
This is Treehouse at the VERY BEST.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, Tree House goblet glass. Creamy hazy pale golden yellow body, one and half finger thick and frothy white head, which looks absolutely like latte foam. Retention is great and there is a ton of frothy lacing. Smell is big frothy canteloupe and tropical fruit, mild-moderate herbal spice, oats, grapefruit. Big juicy nose, really quite appetizing to be honest. Flavour follows- massive tropical fruit, more mild herbal spice than the nose suggested, mild caramel and sugar, fair bit of canteloupe and pine resin. Estery Tree House yeast flavours. Delicious, medium bodied. Soft, creamy and insanely drinkable despite the hop-forward nature of the beer.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good friend of mine made a run and sent this to me in a care package. Kudos to the tree house crew for putting another elite double ipa out there. Is it me or are their hoppy beers more balanced these days. Delicious!

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Photo of npolachek
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow pour with a smell like a blast of tropical fruits. Taste is a very subdued with a great hoppiness and balance. Tastes of lychee, as well as peaches.

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Photo of timniems
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what Tree House does best. Pours bright hazy yellow, smells like a cornucopia of fruit. Taste is an incredible display of peaches, white wine grapes, tropical and citrus fruit. Mouthfeel is enveloping, soft, and enticing for the next sip. Dangerously drinkable, dangerously good overall. If you like their stuff and missed this release, don't miss it next time!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, milky orange with a fluffy, half inch white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. The nose on this beer is amazing! Big notes of tropical fruit dominate. Taste is fairly subdued and somewhat reminiscent of a muted Orange Julius. Finishes with pith and medicinal undertones. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation shy of assertive. Overall, quite good; however, the flavor profile disappoints a bit after the boldness of the nose.

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Photo of scotorum
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Acquired at the brewery two days ago. Impressive can art of an eagle in the dark.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House willi.

a; Opaque yellow/orange with an inch plus thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Citrus leaning to grapefruit juice and tropical fruit.

t; Unusually luscious tropical fruit followed by a moderate hop bite over a creamy malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue on the mainly dry finish.

m; Medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o; An unique and fabulous DIPA, even for Tree House. Amazing flavor and nicely balanced. A joy to drink, only regret is I usually only buy 2 to try if I have not had the title before. This may well be the ultimate Tree House achievement in the NEIPA category. Certainly it challenges any of their highly sought after "whales."

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for picking this up, canned 9/18/19
Pours a thick frothy creamy 1 finger head with great retention and light soapy lacing, very cloudy hazy pale golden almost grayish color

Nose loads of citrus, orange juice, mango puree, some generic tropical, doughy malt with light chalky mineral, with a bit of pulp, light papaya and maybe guava, candied pineapple and some sweet malt and a bit of alcohol

Taste brings mild sweet doughy malt, lots of creamy flaked oats or flaked malt, with some minerals and chalky notes adding to the soft juicy feel, but gets a little too chalky almost papery, hops are super juicy tropical citrus, mild tangerine and a little peachy stone fruit like, candied pineapple and papaya, dried mango, mild bitterness, light alcohol, drier finish with a touch of alcohol, mild pithy citrus and tropical notes, turning a little spicy and green late

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich creamy and a bit pithy and soft juicy, medium carb, a little warming alcohol

Overall quite good except for the chalky mineral note, gets a little green spicy like, nice hop profile, enjoyable, alcohol is about where it should be but I wouldn't say hidden well, but still super juicy and enjoyable

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 9.18.19, opened 9.26.19

"when you smile , the sun it peaks through the clouds"

Poured into a treehouse teku

Pencil thin white creamy foam cap quickly recedes to a a clinging ring over a hazy orange liquid

fragrant orange citrus, sweet orange candy aroma

taste is peach, hint of pineapple, grape

hop nibble, gentle bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth

good beer

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque yellow-gold color with 2 fat fingers of fluffy off-white head. Exceptional retention with lots of lacing. Settles into a thin film.

The aroma is fruitier than Richard Simmons eating a banana. So much orange juice, grapefruit and tangerines, followed by tons of peach rings, freaking gummy bears (seriously), and fresh mangoes. There's a hint of oats and pine on the back end. Subtly doughy throughout. This smells like sex in Hawaii.

The Nelson hops finally come through in the flavor. Lots of pineapples and peaches, as well as candied orange and grapefruit pith. There's plenty of white wine grape notes here, with some pears and the foggiest idea of tart berries. Finishes very rindy and acidic. Not much malt to speak of.

The feel is typical Tree House: Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy as all hell and has that notable dry, Nelson finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden.

Overall, another fantastic Tree House DIPA. It's sweet, with lots of candied fruit flavors and aromas, but it's never cloying. The white wine and grapefruit notes add more than enough balance to this juice grenade.

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Photo of jykleo
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/18. Poured to Glass on 9/25.
A:Very nice hazy yellow-orange tectar like colour.
S: Quite strong Quite strong mango, prch aroma are spread.
T: Creamy, fluffy variety of fruits bomb with bitterness. At the beginning sweetness felt strong but after a minutes, hops bitterness start to insist. Becoming great harmony.
M:Light Carbo. Smooth and creamy.
O: 5 Min. after to open and poured to glass, it become great harmony of all. QUitre enjoyable.
ABV: 8.3% Citram Nelson, Galaxy

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Photo of agreenman19
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - eeea-gulll. Pours an extra hazy yellowish orange. Fluffy head that is surprisingly still. Melts away without motion.

S - acidic orange and grapefruit peel up front. Yeasty and oaty. Juicy Fruit gum, mango, and doughy mandarin orange. Bright and fruity.

T - tables turned with juiciness up front and dry, grainy oats in back. Peach, white grape, pineapple zest, and satsuma. Galaxy dominates with raw hop flavor. Sweet, yet lightly tart oats add balance. Finishes warm and cozy. I had to get up and do some stuff in between sips to find blackberry and other sweet berries coming through.

F - full and creamy. Did you seriously expect anything else? TH nails it as usual, perhaps a bit darker and stickier thanks to the increase in ABV. The head softly caresses my lips. Yep, I just said that. Tiny bit of peppery spice in the very end.

O - bold and intense as a TH DIPA. Features heavy juice, yeasty acidity, and sticky booziness. The latter doesn't necessarily feel "hot", but it casts a spicy curtain over this beer that keeps you from slurping it down too quickly.

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Photo of CTBrewReview
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought on a nice cool September afternoon and excited to try this self described "milestone beer." As is always the case with Tree House, I tried to be hyper critical but this juice bomb met the milestone character.
The smell did not give me any reason to believe it would be any different and the color was an opaque golden hue, again, nothing unique but the taste and feel were the turning point. Poured into a beer tulip glass, the first sip was like eating cotton candy, soft and sweet. There is a slight grapefruit bitterness afterwards but it wears off and you get back to the same point you started with the first sip, soft and sweet. Not sure how Willy Wonka got a job at Tree House but overall the glass is a great voyage from start to finish and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of rudzud
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a few cans of this at the brewery today.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice super hazy golden sun yellow with a thick two finger white head that fades slowly to leave nice lacing and a dense, creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of pithy grapefruit, brighter pineapple. Very much tropical fruit salad like with a heavy splash of orange juice. The hop profile is quite balanced, nothing to sharp but quite harmonious. The Citra and Galaxy pop pretty good with that juicy citrus and tropical fruit combo but I'm left wanting more from the Nelson. Even with the lack of Nelson the fruit hop profile on the nose is just lovely.

T - Taste is similar to the nose...a lot going on hop flavour wise which only gets more intense as it warms. Big, bright, juicy Valencia orange juice, pithy grapefruit peel and juice, sweeter pineapple, papaya, little mango as well as passion fruit and maybe some slightly tart green berry like flavour. The Nelson finally makes an appearance with really nice lingering white wine grape and is probably where those be just barely sour berry comes from as well. Clean lingering white wine, faint tartness, and grapefruit on the finish. No discernible alcohol on this one either.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, fluffy, alcohol hidden wonderfully. Stuff goes down like juice, it's just silly.

O - Overall this was just exquisitely done. The appearance and longevity of retention and lacing was great and that mouthfeel was typical Tree House just dialed up to 11 but it's the taste that makes this stand out in a sea of haze bombs. The two beers this description mentions, I Have Promises To Keep and In Perpetuity, are both lovely in their own right but to take them and play with the brewing based on knowledge garnered over the years is incredibly smart. The end result here is just a thing of beauty. Need to buy more of this.

Serving Type: Can

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Brighter Than Starlight from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 45 ratings