Brighter Than Starlight
Tree House Brewing Company

Brighter Than StarlightBrighter Than Starlight
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #84
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #497
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 6.94%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
150
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  10
SCORE
98
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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.
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 9/17/20, tasted 11/2/20. So good. One of my favorite DIPAs from Tree House. Nailed that blend of spicy hoppiness and lush fruitiness. A beautiful golden color, rich creamy mouthfeel. I liked its relatives "In Perpetuity" and "I Have Promises to Keep" as well, but this variation on the theme hit on more notes than those other two, in my opinion.

Nov 04, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6 weeks ago.

L -- Muted orange haze with three finger of dense, solid white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Great retention and lacing
S -- Soft and creamy. Orange blossom, white peach, guava, subtle muskiness. By no means explosive, but just smells really... cozy?
T -- Orange, white grape, leafy earthiness, yellow grapefruit pith, kiwi
F -- Fluffy, soft, what you'd expect

87/100

Oct 28, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with about a half finger of head. The nose is very citrusy and bright. The flavor profile is quite light particularly considering the abv. A light bitterness comes on at the finish and lingers for a nice long time. The body is quite light for the style.

Oct 21, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer was canned 1/14/2020, so I guess Im seeing how well this beer is holding up after 5 whole months.
Beer pours a hazy peach to gold color with a creamy bleached white head that foams up roughly 1.5 cm and then fades to a sturdy surface layer. This foam sticks around on the surface throughout the sampling and leaves dense lattice on the sides of my glass after each sip or swirl of the glass.
the aroma is a mix of fruits with some orange and peach notes mixing and a bit of green grape that seems to be a stronger piece of the nose than the other fruits. I dont get much of a discernible malt character, maybe a little bit of grainy cracker or cereal note, but this is a hop forward brew.
First sip reveals a soft textured medium bodied brew with fine tingly carbonation that is more prickly on my lips than in my mouth. Beer slides down my gullet very easy and leaves a bit of a slick coating in my mouth.
Flavor is what I would expect with some sweet oranges and a bit of peach mixing up front. this rolls to some green grape notes and then a bit of grapefruit or lemon pithy hit that lingers as a bit of bitterness on the finish. The beer finishes very dry after each swallow. I get a little bit of boozy warmth after the beer hits my belly. So not completely hidden 8.3% ABV.
This seems like a lot of the Tree House IPAs and is plenty enjoyable for the style. Glad to have tried this one, but Im not sure it stands out more than many of the other brews they make.

Jun 07, 2020
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Upon pouring, got a medium head with a thin Orange Juice color. The feel is thicker than the look. This one smells of pineapple and even some white wine/grape. The taste is a normal treehouse style although it is boozier than normal TH offerings. This is a good beer but not one of there best.

May 01, 2020
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi to full-on opaque shade of mango flesh with hints of tuscany. Aromas of heavy citrus, lychee, fresh peaches, pineapple, and suggestions of white grape. Taste follows the nose with added layers of lemon zest and pitaya. Mouthfeel shines on this one; full-bodied and extremely creamy. Cheers.

Apr 28, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the draft offerings I had at Treehouse in the middle of October 2019.

Brought the orange juice like appearance. 1/2" white head. Aroma was good, but not as high as my expectations, with a hop bill of Citra, Nelson and Galaxy, I thought it was gonna come hard, but it was the moderate notes in the nose, not overwhelming with saturation.

Taste was still very good. Usual waves of orange, tangerine, weed, passion fruit, pineapple from these three hops. I wanted a hint more of carbonation though, they clearly went lower on this one, I dunno, I dig a flaked wheat and oat aspect of an ipa as much as the next guy, but I generally don't think lower carbonation is all that in tandem. Still good, and maybe it has the desired effect at a place where they are trying to get you in and out as quick as possible.

Man that artwork is so cool. Got that .25 bump outta me. Would definitely buy a can or 4 if given the opportunity.

Apr 17, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1/14/20.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. Peach, grapefruit, tangerine, and white grape in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Pithy, zesty citrus on the palate. Grapefruit, peach, and tangerine pith. Finishes very dry with zero malt and plenty of bitterness.

Feb 18, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another absolutely incredible NE style IPA from the amazing Tree House Brewery. I always work hard to find these online. 1/14/20 date printed on can. Pours a wonderfully hazy yellow color with at least 2 inches of fluffy white head that slowly settled and beautiful looking rings and sheets of lingering lacing that persisted. Smells very nice, big aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, lemon, melon and guava. Also some malt, vanilla, bread and weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance, depth, complexity and juiciness. The higher ABV was very well hidden. Mouthfeel was amazing, smooth, luscious, sticky, mild and with that pillowy softness that Tree House is known for. Perfect amount of carbonation. A real treat to sample and enjoy. I have yet to try a bad IPA from these guys - think the lowest rating I’ve given them is 4.34.

Feb 09, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Pale murky yellow. Smells of mango, papaya, earthy yeast notes, and pale malt sweetness. Tastes of light lemon citrus and mango. Earthy yeast notes. Bitter yeastiness. Oats and chewy grains. Medium heavy. Long earthy finish. The more Tree House I drink, the more I taste their earthy yeast.

Feb 09, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a single draft at Tree House Brewery in Charlton. I believe eight dollars a pour. My seventy ninth brew from these guys. This is excellent.

Feb 01, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This place just makes me giddy and my expectations are always through the roof and they always deliver! Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 1/14/2020. Pours a hazy orange yellow with a finger plus sticky white head that leaves tons of thin lace around the sides of the glass, with excellent retention. 5

Smell guava, pineapple, tangerine, ripe melon, and apricot. 4.5

Taste follows juicy as heck guava, pineapple, melon, tangerine, and apricot. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, soft gentle carbonation not flat but perfect, and at 8.3% drinkability is off the charts. 5

Overall again the just deliver and make you think that they can’t do anything wrong. Should probably be a 5 but you all know I am a easy grader for awesome beer so 4.5 it is.

Jan 26, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 1/19/20

A: Pale tangerine orange with some golden and yellow tones - hazy, of course - pours with a small off-white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves a small collar and some streaks of lacing

S: Ah yes, another Tree House juice bomb - tangerine and orange juice with some lime - herbal, green, leafy hops - dank notes, woodsy notes - peaches, stone fruit, tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, and a white grape aroma (from the Nelson) that is only becoming more apparent as it warms - fruit cocktail with syrup, a bit sweeter than expected

T: Plenty of citrus, with tangerine and orange juice, candied orange, with some grapefruit, lime - herbal, green, dank, woodsy hops - peach, apricot, passion fruit, mango, hint of pineapple - loads of white grape, hints of white wine - malts are mostly pale, slightly doughy, oats are not prominent in the actual flavor - light sweetness that lingers

M: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, chewy, could be cleaner

O: Proper glassware for this beer = sunglasses

Citra and Galaxy play together quite well, so why note throw some Nelson in there? And some oats? Brighter Than Starlight is quite nice, but it is not my absolute favorite new beer I've had recently from Tree House.

Jan 19, 2020
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Momack229 from Connecticut

2.86/5  rDev -36%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Where to begin; I've been drinking TH since Monson (and yes, the beer was that much better when it was brewed in Monson) and I have to say, quantities have certainly improved to the benefit of purchaser, but the beer has fallen off a cliff taste wise. I found this to be overwhelmingly acidic and sweet - borderline gaggy. Color, appearance and smell are all pleasant, but the flavor reminds me of drinking store brought, overly sweet Orange Juice; too much of a good thing - it would benefit astronomically from being cut in half in the flavor department.

Jan 16, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy orange and caramel with some burnt yellow and a touch of mango color. real nice 1/5 finger white head. really nice looking beer

s: sweet mango and pineapple upfront. sweet earthy strawberries and grapefruit. orange peel and creamsicle ice cream. vanilla and candied apricot. a touch more vanilla sweetness behind that. great aroma

t: follows the nose nicely. sweet clementines, orange, creamsicle and apricot upfront. a hit of sticky sweet malt and vanilla ice cream behind that. mellow grapefruit and strawberry kiwi notes behind that. a touch of pine bitterness as well. finish is bready and sweet, with a touch of citrus

m: moderately fluffy medium mouthfeel with low carbonation and a slight hop burn

o: awesome NEDIPA. sweet and smooth with a touch of bitterness. great harmonization of flavors

Dec 15, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Floury and super hazy tallboy pour into a snifter. A one finger head builds up quickly with a creamy and frothy texture. Good head retention and big sheets of lacing.

S- Juicy, juicy bold fruity hops just pour out of the glass upon pouring and you can pick this one up from a few feet away. Melon, tart juicy peach, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, nectarine and bubble gum notes. A bit dank and seems like it will be fairly sweet.

T- Takes a pretty big turn from the aroma as some of the powdery, astringent hop character of recent NEIPAs comes out strong here cutting into and interfering a bit with the juicy hops. Intensely bitter pithy notes and a strong herbal presence with some of peach, tangerine, grapefruit and mango from the aroma. Hard to get past the powdery astringency, really lacks finesse and balance of some of the other recent Tree House releases. Fairly sweet with slight bready hints.

MF- Creamy and moderately thick with a texture that is smooth on the whole. Carbonation is on the high side and it ends with a very intense, taste bud burning bitterness.

The more recent Tree House IPAs have been smoother but this one feels like a step backward. Aroma is truly bright and fantastic tropical juice but the taste buds are just dominated by an astringent, burning powdery bitterness. Green, raw hop character makes it hard to enjoy this full can.

Oct 31, 2019
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fruity (peach/pineapple) taste up front with the right kind of subtle bitterness at the back end. Killer mouthfeel. One of the best new beers from Tree House.

Oct 29, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Oct 11, 2019
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Mrthetank from Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Oct 10, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Oct 10, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Oct 09, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Oct 08, 2019
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timniems from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Oct 04, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Oct 04, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

TREE HOUSE BRIGHTER THAN STARLIGHT DIPA 9/27/19

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."

Sep 28, 2019
Brighter Than Starlight from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 150 ratings