Monday, July 17, 2017

Tree House Brewing Bright Double IPA

Beer Name: Bright
Brewery: Tree House Brewing (Monson, MA)
ABV: 7.8%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; 750 ml growlers; 2L growlers
Where bought: Online
Price: Unknown (I bought it as part of a package deal)

Date Canned: June 9, 2017
Date Bought: June 20, 2017
Date Received: June 26, 2017
Date Drank: June 29, 2017
IBU: 75 (according to Untappd)

When brewed/released? Rotating beer. Tree House Brewing rotates their main lineup of beers each week; with up to 4-5 different releases throughout the week. It usually takes just 1-2 days for the particular beer release to sell out. Their beers are in very high demand.

Commercial Description: "Bright was created to be a clean and elegant showcase for one of our favorite hops - Mosaic! 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’s aroma is a cornucopia of citrus dank… The taste follows suit with notes of grapefruit, sweet berries, and clementine with a gentle orange rind finish. She is dry, soft, deceptively juicy and adequately bittered resulting in a very approachable yet pungent Double IPA. We hope you find this bit of a departure as enjoyable as we do!"

Other Rating Sites: Check Beer Advocate, RateBeer, and Untappd for those reviews!

Where distributed: As of June 2017, Tree House Brewing only sells their beer at their Monson brewery/taproom.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered, with sediment at the bottom of the can. Frothy white head; significant lacing on the glass. Vintage New England-style pour. 5/5

Smell (25%): Tropical grapefruit, berry, and orange/tangerine citrus with some dank. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; very smooth tropical grapefruit, berry, and orange/tangerine experience. Some citrus bitterness, but pleasing. All the citrus masks the 7.8% ABV. Delicious and very dangerous beer. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Very little dry tongue, mainly juicy citrus. Some citrus bitterness lingers in a good way. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. Tree House Brewing has been on my list for a very long time, and it was worth the wait. There is a reason Tree House has several beers at the top of the Beer Advocate Top 250 - and Bright is NOT on that list. Through the end of June 2017, Tree House had SEVEN beers in the top 15 of that list, while only one other brewery (Topping Goliath with two beers) had more than one. Those statements - and the score I'm giving this - attests to how delicious and how coveted Tree House Brewing beers are. Most people in the New England area (namely Massachusetts) are so lucky to be within reasonable driving distance to get this. I barely got through this review before finishing the glass. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.738/5

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