Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tree House Lights On

The Stats
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.60%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.40/5
- RateBeer: 3.82 (Mean - 6 ratings)

I finally got my ass in gear and paid a visit to Tree House Brewing's new retail shop and brewery. I am very pleased with the new place. It's bigger production, more space, more parking, a canning line, and anything else you can imagine. They have gone from a 5 bbl system to 30. The first review from the new brewery is Lights On, a pale ale brewed to celebrate the move to their 30 bbl system.

Pours a hazy golden orange reminiscent of Double IPA's. Got about a finger of a slightly off-white head.

Big acidic fruit on the nose with bitter hops.

The taste is your basic Pale Ale, but with a bigger fruit presence. Some nice mango and grapefruit lead the charge and some bitter hops show up to. Other than that, this seems to be an almost to-spec representation of the style. While some refreshing fruit is front-and-center, it doesn't blow your mind. Not trying to hate for the sake of hating, but fruity Pale Ales are all over the market and this is just as good as any of them.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and creamy - a nice spin on the style. As mentioned before, big fruit, and it is huge at the front of the tongue, but I wished it stuck around longer. Very full-bodied for 5.60% and it is an easy-drinker with no alcohol at all.

Lights On is a solid representation of the Pale Ale, but does have a slightly bigger tropical fruit presence than others. Aside from that, it is a standard and solid offering with high drinkability and a smooth, cream feel.


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