Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Beer Review: Lights On

Reviewing Lights On, a pale ale from Tree House Brewing Company out of Monson, Massachusetts.

Score: 85

16 oz can without a date, but I know it is fresh because Rudzud sent it (thanks man!). Served in a Kate the Great snifter/tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 04/22/15.

Appearance: Pours a murky, opaque orange color with a yellow tint (definitely darker than Hill Farmstead Mosaic and Tree House Vagabond) and a finger of head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Great lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Big grapefruit and tangerine citrusy hop notes. A hint of grainy malt too. Much more simplistic than the Hill Farmstead Mosaic and Tree House Vagabond, but nice. 4.25/5

Taste: Has a sweet fruity flavor upfront with minimal bitterness on the finish. Very balanced, well-rounded, but I like a bitter bite on the finish to my hoppy beers. Orange, tangerine, and cantaloupe flavors throughout. Okay finish. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Feels a bit light on the carbonation relative to the profile, very soft on the palate. Has a sweet fruitness and a juicy mouthfeel, with a very light dryness to the finish. 3.25/5

Overall: This would be a great porch beer, but it feels lacking in complexity and bite for a highly regarded hoppy-style beer. Maybe that's my fault for following up a beer like Vagabond and Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale with this. Still a solid brew nonetheless; just not the best beer I have had from Tree House.

Cost: $5 for a 16 oz can.

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