Bright w/Nelson (Tree House Brewing Company)

Style: [New England] Double IPA

7.8% ABV

From: Monson, MA

Brewery’s Note: “This batch of Bright was crafted to be a clean and elegant showcase for the notoriously awesome hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin!  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 w/Nelson’s aroma is a bounty of fresh citrus, grapefruit pith, and sauvignon blanc wine. The taste follows suit with notes of white wine, grapefruit and crushed gooseberry with a gentle earthy finish. She is dry, soft, and adequately bittered resulting in a very approachable intense Double IPA. Classic and delicious! Nelson!!”

The beer pours a hazy, yellow gold with a creamy head of tightly packed bubbles. The head leaves a fully packed sheet of medium width lacing. In body, the beer is hazy with that yeast and hop particulate. It’s that New England IPA glory. The nose opens with bursts of pureed melon and juicy white wine in the citrus and gooseberry strain. Beside that juice sits gently integrated shallots, a little dank herb, and a finish of OJ. The white wine hops scent is on point with the Nelson, and the gentle herb dankness sits very well with the juice. On the tongue, the beer tastes of juicy vinous sweetness with that dank bitter herb that slowly builds into a lovely finale accented by subtle citrus acidity alongside citrus bitters. There is a melony sweetness through the middle, giving girth to the gooseberry vinous notes. OJ closes out the finish, pulp-and-all, and this really brightens the tongue and pops into herby bitter aftertastes. It’s herby wine juice. IPA at its vinous pinnacle. Bitter juice. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a poppier grit and effervescence from a middling carb. Below and then after the carb, there is a nice smoothness that even borders on chewy. The beer comes across crisp and supremely drinkable, despite the heavier body overall. It’s a crisp and crushable in a heavier format. Overall, Tree House has built quite a name in the last two years. I’ve been following them since nearly the time they started, but admittedly still haven’t made the trip down to Monson/Brimfield-that-was. I have, however, sampled their wares a couple times, and have never been anything but blown away. I’ve only really have had their hops but damn are they great. Juicy hops in a vinous and down-able DIPA. I love it. What did you expect? Why are you even reading this? I’m not really sure…

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