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Sap - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 428
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.06%
Wants: 116
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jlindros on 12-24-2012

Though originally brewed as a "Christmas" beer, this piney IPA, brewed almost exclusively Chinook hops, was so enjoyable we decided to put it into the 'year round' rotation. With it's golden yellow color, rich aroma, and drying body, it's hard to stop drinking this one.
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Photo of Cannabanoid
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dank, dank, dank. The Chinook hops in this beer give it such a great smell and taste. So piney! I particularly like the mouth feel of this uniquely drinkable single hop offering. Thick and coating. Sap is a perfect name for this awesome resinous concoction.

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Photo of DogfishTail
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't often write reviews, but these guys deserve more than just a simple 1-5 rating.

Stopped by the brewery today. First time going on a Saturday, and the line was nonexistent.

Poured from a 750ml growler into a Tree House tulip-ish glass.

A: 1/2 inch perfectly white head. Transparent copper/orange color. Low head retention, but lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, candied sugars from the malts come in right behind an earthy (only slightly floral), pungent hop character. Overall, I guess you could describe the nose as very balanced.

T: Definitely a cloying aspect to the hops that knocks the balance toward the hop side of things. Still plenty of that candied sugar taste, but the taste is much more hoppy than the nose. Pine mixed with a bit of mango and peach. Plenty of bitterness in the finish as well.

M: Medium to low carb, just where it should be for an IPA. Pretty big body as well, which is how I feel like an earthy IPA should be. Smooth.

O: This is not your girlfriend's fruity, citra IPA. This is a beer with earthy, piney characteristics that get all up in your grill. It's a hop bomb, but a fairly balanced bomb. After all, a man can't drink Julius every night...OR CAN HE?

Sidenote: Maybe if John Mortarelli would have himself a couple pints of this sappy goodness maybe he wouldn't be such a Turd Ferguson

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Photo of AardvarkJohnson
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


They had Julius on tap when I went, so considering that is one of my favorite beers on the planet I was planning just to get a few bottles of Julius and be on my way.

Curiosity got the better of me though and I decided to grab a bottle of Sap as well.

VERY glad I did. As soon as I smelled this beer I was blown away. Absolutely fantastic nose on it, tropical/sweet/floral.... smells great.

Taste is on point as well. Maybe not quite the level of Julius but it's damn close. It has the tropical peach/mango flavor I love, but the finish is a little more pine/bitter.

Delicious. World class IPA.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden beer with a head that dissipates into really attractive wisps. leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells amazing. Really upfront piney mango aromas. You can pick up on some other citrus and grapefruit but the mango overwhelms.

The taste comes off a bit more piney than the nose. Almost with a clean minty flavor. The mango is still pretty upfront and noticeable. It has a lot of hop bitterness as expected but this is so much more balanced than most IPA's Im used to.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, perfect for the style. low-moderate carbonation which suits the style perfectly.

This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Really Incredible. The balance between pine and mango and between the sweetness and the bitter hops is perfect. This is a must have. This beer is really changing the way I think of an IPA.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh beer, poured that day at the brewery. The most interesting aspect of this beer is the smell- hugely piney with a healthy serving a citrus notes. Spicy backbone with a blunt hop finish. A really great beer. Of note: the brewery and staff were very cool, laid back atmosphere, a little out of the way but well worth the trip- as one could tell with license plates from nearly every New England state and New York state.

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Photo of beerfishkitedog
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a tap fill directly at the brewery this weekend. Nice golden orange hue with thick head. Wonderful aroma. Sticky. Resin-like finish. Grassy. This is an IPA that makes people hate IPAs which is fine with me because it's awesome.

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Photo of mmoseleyfm
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled two days ago. Huge pine smell, sticky trail down the growler... just like sap. No complaints on the pour, there was almost no headspace. Taste was suprisingly sweet considering the aroma. I may be conditioned to expect bitter with such a strong smell... but overall pretty well balanced, maybe skewed a bit toward sweet/malty. Reminded me some of 90 min, but more aromatic, heavier on the pine. The lack of bitter finish made it easy drinking. Body was good, certainly not thin. Really pleasing overall, I hope there's some left when I go back on Thursday.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer went fast at the Tree House.. They Stop giving samples because they were running low. Love the way it looks .. Grapefruit taste to it. Not as hoppy as thought it would be..

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Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewery on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Small crowd and no line. Dean is the man. Amazing property and such a cool operation. Can't say enough good things about Tree House.

A: Slightly hazy, copper-golden-yellow with a big, fluffy, sticky, bright white head as expected. Plenty of lace and decent retention.

S: Sweet, floral, amazing fragrant hops!!! Lots of tropical fruit, too. Such a balanced yet hoppy IPA. Some malt shows itself to keep this from being outrageous. So inviting.

T: Just insane flavor. Floral, fruity, piney, earthy...everything good about hops! Sticky, resinous...sappy! For the first time in a long time I get some serious fruit. Melon, grapefruit, and other tropical goodness. Superb stuff.

M: It's lost a good amount of carbonation since I opened it yesterday but there's still enough there to give it a good tingle. Great body, massive flavor, insanely drinkable.

O: Just a ridiculously good IPA. So freakin' delicious. Cannot wait to try Julius soon!

Update May 2015: haven't tried it again until now...still unbelievably good! And I finally scored some Julius!

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Photo of parris
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Translucent and golden orange, creamy white head, light visible carbonation

s - Pine, orange citrus, somewhat dank

t - earthy/spicy hops up front, followed quickly by orangey citrus, piney finish

m - chewy, medium carbonation

o - very tasty and refreshing

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Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery earlier. Poured into my Duvel tulip. And here...we...go!

A - Poured a crystal clear bright golden hue with a nice fat one finger creamy white head that faded to leave light side lacing and a creamy blanket. A Tree house Beer that doesnt have the usual Tree House brand haze that we've all come to love?! What! Also, my second pour may have had the stickiest side lacing I've seen from a regular Tree House IPA.

S - Aromas of big big fruity hops. Lots of citrus notes here, faint grapefruit rind, flashes of pineapple with big mango notes acting as the great unifier. Some pine along with nice pine bitterness towards the finish. Light malty sweetness as well.

T - Taste is just like the nose, jam packed with fruit. The balance of malts and tropical fruits...almost comes across like a candied mango thing going on. Some straightforward citrus peel (primarily orange/grapefruit), the pineapple is almost nonexistent (I swear I'm getting an almost fruity apple note in its place but it HAS to be my brain messing with me). Deeper I get a flash of passion fruit before the pine pops in towards the end adding to the bitterness. Light, light alcohol heat. Once this warms the whole candied mango thing really shines. When this really, REALLY warms its like a glass of bitter mango orange juice. Awesome

M - Mouthfeel is really nicely carbonated, super drinkable. Light alcohol heat but for the most part the hops conceal it.

O - Overall, a tasty beer brewed by Tree House. Its been fun to see how this beer has evolved from being pine heavy to now more tropical, which if I'm being honest is more up my alley. It's no Julius (or, King Julius *drool*, or Curiosity 5 ) but it'll have to do until then.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker shade of orange with a nice foamy, white head.
S: Cinnamon like spiciness, peach, papaya, mango, very tropical with some notes of pine.
T: Similar to the nose, earthy spiciness, nice peach backbone with some notes of melon and pineapple with some strong pine like bitterness.
M: Very balanced especially with a nice layer of malty sweetness to it. Has a mild hop kick to it. Medium carbonation/medium body.
O: Not as good as Green or Julius, but on par as far as being a well balanced IPA…well done TH, you rule!!

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Photo of BBQSteve
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased yesterday from Tree House. Poured from a 750ml growler.

Clear with Golden hue...very slight head.

Smells of citrus and pine. Taste is crisp and refreshing and the citrus notes continue.

Very easy to drink IPA and I am glad to finally try Tree House. Very nice folks and Sean Lawson was their hanging out.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from Steve000 (thanks!). No canning date. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a hazy, peachy yellow with a finger and a half white head. The bubbles recede to a modest halo, leaving behind some healthy cakes of lace.

The nose is bright with and abundance of fruity citrus, some faint pine and just a hint of crackery malt sweetness. Nice.

There is an explosion of juicy, fruity, hop flavor. Mandarin, clementine, orange, peach, mango, faint caramel and a tiny trace of alcohol. The taste is all about those flavorful juicy hops with very little bitterness and almost no booze. Delicious.

Medium body with moderately light carbonation. Citrus juices and some bitter peel play on the tongue long after each sip.

Tree House nailed it with Sap. This is an outstanding IPA. I lucked into this as an extra but highly recommend Sap to any fan of fruity IPAs

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Photo of greenboat
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky yellowish-orange with a two finger head that receded gradually to a frothy skim. Nice.

S: Interesting... peach, nectarine, pine... very fresh and inviting.

T: Taste starts out with a citrusy rind-like punch and moves into a nectarine like sweetness before finishing with a bitterness that sticks around.

M: A bit thin but it works here with a tight, medium carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and fresh from the source. Solid.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw and tight head that is the whitest I've seen. Plus lacing.

S: Herbal grass, piney sap resin, juicy florals. Lite citrus--key lime. Mildly fruity--peach, mango and papaya.

M: Soft body, light crispness and moderate carbonation.

T: Mellow, smooth , resinous and juicy. Prominent notes of melon, apricot, papaya and lime. Very mellow. Some assertive saazesque spicy hop character. Piney floral. Sublime and juicy.

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Photo of boredalready
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler poured into HF stemware (not that anyone cares). This is, as the name hints at, a sticky ipa. While I enjoyed it, it is not my favorite offering from Tree House. I am not so big on resinous hop character and this had it up front. There were hints of fruit in there but not enough for me to love it. That being said, it was still damn good.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler poured into a chalice

Hazy golden orange beer , white head simmers down leaving good lacings on the glass.

Atoms of pine, citrus and tropical aromas

First sip pine. Second sip pine and tropical fruits

Medium sudsing and carbonation

Great iPa. A close second to Julius

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Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A combination of slight citrus and earthy spiciness this is a solid IPA! Not the best by TH, but you can't pass it up if it's on tap or in cans! Very good!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Totally different gustatory experience than others in the Tree House catalog; I might have enjoyed this one as second only to Julius in a recent tasting.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from the brewery last Friday.

Poured from the 25 oz. bomber into a stemmed tulip.

a: Cloudy orange with an inch and a half tall white head which receded to rocky surface foam anfd dense patterned lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine resin aka pine tree sap.

t: Ripe fruit cup including citrus, and pine resin, followed by a sharp hop bite towards the back of the mouth. Bitterish finish.

m: Medium with very good body. Plentiful carbonation tingle.

o: A tasty and substantial IPA, definitely hop-dominated.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and golden with a broken white head. The aroma offers dank hops, tropical fruit. A delicious hop forward beer. Citrus and fresh hops. Smooth with some lingering hop bitterness and orange peel. Really tasty.

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Photo of papat444
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Benesi88 for this one. Bottled Dec. 19, 2014.

A totally hazy yellow/orange body fills the glass. Bit of a resiny flavor in the background but creamy fruit dominates with a slight bitter edge. Apricot flavor is also present as well as fuzzy peaches. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of Erockruns
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Earthy spiciness on the tongue and a nice punch. I like the interesting nature of this beer and the fact it's not the typical tropical IPA. Much different than any other IPA I've had from Tree House but none the less, top notch.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Time to re-review as this has supposedly changed a lot since I first had it.

Pours a nice big creamy frothy almost 2 finger head, obviously Nate has really improved the head retention of his beers in the past couple years, but still that super murky hazy bright nectar orange color.

Nose is similar to what I had in my review before, mild piney spicy hops, light resin, hint citrus orange rind and a little tangerine like citrus, bit of orange rind, hint of sweet fluffy malt.

Taste starts with citrus hops, orange peel and orange creamscicle, not really the spicy hop profile anymore, into some resin and dank musty notes and into a mild piney slightly earthy forest floor note. The pine eventually comes out again, but not nearly like it was before. Fluffy slight creamy malt base adds a nice filler. Juicy overall and pretty tasty, with bitterness there but not rampant. The finish on the other hand really dries and bitter a bit more, with a bit of hop oil and resin lingering with more pine and hint of citrus, and a nice orange rind and orange creamscicle lingering. Late on the finish the pine and resin really start to come back through like the original as the citrus disappears.

Mouth med bodied, fluffy, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice. Def better than I had last time, less of that almost overbearing piney resin and more orange peel, orange creamscicle, with some rind, and a little piney forest floor like but not a lot. I really wonder if Nate changed this up on purpose since the first was way too much in the other direction and not that great of an IPA. It couldn't even hold a candle to the likes of Julius and Green, etc, but it was its own thing. Now it blends in a bit more to those other IPAs and probably loses it's own crowd. I def like it better now, but I'd still def enjoy Julius or Green more, and now it's lost it's own character. So good and bad for the change.

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Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.