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Sap - Tree House Brewing Company

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 428
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 119
Gots: 51 | 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 Keananmichael5
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is solid but has a Malty back taste. Strong dry hop smell and solid cloudy look. Pretty drinkable beer but too malty to make it one that I would seek out

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a snifter.

Hazy medium copper body, two finger offwhite head with a nice long retention time, lots of lacing that drops into a fluffy film and medium collar. Smells mostly of pine and leaf, very pine-forward. Solid caramel malt backbone, but it's quite pine-forward. Flavour is moderately pine forward, backed up by a mild grapefruit flavour with a bit of floral and resin on the backend. Moderate caramel backbone is present, stronger than some of the other Tree House IPAs I've had, but it's important in balancing out the strong pine here. It tastes quite a bit like Chinooker'd, to be honest. That's the closest I'd put it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous, a bit sticky, dry. The slightest hint of alcohol, but I think that's the resin more than any ethanol. Overall, an enjoyable IPA that's quite pine-forward if that's your thing. Not one of Tree House's best, but still far better than most other IPAs.

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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 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 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 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 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 -Rick
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Tree house can, I was surprised with the amount of pine taste in this beer. Not the typical profile of a TH beer, more of a west coast style. Still has a lot of the tropical notes I have come to love from TH, but certainly has the dank pine notes as well. Great beer!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks sirsteve! classic ipa look. nose is a bit treasonous but fairly light. taste is sappy. decent nothing earth shattering. didn't hold a candle to lights out, but nut a bad ipa. little watery. not bad but nut my bag.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my friend Ian for bringing this with him to NJ. 16 oz can split between him and I. Cloudy, gold color with a white head. Sparse lacing as it goes down. Heavy on the hops, as expected. Pine and grass dominate with some light citrus. Malt provides a good base for the hops to stand out. Medium bodied with long lasting hop flavor. A great IPA and my first beer from them in quite some time. A real treat.

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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 Jwburns75
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Made my first trip to TH yesterday, very efficient system they have there, much more so than other similar breweries from NE. I was really looking forward to trying Sap but found it underwhelming.

Looks fantastic in the glass, beautiful hazy orange color, huge head and great lacing. Smell is VERY subtle, way less potent than I was expecting. Taste sort of followed suit. It's good but not world class IMHO. Nice soft, smooth mouthfeel but without the intense flavors I was hoping for.

I walked away with a lot of Curiosity 14 and that was delicious (review for another night) but Sap, well, I probably wouldn't get it again.

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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 jjdc
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is hazy, luminous yellow in the glass -- exactly how I like my IPAs. The nose on this is no hop bomb. If you want tropical fruit, find a Heady. It's a subtle piney nose. This is light, soft as a warm towel and endlessly crushable. As the name indicates, piney hops predominate. There is not a wrong note in this beer. Expertly crafted, but there is also nothing that really reaches out and grabs you like Julius. A great beer overall.

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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 Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can was poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Resiny resiny pine, caramel, biscuity, and toasted malts.

Taste: This beer is just like it smells with light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, refreshing, light tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Will have to say I enjoyed this one. Would be nice to have a blend of hops. Buf I guess this beer will do with mostly chinook. Last of the 3 cans and now wish I saved 1 for later in the week.

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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 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 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 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 MikeAndrews
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color, wispy head. Nose and taste of mango, orange, & pine, balanced by bitterness of the Chinook hops. Tickly carbonation, medium body. Drinkable.

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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 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 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 donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey body with an initial tight white head. Swampy orange and pine aroma, I believe this is mostly Chinook and it smells like it. Tastes like it smells with the heavy pine and orange rind lupelins sitting on the palate. A bit of mint and steel too. Thick body. Bitter hop oil finish.

Eh. Good but I was underrwhelmed by this offering after just having Treehouse's Green. There are a lot of equal and better Chinook centric offerings out there.

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