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Sap - Tree House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 541
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 150
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 541
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of Jwburns75
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
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 VincentChase
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-like golden color with very little aroma, which surprised me for a TH beer. It has that familiar TH 'base flavor' with added pine and some back end dryness. Didn't really feel full-flavored and certainly not a juice bomb like their usual line of IPAs/DIPAs. In a way, it felt like many of my favorite qualities in their IPAs were stripped out (intoxicating aromas, gushing juiciness) and swapped out for resiny pine and dryness. Not really my flavor and I'm a little thrown off considering the amount of clamoring on Twitter and this site for its return - easily the weakest IPA offering I've had from them. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
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 joberlander
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy appearance but you can see through. The aroma is juicy and tropical but a little subdued. After having eureka last night, this isn't as in your face mango and grapefruit. There is definitely a little "dank" and pine but not overwhelming. The taste is slight pine bitterness followed by orange, mango, grapefruit. Similar to the aroma the flavor isn't in your face as I expected. It finishes very dry with a little pine bite at the end. Overall a great beer that's better than 80% of what you find on shelves but not worth the 1.5 hour drive when trilliums 20 minutes away. I'm holding out hope that their flagship beers will blow me away as their rankings suggest but so far with eureka w/ citra and sap...Trillium is better.

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Photo of abuono
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating this on the Tree House scale, giving it only one thumb up. Just doesn't have the juicy dankness of most Tree House IPAs- and it's not meant to. Seems TH was going for a SN Celebration-like pine hop character. And in that, they succeeded. Light malt, drying pine bitterness. Very well made. But still not really where my tastes are at. Again, better than 95% of beers on the shelves, but for TH IPAs/APAs, this is a last pick for me.

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Photo of Resuin
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip. This was filled yesterday, a little over 24 hours ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves a nice, fluffy, two-finger, white head.

Smell: Light pine, mild citrus, some pepper and mild spices as well. Fairly subtle aroma.

Taste: Big malt backbone with flavors of light mango, peaches, citrus rinds, earthy tones. Some hop bitterness towards the end.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Some hop bitterness is found in the finish.

Overall: I would call this a malt-forward IPA as opposed to the real hop-forward Julius. Fairly refreshing and definitely not bad.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagan1984 for another Tree House offering. Served in a New Belgium tulip while watching Scarface with Mark and Lisa.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Hazed orange body.

S - Interesting nose - I might have guessed El Dorado hops here, but apparently it's just a Chinook/Cascade blend. In any case, there was loads of citrus flesh with mild pine and grass in the periphery. The malt character seems a bit bigger here than with Julius. Perhaps a bit of crystal malt, as I get some red fruit and licorice notes. Not bad, but a bit disappointing compared to Julius.

T - The taste is more successful than the aroma. A nice mix of tangerine zest, icing sugar malts, and surprisingly high bitterness (this makes sense now that I know Chinook was the main hop). While it never gets out of check, it certainly lives up to the name and gives the impression of licking pine sap by the end of the growler.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry finish, and no obvious alcohol. Quite resinous and oily, as you'd expect from the name.

D - A solid IPA that actually reminds me a bit of Haymarket's better offerings in the balance of malt and hops. I generally dislike all/mainly Chinook beers, so this is a success by any measure for me, just not a beer I'd get often.

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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dusty yellow amber color with a giant off white head and lots of chunky lacing left on the tulip glass. The aroma brings strong but balanced lemon pine, bright yet bready good. The flavor offers an aggressive earthy, leafy hops accompanied by a sweet buttery bready malt. The hop has some astringency but may reflect that I got the last growler out of that keg. I get a hint of bubblegum and some leafy ideas. It mellows as your tongue adjusts to the bite and it settles into a very agreeable IPA that was indeed worth the 1 hour plus wait at the lovable little country brewery. The body is medium but the feel is a refreshing tingly deal with decent drinkability for any hop lover. A nice introduction to Tree House.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 codysjb
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a glass
A: Straw yellow with excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Lots of hops and saison type flavor. Piny hops.
T: good malt, low hop flavor. Good balance overall.
M: Very full and well balanced. Flavors are consistent.
O: Great, probs would have been slightly better fresh but a great beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Growler dated 9/28/2013.

Appearance - Hazy and pretty pale. Golden orange. Nice lacing.

Taste - Orange citrus hop. Not an overwhelming hop flavor, but pleasant. Sweet malt. Pale malts. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Balanced is an appropriate word. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's sweet but I don't seem to mind. Hoppy enough to keep me happy.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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 wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Growler shared by drewone - Thanks.

A: Pours clear, light orangish with a quarter inch thick white head which fades to a cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: A boat load of pine with some citrus also plus very floral. Nice.

T: Resiny pine with a balance of caramel malts. Faint citrus notes.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation (from growler). Sticky, resiny, pine finish.

O: Solid and a runner up to Julius. Enjoyed.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Two finger head with a soapy texture. Color is dark orange and densely hazy, the typical treehouse look.

aroma- Good amount of pine, but also alot of citrus and tropical fruits.

taste- Solid amount of pine from the start to the finish. The middle of mouth sees some grapefruit and juicy citrus. Finish has bitter pine and a dry bread malt helping balance things out.

feel- Medium body, medium carbonation, very soft mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

overall- With a name like Sap I was definitely expecting pine, but I was also expecting it be sticky and resinous. Its got the pine, but definitely not the resin, rather it has a juicy citrus/grapefruit which ends up nicely compliments the pine.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright and hazy, light orange to peach in color when the beer hits the glass. An average sized head forms and retains really well, leaving a ton of lace down the side of the glass as well. The overall visual impression in the glass is of a super hazy blonde ale.

S- Given that the description of this beer denotes mostly chinook hops, I can now say that I know what they smell like. True to its name, this beer has a very pine and cedar like scent, with big, strongly bitter hops right up front. The middle of the scent almost smells like sap and really brings back memories of a fresh cut tree at Christmas, The end of the smell moves a little away from the pine and more towards a citrus impression, but only in the slightest.

T- When the beer first hits the tongue, there is a big burst of bitter, piney hops right on the front of the tongue. Again, the thought of a Christmas tree is prevalent right from the get go and beer's namesake is readily detectable. Past the hops bitterness, there isn't really much else in the flavor of this beer. The hops hold serve throughout the drink and fade a little at the back end before making a comeback and being the lingering flavor on the tongue.

M- Like most of the other Tree House beers I have had, the mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, but nothing terribly out of line for the style. For an IPA, this one also has lower carbonation. On the whole, the beer is easily drinkable and really hides its 7% ABV very well.

Overall, this is definitely a change of pace from the fruity and citrus forward IPA's that Tree House makes. The hops are very tree-forward and satisfying with a strong bitterness bite. In the end, this is another solid Tree House canned offering.

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico1985 for bringing this one over on Saturday. Reviewed from notes.

A- From the growler to a snifter with a golden body. Creamy white head to a finger or so in height with decent retention. The foam ends up leaving a pretty large amount of lace all around the glass.

S- Clean and refined hops up front. Good tropical fruit and citrus with some pine in there nicely. Some grassy and caramel hints too.

T- Flavorful tropical fruit like mango and peach up front in this hop forward beer. Orange peel for sure and some pine picks up with each sip as well. Some sweets and caramel hints.

MF- Moderately carbonated body with a light-medium overall consistency. Good clean bitterness in the finish.

Huge mango and peach feel with some pine in there. Clean hop bomb and very refreshing.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" eggshell head, over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is down quick to an uneven skim, with lace etched on the glass for many a moment. Aroma is orange and pine in similar parts.

Taste is sweet to start, mild tangerine in the middle, coasting through a moderate piney bitter close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. More balanced than I expected for an IPA, and it works for me. Enjoy.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - On tap, in a tulip glass with about one finger's worth of head which faded quickly, leaving little to no lacing on the glass

S - I think this was my favorite part of the beer. Filled with fresh, citrusy hops. Definitely a wonderful combo.

T - Initial taste followed the nose. Great citrusy hops that faded into an equally strong piney taste. Here, combined with the mouthfeel, is clearly where the beer gets its name. For me the pine taste was a bit too strong. After leaving the bar I felt like the aftertaste was with me a little too long.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel, but as mentioned above, the finish sticks to your mouth a bit too much for my particular taste. Too resiny.

O - Kind of a taste of two beers. Loved the front half, not crazy about the back half. I'm being pretty nitpicky here, still a really tasty, well-made beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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 PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL swing top growler bought at the brewery less than 24hrs ago. Pours a semi translucent vibrant amber color with over an inch of frothy white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet with some mango, pineapple and sweet pine. The taste is sweet pine with some tropical fruits, namely mango and pineapple. Resinous and oily. Bitter pine at the finish. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Bitter throughout. Has some of the similar flavors to Julius (pineapple and mango) but Sap is a fitting name because this one is more of a piney IPA. Pretty easy to drink. Overall another great IPA from Tree House.

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Photo of MikeAndrews
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Tommo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grading on the treehouse scale (here in texas this would be top1). not a huge fan of the christmas flavor, piny overtone. However it is still a nice juicy ipa

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml flip-top purchased on 3/1 and served at 50 degrees in a Treehouse tulip on 3/3. Pours a golden-orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a frothy, half-inch, bright white head. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy slick with generous swaths and slashes of lacing present during the tasting. A big herbal/piney/citrusy nose is present, with the herbal/pine in the foreground and sweet citrus in the background. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is a slight candied citrus presence towards the middle, followed by rind and a light ethanol character. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a little residual alcohol heat. Overall, one of the best Chinook-based American IPAs I've had to date.

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Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.