Sap - Tree House Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-18-2013 13:59:51 | More by MasterSki
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
12-24-2012 03:40:50 | More by jlindros
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-25-2012 21:50:05 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
4.29/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-10-2013 01:00:21 | More by Huhzubendah
4.06/5 rDev -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.
10-08-2013 00:31:13 | More by Alieniloquium
4.01/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-11-2013 05:59:36 | More by Durge
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-04-2014 00:46:17 | More by Jwale73
Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.