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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 wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 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 Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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 cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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 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 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 Resuin
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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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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 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 PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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 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 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 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 Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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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Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
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