Sap - Tree House Brewing Company

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 88
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 412 | Reviews: 52
Photo of Justin8mypants
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BETTER than Julius IMO.. Piney!!! Yum

Photo of parris
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Mo_fro
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a growler at Tree House on 3-1-14, poured in a tulip on 3-2-14

A: cloudy butter yellow with a light white head that quickly dissipates. Nice patches of heavy lacing around the glass.

S: Big fruit smell up front, mostly mango and a hint of pineapple.

T: Taste is just like the nose with the addition of a slight alcohol bite on the finish. The flavors cover your tongue well but are quickly gone. Well balanced. Would have liked that taste to stick around a bit.

M: Medium mouth feel with light carbonation. It's the mouth feel you would be looking for based on the beers appearance

O: A great beer that I would purchase again and would also recommend to others.

Enjoy-

Photo of mmoseleyfm
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of BBQSteve
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of AardvarkJohnson
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow.

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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of codysjb
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Resuin
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of DogfishTail
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of greenboat
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
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