Super Sap
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #75
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
98
Ranked #345
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 6.31%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
461
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Super Sap is an imperial interpretation of Sap brewed with the spirit of the holiday season in mind! It is intensely kettle and dry hopped resulting in an immensely hop saturated beverage. Don’t be fooled by the name - Super Sap pours a hazy yellow color in the glass and emits aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, & papaya. The flavor follows suit with a pulpy grapefruit note as the predominant characteristic. Super Sap finishes gently with a soft pine-like bitterness buoyed by a fluffy mouthfeel. We hope it can contribute positively to a festive celebration this holiday season.
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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 12/10/19. Poured into Veil glass.

L: 1F+ foamy whit ehead with good retention and lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a medium yellow-orange.

S: Ripe orange and grapefruit, some earthiness

T: Lots of ripe orange and grapefruit, quite intense. Piney and earthy on the back end, but soft and rounded.

F: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Well-constructed and balanced.

O: This is about what I expected from an Imperial Sap. Citrus hops are just holding on after 4 weeks, imagine fresh there is even more intensity to it.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Jan 07, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy, almost chewy looking creamy orange and copper color. some darker orange and a hint of light brown towards the center. nice, 2-3 finger frothy white head that remains rocky and looks like you could rest a coin on it

s: pine trees, sweet sap, strawberry, pineapple, sweet grass, tangerine tang, tea leaves, and orange peel. a touch of crackery malt in the backbone. papaya and peach in here as well, with a touch of dragonfruit

t: huge punch of stonefruit upfront. dragonfruit, peach, papaya, and strawberry. mild pine and resin behind that. some sweet, sticky sap follows. nectarines and mild grapefruit as well. a touch of earthy herbal hops hiding in here too. finish has that sweet fruit and a hint of pine

m: extremely creamy, fluffy medium mouthfeel. carbonation is on the lower side and there is a touch of hop burn in the throat

o: really nice NEIPA. it's extremely creamy and fluffy, with some deep hop flavors. i don't really feel it's as bitter as some of the other reviews make it out to be. the pine adds a flavor, but bitterness is not the protaganist. extremely solid beer with a great hop combo

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Dec 27, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really pretty hazy and dingy yellow. Nose is truly sappy - some nice pithy and resiny notes. Flavor is truly outstanding. Really aromatic with bright flowers balancing a really big jolt of pine bitterness. A really well delivered beer in the mouth - goes down really well despite the aggressive flavors. Outstanding beer.

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soze47 from Massachusetts, Dec 21, 2019
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Murky orange. Smells of grapefruit and pineapple hops. Some sugar and alcohol behind it. Tastes of grapefruit hops with a variety of sweet fruity hops. Sweet pale malt. Grapefruit lingers, but fruity hops give way to a light pine bitterness and aftertaste. Sweet throughout. Medium heavy. I like that it has a more dynamic hop profile than standard Tree House hops, but it's still very big and sweet.

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Photo of Lucular
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can enjoyed in an oversized wine glass. Typical gorgeous TH NEIPA appearance - hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma and flavor are tropical fruit and citrus with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy, but not too soft. I'm not sure I get any pine like I did with SSSAPPP and I was kind of hoping for some. If I had to nitpick, it is ever so slightly sweeter than I would prefer. Still, another great NEIPA from Tree House.

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Lucular from Maryland, Oct 22, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to thank AR for bring this down from Charleton, MA.
Decanted from a 16 oz (453 ml) can into a Tree House snifter; canned 08/15/19, code IN BETWEEN DAYS.
A: Pours an opaque, dark golden orange (think of pulpy orange juice) with a one finger, off-white head, rim retention, and complex, bubbly lacing.
S: Aromas are largely fruity (orange, mango, nectarine, and white grapefruit) and pine, backed up by a slightly caramel, cracker, and honey like, malty spine.
T: Semidry. The flavors a relatively muted, but reflect a melange of the nose. Very creamy but with strong bitterness. Smooth with a sharp, little bite throughout.
M: Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Super creamy, full mouthfeel.
O: This is a superbly delicious AIIPA. Really worth acquiring and trying.

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VoxRationis from New York, Sep 12, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jimmy for this one.

Pint can - 08/15/19 "In Between Days" - poured into a large cabernet stem at 45F.

Pours a typical Tree House IPA appearance - ultra hazy/turbid/milky, topped with a large finger of bone-white head, which slowly recedes to a thick collar, leaving some short fine lacing behind.

Nose: Right out of the gate, I notice two things. First, is that the overall aroma closely resembles that of Sap. The general foundation of it is closely related, although this definitely smells like a bigger, bolder, hoppier beer. Second, in addition to this smelling more aggressive than Sap, it's also considerably more earthy and dank. It's blatantly obvious that Super Sap got a double dose of Simcoe. There's still all that stone fruit character, with peach, apricot, and mango, with lots of papaya, and a hint of pineapple and cream, but the dank, musty Simcoe character ia definitely more saturated in this. The overall aroma is lots of peach and apricot, some mango, nectarine, papaya, a hint of creamy pineapple ice cream, and a big wallop of dank Simcoe. Still smells inherently Tree House.

Palate: This is one of those occasions where the aroma and flavour match each other down to the quark. Just like the nose, the flavour delivers heaps of deeply saturated ripe stone fruits - apricot, mango, papaya, peach, nectarine, as well as a hefty dose of pineapple. This beer has been hopped so ridiculously hard, that there's actually a considerable amount of hop burn - and while that isn't exactly a positive trait, it definitely boosts the whole pineapple character, as the burn is precisely like that of eating fresh, ripe pineapple. Again, just like the aroma, there is a serious punch of dank, earthy Simcoe, which brings a little bit of a musty hint, as well as some greener, almost pine-like flavour. When the hops are this intense, there comes a point where you can no longer compare the flavours and aromas to fruits and flowers, and everything just becomes an expression of the hops. Qualities that only exist in hops. This beer definitely showcases that. The malt base tastes fairly part, with a very restrained, but detectable clean sweetness. Definitely not as sticky or sweet as one might expect. The finish brings some earthy, woody, dry bitterness, as well as a bit of green grass, which cuts right into the already tame malt sweetness. It's pithy to an extent, but the bitterness is definitely leaning more in a green, resinous direction. The beer finishes semi-dry, clean, acidic, and slightly bitter, in a purely resinous way.

Mouthfeel/Body: Like the best of the best Tree House lineup, this beer has an absolute superstar mouthfeel. It's delightfully plush, creamy, fluffy, pillowy, and soft. It isn't overly thick or viscous in a big stout way, but it's velvet soft and plus, like a perfectly whipped orange julius. The beer itself is medium - leaning full-bodied. It isn't overly hefty or heavy, but it's certainly not a light beer either. Effervescence is right in the middle where it should be, which is also pleasing, considering many beers that have this texture seem to severely lack in effervescence. The bubbles add a nice little refreshing touch to the otherwise silky soft body.

Overall: It's difficult for me to rank this properly. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Simcoe. Anyone who reads my reviews is aware of this, however, Tree House tends to get away with a little more than usual, simply because of the insanely high quality of their hops. From a completely neutral standpoint, the beer is a bigger, bolder, way more hop-forward version of Sap, with a huge increase in Simcoe, and all of its dank, earthy flavours. The body and feel has also seen a huge boost in softness and plushness. Unfortunately, the beer can't fully handle the sheer amount of hopping, and there's definitely a little bit of hop burn because of it, though I've experienced much, much worse. It's definitely different than Sap. I prefer the flavour of Sap, as it's more fruit forward, less earthy and dank, and a bit easier to drink. I do like the feel and body of Super Sap, as well as how purely saturated it is with flavour. They're different beers, and at the end of the day, despite their names, should be enjoyed as such - different beers with different qualities for different people on different occasions. Nevertheless, Super Sap lives up to its name, and is definitely one big, bold beer, deserving of its "Super" title.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazingly good brewery and it’s hard for me to go there and find a beer that I don’t like. This is just a tad better than what I have found before on my previous two trips. (A destination trip for me) . I only had room for not much beer so I only got two four packs. Bummer. Guess I will have to go back.

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Photo of stoumi
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super Sap pours a turbid, pineapple juice yellow with a big off white, pillowy head, leaving some big lacing. The smell is dominated by big, juicy citrus and tropical fruits with a dank grapefruit, orange, guava and papaya aroma, just a hint of sweetness and light pine. The taste is smooth across the palette (like MANY tree House beers) with orange and tangerine, a hint of grapefruit, papaya and mango with a hint of soft pine bitterness.

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stoumi from California, Jul 04, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery in MA.
Pours a farm egg yolk orange with minimal white head and good lacing, smell is muted citrus/hop candy and caramel, taste is hop hard candy, hint of almost vanilla cake sweetness and orang fruit slice candy, hint of dankness, finishes with citrus pith.This beer is creamy, well carbonated, and dry. What I remember and want Sierra Nevada Celebration to taste like, malty goodness with a citrusy hop punch, very crushable as well. Yams.

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ChipChaight from New York, Jul 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6.27.19 - 'I Asked Diego if it was Stolen' printed on the base of the can. Pours a milky orange with a hazy clarity and a frothy, one inch, bright white head embedded with pinpricks. Nose expresses notes of tropical fruit and pith. Taste follows nose with a medicinal bitterness the lingers at the finish between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a soft, even carbonation that leaves just a kiss of a residual prickle at the finish. Overall, a solid NIEPA with a well-hidden abv.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Jul 01, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden/yellow with a fluffy white head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and papaya. The taste follows the nose and is full of pine resin and citrus, delicious showcase of west coast hops with the smooth, soft, oat texture of an NEIPA. Fantastic

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JakeSip from Pennsylvania, Jun 18, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this a couple of weeks ago. Pours a cloudy yellow with 1/3" white head. Aroma popped super aromatically, they don't skip on the proprietary hops. Plenty of pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit, pine grapefruit like notes from being hopped at every stage of the process with a varied medley of hops it appears. Seems like you get a mix of older school stuff like Chinook and newer school stuff like Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic.

Taste, wow, surprised this hits at almost 8%, can't taste the heat, in fact, the pale malt body is probably made up of 2 row barley and some flaked wheat and oats, because the mouth feel is both hazy and soft without feeling like the carbonation is low or body is watery. The notes of pine and tangerine continue throughout. Its very impressive stuff, glad people are sending these out as extras now, that's pretty cool. I mean, this is easily some world class hazy ipa stuff, the hops and the mouth feel are about as close to perfect as you can get for style. And yeah, I hate saying this because I have no access to this beer, but its legit stuff.

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4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a stemless Heady Topper snifter.

Nose is grapefruit, grass, pine and pineapple. Surprisingly mellow though not unpleasant. Beer opens with hints of pineapple, clementine, grass and pine sap. Some grapefruit and orange in the middle with dank papaya overtones towards the end. There's a bark and grassy freshness throughout. Body is light to medium with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and quenching on the palate and goes down dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. This is the best part of this beer.

I personally prefer the non-imperial version of this beer. That being said, the body here is outstanding. Worth a try.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Jun 02, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just received a nice haul of TH from a buddy out there and this was the first one I cracked..

Murky hazy yellow body. Notes of papaya and grapefruit on the nose... extremely tropical. On the initial taste I got a very tropical flavor followed by an amazing piney hop bitterness. Proper.

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RyanBeer14 from California, Jun 01, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Opaque orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderately strong citrus and pine resin.

t: Mainly grapefruit and pine resin . Lingering bitterness on the dry finish.

m: Medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A very tasty TH entry, ramped up Sap with even more going for it.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, May 19, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted of pine and bitter citrus. Solid beer for the category - a bit more bitter and piney then I personally like, but still very solid. Good hints of citrus as well.

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npolachek from New York, May 07, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: complete haze, perfect pastel orange with a large white foamy head
S: big huge citrus,
T: sweet juicy citrus up front, with a dryer and bitter finish with pine taking over.
F: the dry and bitter finish is too harsh

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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass via can

color is a medium haze of orange

smell is sweet sticky pine resin and bitter citrus

taste follows the nose

medium carbonation

mouthfeel is full and sticky

an exceptional NEIPA!

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Jlabs from New York, Apr 25, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-28-2019 (Consumed Apr-20)


A:
It pours perfectly hazy yellow-orange with a couple fingers of juice-froth head.  Ok retention;  some lacing. (4.25)

S:
Guava, orange, pine needles, mango skin, baguette. (4.5)

T:
Wow. Big tropical/citrus fruitiness with oily bitterness and lingering pine following. (4.5)

M:
Near-perfect. Fluffy, light, just dry enough, supremely drinkable. (4.75)

O:
Wowee!
This is a powerful tasty IIPA.  Like its brethren it is a great balance of tropical, citrus and piney, leaning towards the resinous side of each. This one is fruitier than the other Cap variations I've had, but is no less good because of it. Really big Orange pine flavor with no alcohol to speak of, high drinkability and a luscious feel. Really enjoyable beer. Dangerous. (4.5)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Apr 21, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks to be canned on 12-26-2018

Pours an effervescent straw with a thumb + of ivory colored head. Good lacing & nice head retention

S: Citrus & tropical

T: Sweet orange, some peach, a little dryness up front along with some grapefruit up front. Tangerine, grapefruit & a little pine once warm. Finishes dry with orange sweet tart & a little grapefruit

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, good balance

I think I am getting a less than stellar example of this beer. This review will serve as a placeholder until I can revisit this

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russpowell from Arkansas, Apr 03, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: dank grapefruit with a hint of pineapple and orange;

T: dank grapefruit, pineapple, and orange from start to fnish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: flavors aren't as distinctive as with some otherTtree House beers; this is still really nice, but just not at the same level as others;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Mar 13, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. White head. Hazy orange juice color.

Orange, guava, papaya. Soft and juicy. Light pine in the finish, but not really bitter. Tropical fruit bomb. Very drinkable.

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mothman from Minnesota, Mar 10, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass canned on 2/06/19. Pours a very attractive yellow orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves a thick layer of lace behind as it slowly settles leaving a nice ring of around the sides of the glass. 4.5

Smell is loaded with pine resin, mandarin orange, guava, papaya, and some grapefruit rind. 4

Taste follows pine really starts and finishes not over the top but hangs around until the next sip, orange, guava, papaya, and what lingers in the finish is some rather bold grapefruit that really sticks to the palate awhile. 4.25

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, soft on the tongue and palate, not dry but without a doubt a little sticky, and goes down rather easy at 7.9% but gives your palate a smack down. 4.5

Overall this is very nice, not for all NEDIPA lovers because it has an old school aggressive piney grapefruit West Coast thing going, with that East Coast soft feel. 4.25

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Mar 04, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this last week since I never had a chance to obtain this before. Loved the sap but amazingly, this beer wasn't as sticky as I thought it would be as it was on par with Tree House's more popular offerings. There was a lot to enjoy about this even though the taste and mouthfeel didn't quite align with this beer's moniker...

Good pour to this as the liquid was just like orange juice with a ton of haze and pulp in it, topped off with plenty of bubbly, frothy head. A solid ring of lacing remained along the top of my pint glass as I worked my way through this, with loads of soapy clumps visible below that. Not a strong aroma but there was enough on the nose as the orange, cream, tangerine, and dankness combined for a pleasant and sweet aroma that drew me in from the get-go. Grapefruit pith, potpourri, floral bitterness, and an underlying dank pine were all to be found as this warmed up, giving this beer a wonderful complexity and subtle depth that many other New England IPA's lacked when all was said and done. A moderate stickiness, underlying malt presence, and light carbonation combined to make this feel like a beer that was full of subtle, dank hops that had a slightly sticky and tropical dankness all their own...

The amount of alcohol here was spot-on as I felt a moderate bitterness and warming effect take hold once I finally finished this off, although neither of those were terribly overpowering. Canned on 2/6 with "BOILING HEAT MAPLE STEAM" written above it, this wasn't necessarily an Imperial version of the Sap as much as it was a different take on it. Aficionados of Tree House would be wise to seek this out as it was a much brighter, bolder, and more complex take on the original version of this, but not a clear-cut winner. Beers like this deserve a long session to appreciate, as this had so much going on and so much going for it. Solidly crafted without standing out in any particular aspect!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Feb 22, 2019
Super Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 461 ratings