Tree House Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #122
Ranked #596
4.38 | pDev: 6.62%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: SSSappp is a new rendition of Sap designed to push the original flavor profile to a heightened level of depth and intensity through the use of additional kettle and dry hops! Don’t let the name fool you - this beer is loaded with notes of rich red grapefruit, apricot, and earthy citrus. A supple mouthfeel and full body help lend balance to the pleasant and complex onslaught of flavors. It just feels right.
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 331
Photo of gcasher
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can canned 07/11/2019
Appears hazy gold with big white foamy head.
Smells of sweet cracker malt. Huntilops smell like flowers.
Taste is slightly bitter, pretty dank, some citrus, and some cracker malt.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied.
Overall very nice.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-13-2019

It pours cloudy, glowing yellow-orange with an inch+ of solid white head.  Good retention; swoopy lacing. (4.5)

Citrus rind. Guava, lemon zest, mango lassi, pine. (4.25)

Resinous, sticky, green, mouth-coating hops. Big pine bough and orange pith flavors that is able to dominate and not overwhelm. (4.5)

Softish and fairly dry, no detectable alcohol, coating resinous hop presence that is intense but unobtrusive. (4.5)

Excellent beer.
Looks lovely in the glass. The aroma is the most subdued part but is still very nice pine y bitterness wrapped in fruity sweetness. The flavor follows suit with a big, sappy flavor that coats you mouth but is just light enough and set-off-by-citrus enough that it remains really drinkable. I'd have it again in a second. (4.5)

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 11/15/19 from connecticutpoet poured into Crane snifter.

Deep honey gold with a tall fluffy head of 3 fingers receding to 1, leaving patchy lace on the glass.

Aromas are of mango juice and orange peel, with faint pine cone, slight baby powder, and a really distant stab of fresh mint.

The flavor begins with orange rind and general citrus flavors (they all kind of meld together). Some mango, tea, light must/earth, lemon zest, and grapefruit wrap things up.

The feel is over-carbonated, which I've never had in any TH beer thus far when "ripening" them to my ideal 5 month time spot (they just taste better and the harsh green-ness goes away). This one was quite a foamer in the glass and got in the way of the flavor profile, bringing harsh, biting stabs to the tongue. Not really much in the way of lingering resins or alcohol heat, has a mild to moderate creaminess. Medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty basic TH IPA, it's pretty good but not near as good as some of the other offerings. This one is quite a bit better than Sap, in my opinion.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a high sided tulip glass.

Look is a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that falls quickly.

Aroma is light orangey hops.

Taste is a nicely balanced piney orange sap.

So good.

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Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Standard good looks for a Tree House IPA, fading slowly and leaving very nice foamy rings of lacing as it went down. Aroma and tastes of grapefruit, orange peel and lemon zest mixed with pine cones, tea leaf, peppery spices, toasted grains, champagne and dry chalky yeast. It’s light, crisp and slightly bitter, showing nice balance as it slides down easy.

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Photo of vikingpillager
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Looks ok but a little on the pale side. Smells ok too and it has the soft haze feel but otherwise this is straight pine needle. It's a weird blend of NE and traditional IPA that's not really my thing.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 1/11/19.

Pours cloudy yellow with a minimal head of white. Retention and lacing is moderate. Bright tangerine and pine in the nose with peach and pineapple following through. Medium bodied with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Pithy citrus on the palate with zero malt and a substantial bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, and orange zest. Finishes dry with a lingering chalky, pithy bite.

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Photo of scotorum
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip

a; Hazy orange with a slightly darker bottom and a 3/4 inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Fairly intense citrus.

t: Strong citrus leaning to grapefruit pith, over a meaty bready malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on the dry finish.

m; Medium to full, great body and some carbonation tingle.

o; No shortage of hefty citrusy flavor notes here, yet another exceptional TH double in the NE style all the way.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in my TH tulip. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a creamy, half inch, off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets and pinpricks. Nose expresses notes of tangerine and crackery malts. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some subtle hints of apricot and melon in the flavor profile. Finishes with the crackery malts expressed in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, very pleasant and easy drinking. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of nbrady37
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 1/11/19. Poured into Belgian tulip.
Look is bright orange medium haze with a white head. Nose is apricot and mango, bit of pine in the bank. Taste is the fruit at first but through the middle and in the end the pine and some earthiness build up to the front to a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Overall really tasty brew with a bit more bitterness and earthiness than their usual, nicely balanced. Good stuff.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/21/19

A:Yellow orange - hazy and turbid - pours with a medium size white head, fades to just a few wisps and retains a small collar, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Kind of like a fruit cocktail, except if someone dropped a pine tree into it - sharp citrus, with some grapefruit flesh, grapefruit peel - herbal, green hops and some earthy, lightly spicy hops - soft pine needles - dried apricot and some peach - malt base is not as clean as usual, with more earthy flavors, some sweetness

T: Sharp citrus, with a ton of grapefruit - seriously, about as much grapefruit flavor as you can find in a beer where grapefruit was not added - pink grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit, flesh and oil - herbal, earthy, and spicy hops, with some notes of earth, dirt - pine needles and other pine flavors, which are actually less aggressive than the grapefruit - dried apricot and touches of peach - medium bitterness - soft malts, with some toasty and earthy notes

M: Medium body, smooth and chewy, low carbonation, finishes with some lingering oil

O: Zzzzzap!

My opinion of Sssappp is heavily influenced by my opinion on Sap, which is... complicated. I like that Tree House has beers with Chinook, as it is a nice change from all the current trendy hops that create juice bombs. The issue is that my brain cannot make much sense of sharp flavors (e.g., grapefruit, pine) with the soft, chewy body of Tree House beers. I think I slightly prefer Sssappp over Sap, but that's only because the pine takes a backseat to some surprisingly aggressive grapefruit.

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up eight cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $4.55 per can. This was a miss for me. Very thick, heavy malty taste. Not a bad brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy orange. Smells of grapefruit, orange, some sweetness. Tastes of grapefruit, sweet pale malt, grapefruit pith that yields some surprising bitterness. Back end has a hint of Tree House plastic flavor. Medium body. Very nice.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger bright white, fluffy head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - orange, grapefruit, earth, pine, herb. Classic ipa aroma.

T - follows the nose. Tons of citrus and pine. Slightly earthy middle. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full, sticky body with average carb.

O - a very well constructed, more traditional ipa.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12.6.18 , opened 12.30.18, poured into a Treehouse teku glass

“ I’m my own man”

Hazy lemony orange liquid, one finger off white foam cap, quickly settles to a foamy ring

Aroma of citrus,, pine , grapefruit, apricot

Taste is pine hops with a hint of citrus

Medium sudsing , hop taste with a gentle nibble, semi dry finish

Good beer

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The liquid pours gold to amber in color. Cloudy but not milky. Excellent, tight-bubbled head which settles slowly in a rocky/dome-like fashion. Good ring lace after every sip all the way to the end of the glass.

The aroma is fresh bittering hop cones with a faint pale malt presence.

The predominant flavor is the hop, naturally, but it does start with a thin-bodied, pale malt tongue initially. The bitterness comes when swallowing and has an earthiness, black peppery astringency that creates a moderate-length aftertaste. The carbonation is within the average range. This is not a subtle beer; the flavors are strong and blunt.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a orange yellow color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was quite floral with notes of passion fruit.

Taste - The initial taste was floral perfumy hops. The was lightly piney with a mild orange impression. As it warms, hopped Tang was brought to mind. There is a hint of spice in back.

Mouthfeel - The feel seemed a tad thin for Tree House.

Overall - The beer was nice but does not hit the Tree House mark.

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 12.06.18, poured into a Tree House snifter glass.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy orange color, golden hues with light amber and a foamy white head, about two fingers tall that has good retention and yields excellent large swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, huge burst of apricot with a nice floral bouquet behind it, bitter grapefruit peel and light citrus juice, dank pine and doughy pale grain. The flavors are nice, super tropical, lots of citrus and mango with apricot and peach with a lot of green raw hop, dank pine and grassiness with a soft floral quality that lingers over pale grain and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, coating, fluffy with a nice lively texture that has a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: A good NEIPA from Tree House. Perhaps a bit overhopped, it's a bit green and muted, but the bitterness is nice and appreciated but the brightness does make this a pretty rounded beer.

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Photo of Rristow
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted from can. Some piney and citrus aroma. A little more citrus on taste with some piney and earthy notes. Moderate to heavily bitter. Pretty solid but I like several other tree house IPAs much better.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- The tall can pours into a snifter glass with a very hazy, almost chalky and murky golden body and a frothy white cap. The head is thick and has great retention after rising up to a finger high. Tons of webs of lace form around the glass.

S- The aroma is massive hops, which should be a surprise to no one. Overall the profile is a mix of sweet stone fruits, citrus and tropical fruit juice perhaps leaning more toward the first two. Tangerine, melon, peach, mango, bubble gum, dank weed, mint and grapefruit notes. Some general pale grain and yeast hints but the hops overshadow that.

T- I have had this brew before and this one feels softer and way more toward the flavor profile that Tree House is well known for with the juicy nectar of citrus, tropical and sweet stone fruits. The dominant flavors are melon, bubble gum, juicy grapefruit, tangerine and dank herbs with hints of mango, papaya, orange sherbet and a note of pine that seems to come and go; kind of expected more of that bitter resinous flavor. With time some raw hop flavors come out that really throw off things on the taste buds while the aroma maintains its beauty.

MF- The body is of medium thickness and it has that certain TH mouthfeel that brings a chewy creaminess and it is just so smooth and silky soft. Ends with a fairly intense bitterness but nothing burning or acrid.

Juicy and flavorful fruity hops that weave in and out with tons of citrus, tropical and stone fruit notes with a solid sweetness throughout. A hint of pine seems to come and go but in the end this one brings the fruit that everyone loves.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/15/18; drank on 11/21/18; I love Chinook hops and I love this beer; have had Sap many times but my first time with the amped up version; much more pronounced hop aroma and flavor, highly recommend

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Photo of TimothyD11
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just more Tree House magic! It's divine! It would be a PERFECT New England IPA but I'm going to say it's just a tad bit too sweet. But I'm picking nits - it's incredible. Get some!

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Photo of papposilenus
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 11/15/18. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy-cloudy cheerful pineapple juice-colour with a finger or so of head. Retention is just so-so but leaves a fat, creamy collar and a sheet of thin lacing.

Medium intensity nose of some underripe, tart tropical fruit or the other, sharp yeastiness, and something vaguely earthy-funky and woodsy. The various aromas are so well integrated that it's hard to tease them apart. I don't usually spend this much time smelling my beer but it's a puzzle.

Taste is sharp, tart, zesty, and only mildly bitter. Fruit notes up front, underripe pineapple, kiwi, orange juice and grapefruit rind, and lime, with bread dough, pine bark and sweet spice following apace. Tart, zesty, oily afterbite lingers. Tastes boozier than 7%.

Feel is smooth, soft and creamy, doughy, medium bodied with bright, prickly carbonation.

Overall, good stuff, maybe just a marginal improvement over the recent batches of Sap-with-only-one-S, just enough to justify killing all those extra hops.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pour, 11/15/18

Classic TH NEIPA pour

Fruited up, tropical sniff...yum

Super soft on the palate, with oranges and ripe pineapple coming to mind, also a mild tea note...mighty fine creation...well worth seeking out

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Photo of digboy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright cloudy gold with a 2 finger white head.

Peach and citrus notes on the nose come through strong. Very nice

Taste is similar with a great mix of sweet stone fruit and citrus. hops. Medium bitterness compliments it well.

Feel is very soft and smooth

A fantastic IPA from TH. Lots of flavor, kicks ass really. Among the better beers from them.

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SSSappp from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 331 ratings