Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #168
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4.37 | pDev: 6.86%
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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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Teku. 

Appearance: The thick, rocky, three finger head stay around for a while and leaves behind a foam layer that stays until the end and leaves behind a lot of chunky lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a beautiful, bright, murky gold color.

Smell: It's a strong, fruity aroma of fresh grapefruit pulp, canned apricots and lemon.

Taste: There's a fruity acidity at first of grapefruit and orange followed by some apricot sweetness. In the aftertaste there's a slight hop burn that's not unpleasant but is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, creamy and pillowy with a touch of crispness from the medium carbonation. There's no chalkiness or roughness but it does get cloying after a while because of the sweetness. 

Overall: Tree House's "Sap" line usually flies under the radar with heavy hitters like Julius, Green and Haze and their other various limited releases getting all the attention. This is still a fantastic beer nonetheless. Fruity, easy to drink and enjoy.

May 16, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on December 28, 2019. Notes of red grapefruit, apricot and earthy citrus fruit. Supple mouthfeel with a full body.

Mar 05, 2020
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 11/24 Medium yellowish orange in color, modest head that faded quickly leaving sparse lacing but a lice layer of suds on the surface. Nose is sweet lemon, cut grass, a bit of leather. Taste is similar but the earthy/grassiness is more prevalent. Dry finish but still smooth.

Feb 09, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really dug this one, always happy to have an elite tier beer that drops those classical hops (Chinook).

Pours that orange juice kind of appearance, but with 3/4" white head on top. I think I've said it before, Treehouse makes an ugly beer style (appearance wise) look about as nice as it can. Loved the big pine forest and equal parts bitter and sweet citrus bouquet of the nose. Sure Chinook is primarily for bittering, but they really show how utilitarian the Chinook hop is because this smells damn good. Although I wish the non proprietary hopped beers were a little cheaper since the hops are cheaper.

Taste is continually pushed by a combination of pine, grapefruit and pitted stone fruit. Yeah, bruh, totally pitted. Very easy to drink, goldilocks levels of bitterness, fluffy easy going malt body all flaked out, carbonation attenuated to match the style and pine characteristics. This is one of my favorite Tree House offerings, it shows they are more than just dumping a shit ton of proprietary hops into a beer. What a great blend of old meets new here.

Jan 30, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned: 11/24/19
Poured: 1/29/20

A: Golden yellowish-orange, as with all tree house NEIPAs. Roughly a finger of off white head quickly dissipated leaving some light lacing around the glass

S: I am not getting as much smell as I was hoping for. Some light citrus in the form of tangerine and orange with a hit of mango, but I feel like I really had to dig deep to find it.

T: There is a very well balanced mix of sweet citrus coupled with a slight orange peel bitter. While very delicious and clean, I can't help but feel as though it lacks the depth I hoped for. It feels as though I am biting into an orange, but that's it.

M: While the smell and taste didn't absolutely blow me away, the mouthfeel is just incredible. Perfectly creamy, it surely helps coat your entire mouth with orange goodness. I think the weaker carbonation may also play a factor in here helping aid in the smoothness.

O: What can I say, it is a very good beer that you wouldn't say no too. That said, from all the other tree house I have tried, this just felt a bit too one dimensional.

Jan 30, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a one finger white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus and a bit of floral notes. Tastes of pink grapefruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit pith,pi e,underripe mango and floral notes. Full side of medium bodied, prickly carbonation, moderate bitterness, smooth mouth feel.

Jan 17, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy / murky burnt yellow with some light copper, orange, and almost brown notes. nice 2 finger fizzy, yet solid, white head

s: orange peel, tangerine, pine, tangy pineapple, grapefruit, sweet lemon, kiwi, mango, crackers, and some sweet creamsicle. a touch of apricot in here as well. very nice aroma

t: follows the nose pretty well. light grapefruit and pine upfront. apricot, clementies, and mango behind that. pineapple and kiwi, along with an herbal hop hit with a touch of pepper. a touch of peach and some stonefruit behind that as well. finish has some slight pine bitterness and some more mango

m: creamy, medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

o: solid NEIPA, hop combo has some bitterness, which is always nice to see in the style. harmonized just was well as any Tree House beer

Jan 16, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 2.5 weeks ago.

L -- Hazy golden orange body with three fingers of soapy white head produced with moderate pour. Decent retention and some lacing. Some floaties in suspension
S -- Pine and citrus zest. A bit muted
T -- Zesty citrus, spicy yeastiness, dry pine, yellow grapefruit pith, bit of grape-skin astringency
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium tongue-tickling carb. Pretty creamy, but nothing like Green/Julius. The hop bitterness -- while still very restrained given the hops used -- is more than with most TH brews. Semi-dry
O -- Tried this alongside regular Sap of a similar age and honestly could not notice much of a difference at all. Would just go for regular Sap over this any day considering the pretty huge price differential. Still fine, though


Jan 08, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost feel like re-reviewing Sap, as it has grown on me a bit over the years.

16 oz. can dated 12/21/19 and poured into Veil tulip glass.

L: 1.5F white foamy head, leaves lots of sticky lacing and a cap and ring after impressively long retention. Beer is a bright turbid yellow-orange.

S: Lots of citrus, surprisingly muted earthy/pine notes. Really expected more on that back end.

F: Medium to full body, quite creamy for an IPA, moderate mouthfeel keeps at least a semblance of drying. Construction is strong, still feel like there should be more of an earthy finish, but what we have tastes very good.

T: Strong citrus, especially grapefruit. Pretty creamy, either from malt or other wizardry. Surprisingly few notes, expected something piney or earthy on the finish.

O: It's very good, just not precisely what I expected. Off to see what Super Sap and Very Sappy bring to the table.

Jan 07, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, murky orange with two fat fingers of soupy, off-white head. Solid retention and thick, webbed lacing.

Delightful aroma of orange juice, pine and white pepper.

Orange, pine, English muffin and pepper in the taste with nicely integrated bitterness throughout.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel with zippy carbonation.

This what I expected and was missing from the regular Sap: great, old-school piney, peppery bitterness on top of a glass of OJ. Delicious.

Dec 15, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/24/19
“‘those aren’t pillows!’-neal page”
Sap was one of my first TH experiences wayyy back when they were just getting started in a red shed in one of the owners yards. It changed the game back then and was of course stunningly delicious. Funny how man years it took before I could try the expanded version. And just like Sap, this does not disappoint. A tropical hop explosion that’s super dank yet refreshingly drinkable. Surprisingly balanced as it warmed over a long period, exposing a tasty grain bill. Wow!

Dec 08, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Jeremy. Nothing special about the pour, normal for the style. But it gets better. Rich, fruity aroma, citrus, oranges. Taste is mure fruity goodness, citrus, hint of topical, bound together in a wonderfully thick, creamy body.

Nov 08, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 9-25, purchased 10-12, consumed 10-16. Typical gorgeous TH NEIPA appearance. Aroma and flavor are citrus along with...pine needles/sap. I was curious to see how a piney NEIPA would taste and while initially it's a little bit jarring, overall this is a beautiful beer with an expertly craft mash-up of flavor profiles. Very tasty.

Oct 18, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer lives up to the hype and tastes very good. Pours orange with a white head. Dry finish but not too bitter. Nicely balanced taste with good hoppiness.

Oct 17, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is tangerine, pineapple, cantaloupe and cane sugar. Sweet with a light, resiny juiciness. Beer opens black tea, tree sap, grass and citrus. Almost a tart juiciness in the middle. More tea and dried leaf at the finish with an accented grapefruit sweet bitterness in the aftertaste. Excellent. This one's great. Body is light with ample carbonation. Bubbly and foamy on the palate and bone dry going down. Perfect for the style.

This one lives up to the hype.

Oct 06, 2019
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale orange with a finger of short lived white head. Aroma is piney and citrusy. Taste leads with pine and citrus then turns to more of a fruit punch note with some grapefruit in the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I enjoy this beer more than its constituent parts. At first the flavors are piney before turning more fruity. Mid undecided on how much I like this beer but there is something here that keeps me coming back for more.

Oct 03, 2019
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Aug 04, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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)

Apr 20, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Apr 15, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Apr 08, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 30, 2019
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vikingpillager from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Feb 09, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Feb 04, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Feb 02, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jan 27, 2019
SSSappp from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 393 ratings