Very Sappy
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #160
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,580
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.2%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
57
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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95
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Notes: Very Sappy is the ultimate rendition of our Chinook focused family of IPAs here at Tree House, featuring a base beer custom crafted to withstand an enormous application of hops in both the kettle and dry hop. The name could easily fool you until you dive into the glass and discover ripe and pungent notes of ruby red grapefruit, pulpy orange juice, and ripe papaya balanced by an oily and firm finish. In spite of its immensely potent flavor, it retains a soft appeal that might make it the easiest drinking, most juicy of the bunch. The Sap family is one of our most unique here at Tree House, utilizing old school hops to produce something decidedly new age and wonderful. We love it dearly and believe you will as well. Enjoy it with friends and family this holiday season!
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 57 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2-month-old can poured into a Teku.

Look is pale yellow-gold with full haze (totally opaque) and a wonderful head of eggshell foam that retains its form really well. Wonderful lacing all the way down. TH flat-out makes outstanding looking IPAs.

Now that I've gotten to enjoy a handful of different TH beers, this one brings both familiar and unique notes. The distinctive yeast and Juicy Fruit personality are there, along with bright pineapple, lemon/lime, and muddled tropical fruit. But there there are also strong notes of apricot, peach, pear, and musky white grape, with a nice herbal and floral note at the end. There's a good dose of piney resin (true sap, though perhaps that's the marketing planting ideas in my head) that lingers throughout, which is wonderful and definitely bigger than regular Sap. In keeping with other TH beers, the aroma profile isn't huge and overwhelming, a la most modern hazies, but instead somewhat delicate and extremely well layered.

That flows into the taste profile, as well -- if you gave this to a haze bro and didn't tell them it was a TH beer, I guarantee you they would say it was a wonderful but not spectacular hazie. That's just kind of where we are in the evolution of craft beer, and specifically IPAs. And I'll be honest, there's a part of me that feels the same way -- I've spent years hearing about TH beers and dreaming of trying them, and they can't possibly live up to the hype. But what's really remarkable about TH beers is how well crafted they are. They may not be huge, but the nuances and notes they squeeze out of their beers (many of them much lower ABV than what I drink normally) are pretty remarkable, and there are rarely any "bad" notes (hop burn, off-putting components or flavors that just don't work or fit with the description). So this one includes many of those same notes on the tongue -- the fruits, the bubblegum, the pleasant grassiness -- but here there's a unique bitterness and piney-ness that is clearly the hallmark of the Sap series. Here it has a wonderful mix of bitter and semi-sweet, but never gets anywhere near cloying or fruit juice levels. Just a wonderful hybrid, with a lovely grapefruit pith and herbal finish. haven't experienced in their other juicy beers. And like with Sap, the resiny aftertaste is on point with the beer name and description.

Feel is soft and silky and creamy.

Major upgrade from Sap, though honest to the original.

Feb 07, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House Willi Becher glass; canned of 12/10/2020, code WHO IS OUR SAPP[Y] AND WHAT DOES HE DO?
A: Pour a opaque, golden orange color with robust head formation and one to two finger head, solid retention and ample, complex lacing.
S: Fruity nose with grapefruit, orange, nectarine, caramel, pine, and barley all well represented. More orange juice as it warms.
T: Semisweet and tart. Fruit mostly grapefruit zest and navel orange with caramelized malt very front and center in this melange. Barley note very evident. Solid bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creaminess and tingling sensation on the palate play with each other.
O: A delicious, relatively dry and tart AIIPA. Nice.

Jan 09, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 12/10/20.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch of white fluff. Moderate retention and lacing. Piney, earthy, and spicy in the nose with a hint of butterscotch. Medium bodied with a creamy but crispish mouthfeel. A bit tacky. Spruce bark with grapefruit pulp on the palate. Finishes a bit warming and quite dry, with lingering piney bitterness.

Jan 05, 2021
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3 weeks old. Pours a juicy yellow with very little head. Smells juicy and tropical but tastes piney and bitter. Makes for an interesting combination on the palate. Oily thin feel. Over all a delicious interesting double.

Dec 30, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Tropical fruit and citrus up front along with the usual earthy undertones in the Sap line

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of earthy/piney, tropical fruit, and citrus. Pulls out a moderate bitterness that slowly sneaks in and becomes more intense. Finishes with lingering pine and citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Typical with the Sap series, this one is heavy tropical and citrus on the nose and then turns into more of a hybrid west-coast and NE-style by the time the finish kicks in. Super unique series, and this one holds up very well. Definitely worth checking out

Dec 21, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 12/18/19. "Buddy The Elf. What's your favorite color?" on the bottom. Awesome. Poured into Ocelot Willy Becher glass.

L: Pretty big head, 2F+. Good retention, leaves lots of sticky lacing and a thin cap and ring. Beer is a light yellow orange.

S: Lots of ripe citrus and definite earthy notes on the back end.

T: Follows nose. Grapefruit and orange, per usual for the Sap line, plus some piney and earthy finishing notes.

F: Medium bodied, minor carbonation. Construction superb, well-balanced. Feels concentrated rather than soft.

O: Not sure Sap is as conducive to this treatment as Green. It's very good, but not extraordinary.

Jan 09, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a fat one finger head that fades to leave thick lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light almost tropical fruit cocktail, heavy on the pineapple. Not getting much pine really...which is odd considering the Chinook in thie beer.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with bright pineapple marmalade flavours. There is nice fresh pineapple too, light fruit cocktail. There is a nice sweeter pineapple flavour on the finish. Nice earthy pine throughout without becoming oppressive or vegative.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy and fluffy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a rather solid DIPA. Really nice pineapple notes throughout the beer as with the earthy pine. Definitely a Tree House beer but not earth shattering. Still though, something I would buy again.

Serving Type: Can

Jan 04, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud

Pours a medium foamy frothy head with fair retention, decent lacing, hazy cloudy tangerine orange color

Nose is basically generic Tree House beer, big citrus, orange tangerine and a bit of tropical fruit, fair amount of generic tropical, big citrus and pithy, with mild doughy malt and touch of chalky mineral

Taste brings juicy citrus hops, orange and pithy, citrus rind, some pine sap but not a ton, a bit earthy pine, forest floor like but not much, blends nicely with the citrus, pineapple and generic tropical like, fair bitterness, a touch spicy late, drier gritty finish, lingering spicy earthy piney and citrusy hops, a bit of alcohol,

MOuth is med to a little fuller bod, rich, med to higher fizzy carb, a touch of alcohol

Overall not bad, the earthy pine came through well and not too much pine sap, balanced with nice citrus and tropical notes, pineapple, etc, malts balance it all without going too far in either direction, enjoyable and not too crazy, but typical Tree House at the same time

Jan 04, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky/hazy orange and bright copper color with some dark yellow towards the side of the glass. 1 finger off-white head

s: sweet caramel, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, creamsicle, mengo, lime, cantaloupe and some fresh dough

t: tangerine, apricot, pineapple and sweet malts. cantaloupe, honeydew, and a little bit of alcohol behind. sweet citrus and a little bit of lemon/lime. some sweet earthy notes as well with a touch of caramel. closes out with a touch of pine & resin

m: silky, yet fluffy medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. slightly sticky from the malts

o: pretty nice NEDIPA. has a good amount of malt, a little bit of tropical hops, and some malt sweetness, tied together with that Tree House yeast. no complaints

Dec 31, 2019
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Kendo from New York

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a Palm tulip. Body is slightly hazy golden, with a small whitish head on top.

S: Jump-out-of-the-glass tropical fruity hops - of the sweet kind: papaya, mango, ripe melons, a touch of lime.

T: Leans on the sweeter side of things - ripe tropical fruit (papaya, melons), candied orange peel, a bit of citrus (oranges primarily, though I get a touch of grapefruit and limes in the aftertaste). I'm not getting the piney flavors (or scents) that is described on the can given the use of Chinook hops. I do get a touch of earthy "bite" at times, but it comes across more like melon rinds than pine - though at times I am reminded of pine needles. . . . Alcohol (8.2%) is noted in the belly and as drying warmth in the aftertaste.

M: Close to full-bodied in heft (this is a DIPA); smooth feel, slightly slick.

O: Very good stuff, not surprised, given this is Tree House. But not my favorite beer of theirs.

Dec 31, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery Christmas eve day. Canned 12/18/19. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

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

s: Mild citrus leaning to orange.

t: Tangerine with moderate bitterness which lingers on the finish.

m; Medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A substantial double, relatively mild flavor for a TH DIPA,

Dec 27, 2019
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clausthaler from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose is like a pungent, sharp soft cheese laden with pine. It reminds me of jasper hill harbison with the bark wrap. You might like it or be turned off, but it’s very unique. Of all the sap varietals I have tried, this is the cleanest and sharpest, with strong piney notes through out. The contrast between the fetid, funky nose and the crispy (for a treehouse beer) flavor is very interesting. You do get some pulpy citrusy pith notes but the piney notes predominate and make for a very nice beer.

Dec 25, 2019
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KingColumbus from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Who is writing these can label descriptions? Purchased and enjoyed on its debut. This beer gets high marks for, imo, the wonderful mouthfeel and great balance but hop saturated? Pungent flavors? The flavor is muted enjoy this beer for its mouthfeel but again don’t expect some hop bomb. This beer is impotent lol. FOLLOW UP: second can of Very Sappy..,,meh. Friends on trip to TH very disappointed with VS.

Dec 21, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with half inch head. Taste is orange marmalade, pink grapefruit rind, papaya, and light pine. Full bodied, smooth, sharply bitter, with moderate carbonation. Delicious. The body is amazing on this. Full and fluffy. My favorite in the Sap series. Only got two but should have gotten more.

Dec 21, 2019
Very Sappy from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 57 ratings