Sap | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our IPA brewed with Northwest American hops prominently featuring Chinook! A pungent aroma gives way to a delicate beer loaded with hop flavor. Soft notes of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and young mango give way to a dry finish making this one hard to put down. We find Sap to be one of our most complex and intricate IPAs - We love it dearly!

Added by jlindros on 12-24-2012

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Photo of pants678
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear-ish yellow, retaining foam.

Wood, floral must.

Somewhere between West and East coast style. It's kinda bitter and kinda juicy and kinda turbid. Lemon heady, clovey, otherwise can't put my finger on specifics.

Light and dry.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light yellow with white head. Smells of piney resins with citrusy hops. Nice piney "sappy" hop flavor pale malts to complement hoppy bitterness. Deliciously thick body. Remarkable.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a stale milky looking gold pale malt color with some lacing and less foam than other tree house beers

S: sticky pine tree and grapefruit with pineapple. Guava and pasionfruit

T: a hybrid flavor betweeen green and bright with berries, grapefruit, orange rind and passionfruit with guava and peach. Based off of that, id say fruit juice to start. As it warmed it stayed mellow and fruity with lots of blueberry flavor. Not acidic but still cool and drinkable on a spring weather like winter night in the high 60s in new england.

M: thick chewy with barely visible carbonation bubbles rising to top slowly

O: take my money

3.75 4 4.75 4.5 4.5

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall silver can...march 23, 2017 canning date stamped on the bottom...fresh n tasty

Pour heavily clouded/turbid...dull orangey in color, moderate fluffy cap...leaves typical fine lace and some sheeting

Delicious tropical fruity IPA sniff ..w/ a hint of chives

More of the same on the palate...vibrant ripe tropical notes...smooth and enjoyable....pineapple, mango, soft class and so worth seeking out

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a pretty hazy orange, looks like most Tree House beers. There's a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells a bit different than most Tree House IPAs, still pretty juicy, but it's not the dominant thing, as there's fresh cut pine, some caramel, weed, and grassiness.

It seems that using Chinook hops has produced a more old-school style IPA here- with resinous pine and pine sap (ha!), grassiness, and some weed. There's still some juicy grapefruit, and a bit more malt showing through than the typical TH IPA. It's nice to get a big change-up from the usual Tree House flavor profile.

This is light bodied, crisp, with a nice lingering bitterness.

This isn't Tree House's best, but it's certainly worth a shot and still a quite good beer. It's just different from the typical ouevre.

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Photo of Smcarp78
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great offering from Treehouse brewery. Unlike most of their other beers, this one less fruity and more along the lines of a traditional IPA. Nice notes of hops and a smooth finish. Have found this beer to be better if left out of fridge for about 20 minutes before drinking.

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Photo of MFMB
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid copper color with a nice slightly off white head that laces nicely. Nose is of extreme floral and light pine. Taste of floral hops, light poupourri, pine gum, grapefruit and light mango. Very tasty, getting a bit more citrus and light soft fruits than I was expecting from a beer named Sap but make no mistake about it; the star of this beer is the pungent floral and pine. Medium body with a light creaminess to it. Finishes crisp with light piney kick. I love Sap! I love that it's NOT a juice bomb! A nice change of pace from Tree House

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly floral aroma, mango and slight citrus, some resin.

More pine on the palate, especially on the back end, with plenty of softer fruit in between and on the finish. Peach, mango, ruby res grapefruit.

Most lively and active feel I've ever had from a Tree House beer, by a mile.

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Photo of senglish7
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can to glass. Dark golden in color. Dank on the nose. Nothing jumps out at me in regards to flavor, just a solid IPA. Good balance of resin and fruit. Smooth.

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Photo of hiphops
2.51/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2/28/17 can into a TEKU
turbid grey yellow small quickly disappearing head game
smells like VOMIT and rotting lemons some sap but it's more vomit than sap some mustard and roasted malts as it warms
taking a sip i get green tea and dry sake and toasted sesame and roasted wakame
mouthfeel is good medium carb bubbly not creamy
0verall another DISAPPOINTING over hyped treehouse beer. it should be called sushi.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is a dash a tropical fruit salad followed by a big wave of pine and dank grass. Flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruits intertwined with tons of grass and piney notes. Feel is smooth, almost creamy, medium carb and body. Awesome beer, but some of the other hop varieties stand out more in other tree house ipas.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into snifter; hazy (unfiltered) look- Rudy orange color. Slight carbonation. Piney resin hops to nose along with faint citrus. Easy on the palate, well balanced. Hops and fruits linger. A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of Nedry
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours very light copper with haze, nice white head. The smells hit you with light sweet pine, fruit, and citrus. The taste follows with a bit of citrus and pit fruits and pine, nothing very distinguished, a nice medley going on here. Some nice malt to back it up. Just a little dank in there too. It's nicely balanced, not a super hop bomb. Very drinkable, crisp carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and the aftertaste is pleasant.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12.27/16. Poured from 16oz can into my (original) Gandhi-bot snifter. OG(B)? Look is radiant honey. Yeah it is!
The nose is soft unripe tropical fruit.
Taste is easy like Sunday morning version of the nose. Nothing massive, but a gentle sweetness that carries through a crisp finish. Gets more piney as it warms. Just wonderful.
Feel is like whoa. Super smooth and easy for 7.3%. Creamy even. For real, yo....
Overall... Another demonstration of brilliance for TH.

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Photo of tonybonvechio
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice opaque orange, 1 finger of head with moderate amount of lacing
S: Hoppy, herbal
T: Definitely get the pine up front, some tropical fruit but not nearly as much as other Treehouse IPAs
F: Nicely carbonated and tingly but still soft
O: Still excellent but not my favorite from Treehouse. Stands out nicely with the herbal, piney flavors.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer! Has the look of all the other popular NEIPA's hazy golden almost the signature of authenticity.
Smell I get is a tropical fruit not overly citrus like but more mango melon with pine.
Get a lot of that pine on the taste. Hence Sap?
Great feel. Does the hazy look always lend to a great mouth feel? Carbonation was good as well.
I said this was interesting because it wasn't a big juice bomb. It had that component but it wasn't the driver. Variety is the spice of life and to push this style in different directions and make it work is a testament to that.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/19/17, so a bit under two weeks.

A: Pours a medium gold, opaque as hell, with a finger of bright white head that leaves generous and sloppy head all over the glass. Pretty good retention.

S: Pine, dried flowers, with a bit of an herbal (sage and rosemary) note, with some sweet malt at the back end.

T: Follows the nose, with a pretty good amount of sweetness that doesn’t quite cut a moderate bitterness that carries through a long finish. The hoppy flavors are nicely balanced amongst themselves.

M: Creamy with a soft mouthfeel. Light carbonation and medium-full body.

O: The pine/herbal aspect is not my favorite in an IPA, so I guess this beer isn’t really for me. But it’s well constructed.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really soft mouthfeel. Balanced IPA between the sweetness of the malt, some fruity orange peel, and plenty of pine. Pine brings a nice bitterness akin to grapefruit. Easy drinking with no hint of 7% level alcohol.

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Photo of RNbeerfan
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy golden orange
S: Pine predominately. I get melon as well.
T: Tons of hop resin and pine. Lots of tropical fruit and melon. Finishes sweet
F: Smooth, pillowy mouthfeel
O: A great East Coast taste on a West Coast style. This one is under appreciated IMO.

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Photo of QuantumSOS
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Name says it all. Tons of pine and characteristic TH smell, but not the typical bomb of other TH offerings....more mellow but still well worth a try.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I rarely give the same score across the board but this felt right. Very tasty brew, light and juicy. Nice flavor throughout. Not one of the best from TH but that's OK. A very good - border line great beer.

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Photo of SicilianDefenseR
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have been lucky enough to get a few different batches of Sap – I always try to make a trip when it's offered. Pours smooth without much froth. Color is hazy-bright gold, and less thick in the glass than other TH beers. Smells hoppy and crisp, like a simplified version of other Tree House offerings. Taste puts the hops out front, without the fruitiness of other TH beers, which I like. The finish is a slow & dry decrescendo into a piney finish that is subtler than expected. This is my favorite hoppy Tree House because of that very subtlety – it puts the hops on delicate display without the juicy complexity of other offerings. I sometimes wish it were more piney – maybe they'll come out with a "Super Sap," since Sap is a favorite that always draws long lines. It's very easy drinking, without enough body and zero cloying alcohol flavor.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For whatever reason I've always missed this one but I finally got it today. Well worth the wait but so glad the wait is over. I love "piney" IPAs. This is hands down the best piney IPA I've ever had. No surprise. Treehouse is just ridiculous with the quality brews they put out. Typical Treehouse smell and look for the most part with more of a dry piney finish. Absolutely love it. Mmmm mmm mmm

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Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright orange, and hazy. A finger of white head forms a top and retains well, with only a small smattering of lacing left behind. Aroma is a buzz with pine, resin, dank, and slightly citrus hops. It's a pleasing and mouth watering aroma, but remains rather subdued. Taste notes include sticky pine and resin hop notes up front, with biscuit malts and citrus hops playing back-up. While it's hoppy, and sitting at an ABV of 7.3%, it's easy to drink. Mouth feel is full of partilate, which is slightly abrasive on the tongue. It's slightly filling, while keeping a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's a fun IPA. It may be over shadowed by its brewery IPA brethren, but make no mistake, this beer is still tasty. The sticky, resiny taste definitely drives home the name sake for Sap.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of thenickfury
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whew boy! This certainly takes me back! I haven't had something quite like this in many a year. I got a story 'bout it. Like to hear it? Here's how it go... Winter break, sophomore year of college, '99. Decided to take a road trip to a very strange and isolated place... the NJ pine barrens. Well you wouldn't think that you can road trip for a couple of weeks in a state so small, but then you don't know how weird this place is exactly. It's one of those special places here on this god's good earth that defies all sensible logic and laws of reason. Time stretches incomprehensibly. Roads lead to nowhere and everywhere at the same time. And the shortest path across is surely to go all the way around. Having grown up in NJ, the mere idea of the pine barrens became a fantastic dumping ground for all things boogey and curious. If you had a fear, or dark fantasy it probably sprung from the barrens. Ok I'm getting carried away.... Long story short, me and Scotty Future met these "piney twins" but there were three of them (don't ask). We made out some, and they brought us home to meet there grandpa, and it turned out that he was keeper of a Golden Needled Pine, queen tree of the forest. It had a tap directly in it, and it poured what at that time was the most delicious beer we had ever quaffed. We fell under the spell of that beer, married the piney twins (all three), and lived happily for only god knows how long. That was until, we realized that we had a life to get back to. Scotty Future and I stole away in the dead of night, slew a demon or two, and liberated some imprisoned forest gnomes before finally escaping the barrens... It took us a while to accept that we'd never be able to indulge in such a beer again, until...

So I just had Tree House's Sap. Excellent stuff! Tastes just like the beer from the golden needled pine. Smells like it! Dry pine and light grapefruit lift up the olfactory senses. It doesn't assault the palate like some of the super juicy high end IPA's that I've had recently. It's definitely hop forward, with fresh pine and herb and slight spice and cirtus, but it's dry enough that all of that hoppiness doesn't stick with you too long and it remains refreshing. Same goes for the mouth feel. Love that. It's a beautiful bright golden color and just hazy enough to remain opaque. And it sounds like... beer doesn't make a sound dummy! ;) All in all, a really solid offering.

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