Tree House Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - New England
Ranked #175
Ranked #590
4.34 | pDev: 6.91%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: 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!
Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 1,519 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hops_for_thought
hops_for_thought from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (15May2020) into a pint glass

L: hazy light yellow orange, nice thick white head. Great lacing as well

S: clean, ripe citrusy fruit with a bit of bitterness/earthiness to it. Grapefruit and orange with some nice tropical mango notes, get this “gummy” aroma as it's warmed a bit that I like

T: follows from the nose, nice grapefruit and mango notes but pivots to the piney/earthiness fairly quick. Great flavor, nice bitterness without losing the tropical and citrusy fruit notes from the nose/earlier in the swallow. Medium/short finish, very drinkable

F: medium carbonation and body, slightly drying

O: good IPA that delivers modern fruit-forward notes on the nose and palate while maintaining some piney character. a

May 31, 2020
Photo of osheamatth
osheamatth from New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Too be 100% fair I think this can is too old. Has none of the characteristics people rave about and I’ve had many Tree House brews and they’ve always been outstanding. I’ll review this for sure.

Mar 23, 2020
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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 27, 2019. Though originally brewed as a "Christmas" beer, this piney IPA, brewed almost exclusively Chinook hops, was so enjoyable we decided to put it into the 'year round' rotation. With it's golden yellow color, rich aroma, and drying body, it's hard to stop drinking this one. Sap is a deceptively soft beer brimming with distinctive notes of grapefruit, mango, pine, and earthy spice. With waves of diverse flavor, it is perhaps our most complex IPA. It is the result of our uncompromising dedication to fresh, progressive, delightful beer.

Mar 05, 2020
Photo of Ollie63
Ollie63 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying Sap. About a month and a half old, from a can. Not able to discern any age/maltiness. Held up well. No overly impressive aromas. Does a great job of maintaining the fluffy body you'd expect from TH, but with tons of piney spice on the palate. Just enough sweetness to balance it out. Really refreshing after trying so many NEIPA's that run together after a while.

Feb 11, 2020
Photo of bret27
bret27 from California

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh can courtesy of yllib.
Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange.
Sap is an appropriate name. Smells of pine and grapefruits.
Tastes essentially like a good west coast ipa.
Good and drinkable. Not what everyone wants from treehouse though.

Jan 21, 2020
Photo of TomFoolery_x
TomFoolery_x from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 12/13/19 into a IPA glass.

Overall this beer was good. No better than some local shelf hops I could procure for far less. The most appealing aspect of this was the nose. It smelled of grapefruit, muted citrus, and an intoxicating resinous piney scent I couldn’t get over. Taste was just ok, nothing to write home about. Would most likely pass given the chance to revisit this one

Jan 09, 2020
Photo of thebeers
thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy light orange with a hint of murky, grayish hue. Two fat fingers of yellowed head. Good retention and thick, webbed lacing.

Relatively restrained aroma with grapefruit and dusty pine standing out the most.

Light citrus, tropical fruit and pine up front. Slightly watery mid-palate with some black pepper and a little toast on the backend. Moderately bitter, slightly chalky finish and aftertaste.

On the thin side of medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Nice, understated zip to the carbonation.

Sort of tastes like an OG NEIPA blended with a not-too-intense West Coast IPA. Pine stands out the most, but there’s a hint of light tropical fruitiness beneath. Not bad.

Dec 01, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Canned 12/27/16; drank 12/31/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Orange peel, fresh soap & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Blood orange & fresh soap flavors up front; mild peanut butter notes on the finish.

This has a LOT going on, yet it's fairly harmonious & easy to enjoy. Not my dream IPA, but the high degree of difficulty is worthy of respect.

Sep 08, 2019
Photo of Lordquackingstic
Lordquackingstic from New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A beautiful hazy orange-yellow with lots of effervescent bubbles riding up the sides of the glass to a small but fluffy white head. Signature Tree House look.

S: A little on the weaker side for a TH beer, but still strong. Mango, pine, lemon, grapefruit.

T: Spruce tips, orange rind, bitter lemon, slightly sweet.

F: Very light despite its impenetrable haziness, but not lacking in substance. Very spritzy and bubbly.

O: This is a solid beer. I enjoy pine forward beers, and this one hits the mark with that in a surprisingly light bodied ale. This is a top notch easy drinking IPA. Not over the top, but that's not what it was aiming to be.

Jul 19, 2019
Photo of jmdrpi
jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

this appears more clear, dark golden color, white head. more of an old school West Coast IPA aroma- piney, spicy, a bit dank fruit. taste is similar, and fairly bitter, dry. thin to medium bodied.

Jul 05, 2019
Photo of stoumi
stoumi from California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sap pouts a murky and dark golden yellow with a nicely formed 1-finger head that dissipates with spotty lacing. The smell is big and juicy with tropical and citrus with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango with an earthy hop bite including some fruit rind. A mild bitterness up front that gives way to a wave of juicy fruits. Signature, Tree House, the mouthfeel is excellent with the fruit flavors from the nose.

Mar 17, 2019
Photo of beertunes
beertunes from Mayotte

3.02/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Brutalfarce for this one. 16oz can (of course) poured into 14oz teku. Poured an almost murky, I could just barely see my fingers through it, brownish-orange color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma led off with an earthy hop scent, with no appreciable malt or grain showing. pretty similar on the tongue, with the added bonus of just a hint of hop bitterness to get ones attention.

The body was the average light that typifies the style. Drinkability was fine, no issues there. Overall, a solid example of the style. If you like these types of beers, you'll likely like this one.

Mar 13, 2019
Photo of gjk
gjk from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/31/19 going down the can line feeling bad, poured into tulip
Hazy opaque orange with quickly dissipating head that reaccumulates with a swirl. Lacing on sides and thin head on top
Juicy fruit nose with some pith/rind on the back end
full bodied but not viscous, sweet at first then tropical fruits with bitter and dry finish,
Another great one from Tree House

Feb 15, 2019
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Knapp85 for this can!

A - Hazy / opaque medium orange gold color with thick soapy white lacing. The foam is very sticky oh the sides of the glass.

S - Juicy tropical fruit nose with grapefruit and mango in the forefront.

T - Sweet grapefruit and mango from start to finish with some pineapple in the middle. Ends with a lingering sappy, resiny pine bitterness to balance out the finish.

M - Thick, full bodied, and a little bit chewy. Coats the mouth with a healthy layer of fruit rind and leaves a cotton-like sensation on the palate.

O - This is an outstanding IPA that's worthy of the hype.

Feb 15, 2019
Photo of jykleo
jykleo from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/31. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 2/9.
A:Light Orange and nice haziness. one finger on too and lace down nicely.
S:Tangelin, aplicott, and light orange aromas.
T:Tropical fruits juiciness. ABV is 7% but never feel it.
M:Light Carbo.Smooth. Med to light body. No pungent, eccentrik, stimulus notes at all.
but very well balanced complexity and taste and feel. I have no idea what kind malts is used.
But gaian, smooth, well balanced and not contest with Hops. Wao. This IPA is quite unique.
O:Easy to drink. Nice complexity. Mild, fluffy after taste.

Feb 08, 2019
Photo of C-Stockwell
C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: opaque yellow-green, almost viscous. Small head that quickly leaves
S: tangerine, pepper, and pine
T: pepper and malt. Rather dry but not too bitter
F: good carbonation and mouth watering

The star of the show here is the hops, rather than fruit. Probably would work well with a pepper steak or spicy food.

Dec 24, 2018
Photo of jth63
jth63 from Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy, opaque, like watered down OJ
Smell: Lots of citrus, slight pine
Taste: Big upfront with the citrus, with a hint of mango, easy finish
Feel: A little light, could use a bit more body
Overall: Another very good beer from Tree House.

Dec 22, 2018
Photo of SierraNevallagash
SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to Matt for this can!
Pint can dated 11/06/18 - poured into a tulip at 44F.

Pours a beautiful, glowing, essentially opaque, fresh-squeezed orange juice color. A large finger of white head sits atop, and recedes at at moderate pace to a soapy film and collar.

Nose is big guava right out of the gate. Super juicy and tropical, with a big, bright, acidic orange juice note close behind. Orange juice with guava. Notes of mango are also prevalent, and a little swirl's brings out notes of blueberry and light bread dough. Smells fresh, fruity, vibrant and juicy.

Palate opens up leaning predominantly pineapple and orange. Bright and zingy. To a lesser extent, I'm also getting mango and grapefruit. A touch of that guava too. There are also some of those earthy berry notes that I get very often from Mosaic. The main star here is orange and pineapple. Juicy, bright, and acidic. It's also not very malty or sweet, which works so beautifully with this flavor profile. There is a very, very mild bitterness when approaching the finish. The bitterness is neither grapefruit rind, nor pine, but rather a combination of both, albeit very toned down, and simply adding some drying closure to the finish. This is a fine example of a citrusy IPA.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium across the board. It does have a touch of that signature Tree House "fluff", but overall, the body is a little lighter than many of their other offerings - which is also accentuated by the sparkly carbonation. On the lighter side, yes, but still has some weight and softness.

Overall, this is just a damn good beer. It's packed full of massive citrus flavor, with wonderful tropical accents. It's on the lighter side, ridiculously drinkable, but not sacrificing flavor or feel whatsoever. It's just so well done. This would be a fantastic summer day-at-the-beach drinker. A wonderful beer, and a fine example of what simplicity can accomplish, and still be interesting and unique. Excellent.

Dec 05, 2018
Photo of dms
dms from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was a let down for me. It just doesn't have that special Treehouse smell and taste. I can grab several off the shelf IPAs at my local store in CT that compare with it. I found the taste somewhat muted. The carbonation was a little sharp for a NEIPA. It sat more on my tongue than the roof of my mouth. Overall it felt a little thin/watery compared to other TH offerings. I've given it a few chances too - three separate purchases and a few tastings with friends elsewhere over the last two years. It's not a bad beer by any means. It's just the least good of all of the TH IPAs I've had.

Nov 30, 2018
Photo of egrandfield
egrandfield from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Neipa
S: made the room I was drinking it in smell like pine and spruce (hella New England)
T: pine sap, no alcohol taste
F: Neipa
O: one of a kind, would have again

Nov 10, 2018
Photo of JASnyder
JASnyder from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

4 Month old can
The smell is amazing - sweet apricots.
The color is beautiful- typical deeply hazy peachy Tree House.
The taste is too mellow these four months later, perhaps? I remember a very punchy Sap when this was fresh.
Almost flat carbonation. No thanks on that front.
All in all, another Tree House brew - Yummy.

Oct 16, 2018
Photo of hoptheology
hoptheology from South Dakota

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can traded from brutalfarce, poured into Yakima Valley hops glass.

Deep hazy color, slightly juicy with an almost apricot color and a creamy 1 finger head. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of mango and pineapple, with apricot and pear, slight berry, honeydew, and dew grass.

Flavor is pepper, pine, hints of peppermint, mango, kiwi, apricot, dust, with a floral finish of sweet grass and sharp pine with lingering apricot.

Feel is juicy and acidic, very nice. Semi-creamy, semi-dry, and a resinous finish.

Overall, pretty good, reminds me of the holidays. Really piney and pepperminty. Still juicy and smooth though. Nice departure from the other TH offerings.

Sep 21, 2018
Photo of dzni
dzni from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated 8/21, poured into teku

Hazy golden, rich white foam
Pineapple, mango, citrus smell
More pineapple, citrus, tropical. Nutmeg spice. Pine bitterness.
Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Overall, nice beer. More on the bitter, hoppy side, but still well balanced between the factioning sides.

Sep 10, 2018
Photo of npolachek
npolachek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely taste the Sap in this beer. Smooth and very drinkable. The key to this beer is the nose which is epitomal north east ipa accenting the native forest.

Sep 02, 2018
Photo of csmrx7
csmrx7 from Canada

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like a lot of the base treehouse beers over the bigger ones. Well balanced and drinkable. Still knock your socks off with great base beer and amazing hop aroma and flavor. The touch of dank hops really sets this off.

Sep 02, 2018
Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1519 ratings