Tree House Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #204
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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!
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freddyvitols from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/24/2021. Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy amber yellow color. Classic Tree House lacing. Smells of tropical fruit with some pine. A bit more bitter than other stuff Tree House puts out there. Taste starts with the tropical and moves to the resin with some malty, bready notes on the aftertaste. Nothing particularly noticeable about the mouthfeel although it isn't bad. Definitely not your typical juice bomb, but marries elements of more classic IPAs with the Tree House flair. Unfortunately, it's an uneasy marriage--both elements are there on their own but they don't have the synergy I was expecting.

Sep 03, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden straw color and a thin head with lacing in the glass. Smell is tropical fruit, bubble gum, and pine. The tropical fruit comes through in the taste; like dried mango slices which transition to the piney, earthy flavors which linger. Not a lot of malt presence. Juicy and somewhat cloudy feel. Overall, a solid Tree House offering.

Jul 03, 2021
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-week-old can poured into a Teku.

Look is pale yellow-gold mild mild haze (though totally opaque) and a wonderful head of eggshell foam, especially considering the ABV. Wonderful lacing and creaminess. The coloring may not be TH's most attractive, but the overall visual experience remains top notch -- they flat-out make 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 little piney resin (true sap, though perhaps that's the marketing planting ideas in my head) that lingers throughout, which is wonderful. 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 solid 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 I haven't experienced in their other juicy beers. It's extremely dry, with a strong grapefruit pith and slight greenness at the end. And the resiny aftertaste (with zero residual sweetness) is on point with the beer name and description.

Feel is soft and silky but a little thin. Possibly my least favorite of the TH beers I've tried, but still very good.

Jan 03, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | 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 decent cap that leaves good lacing

S: A mix of pine, citrus, and light tropical fruit up front along with a touch of earthiness

T: Starts off with a mix of pine, earthy tones, and citrus. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering pine and citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great hybrid west-coast meets NE IPA that is super easy to drink. Brings that classic pine and citrus with a little bit of TH juice. Definitely worth checking out

Dec 22, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 09/22/20, tasted 10/22/20. This was one of the first TH beers I ever tasted, but I didn't review it back then. I find that Sap lacks a tiny bit in depth compared with some of the other classic TH beers, but it's still darn good. It's got a light to medium mouthfeel, very drinkable despite the slightly bitter profile. Definitely falls more on the piney than juicy side compared with Julius, e.g., which fits the name.

Oct 22, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can received as a gift from a friend. Purchased directly from the brewery. Canned on 9/22/2020, so this is 3 weeks and a day old.

Look: Nice opaque, just barely translucent orange color. A nice head upon the pour that reduced to a thin white frothy layer. Nice lacing.

Smell: Very interesting, complex, and pungent. There is a lot of pine, resin, and dankness in the nose. Underneath it, there is also tropical fruit (mango, grapefruit oils, green pineapple top) and some interesting spice and green notes that are harder to identify. The finish kind of smells like cinnamon red hot candy, along with green herbal/vegetal notes. Getting green bell pepper also. It is different and intriguing.

Taste: Interesting. There is a lot of complexity here for sure. It's way more refreshing than I expected it to be. Based on the nose, I kind of expected the taste to be a 2 x 4 to the face. But it's way more soft and gradual. Up front, there is a bit of tanginess and a nice fruity sweetness that is citrusy and tropical. Notes of under-ripe mango and apricot fruit leather. That lasts for a few seconds, and then it is washed away by a super grapefruit pithy, bitter, earthy, piney, and woodsy finish that lingers long yet is super soft at the same time. Instead of it being a sharp bitter finish, it is a wave of bitterness that slowly and gradually overtakes your palate, finishes super dry, and subsequently makes you go for another sip. It's the opposite of crisp, yet it is still refreshing and very tasty.

Feel: Soft and pillowy. Lots of tiny bubbles. The mouthfeel is also very chewy, which is interesting for a NEIPA.

Overall: My first Tree House beer. Pretty impressive - lives up to the hype. Very well made. I wasn't sure what to expect from a NEIPA that features Chinook and Simcoe hops, but this offering is quite good. My prior experience with Chinook has been primarily as a bittering hop. I am impressed and surprised. I still like the fruity juice bomb type IPAs and pale ales out there, and there is definitely a place for this type of beer too when you have time to savor the nuances and depth of flavors and aromas. This is a "sipping IPA". Kudos for uniqueness and originality in the unorthodox NEIPA hop bill. And kudos for a 7.0% ABV NEIPA that is so hoppy and bitter and also so drinkable. I don't usually drink more than one of these types of beers in a session, but with this one you certainly could enjoy more than one.

Oct 15, 2020
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Preston from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from Tree House. This is hoppier than some of my favorites, but it develops well (and very smoothly) on the palate. Very easy drinking with a bunch of pine flavors. It's complex and good.

Oct 06, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/30. Pale orange, creamy thick head, very hazy. Citrusy, hoppy, dank smells. Taste is juicy, citrusy, slightly dank and bitter with a bit of piney resin. Medium bodied, mouth watering, not that boozy. Really good.

Aug 06, 2020
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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
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osheamatth from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Older review remains below. As I expected the previous incarnation I had of SAP had been sitting around in a beer distributor for too long. This is a terrifically hoppy NEIPA with nice under notes of tropical fruit and spice. Plenty of spicy blasts of dried fruit on the nose and palate which are followed by bracing piney happiness. It’s a departure from the super charged citrusy Fruity aromatic Treehouse offerings so far more traditional. I think this beer should be allowed to warm up (NO NOT WARM) a bit out of a fridge or cooler. The nuanced flavors really flourish when it’s merely chilled. Beautiful finish.

Old review
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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
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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
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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
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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
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C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

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
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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
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1546 ratings