Sap | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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!

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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 1,458
Photo of stoumi
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.02/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of gjk
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of jykleo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of C-Stockwell
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of jth63
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of dms
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of JASnyder
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of dzni
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of npolachek
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a16 oz can (what else is there?) to a nonic. Can dated two days ago.
Milky gold with a nice white head. Lacing stays all the way through the session.
PIney aroma transitions into the taste. Somewhere back there is a sense of fruit but the pine dominates. Very dry finish.
Mouthfeeel, as expected is supurb, something special.
Not the best TH, but they have a tough itra-brewery competition going there.

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Photo of TonyLema1
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: golden color, cloudy, big white head, nice lacing
S: I get a lot of Grapefruit
T: citrus, mango, and other tropical fruits
F: slightly more bitter than most TH beers that I’ve had, great mouthfeel
O: not the typical juice bomb, but an excellent IPA

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Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

[IMG] Poured into a 13 oz Free Will Teku glass, canned on 6/14/18. Pours a very hazy yellow with a massive 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thin wisps of lace as it slowly settles into a thick layer of bubbles. 4.5

Smell is guava, passionfruit, pineapple, tangerine, and some mild grapefruit bitterness.4.25

Taste follows tropical front too back, guava, passionfruit with some grapefruit in the balanced finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, plenty of life but a little soft as it should be, not dry but sticky from the insane amount of hops, and at 7% goes down easy, but drinks bigger. 4.5

Overall this is a tremendous NEIPA, that probably should get a bigger and better grade, but with all the hype around this place I sadly was hoping for more.4.25

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Photo of Craig-er
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Made the purchase at the brewry and waited in line for 45 minutes. Lovely pour with milky white head. The color is grand. Somewhat of dry piney finish.
Very interesting brew and fresh.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pale gold and a light fading head. Smells like pine grapefruit and oranges. Tastes sweet with grapefruit and oranges. Finishes with pith and pine. Really great beer.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 06/05/18. Served in a stubby IPA glass.

Pours a moderate-to-heavily hazed pineapple-gold with a scant two fingers of soft, soapy head. Retention is good-but-not-excellent, leaving a thick, fizzy cap and a solid sheet of heavy lacing.

Medium intensity, sweet nose of caramel, pineapple and pine forest.

Taste is a fair balance of sweet sugar cookie base and bitter pine needle top notes. Tasting demerara sugar, underripe pineapple, grapefruit pith, lemon rind and juniper. More bitterness here than in your typical TH juice - which would be the Chinook. Finishes dry with an aftertaste comparable to a gin and tonic.

Feel is a little slick, medium bodied and brightly carbonated.

Maybe a little lighter and brighter than I remember Sap being in years past? If so, it's an improvement.

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Photo of MalterNate
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 6/5/18. Poured into a tulip. Pine and citrus fruit dominate the nose. Great mouthfeel. A better beer than I remember, and I think the rumor of the demise in quality of TH beers has been greatly exaggerated.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can: Poured a bright cloudy/hazy yellow color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of intense tropical notes with some melon and mango notes clearly coming out as well as some residual sugar notes. Taste is a mix of floral tropical fruits notes with some mango and melon notes clearly identifiable, some residual sugar notes and loads of dry leafy hops notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Super enjoyable IPA that I would wish would be more accessible.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House snifter glass; canned of 04/05/2018, "READ THE BOOK."
A: Pour a opaquely hazy, golden orange color with robust head formation and at least a two inch head, solid retention and ample, if somewhat soapy, lacing.
S: Fruity nose with mango, orange, grapefruit, nectarine, cane sugar, and pine all well represented.
T: Dry. Fruit more tangerine, melon, banana, and grapefruit with caramelized malt buried in fresh baked bread. Herbal with pine resin contributing a well balanced bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very robust bubble formation on swirling.
O: A delicious, albeit more dry and less fruity American/NEIPA. Reminded me a bit more of a Trillium AIPA. Was definitely worth the trip to Charlton.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just really really tasty and aromatic all around. Grapefruit and pine dominant, touch of mango and melon, earthiness, a darker more saturated take on their other ipas. Medium-high soft pillowy mouthfeel but still some prickliness from carbonation and hop resin bite.

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Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
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