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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #279
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #965
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
1,305
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 09:01 PM
Added:
Dec 24, 2012
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SCORE
96
World-Class
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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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Reviewed by SSS from Canada (QC)

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A-Thick white fluffy head atop a hazy yellow brew
S-Layered aromas of tropical fruit with a hint of cream. Pine forward with a good dose of honey and light caramel
M-Juicy mouthfeel with a full body and low end carbonation
T-Sweel fruit upfront with a level of candied fruit and a contrast of resinous pine.
O-outstanding beer!
Saturday at 09:01 PM
 
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
I waited until having my third can before rating this. Because...I really don't get it. This is by FAR my least favorite TH IPA ever, not even close. It must be a bad batch or something. There is a weird stale cardboard taste that completely ruins the rest of the flavor profile (pine? citrus?). I'll try to remember to update this if I ever have another chance to try this.
Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by hoponit from New York

Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tree House Brewing Co. "Sap"
16 fl. oz. can coded "SAP IN APRIL WHAT?? 04/26/22 05:22:00" and sampled on 05/18/22
$15.20/4-pk at the brewery on 05/12/22

Notes via stream of consciousness: Sap? Yep, it's Chinook and Simcoe! You can't go with just Chinook, it'd be too piney. It's poured a very hazy golden orange body benath an inch or so of off-white foam. The aroma is not as pronounced as I thought it would be but it still contains the pine and citrus that I thought it would. The taste is similar, which is a good thing as too much pine can be very drying and sometimes cuts back pretty harshly on the drinkability. This is pleasantly balanced between pine and citrus over a lightly sweetish and bready malt base. I'm finding orange, grapefruit, passionfruit, and some berry as well as soft pine and earth. It's moderately bitter, which really helps with piney beers, and yet it's also dry in the finish with delicate pine and light earth lingering. in the mouth it's medium in body and gently crisp. Unlike a lot of other Treehouse beers this has only a limited amount of acidic "hop bite" and I assume that it's either not dry-hopped or only lightly dry-hopped. The head has held up well, as is usual for Treehouse beers, and the lacing is great. I was expecting more from this, but at the same time I was also expecting it to be a bit too much and that's not the case at all. This is very well balanced and rounded, and highly drinkable.
Review #7,991
May 18, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful golden color with significant haze and a beautiful fluffy white head that laces the glass beautifully. The nose has grapefruit, mango, and a significant resiny pine note.

The citrus is forward on the taste, but that resiny pine is a SLEEPY mid palate through to a slightly creamy finish. Exceptionally well executed from a world class brewery.
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Off-white head of good density, close to two fingers, surface pocked by bubble crevices, thin and wispy lacing. The liquid just light enough to count as translucent, still it's got that general apricot puree look. Sufficient piney, peppery notes to stiffen the nose, fresh herbaceousness, biscuit and cracker, cocoa, moderate white grapefruit, the fruit scents unadorned peach, apricot, pineapple, steady dissolve. Light-bodied, the carbonation swishes it around without getting too creamy. Medium grade dryness, here too has good posture and while centered around an herbaceous, piney core doesn't take that too far. About as much cracker, bread crust as I can recall having in a Tree House beer. The white grapefruit citrus takes a huge leap forward and past the mid-palate becomes fairly dominant. Maybe it's this which also brings out more pineapple fruit. I do get the hint of bubblegum others mention. Good drinkability, particularly if you favor a drier profile. Probably best on a hot July day not a freezing January one. (Canned 12/22/21)
Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Dec 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by LennyDercolo from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Dec 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by freddyvitols from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.34 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Rated by eluvah from New York

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One of the best NE IPA’s I have ever tasted.
Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by jdlive from Massachusetts

Apr 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Griffin901 from Massachusetts

Feb 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by sunnytropic from New York

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by dynoflyer from Massachusetts

Jan 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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 here 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, unlike 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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Ckgibu from Hawaii

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by pveilleux from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2020
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Reviewed by BeerBaronBear from New York

4.46/5  rDev +3%
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
 
Rated: 4 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Oct 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Reviewed by Preston from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.47 by ale_addin from Illinois

Sep 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Aug 30, 2020
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.43 by Khaack from New York

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by TheWyatt from California

Jun 07, 2020
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