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Sap | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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!

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Photo of h0wdy
2.7/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Orange with a hefty portion of white head to it.
Smell: I personally detected a smell of pine and maybe a car air freshener.
Taste: I believe this matches the smell and it gives me a very fruity feeling to it.
Feeling: I would rate this as a nice smooth drink. With this being the last of my pack I bought up in Tree House I would rate this as a crush-able beer, I just am out of it so I can't do it.
Overall: Isn't on par with Julius but if there would be only this and my lowest rated beer on a table at a party, I will take this with a huge smile on my face.

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Photo of Jimra51
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love TH, esp Julius and Haze, but feel they missed it on this one. I really question them taking this from a Christmas beer to a full time offering. After standing in line for 2 hours to get 8 beers, I expected more, especially TH. I have tried 3 of the eight, but just don't get it, my guests will have to drink the other 5

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey body with an initial tight white head. Swampy orange and pine aroma, I believe this is mostly Chinook and it smells like it. Tastes like it smells with the heavy pine and orange rind lupelins sitting on the palate. A bit of mint and steel too. Thick body. Bitter hop oil finish.

Eh. Good but I was underrwhelmed by this offering after just having Treehouse's Green. There are a lot of equal and better Chinook centric offerings out there.

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Photo of nhindian
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 4/13/2016.

Appearance - Much like Julius, Sap is a hazy specimen of a beer. It is not as radiant as Julius, however, as it takes on a darker hue. The head is just as dense with large swaths of foam coating the glass.

Aroma - The nose is decidly more piney than Julius for sure. It is dank and "wet" and has a hop profile more similar to the West Coast style than the New England style, so I'm in familiar territory here. The aroma is rounded out by a nice blend of tropical fruit, especially pineapple.

Taste - Well, I am now 2-for-2 on enjoying the aroma of Tree House IPAs better than the taste. The fruit components from the hops fall almost completely away, leaving only traces of their once juicy notes. Thankfully the pine is still out in full-force. There does exist a bit of mango in the finish which adds a touch of sweetness. A nice spiciness complements the pine.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel spot-on. It is nicely carbonated and has a soft, yet supportive, texture that helps the profile develop.

Closing Arguments - Overall, this is another solid IPA from Tree House, but again not one that is world-shattering. Sap doesn't have as much hype as some of the others, so this may be a bit more fair.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Made my first trip to TH yesterday, very efficient system they have there, much more so than other similar breweries from NE. I was really looking forward to trying Sap but found it underwhelming.

Looks fantastic in the glass, beautiful hazy orange color, huge head and great lacing. Smell is VERY subtle, way less potent than I was expecting. Taste sort of followed suit. It's good but not world class IMHO. Nice soft, smooth mouthfeel but without the intense flavors I was hoping for.

I walked away with a lot of Curiosity 14 and that was delicious (review for another night) but Sap, well, I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of VincentChase
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-like golden color with very little aroma, which surprised me for a TH beer. It has that familiar TH 'base flavor' with added pine and some back end dryness. Didn't really feel full-flavored and certainly not a juice bomb like their usual line of IPAs/DIPAs. In a way, it felt like many of my favorite qualities in their IPAs were stripped out (intoxicating aromas, gushing juiciness) and swapped out for resiny pine and dryness. Not really my flavor and I'm a little thrown off considering the amount of clamoring on Twitter and this site for its return - easily the weakest IPA offering I've had from them. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks sirsteve! classic ipa look. nose is a bit treasonous but fairly light. taste is sappy. decent nothing earth shattering. didn't hold a candle to lights out, but nut a bad ipa. little watery. not bad but nut my bag.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours the typical Tree House deep orange haze, thought slightly less so than their other IPA's. Has a 2-finger bubbly white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is a little disappointing. I get lots of pine and citrus with a touch of mangoes and some pineapple. Good aroma, but not mind-blowing.

The flavor follows suit. Very piney and resiny with some orange and grapefruit notes. Very light on the tropical flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as fluffy or smooth as expected. Pretty sticky and bitter on the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very good IPA, though it's definitely the weakest offering from Tree House. The flavors are far more straight forward and bitter than usual, and the mouthfeel just doesn't have the pillowy softness we've all come to know and love. Still, a damn good beer.

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Photo of joberlander
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy appearance but you can see through. The aroma is juicy and tropical but a little subdued. After having eureka last night, this isn't as in your face mango and grapefruit. There is definitely a little "dank" and pine but not overwhelming. The taste is slight pine bitterness followed by orange, mango, grapefruit. Similar to the aroma the flavor isn't in your face as I expected. It finishes very dry with a little pine bite at the end. Overall a great beer that's better than 80% of what you find on shelves but not worth the 1.5 hour drive when trilliums 20 minutes away. I'm holding out hope that their flagship beers will blow me away as their rankings suggest but so far with eureka w/ citra and sap...Trillium is better.

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Photo of abuono
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating this on the Tree House scale, giving it only one thumb up. Just doesn't have the juicy dankness of most Tree House IPAs- and it's not meant to. Seems TH was going for a SN Celebration-like pine hop character. And in that, they succeeded. Light malt, drying pine bitterness. Very well made. But still not really where my tastes are at. Again, better than 95% of beers on the shelves, but for TH IPAs/APAs, this is a last pick for me.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale grey, silverish yellow when pouring, which accumulates to a more cloudy yellow-orange with a large foamy head that recedes to a blanket with coral lacing.

This beer has some of the most distinct apricot I’ve smelled, yet it seems not a lot of others are picking up on it. This is accompanied by candy, vanilla, orange, and mango—nothing piney or sappy and I’m happy. It seems this is supposed to feature some of that harsh pine, and many others have noted as such, but I'm just not getting it and this can was a day old.

I'm normally not a big fan of that flavor profile so its absence is okay with me. In taste I actually get more mango, with bubblegum and watermelon as well. It's a very soft and delicate, semi-sweet flavor, and totally unexpected at that.

Feel is tangy with a yeast spiciness giving off a slight burn on the back end.

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Photo of Resuin
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip. This was filled yesterday, a little over 24 hours ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves a nice, fluffy, two-finger, white head.

Smell: Light pine, mild citrus, some pepper and mild spices as well. Fairly subtle aroma.

Taste: Big malt backbone with flavors of light mango, peaches, citrus rinds, earthy tones. Some hop bitterness towards the end.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Some hop bitterness is found in the finish.

Overall: I would call this a malt-forward IPA as opposed to the real hop-forward Julius. Fairly refreshing and definitely not bad.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagan1984 for another Tree House offering. Served in a New Belgium tulip while watching Scarface with Mark and Lisa.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Hazed orange body.

S - Interesting nose - I might have guessed El Dorado hops here, but apparently it's just a Chinook/Cascade blend. In any case, there was loads of citrus flesh with mild pine and grass in the periphery. The malt character seems a bit bigger here than with Julius. Perhaps a bit of crystal malt, as I get some red fruit and licorice notes. Not bad, but a bit disappointing compared to Julius.

T - The taste is more successful than the aroma. A nice mix of tangerine zest, icing sugar malts, and surprisingly high bitterness (this makes sense now that I know Chinook was the main hop). While it never gets out of check, it certainly lives up to the name and gives the impression of licking pine sap by the end of the growler.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry finish, and no obvious alcohol. Quite resinous and oily, as you'd expect from the name.

D - A solid IPA that actually reminds me a bit of Haymarket's better offerings in the balance of malt and hops. I generally dislike all/mainly Chinook beers, so this is a success by any measure for me, just not a beer I'd get often.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full disclosure - I am a super fan of Tree House brews, especially the juice bombs. And while I think the boys from Monson knock just about all of them out of the park, I find this IPA remarkable only in that it has the smooth mouth feel that seems to be in all of the TH products. Otherwise, a pretty standard, very good (not world class) piney hopped IPA.

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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dusty yellow amber color with a giant off white head and lots of chunky lacing left on the tulip glass. The aroma brings strong but balanced lemon pine, bright yet bready good. The flavor offers an aggressive earthy, leafy hops accompanied by a sweet buttery bready malt. The hop has some astringency but may reflect that I got the last growler out of that keg. I get a hint of bubblegum and some leafy ideas. It mellows as your tongue adjusts to the bite and it settles into a very agreeable IPA that was indeed worth the 1 hour plus wait at the lovable little country brewery. The body is medium but the feel is a refreshing tingly deal with decent drinkability for any hop lover. A nice introduction to Tree House.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a snifter.

Hazy medium copper body, two finger offwhite head with a nice long retention time, lots of lacing that drops into a fluffy film and medium collar. Smells mostly of pine and leaf, very pine-forward. Solid caramel malt backbone, but it's quite pine-forward. Flavour is moderately pine forward, backed up by a mild grapefruit flavour with a bit of floral and resin on the backend. Moderate caramel backbone is present, stronger than some of the other Tree House IPAs I've had, but it's important in balancing out the strong pine here. It tastes quite a bit like Chinooker'd, to be honest. That's the closest I'd put it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous, a bit sticky, dry. The slightest hint of alcohol, but I think that's the resin more than any ethanol. Overall, an enjoyable IPA that's quite pine-forward if that's your thing. Not one of Tree House's best, but still far better than most other IPAs.

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Photo of codysjb
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a glass
A: Straw yellow with excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Lots of hops and saison type flavor. Piny hops.
T: good malt, low hop flavor. Good balance overall.
M: Very full and well balanced. Flavors are consistent.
O: Great, probs would have been slightly better fresh but a great beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Growler dated 9/28/2013.

Appearance - Hazy and pretty pale. Golden orange. Nice lacing.

Taste - Orange citrus hop. Not an overwhelming hop flavor, but pleasant. Sweet malt. Pale malts. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Balanced is an appropriate word. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's sweet but I don't seem to mind. Hoppy enough to keep me happy.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is solid but has a Malty back taste. Strong dry hop smell and solid cloudy look. Pretty drinkable beer but too malty to make it one that I would seek out

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to give this a go today, after trading for this can dated 2/23 a while back. I loved the Julius and Haze but for some reason, this was a bit of letdown to me. No flavors in particular stood out to me and this wasn't as juicy or hoppy as other beers that I had from them and while it went down smoothly, there wasn't anything memorable when it came to this brew.

The pour was by far the best aspect of this beer, as the hue was a wonderfully cloudy deep apricot with a massive head loaded with bubbles of all sizes. Amazingly, the lacing was even better as a majority of the back of my pint glass was covered by an intricate web of foam and froth that was some of the thickest that I've ever seen. Grapefruit and pineapple were indeed in the nose but not as strong as I had wished and they were in the taste but...where was the sap? This stuff was so thin and I kept waiting for a thick, oily sheen of resin and dankness to kick in and of course, that never happened. Hardly any carbonation here and not a juicy presence here even though this was just slick enough to have an underlying amount of citrus here. Just a hint of pine in the aftertaste but that was short-lived after each sip.

Enough booze was present here and that came through more and more as I worked my way through this. While not a bad beer, it didn't live up to it's name or the reputation of the more popular beers in Tree House's portfolio. If you like IPA's, (and who doesn't?) this will suffice but with so many out there, this wouldn't be one that I'd reach for first. Only worth a go once...

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Growler shared by drewone - Thanks.

A: Pours clear, light orangish with a quarter inch thick white head which fades to a cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: A boat load of pine with some citrus also plus very floral. Nice.

T: Resiny pine with a balance of caramel malts. Faint citrus notes.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation (from growler). Sticky, resiny, pine finish.

O: Solid and a runner up to Julius. Enjoyed.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Two finger head with a soapy texture. Color is dark orange and densely hazy, the typical treehouse look.

aroma- Good amount of pine, but also alot of citrus and tropical fruits.

taste- Solid amount of pine from the start to the finish. The middle of mouth sees some grapefruit and juicy citrus. Finish has bitter pine and a dry bread malt helping balance things out.

feel- Medium body, medium carbonation, very soft mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

overall- With a name like Sap I was definitely expecting pine, but I was also expecting it be sticky and resinous. Its got the pine, but definitely not the resin, rather it has a juicy citrus/grapefruit which ends up nicely compliments the pine.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright and hazy, light orange to peach in color when the beer hits the glass. An average sized head forms and retains really well, leaving a ton of lace down the side of the glass as well. The overall visual impression in the glass is of a super hazy blonde ale.

S- Given that the description of this beer denotes mostly chinook hops, I can now say that I know what they smell like. True to its name, this beer has a very pine and cedar like scent, with big, strongly bitter hops right up front. The middle of the scent almost smells like sap and really brings back memories of a fresh cut tree at Christmas, The end of the smell moves a little away from the pine and more towards a citrus impression, but only in the slightest.

T- When the beer first hits the tongue, there is a big burst of bitter, piney hops right on the front of the tongue. Again, the thought of a Christmas tree is prevalent right from the get go and beer's namesake is readily detectable. Past the hops bitterness, there isn't really much else in the flavor of this beer. The hops hold serve throughout the drink and fade a little at the back end before making a comeback and being the lingering flavor on the tongue.

M- Like most of the other Tree House beers I have had, the mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, but nothing terribly out of line for the style. For an IPA, this one also has lower carbonation. On the whole, the beer is easily drinkable and really hides its 7% ABV very well.

Overall, this is definitely a change of pace from the fruity and citrus forward IPA's that Tree House makes. The hops are very tree-forward and satisfying with a strong bitterness bite. In the end, this is another solid Tree House canned offering.

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico1985 for bringing this one over on Saturday. Reviewed from notes.

A- From the growler to a snifter with a golden body. Creamy white head to a finger or so in height with decent retention. The foam ends up leaving a pretty large amount of lace all around the glass.

S- Clean and refined hops up front. Good tropical fruit and citrus with some pine in there nicely. Some grassy and caramel hints too.

T- Flavorful tropical fruit like mango and peach up front in this hop forward beer. Orange peel for sure and some pine picks up with each sip as well. Some sweets and caramel hints.

MF- Moderately carbonated body with a light-medium overall consistency. Good clean bitterness in the finish.

Huge mango and peach feel with some pine in there. Clean hop bomb and very refreshing.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16 oz can into a tulip.
Pours a really nice hazy honey color with a couple fingers of head.
Really resiny pine notes in the aroma, some sweetness in there too, notes of citrus.
Flavor is really nice, it's not a hop bomb yet still has tons of pine and resin with good lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel was very nice.
Overall, while this beer isn't a can of juice as some love, I found it to be a delicious piney beer.

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