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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

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!

Added by jlindros on 12-24-2012

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Avg:
4.31
pDev:
19.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 907
Photo of ryno6616
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For whatever reason I've always missed this one but I finally got it today. Well worth the wait but so glad the wait is over. I love "piney" IPAs. This is hands down the best piney IPA I've ever had. No surprise. Treehouse is just ridiculous with the quality brews they put out. Typical Treehouse smell and look for the most part with more of a dry piney finish. Absolutely love it. Mmmm mmm mmm

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright orange, and hazy. A finger of white head forms a top and retains well, with only a small smattering of lacing left behind. Aroma is a buzz with pine, resin, dank, and slightly citrus hops. It's a pleasing and mouth watering aroma, but remains rather subdued. Taste notes include sticky pine and resin hop notes up front, with biscuit malts and citrus hops playing back-up. While it's hoppy, and sitting at an ABV of 7.3%, it's easy to drink. Mouth feel is full of partilate, which is slightly abrasive on the tongue. It's slightly filling, while keeping a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's a fun IPA. It may be over shadowed by its brewery IPA brethren, but make no mistake, this beer is still tasty. The sticky, resiny taste definitely drives home the name sake for Sap.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of thenickfury
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whew boy! This certainly takes me back! I haven't had something quite like this in many a year. I got a story 'bout it. Like to hear it? Here's how it go... Winter break, sophomore year of college, '99. Decided to take a road trip to a very strange and isolated place... the NJ pine barrens. Well you wouldn't think that you can road trip for a couple of weeks in a state so small, but then you don't know how weird this place is exactly. It's one of those special places here on this god's good earth that defies all sensible logic and laws of reason. Time stretches incomprehensibly. Roads lead to nowhere and everywhere at the same time. And the shortest path across is surely to go all the way around. Having grown up in NJ, the mere idea of the pine barrens became a fantastic dumping ground for all things boogey and curious. If you had a fear, or dark fantasy it probably sprung from the barrens. Ok I'm getting carried away.... Long story short, me and Scotty Future met these "piney twins" but there were three of them (don't ask). We made out some, and they brought us home to meet there grandpa, and it turned out that he was keeper of a Golden Needled Pine, queen tree of the forest. It had a tap directly in it, and it poured what at that time was the most delicious beer we had ever quaffed. We fell under the spell of that beer, married the piney twins (all three), and lived happily for only god knows how long. That was until, we realized that we had a life to get back to. Scotty Future and I stole away in the dead of night, slew a demon or two, and liberated some imprisoned forest gnomes before finally escaping the barrens... It took us a while to accept that we'd never be able to indulge in such a beer again, until...

So I just had Tree House's Sap. Excellent stuff! Tastes just like the beer from the golden needled pine. Smells like it! Dry pine and light grapefruit lift up the olfactory senses. It doesn't assault the palate like some of the super juicy high end IPA's that I've had recently. It's definitely hop forward, with fresh pine and herb and slight spice and cirtus, but it's dry enough that all of that hoppiness doesn't stick with you too long and it remains refreshing. Same goes for the mouth feel. Love that. It's a beautiful bright golden color and just hazy enough to remain opaque. And it sounds like... beer doesn't make a sound dummy! ;) All in all, a really solid offering.

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Photo of aquabears
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy and golden, though not as hazy as other Tree House beers. Smells resinous and slightly grapefruit. Tastes sweet and piney, some citrus, and faint bitterness at the end. Very bright and lively flavors. Light/medium body and moderate carbonation with a dry-ish finish.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Lovely hazy gold with white billowy head.

S: Tons of hop resin off the bat. Lingering scents of melon and tropical fruit. Fruity esters

T: Hop bitterness is a touch harsher than Julius. Starts off tasting like orange juice, then moves to relatively even bitterness on the palate. Hint of malt and somewhat unidentifiable hop flavors.

F: Very nice and light. Edges are just a tad rough but overall very solid example of the style.

O: Liked it, didn't love it like Julius.

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Photo of drew42e
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml growler, slight haze and medium orange. Aroma of grapefruit up front into some tropical fruit and mango, into a finish of pine. Flavor matched and I found this IPA quite complex and enjoyable. Slight bitter finish.

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Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter appears a hazy golden orange color with a firm white cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

Aroma has a bit of citrus zest, rindy pith and grass. Pine resin and a little catty/sulfuric.

Taste is grassy with a bit of pine resin bitterness. Mild vegetative with a dry husky grain accent.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Not a bad brew. Thank you kindly Kegatron for gifting me with this.

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Photo of JMuro77
1.52/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

If this beer didn't have the Tree House name, it wouldn't even be rated an 80. It tastes "off" from the beginning with and aftertaste that doesn't have a pine feel to it, but more like pine needles were dropped in. Sorry, this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of GeeL
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, same day 16-oz can poured into a tulip glass. Very chilled initially, but allowed to warm over time.

L: typical Tree House/NEIPA: cloudy, and thick
S: Resin, pine, tropical fruit. The pine and fruit actually go well together. Who woulduh thunk?
T: After having a ton of uber-tropical fruit IPAs lately, the piney, resiny IPA was a nice change. I found it to be more balanced as it sat and warmed a little. As it warmed more, the fruit came out more; however, it was less balanced. This is a solid east coast/west coast hybrid-fusion beer. It's not a "beer epiphany", it won't knock your socks off, but it's solid and unique enough that it's worth a try if you get access to a can.
F: typical TH/NEIPA: almost nitro-like, smooth. Just enough carb to accent some bitterness, not so much to detract from any flavors. In fact, the feel becomes part of the taste experience.
O: A solid beer. Different, yet familiar. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't get the polarizing ratings. This is one of Treehouse's more complex offerings. The west coast (chinook) hops pair well with the tropical, citrus favors and soft TH mouthfeel. I'm also picking up some funky esthers in the nose. This is a real treat to savor...let it warm up a bit to unlock the magic.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can is dated 7/28/16 so it's not the freshest. Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy white head. Smell is extremely piney. I can see why they call it Sap. There's also very subtle grapefruit and mango in there too. Taste is sort of bitter up front with pine and resin coming through with some mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, just like you'd expect from an ECIPA. Carbonation is basically perfect. I'm sure this is better within 1 or 2 weeks but this is still good. Not your typical "East Coast" style, in fact I would say it's very "West Coast" aside from the appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange pour with a large creamy head. Great retention and lacing. Big pine aroma with grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes. Taste like the aroma but with light biscuit-y malt. Fairly smooth mouth feel with low bitterness. Medium carbonation. Really excellent beer. Pine tends not to be my favorite hop flavor but really is nice here.

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Photo of larryi86
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, dated 7/28/16, poured into a tulip

A- A fairly hazy copper with a three finger white head.

S- Piney and earthy with some nice tropical/citrusy fruits, touch of sweetness.

T- Piney, some resin, slightly floral, some spruce, citrus/grapefruit, hint of tropical fruits, hints of malt sweetness. Bitter and balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty, well done IPA, easy to drink. Bitterness is pretty big but not a pallet killer, really enjoy the balance of this beer.

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

Hazy yellow color, white head. Aroma is dank, resinous. Taste starts really juicy but not sweet, just the hop oils are shining. Really smooth mouthfeel, extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased 8/4/16 and poured into an 18 oz Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F head with the usual good retention, lacing, cap, ring. Beer is a hazy orange, looks very much like orange crush soda, but more opaque.

S: Definite break from other Treehouse IPAs. More piney and earthy up front, some grapefruit and tropical fruits as well, but it's definitely the Chinook hops leading the way here.

T: Tropical and earthy. Pineapple, very ripe mango, grapefruit, lime peel with a dank piney earthiness. Really not much progression, but it gets a little more earthy and bitter on the finish. Not too bitter, though.

F: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, good drying, always good construction and balance.

O: I found it more like a mixture of Green and Bright in some ways, maybe a bit more piney. In any case, it's great.

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Photo of avas
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/28. Consumed 8/6.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of soft white head. Not quite as turbid and thick as other Tree House brews, but quite opaque.

S: Bubblegum + estery banana up front. Some doughy malt and pine. Subtle fruit notes (tangerine, peach, pineapple, grapefruit) underneath.

T: Follows the nose. Big smack of Juicy Fruit bubblegum (yeast character?) up front, along with some pine and green herbaceousness. Medium doughy malt appears mid-taste, and the finish is a nice fusion of that piney bubblegummy maltiness and some fruitiness (mostly tangerine, grapefruit, and a hint of something tropical / stone fruity). Some vegetal garlic + onion on the aftertaste as well.

M: Lucious and creamy up front with medium bitterness. Significantly more dry than other Tree House IPAs, and it works well here. Definitely wouldn't call juicy; it's kinda a mindfuck of a mouthfeel, with that creamy, mouth-coating carbonation that quickly disappears. Oh, and not a hint of alcohol.

O: This is one easy-drinking beer. Unlike many of their other offerings, which, I find, demand the full attention of the lucky consumer, Sap drinks smoothly and deliciously. Its fruit-forward nose isn't overwhelming, and the taste + feel make it way too easy to take sip after sip. Glad to have Sap back in the rotation!

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Photo of tigg924
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler. Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with 1 inch head. Taste is tangerine, dried lemon and orange rind, with light pine that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. Drier and less juicy than other Tree House brews, but still enough of the standard Tree House taste. Another amazing Tree House IPA. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic ipa from the house.....has the typical look and feel of their hoppy offerings. Pick up juicy pear, apricot, and sweet tarts (yes....the candy) in the nose. These elements are balanced by pine in taste. Unique, juicy, and super drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: lots of pine grapefruit pineapple mango banana orange peel.
Taste: grapefruit lots of pine needle oily hop resin some dankness mild sweet tropical fruit notes bannana orange peel a crackery malt sweetness.
Feel: medium to full body silky soft mouthfeel. super dry in the finish.
Overall: the flavor isnt Crazy in this beer but there's enough. there. The pine needle flavor is the star in this beer and all the other flavores play off of that to make a super balanced beer.. Super easy drinking! A world class double IPA for sure!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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 BierRunner
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has the classic Tree House taste and mouth feel but the juice is in the back seat and pine is driving. The bitterness is also more pronounced but gentle thought.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange with a medium white head and nice intricate spotty lacing. Notes of citrus fruits, ruby red grapefruit pulp, herbal greens, light dank and resinous fresh pine. Crisp, light to medium body, smooth, costing, leaves a linger and slightly dry at the end. The citrus that shows in the aroma pulls through only up front as a swan song to that sticky resinous and dank pine bite. The bitterness is restrained, providing a refinement to this pine hop profile you rarely see. Exceptionally well done.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours opaque bright orange w two finger white foamy head, recedes very slowly leaving tons of lace. Pine tree dank hoppy aroma with sweet malt undertone. Great taste, pine tree n earthy hops dominate with some tropical fruit and a little sugary malt peeking through. Silky soft mouthfeel, just glides down. First time trying this one from TH, wish I had another.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy golden with ample head
S: Plenty of tropical fruit, some citrus and some pine. Sweet malt.
T: Great TH yeast flavor but less potent than their other beers. More direct and simple with less fruit and a little more resin than their other offerings. A little more grain and sweetness from the malt. Finishes quickly.
M: Thick and chewy, tongue-coating...just like most TH beers.
O: Having this after Haze was a mistake. Haze might be the best beer I've had from TH and this one is more subtle; still an excellent beer and well worth trying.

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