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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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141
Ratings:
986
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.18%
 
 
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Photo of senglish7
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can to glass. Dark golden in color. Dank on the nose. Nothing jumps out at me in regards to flavor, just a solid IPA. Good balance of resin and fruit. Smooth.

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Photo of hiphops
2.51/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2/28/17 can into a TEKU
turbid grey yellow small quickly disappearing head game
smells like VOMIT and rotting lemons some sap but it's more vomit than sap some mustard and roasted malts as it warms
taking a sip i get green tea and dry sake and toasted sesame and roasted wakame
mouthfeel is good medium carb bubbly not creamy
0verall another DISAPPOINTING over hyped treehouse beer. it should be called sushi.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is a dash a tropical fruit salad followed by a big wave of pine and dank grass. Flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruits intertwined with tons of grass and piney notes. Feel is smooth, almost creamy, medium carb and body. Awesome beer, but some of the other hop varieties stand out more in other tree house ipas.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into snifter; hazy (unfiltered) look- Rudy orange color. Slight carbonation. Piney resin hops to nose along with faint citrus. Easy on the palate, well balanced. Hops and fruits linger. A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of Nedry
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours very light copper with haze, nice white head. The smells hit you with light sweet pine, fruit, and citrus. The taste follows with a bit of citrus and pit fruits and pine, nothing very distinguished, a nice medley going on here. Some nice malt to back it up. Just a little dank in there too. It's nicely balanced, not a super hop bomb. Very drinkable, crisp carbonation. Finishes a bit dry and the aftertaste is pleasant.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12.27/16. Poured from 16oz can into my (original) Gandhi-bot snifter. OG(B)? Look is radiant honey. Yeah it is!
The nose is soft unripe tropical fruit.
Taste is easy like Sunday morning version of the nose. Nothing massive, but a gentle sweetness that carries through a crisp finish. Gets more piney as it warms. Just wonderful.
Feel is like whoa. Super smooth and easy for 7.3%. Creamy even. For real, yo....
Overall... Another demonstration of brilliance for TH.

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Photo of tonybonvechio
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice opaque orange, 1 finger of head with moderate amount of lacing
S: Hoppy, herbal
T: Definitely get the pine up front, some tropical fruit but not nearly as much as other Treehouse IPAs
F: Nicely carbonated and tingly but still soft
O: Still excellent but not my favorite from Treehouse. Stands out nicely with the herbal, piney flavors.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer! Has the look of all the other popular NEIPA's hazy golden almost the signature of authenticity.
Smell I get is a tropical fruit not overly citrus like but more mango melon with pine.
Get a lot of that pine on the taste. Hence Sap?
Great feel. Does the hazy look always lend to a great mouth feel? Carbonation was good as well.
I said this was interesting because it wasn't a big juice bomb. It had that component but it wasn't the driver. Variety is the spice of life and to push this style in different directions and make it work is a testament to that.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/19/17, so a bit under two weeks.

A: Pours a medium gold, opaque as hell, with a finger of bright white head that leaves generous and sloppy head all over the glass. Pretty good retention.

S: Pine, dried flowers, with a bit of an herbal (sage and rosemary) note, with some sweet malt at the back end.

T: Follows the nose, with a pretty good amount of sweetness that doesn’t quite cut a moderate bitterness that carries through a long finish. The hoppy flavors are nicely balanced amongst themselves.

M: Creamy with a soft mouthfeel. Light carbonation and medium-full body.

O: The pine/herbal aspect is not my favorite in an IPA, so I guess this beer isn’t really for me. But it’s well constructed.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really soft mouthfeel. Balanced IPA between the sweetness of the malt, some fruity orange peel, and plenty of pine. Pine brings a nice bitterness akin to grapefruit. Easy drinking with no hint of 7% level alcohol.

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Photo of RNbeerfan
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy golden orange
S: Pine predominately. I get melon as well.
T: Tons of hop resin and pine. Lots of tropical fruit and melon. Finishes sweet
F: Smooth, pillowy mouthfeel
O: A great East Coast taste on a West Coast style. This one is under appreciated IMO.

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Photo of QuantumSOS
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Name says it all. Tons of pine and characteristic TH smell, but not the typical bomb of other TH offerings....more mellow but still well worth a try.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I rarely give the same score across the board but this felt right. Very tasty brew, light and juicy. Nice flavor throughout. Not one of the best from TH but that's OK. A very good - border line great beer.

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Photo of SicilianDefenseR
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have been lucky enough to get a few different batches of Sap – I always try to make a trip when it's offered. Pours smooth without much froth. Color is hazy-bright gold, and less thick in the glass than other TH beers. Smells hoppy and crisp, like a simplified version of other Tree House offerings. Taste puts the hops out front, without the fruitiness of other TH beers, which I like. The finish is a slow & dry decrescendo into a piney finish that is subtler than expected. This is my favorite hoppy Tree House because of that very subtlety – it puts the hops on delicate display without the juicy complexity of other offerings. I sometimes wish it were more piney – maybe they'll come out with a "Super Sap," since Sap is a favorite that always draws long lines. It's very easy drinking, without enough body and zero cloying alcohol flavor.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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 -2.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +9.7%
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 -5.8%
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 +0.2%
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 -8.3%
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 -64.8%
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 -7.4%
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 +6.7%
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 -4.4%
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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