Sap | Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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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Photo of Kendo
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 8/29/17; consumed on 9/22/17.

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy apricot-gold with a big 2-finger foamy ivory head that retains well.

S: Juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange) and pine. Good strong IPA nose.

T: Piney, earthy, citrusy - classic American IPA hop profile over a lightly bready malt. Finishes surprisingly clean on the palate given all the hop flavor that's on the palate. Slight lingering pine and grapefruit bitterness (think rind) coats the top of the palate after a few sips. Some ABV heat noted in the belly and burps.

M: Manages to be both juicy and yet, to have a good active fizzy carbonation.

O: Excellent.

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Photo of keith40
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16Oz can dated 9/21/17 purchased at the brewery. Possibly complex nose and flavors may include citrus with a predominance of orange , mango and grapefruit with grapefruit winning on the finish. Not as creamy as other TH brews. Not our favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmlewisjr
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned two weeks ago.

L -- Pours a muted orange haze with a two-finger, frothy white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Nice dimensionality in the aroma. Upfront is that classic NEIPA dank tropical/citrus fruitiness. But behind that lies a nice piney spiciness, that cream-soda smell that Ponderosa Pines produce in their resin, and a little mealy breadiness
T -- Tastes like a West Coast IPA that's had most (but definitely not all) of the bitterness sucked out of it. Retains the grassy, ctirusy notes that are characteristic of the style. A little more of a caramel profile to the malts on this one than other TH brews I've had, but the malts are still mostly bready. Touch of yeastiness on the finish
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium tongue-tickling carb. Pretty creamy, but nothing like Green/Julius. The hop bitterness -- while still very restrained given the hops used -- is more than with most TH brews. Semi-dry
O -- There's something about TH brews that is just very comforting. I think its how well-rounded and non-harsh everything is from start to finish. While this one lacks that POP! that my favorite NEIPAs have, it remains a joy to drink


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Photo of brewandbbq
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 8/29/17.

Pours cloudy yellow with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are pungently hoppy with plenty of earthy pine and hard peaches. Medium bodied with a soft, almost fluffy mouthfeel. Grapefruit with pithy citrus and pine resin on the palate. Firmly bitter and very dry with barley a trace of malt. Finishes with some mild throat heat and lingering pine bark.

My first Treehouse and pretty tasty. Nothing over the top but certainly a nice modern twist on an old-school hop.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy picked up the latest batch at brewery, had last night in a snifter glass. Pours a very hazy tan like color with an amber hue. Small head leaves lots of lacing.

Taste is different than your typical tree house brew. It's slightly chewy, bitter, lots of grapefruit pith, earthy dankness. Not getting a lot of pine or resin though. Maybe that comes out with more time. Solid IPA but obviously not as crazy as some of the others. Had a green after the sap and green was spectacular as always.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: Very hazy, deep orange-brown. Egg shell colored head that is sticking quite well at 1 finger. Great lacing on the glass as well.

S: Very leafy and dank. What I have come to expect from the Tree House IPAs. I mean their beers seriously smell like weed, but that's a good thing in my book. I get spice in the back of this that's behind the leafiness. A peppery, coriander-esque aroma. There's almost a floral aspect to it that's hidden underneath the spiciness. This one is actually a little layered and complex. I'm enjoying nosing this.

T: Quite bitter. An earthy finish that hints at some of that spice that was in the nose. Dry finish. You've got to pay attention to this one to notice the nuances, but the flavor changes at least three times. It starts a little peppery, then moves to just straight up dank hops, then dries out the mouth with a lingering hoppy bitter aftertaste that's quite well done, certainly not as over the top as a double IPA, even though I'm a big fan of over the top beers. There's a whisper of alcohol on the finish, but I wouldn't expect any differnet for 7% ABV. After multiple tastes, the bitter finish is almost like a grapefruit or orange rind

F: Just every so slightly watery for my taste. Great amount of carbonation that keeps it drinkable and keeps the finish clean, but it just seems to need a slight bit more heft. It's not so bad as to detract from the overall experience too much, but it just misses the mark for me.

O: To be honest, when I went to the brewery and picked up Sap and Green, I drank Sap first and liked it, then drank Green and loved that. Upon getting them back home to do a proper review, though, I didn't find the Green as impressive as I remembered from when I first had it. Sap is revealing a lot more of what the brewery describes as "perhaps our most complex IPA" in this focused tasting. In looking at the tasting notes for the beer, I definitely get the pine and earthy spice notes that are called out on the can. The mango and grapefruit not so much...well, the grapefruit maybe a bit, but definitely not mango. To wrap it up, this is quite a nice IPA that definitely deserves some focus when drinking it as it can reveal a lot more depth than just drinking it mindlessly from the can.

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Photo of raspy22
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbw5009
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of -steve-
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feel pretty fortunate to have had a chance to visit Tree House while in the Boston area last week. Quite a bit of trepidation buying a sizable amount of beer before even trying it. Will it live up to the hype?
L: Pours a hazy pale orange with a quickly receding head. Although foam remains around the edge of the glass.
S: Citrus, mango and pineapple instantly rises from the glass to greet you. Orange? It really is a complex interplay of scents. Nice.
T: Really good. Catching a wash of citrus flavours with a soft, dry finish. Not much of the pine notes as I would have thought.
F: Gently carbonated as the flavours wash over the tongue. Dry, not boozy given the 7.3%.
O: Overall I would call it complex. The many citrus flavours and piney finish give you lots to contemplate as you savor this beer.
Such a shame Tree House is not around the corner from us. These are certainly well crafted beers and I am enjoying the opportunity to try some.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Dave, Thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy dark yellow color with a small bubbly white head. Grapefruit pine and resin with faint bits of alcohol and sweet bready malt pretty good.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

another solid APA from TH. nice n hazy (duh!), with some pine and mango tones in smell and taste..not as juicy as some of the brewery's other more popular offerings, but this still can hold its own as it has a nice mix of hops and malt (neither dominate)

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Photo of plaid75
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Can received in trade with Kevin

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Photo of Packageguy
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first go with's been a difficult one for me to get, as it's usually only available when I'm not available...until today. Actually, I've been a bit put off by Sap, mostly because of it's name and the number of times that 'piney' is used in it's reviews. I'm used to drinking a lot of Citra-centric IPAs, lately...and it's time I branched out.
So, I made the trip to the new location, which looked fantastic (barely had to wait in line), bought my limit, and returned home to try it out. And, man, I loved it.
Less citrusy (obviously) than some of their others, but refreshingly enjoyable, nonetheless.
Complex? Yes.
Hard to describe? Yes.
Bitter? A bit, but very balanced and smooth.
Less piney than I imagined.
This is probably my first Chinook beer, it's just not a hop I see showcased very often...maybe as a background bittering agent, but rarely as the star of the show.
This is why Tree House is who they are.
Well done!

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Photo of palealeale
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a Tree House teku
Thanks to my friend Sean for this can.

Hazy, yellow ochre appearance. The body was topped by a small, fluffy, bright white cap of froth that quickly dropped to a lasting collar. Minimal lacing stuck along the glass.

Big, pungent hoppy notes dominated in the aroma. Really fruity and bright. Juicy orange and tangerine notes dominated. Loads of mango and pineapple too. Bit of peach. There was noticeable honey-like sweetness as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but perhaps a bit more simplistic. Juicy orange and tangerine notes came through big time on the front end. Nice malty sweetness. Touch of honey. Some mango in the center. White grapefruit took over on the back end. Piney, resiny notes rounded out the finish. Just a hint of bitterness.

Nice creamy, frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Sap combines the honey-like malt character and piney, grapefruit-y hop notes typically found in a West Coast-style IPA with the juicy, fruitiness and pillowy soft mouthfeel of a New England take on the style. All in all, a really interesting beer that displays flavors and aromas rarely found together in an IPA.

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

Reviewed from notes on 4/5/17
L - Slightly hazy orange with a fluffy thick white head
S - Light orange, passion fruit, and mango. Some malt sweetness comes through
T - Some tangerine and slight grapefruit flavors. There is some sweetness in the middle and a slightly bitter finish
F - Great mouth feel! Smooth and almost creamy. Very much a juice like feel.
O - This is my first Tree House beer and it doesn't disappoint. Nice juicy beer.

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

Photo of Whimpers
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I liked Sap much more than I thought I would. The more classic hop varieties used brought back familiar aromas and taste. Those aromas and tastes combined with Tree House's wonderful mouthfeel and overall brightness of flavor and aroma and massive mouthfeel were truly excellent to me.

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