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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!

Added by jlindros on 12-24-2012

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4.31
pDev:
18.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 853
Photo of mmoseleyfm
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled two days ago. Huge pine smell, sticky trail down the growler... just like sap. No complaints on the pour, there was almost no headspace. Taste was suprisingly sweet considering the aroma. I may be conditioned to expect bitter with such a strong smell... but overall pretty well balanced, maybe skewed a bit toward sweet/malty. Reminded me some of 90 min, but more aromatic, heavier on the pine. The lack of bitter finish made it easy drinking. Body was good, certainly not thin. Really pleasing overall, I hope there's some left when I go back on Thursday.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BBQSteve
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased yesterday from Tree House. Poured from a 750ml growler.

Clear with Golden hue...very slight head.

Smells of citrus and pine. Taste is crisp and refreshing and the citrus notes continue.

Very easy to drink IPA and I am glad to finally try Tree House. Very nice folks and Sean Lawson was their hanging out.

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Photo of AardvarkJohnson
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow.

They had Julius on tap when I went, so considering that is one of my favorite beers on the planet I was planning just to get a few bottles of Julius and be on my way.

Curiosity got the better of me though and I decided to grab a bottle of Sap as well.

VERY glad I did. As soon as I smelled this beer I was blown away. Absolutely fantastic nose on it, tropical/sweet/floral.... smells great.

Taste is on point as well. Maybe not quite the level of Julius but it's damn close. It has the tropical peach/mango flavor I love, but the finish is a little more pine/bitter.

Delicious. World class IPA.

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

Super fresh beer, poured that day at the brewery. The most interesting aspect of this beer is the smell- hugely piney with a healthy serving a citrus notes. Spicy backbone with a blunt hop finish. A really great beer. Of note: the brewery and staff were very cool, laid back atmosphere, a little out of the way but well worth the trip- as one could tell with license plates from nearly every New England state and New York state.

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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and golden with a broken white head. The aroma offers dank hops, tropical fruit. A delicious hop forward beer. Citrus and fresh hops. Smooth with some lingering hop bitterness and orange peel. Really tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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 codysjb
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Resuin
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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 PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL swing top growler bought at the brewery less than 24hrs ago. Pours a semi translucent vibrant amber color with over an inch of frothy white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet with some mango, pineapple and sweet pine. The taste is sweet pine with some tropical fruits, namely mango and pineapple. Resinous and oily. Bitter pine at the finish. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Bitter throughout. Has some of the similar flavors to Julius (pineapple and mango) but Sap is a fitting name because this one is more of a piney IPA. Pretty easy to drink. Overall another great IPA from Tree House.

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Photo of DogfishTail
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't often write reviews, but these guys deserve more than just a simple 1-5 rating.

Stopped by the brewery today. First time going on a Saturday, and the line was nonexistent.

Poured from a 750ml growler into a Tree House tulip-ish glass.

A: 1/2 inch perfectly white head. Transparent copper/orange color. Low head retention, but lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, candied sugars from the malts come in right behind an earthy (only slightly floral), pungent hop character. Overall, I guess you could describe the nose as very balanced.

T: Definitely a cloying aspect to the hops that knocks the balance toward the hop side of things. Still plenty of that candied sugar taste, but the taste is much more hoppy than the nose. Pine mixed with a bit of mango and peach. Plenty of bitterness in the finish as well.

M: Medium to low carb, just where it should be for an IPA. Pretty big body as well, which is how I feel like an earthy IPA should be. Smooth.

O: This is not your girlfriend's fruity, citra IPA. This is a beer with earthy, piney characteristics that get all up in your grill. It's a hop bomb, but a fairly balanced bomb. After all, a man can't drink Julius every night...OR CAN HE?

Sidenote: Maybe if John Mortarelli would have himself a couple pints of this sappy goodness maybe he wouldn't be such a Turd Ferguson

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Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewery on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Small crowd and no line. Dean is the man. Amazing property and such a cool operation. Can't say enough good things about Tree House.

A: Slightly hazy, copper-golden-yellow with a big, fluffy, sticky, bright white head as expected. Plenty of lace and decent retention.

S: Sweet, floral, amazing fragrant hops!!! Lots of tropical fruit, too. Such a balanced yet hoppy IPA. Some malt shows itself to keep this from being outrageous. So inviting.

T: Just insane flavor. Floral, fruity, piney, earthy...everything good about hops! Sticky, resinous...sappy! For the first time in a long time I get some serious fruit. Melon, grapefruit, and other tropical goodness. Superb stuff.

M: It's lost a good amount of carbonation since I opened it yesterday but there's still enough there to give it a good tingle. Great body, massive flavor, insanely drinkable.

O: Just a ridiculously good IPA. So freakin' delicious. Cannot wait to try Julius soon!

Update May 2015: haven't tried it again until now...still unbelievably good! And I finally scored some Julius!

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - On tap, in a tulip glass with about one finger's worth of head which faded quickly, leaving little to no lacing on the glass

S - I think this was my favorite part of the beer. Filled with fresh, citrusy hops. Definitely a wonderful combo.

T - Initial taste followed the nose. Great citrusy hops that faded into an equally strong piney taste. Here, combined with the mouthfeel, is clearly where the beer gets its name. For me the pine taste was a bit too strong. After leaving the bar I felt like the aftertaste was with me a little too long.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel, but as mentioned above, the finish sticks to your mouth a bit too much for my particular taste. Too resiny.

O - Kind of a taste of two beers. Loved the front half, not crazy about the back half. I'm being pretty nitpicky here, still a really tasty, well-made beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 greenboat
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky yellowish-orange with a two finger head that receded gradually to a frothy skim. Nice.

S: Interesting... peach, nectarine, pine... very fresh and inviting.

T: Taste starts out with a citrusy rind-like punch and moves into a nectarine like sweetness before finishing with a bitterness that sticks around.

M: A bit thin but it works here with a tight, medium carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and fresh from the source. Solid.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" eggshell head, over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is down quick to an uneven skim, with lace etched on the glass for many a moment. Aroma is orange and pine in similar parts.

Taste is sweet to start, mild tangerine in the middle, coasting through a moderate piney bitter close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. More balanced than I expected for an IPA, and it works for me. Enjoy.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Time to re-review as this has supposedly changed a lot since I first had it.

Pours a nice big creamy frothy almost 2 finger head, obviously Nate has really improved the head retention of his beers in the past couple years, but still that super murky hazy bright nectar orange color.

Nose is similar to what I had in my review before, mild piney spicy hops, light resin, hint citrus orange rind and a little tangerine like citrus, bit of orange rind, hint of sweet fluffy malt.

Taste starts with citrus hops, orange peel and orange creamscicle, not really the spicy hop profile anymore, into some resin and dank musty notes and into a mild piney slightly earthy forest floor note. The pine eventually comes out again, but not nearly like it was before. Fluffy slight creamy malt base adds a nice filler. Juicy overall and pretty tasty, with bitterness there but not rampant. The finish on the other hand really dries and bitter a bit more, with a bit of hop oil and resin lingering with more pine and hint of citrus, and a nice orange rind and orange creamscicle lingering. Late on the finish the pine and resin really start to come back through like the original as the citrus disappears.

Mouth med bodied, fluffy, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice. Def better than I had last time, less of that almost overbearing piney resin and more orange peel, orange creamscicle, with some rind, and a little piney forest floor like but not a lot. I really wonder if Nate changed this up on purpose since the first was way too much in the other direction and not that great of an IPA. It couldn't even hold a candle to the likes of Julius and Green, etc, but it was its own thing. Now it blends in a bit more to those other IPAs and probably loses it's own crowd. I def like it better now, but I'd still def enjoy Julius or Green more, and now it's lost it's own character. So good and bad for the change.

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