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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!

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

I am starting to come around on Sap.

This is the third time trying it and easily the best batch so far IMO. Looks just like any other TH beer with it's orange cloudy haze and yet smells more piney than others. Taste is just great with that familiar citrus creamy mouth feel but not as creamy and more bitterness on the back end. This is one of the more refreshing drinks as the mint/pine like qualities add to the already great experience.

Overall. TH makes another amazing beer. What else is new?

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Photo of FFreak
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall tulip. Pours a hazy, red-hued dark orange color with a one finger tight, white head. Aromas of melon and fresh grass. Taste is also watermelon and fresh grass, slightly piney, sweetened by barley malt, and with some minty tones and very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right - medium bodied, smooth, medium carbonation. Overall, a unique and enjoyable brew from Tree House

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

I'm not an expert on Treehouse beers, but hope to get there as I travel to our fixer-upper in Western MA. Thus far, Green is my fave, and while this looks, smells and tastes like Green, I slightly favored Green. Only slightly. This is an outstanding IPA that I'd go out of my way to procure (which I did).
Next on the list for tonight is Ma.
If you have not made a trip to Treehouse, put it on your list of breweries to visit. It's well worth the effort.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of juliuscaesar2701
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had several batches of Sap, finally getting around to reviewing it though, and I'll review the 2/25/16 I had.

L: That dark yellowish Tree House Hazy color.
S: The hops and the pine are clear in this one, and in a good way.
T: Well balanced and piney, with just a hint of fruit and sweetness! This batch had a little extra on all of the flavors. This batch was really on point in terms of flavor. I wish every batch was this tasty.
F: Like virtually all tree house beers, this one has a smooth fuzy feel to it that make it so enjoyable and refreshing to drink.
O: This is easily the best batch of Sap I've had (by a lot too). Everything on this beer was just a little bit better on this batch. Brought this to a beer share as an "extra" and one of those in case we run out of beer, we'll drink this, and it ended up really being a highlight.

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Photo of Johnct
4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It's the best piney west coast style IPA there is. It gets flak because it's not a juice bomb like TH's other offerings. But if you put this next to Heady Topper in a blind taste test, it's not even a contest.

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Photo of joezak5
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 16Feb 2016 and enjoyed 17Feb 2016. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
L: Dark, burnt golden yellow... completely opaque. Dark just to the eye, but shining a bright light behind it makes it glow a glorious gold. I’d use it at a nightlight if I didn’t drink it so quickly. Fluffy meringue head leaving sticky lacing.
S: This one differs from the other TH offerings I’ve had (Julius, Green, Alter Ego) in that it is unapologetically hoppy without the dominating tropical fruit salad nose; a wonderful change of pace when you’re in the mood.
T: Thick piney hops, sweet malt and pineapple on the finish.
F: Light and bright… a smooth enjoyable delight.
O: I love this beer… I could drink it all night. I truly believe its ratings are lower because it’s not the fruit bomb that other TH offerings are. I’m in for the 3hr drive to TH anytime this is available.

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Photo of MmmmmmBeer123
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems most either really, really love Sap or think it's "meh" c/w other TH offerings. I personally think that it's the best aging IPA in their arsenal...it's the only one I think tastes better after 2-3wks in the can as c/w fresh. Huge but pleasant piney aroma and bitterness perfectly balanced with grapefruit/citrus and a bit of stone fruit/mango for my palate. Supposedly has mainly chinook and simcoe...they play well together

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Photo of CNoj012
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy vibrant orange color just a bit darker than orange juice. Head is 2 fingers and bright white that eventually settles to a thin cap and also leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing. Smell is very piney, but still so fruity. Honestly like no other IPA I've ever had. It is like a citrus fruit salad made up of a copious amount of grapefruit, lemon and orange that is just engulfed by a forest of Christmas trees and crammed into a glass. Taste is the same with some nice bitterness. Feel is light, very soft and juicy, but also resinous. Overall this is world class and like no other beer I've tried. Absolutely the softest, juiciest piney/bitter IPA I've ever had. I will go a step further and say that Sap is the best beer I've ever had!

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Photo of HippoDude
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Think very fluffy pine trees engulfing your taste buds! Tons of piney, hoppy flavor. Once again, that fluffy mouth feel. Another great IPA from Treehouse.

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grading on the treehouse scale (here in texas this would be top1). not a huge fan of the christmas flavor, piny overtone. However it is still a nice juicy ipa

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

solid offering, great look deep amber smell of pine, not much citrus and a solid tasting IPA - very piney (as I believe the name indicates). a little light on the carbonation. overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Graciously given to me as an extra in a trade, I've had it once before, but figure I should actually take the time to rate. Canned 1/20 and drank out of a Toppling Goliath King Sue teku.

Look: The least hazy pale ale I've had by Treehouse but still a bit cloudy. Light amber color, nice steady head, very nice lacing, and good carbonation.

Smell: Pine (obviously), a bit of weed, resin, still a bit of tropical fruit, sweet malt, a bit of metal(?). Good! Not the hit over the head characteristics that Julius has, but it still smells good.

Taste: Huh, much more fruity and malt heavy than I would have expected. The pine is really nice actually and only really stands out a bit near the end of the back palate. I was honestly expecting more of a pine/resin bomb, this is fantastic. The initial taste is tropical fruit, a bit of resin, grape fruit, malt followed by a nice hint of lingering piney bitterness.

Feel: Prickly carbonation, medium light leaning towards light mouthfeel. A bit viscous, but I would have expected (and preferred) a much thicker, syrupy mouthfeel based upon the name.

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Photo of zshaft
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok so this is typical treehouse haze. great full mouthfeel. soft on the palate. up front bitter giving way to pine but I get this huge blast of citrus fruit at the end palate leaving me wanting more each and every sip. I believe this beer is under rated and while not a citrus bomb like most treehouse is just asv good as their others. freaking great.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nothing particularly stand-out about the color. Slight haze, light amber in color. Nose is straight pine cone. A foamy white head gave way to nice lacing. First taste is licking a pine cone, in your face pine forest. I loved it. Slightly bitter, but with the hop and first taste impression, I expected a bit of lingering bitterness. The lingering bitterness left the mouthful a bit longing for a bit stronger malt in my opinion, but that's my only complaint. Awesome beer as always from Tree House.

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Photo of abuono
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
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 joberlander
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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 boilermakerbrew
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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 CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mickyge
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice piney smell when poured. Creamy head and cloudy yellowish color bitter start that lingers and a crunchy mouth feel. Very temping to drink right down

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma hits of grapefruit, floral, and piney hops with some white bready malt.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, hints of peach, citrus peel, and resiny bitterness, white bready malts and some long sappy spruce on the finish.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very Northwest in look, feel, taste. Northwestern IPAs don't shy away from pine and bitterness. This delivers citrus rind, bursts of resinous pine, nice lingering bitterness. Creamy body, moderate lacing. Revamping the classics.

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Photo of jhavs
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into Tree House snifter.

A= Golden straw, pretty deep haze, foamy white head settles to thin cap. Plenty of lacing.

S= Aroma seems different to me than most of the other Tree House IPA/DIPA. Much more earthy and muted compared to their big tropical juice options. Can definitely sense the malt aroma.

T= Pine, earthy resin, dankness with a bit of tropical fruits in the second wave. Get a toasty malt background.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= A very good IPA, nice earthy aroma and flavor. Separates itself from their other hoppy options IMO.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours burnt orange, hazy unfiltered with a one finger head. Smells of pine, grapefruit and citrus. Taste is a quick tropical splash, into bitter peppery hops. The hoppiness stands out a bit more in this beer than a lot of the Tree House IPAs and the citrusiness, while for sure present, takes a back seat. Still a nice tasty IPA.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a dark, lightly opaque orange. Thick head consisting of course bubbles. Has a reddish fringe. Not sure if it's the label reflection or what, but it has a nice fall crimson glow.

S - cool blast of piney freshness. Slight malt sweetness. Some juicy aromas of pineapple and honey. Getting hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - minty menthol-like pine. Most of the time, pine goes hand in hand with resin and dank. Not this beer. Manages to stay refreshing like a deep breath of cool, crisp winter air first thing in the morning. More hop-forward than traditional Tree House beers, but still hangs on to that juicy element. Light tropical notes of mango and bubblegum with a resonating bitterness on the end. Dries up any malt stickiness.

F - soft and creamy. Not as thick and juicebomb-ish as other Tree House brews.

O - a well-done departure from Tree House's bread and butter. May be a bit disarming if you're expecting juice, but all-in-all a nice break to pursue a more typical IPA while still retaining that delicious fruity flavor.

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