Sap | Tree House Brewing Company

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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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Photo of dgmirelli
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Though many are quick to judge this one in a negative light, I find it a refreshing escape from the traditional citrus bombs that TH creates. As the name suggests, piney flavor punches the palate. The color mimicks that of all the other cloudy IPAs these guys pump out. It doesn't seem to come out very often, so I welcomed this one back to my fridge without hesitation.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/29/15. Poured into tulip from can. Welcome back.

L. Light lacing and 1 inch head that retreats quickly. Golden orange, lots of haze.
S. Get a wee bit of pine and grapefruit, but like all TH beers, a good dose of mango and tropical fruit too.
T. Definitely a lot of pine and grapefruit (especially after having Julius) but the mango comes up on the finish for a nice sweet end. A good dry IPA.
F. Nice medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of VincentChase
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-like golden color with very little aroma, which surprised me for a TH beer. It has that familiar TH 'base flavor' with added pine and some back end dryness. Didn't really feel full-flavored and certainly not a juice bomb like their usual line of IPAs/DIPAs. In a way, it felt like many of my favorite qualities in their IPAs were stripped out (intoxicating aromas, gushing juiciness) and swapped out for resiny pine and dryness. Not really my flavor and I'm a little thrown off considering the amount of clamoring on Twitter and this site for its return - easily the weakest IPA offering I've had from them. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is solid but has a Malty back taste. Strong dry hop smell and solid cloudy look. Pretty drinkable beer but too malty to make it one that I would seek out

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a snifter.

Hazy medium copper body, two finger offwhite head with a nice long retention time, lots of lacing that drops into a fluffy film and medium collar. Smells mostly of pine and leaf, very pine-forward. Solid caramel malt backbone, but it's quite pine-forward. Flavour is moderately pine forward, backed up by a mild grapefruit flavour with a bit of floral and resin on the backend. Moderate caramel backbone is present, stronger than some of the other Tree House IPAs I've had, but it's important in balancing out the strong pine here. It tastes quite a bit like Chinooker'd, to be honest. That's the closest I'd put it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous, a bit sticky, dry. The slightest hint of alcohol, but I think that's the resin more than any ethanol. Overall, an enjoyable IPA that's quite pine-forward if that's your thing. Not one of Tree House's best, but still far better than most other IPAs.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A combination of slight citrus and earthy spiciness this is a solid IPA! Not the best by TH, but you can't pass it up if it's on tap or in cans! Very good!

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Photo of Cannabanoid
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dank, dank, dank. The Chinook hops in this beer give it such a great smell and taste. So piney! I particularly like the mouth feel of this uniquely drinkable single hop offering. Thick and coating. Sap is a perfect name for this awesome resinous concoction.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw and tight head that is the whitest I've seen. Plus lacing.

S: Herbal grass, piney sap resin, juicy florals. Lite citrus--key lime. Mildly fruity--peach, mango and papaya.

M: Soft body, light crispness and moderate carbonation.

T: Mellow, smooth , resinous and juicy. Prominent notes of melon, apricot, papaya and lime. Very mellow. Some assertive saazesque spicy hop character. Piney floral. Sublime and juicy.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from Steve000 (thanks!). No canning date. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a hazy, peachy yellow with a finger and a half white head. The bubbles recede to a modest halo, leaving behind some healthy cakes of lace.

The nose is bright with and abundance of fruity citrus, some faint pine and just a hint of crackery malt sweetness. Nice.

There is an explosion of juicy, fruity, hop flavor. Mandarin, clementine, orange, peach, mango, faint caramel and a tiny trace of alcohol. The taste is all about those flavorful juicy hops with very little bitterness and almost no booze. Delicious.

Medium body with moderately light carbonation. Citrus juices and some bitter peel play on the tongue long after each sip.

Tree House nailed it with Sap. This is an outstanding IPA. I lucked into this as an extra but highly recommend Sap to any fan of fruity IPAs

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker shade of orange with a nice foamy, white head.
S: Cinnamon like spiciness, peach, papaya, mango, very tropical with some notes of pine.
T: Similar to the nose, earthy spiciness, nice peach backbone with some notes of melon and pineapple with some strong pine like bitterness.
M: Very balanced especially with a nice layer of malty sweetness to it. Has a mild hop kick to it. Medium carbonation/medium body.
O: Not as good as Green or Julius, but on par as far as being a well balanced IPA…well done TH, you rule!!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours the typical Tree House deep orange haze, thought slightly less so than their other IPA's. Has a 2-finger bubbly white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is a little disappointing. I get lots of pine and citrus with a touch of mangoes and some pineapple. Good aroma, but not mind-blowing.

The flavor follows suit. Very piney and resiny with some orange and grapefruit notes. Very light on the tropical flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as fluffy or smooth as expected. Pretty sticky and bitter on the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very good IPA, though it's definitely the weakest offering from Tree House. The flavors are far more straight forward and bitter than usual, and the mouthfeel just doesn't have the pillowy softness we've all come to know and love. Still, a damn good beer.

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Sap from Tree House Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.
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