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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Though originally brewed as a "Christmas" beer, this piney IPA, brewed almost exclusively Chinook hops, was so enjoyable we decided to put it into the ’year round’ rotation. With it’s golden yellow color, rich aroma, and drying body, it’s hard to stop drinking this one.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Chinook is a hop that’s probably best used in moderation (or even as a garnish). It tends to be very astringent; almost smoky, so it’s surprising that a brewery would use it as a “main course” hop as it were. That’s exactly the deal with Tree House Sap – an IPA “brewed almost exclusively” with Chinook hops (I’d be curious to know what other hops were used). The result is another excellent New England-style IPA that’s flavorful and quaffable.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date (thanks to Jason for the can!).

Appearance: Extremely hazy shade of orange. Pours to a large, white, frothy head that retains well and leaves gorgeous lacing.

Smell: As its name implies there’s a strong piney/sap aroma here but also a significant tropical fruit juice character. Very clean and inviting.

Taste: The palette opens with a slightly sweet, juicy-like flavor of citrus and tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, passion fruit and straight up orange juice are all quite prominent at first. It almost turns on a dime into something more abrasive and astringent. Strong earthy notes of resin, tree bark and sap emerge from out of nowhere and give the beer a different flavor on the second half. The bitterness remains fairly strong throughout; though doesn’t feel like the supposedly 80 IBU rating (seems closer to 60-70 to me). Not much in the way of distinctive malt character, though this brew is much more than simply hops in carbonated water. Delicious, innovative and at the very least interesting – this is an IPA I can really get behind.

Drinkability: I’m starting to think unfiltered is the way to go for strong IPAs as some of the best examples of the style look and feel like a milkshake. The body to Tree House Sap is certainly full, but amazingly soft and comfortable with a smooth finish I’d normally associate with a stout. The hops do linger on the tongue, leaving a slightly dry/piney sensation but it’s much much more than simply tolerable – it’s pleasant. At 7.3% ABV, this makes full use of its weight and is “crushable” and actually refreshing while in the mouth. Thank God it comes in a can!

Score: 10/10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Can: Thanks, Alex. Huge, thick, dense, radiant amber-orange with a sudsy & foamy off-white head that settles quickly into a skimpy collar. Aroma is loaded with wet pine, hop oil, mild dankness, resinous tree sap (they nailed the name with this one), orange flesh, a touch of grapefruit rind, mango, & a light, spicy herbal back-end. Flavor has a twinge of that earthy Chinook bitterness, but its incredibly balanced. Super juicy, too. Tons of orange, grapefruit, mango, pine resin, wet grass, hemp oil, pineapple rind, & a grassy, herbaceous finish with just a touch of toasted crackery malt. Thick, chunky mouth feel. Great stuff... These guys continue to impress.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1212) - California, USA - APR 25, 2015
16oz can pours a very hazy yellow amber color with a bit of frothy head. Nice piney flavor. Easy going.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2015
Growler. Orange golden pour with white head. Herbal and citrus aromas. Herbal, grassy and citrus hop Flavors. Definitely has a thick texture like sap

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Growler shared by a friend. Hazy gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma of malty sweetness, pineapple and citrus. Malty flavor with cucumber and melon accents before a bitter hop finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (455) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Growler. Pours murky yellow with a thin white head that lingers. Fruity hop aroma over mild carbonation. Great aroma. Light and juicy mouthfeel. Lemon zest, grass, pineapple. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Growler, filled 12/19. Pours hazy melon orange with one finger of white head. Aroma is peach gummis, cotton candy, piña colada, lychee, weed, and dank pine resin – unusual mixture of pine and fruit. Taste is juicy orange nectar and citrus peel with chewy malts and grain fading into mellow pine that grows into a fairly assertive bitterness. Thick textured and robust while still not as aggressive as, say, Heady. Super solid for Chinook, which isn’t a favorite of mine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3449) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a medium white head. Aroma has a sharp rindy citrus...grapefruit. Flavor follows suit and adds light herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a dry rindy/citrusy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Amazing IPA, thank you GT2! Orange pour, thick white head, aromga is mango and grapefruit, taste is a creamy, hoppy, piney delicious kick. Definitely one of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Growler from the brewery. Pours a cloudy, light yellow-amber color with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Medium on the palate with light, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, light cereal, pine hops, grass, citrus, pineapple, mango, with a clean, bitter finish. Reminiscent of other New England IPAs I’ve head. Excellent.


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