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Tree House Sap (- through November 2015)

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

mrhopsbeertalk's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (298) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2015 I generally have a hard time enjoying Chinook hops... but Treehouse gets it right. The aroma is deliciously pungent pine with hints of cereal, nectarines and lemon. The flavor is similar and adds a bit of tangy punchiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1420) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2015
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 10/7/2013. Hazy and pretty pale. Golden orange. Nice lacing. Pine hop aroma. Strong caramel malt. Orange citrus hop flavor. Not an overwhelming hop flavor, but pleasant. Sweet malt. Pale malts. Medium bitterness. Medium body. Balanced is an appropriate word. Medium carbonation. It’s sweet but I don’t seem to mind. Hoppy enough to keep me happy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1854) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6731) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (633) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3671) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - 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.

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