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Tree House Sap (- through November 2015)

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
[ Growler ][ 750mL ][ Tree House ][ $8 fill + $5 glass ][ Globe ][ 6.1.14 ]
>> Growler filled 5.29.14 and opened 6.1.14, shared with DTF on a rooftop party. Pours Tree House’s typical murky glowing peach and mango juice color, extremely unfiltered but no chunkies. White foam is healthy and sticks around. Nose is subtle and requires coaxing, but out comes this ridiculously fresh and soft tangerine and freshly made tropical fruit smoothie with banana, mango, papaya. Perfect prickly carbonation in mouthfeel gives this a flavor of something like a pineapple smoothie blended with orangina. One of the most fruity and juicy beers I’ve ever had. Could be blonde ale, APA, IPA, Saison- whatever. This one has the low bitterness, high hop forward fruit juice character, and a palate to put everyone but maybe a handful of brewers to shame. Absolutely mind blowing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Growler thank to Matt, huge rich citrusy flavors, delicious bitterness and citrus and piney flavors. Love lt

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2013
Just a phenomenal IPA. Poured from a growler into a tulip. Aroma is heavy pine, sticky citrus, and herbal grassyness. Taste is pine and lightly dank with that touch of grapefruit rind. Tons of great flavor in this. Im pretty excited that these guys are so close to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Cloudy yellow medium white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, tangerines and pine. Citrusy and smooth. Nice mouthful on this ipa. Very good ipa. One of the best.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1143) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Big juicy citrusy ipa. Pours a pale orange. Huge orange notes, pine citrus resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2013
Wow. This drinks like its name. My first from these guys and am very impressed. Aroma is pine as the description says, but the mouthfeel just sticks to the sides, top, bottom, everywhere of your mouth. Well the description also says it’s hard to stop drinking this one, I’d challenge someone to be able to taste much else after a pint of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3481) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bellco33 (699) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Growler from the brewery: Pours clear orange / amber with a decent white head. Aroma pine-heavy with some citrus. Tastes every bit as piney as the aroma, nice grapefruit flavor, and a delicious hoppy finish. Excellent beer. I like it better than Julius which is another excellent brew.

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