GT2 (9364) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[ 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.
Ernesto987 (4709) - Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Growler thank to Matt, huge rich citrusy flavors, delicious bitterness and citrus and piney flavors. Love lt
Chad9976 (1439) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Reynolds314 (2880) - Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dogfish120love (1038) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big juicy citrusy ipa. Pours a pale orange. Huge orange notes, pine citrus resin.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Huhzubendah (3053) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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bellco33 (487) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.