Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark orange with an okay head and no lacing.
Smells fruity-sweet; I'm picking up orange and banana, with a tinge of hops.
Taste is acidic dark fruits. A little bit of banana, apricots, some spices, almost like a Belgian but not.
Pallet is medium bodied. Overall this is okay, but nothing special.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bronze hue with a foamy white head. Light hopped aroma. Taste is a let down, water with a sweet finish. I can't taste the Christmas Tree!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Picked this up excitedly expecting another fine Alaskan beer. But this was a huge disappointment. Pale color, weak head. Aroma is confusingly spicy and sweet, but herbal. Slightly hoppy taste, but followed by a weird tartness as the spruce kicks in. Unique flavor indeed, but not very good.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber colored with no head and somewhat flat looking. The nose is spice and sweets. Medium bodied, watery feel, with flavors of spice, and virtually no finish.
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color, no head. A light orange nose mixed with candies sugar. Piney and hoppy taste. Shell "It looks like a straw that sticks out of a horses butt" - well, she is right - Cheers! :-)
rauchbier (3637) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber bronze, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Strange vegetable aroma with fruity malt, Sweet and woody in the mouth with more malt and a hint of tree bark. Dry and earthy finish with a slight hop bitterness.
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant spiceness and using spruce tips is an experiment in my opinion has paid off.A
nice winter ale with a unique flavour and well worth trying.
pivo (2603) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light doughy and grainy nose, orange color (like the midnight sun, says Shelly), low head. Smooth malt base with a hint of maple syrup. Spicy end with hop character. Good transitions. Solid ale.
RichardGretton (4316) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat dark ale with a strongly hopped vineous aroma and a mainly bitter flavour. A basic American strong ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer. What a kooky category. Anyhow, clear amber body topped by a frothy white head. Lacing, well, it looks nice, not killer, but decent. This beer came all the way from freaking Alaska! That's a long way! Aroma is sweet and a tad spicy. The flavor is about the same. Actually a bit of a disapointment (at least compared to the Smoked Porter). Some very serious piney notes also, spruce tips according to the bottle. A sweet christmess (no typo) treat this beer is . Body is medium. Finish is very, well, sprucey. Not bad but, definitely different. I see that some have hated this beer, but I find it not too bad. Surely one of the few beers brewed with Spruce Tips!