Randy4Beer (131) - - APR 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Johnny Farinas. Pours a dark brassy colour. Thin white head with thin lacing.
Extremely light aromas of forest pine and spruce.
Tastes of citrus pine hops with some sour grapefruit.
Too mild for my nose and palate.
cfrancis (2278) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep gold with a moderate frothy white head. Aroma is tons of sweet honey and caramel malts and having troubles detecting the spruce. Taste is caramel malts and honey with a small spruce in the back end. A little too sweet and not enough spruce for me.
probstblueribbon (2872) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
600 ml bottle from the brewery, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear amber with a nice, frothy, off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet and quite malty, caramel, berry-like fruitiness, a bit of pine and citrus, a little booze, maybe a hint of evergreen, definitely no moose.
Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence.
Flav.: There’s the spruce, in a forest floor, earthy sense, still plenty of rich, crunchy maltiness, caramel/toffee, a bit fruity, the evergreen is more in the aftertaste than elsewhere, fairly meh; off-dry with moderate bitterness and a sorta dirty, piney, very malty finish.
The nose doesn’t give away the flavour, unfortunately.
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
600 ml bottle. Pours a subtly veiled pale amber/copper with a short lived white head. Aroma is pine tree, spruce, resin, sap. Flavor is cedar tree, pine, conifer sap, pine cone, caramel malts. Finish is herbal, with a touch of citrus (lemon). Lingering menthol-ish freshness. Light to medium body, prickly mouthfeel, average ti strong carbonation. Excellent pale ale that’s out of the ordinary.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-09-15. Very lightly hazy golden orange body with a small creamy white head and lace. 3++ Aroma is pleasantly fruity and vaguely spruce like. Flavour is similar, fruity vaguely sprucey character throughout, but I probably wouldn’t identify it as specifically being spruce without knowing, pleasant moderate bitterness throughout. Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Not quite as assertive as I would like but the flavours all work very well together and it is very nice overall. On tap at Bryden’s, Toronto
Metalchopz (2216) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Atomic Rooster. Pours a cloudy amber colour with a warm cap, decent retention and a little lace. Malty nose with lots of yeast, but mostly fruit character, like hints of - strawberries ??. The mouthfeel has a light dryness to it. Beautiful fruity malt flavours (oranges, mangos) with mild hops that are present, slightly giving some bitterness in the finish, but not much lingering. Not smelling or tasting the spruce tips. For those who like their APAs more on the fruity malt side, instead of hoppy.
Radek Kliber (6379) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where and how: on tap @ Volo
Aroma medium intense - spruce twigs, sweet sugars with soft backing.
Top: medium sized , lasting cap with lace and rings.
Base: hazy, amber gold.
Palate : clean, mid bodied. Drinkable with lighter carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: mild, clean citrus hop with sappy elements.
Other notes approachable, drinkable ale.
neongolden (383) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Brydens, Sept 15 2013) Pours a clear pale amber with brownish hints, mid-sized bubbly white head, no lace. Aroma is rather dank fruity Simcoe hops with just a little fresh evergreen character, some grain in the nose too. Flavour at first is fairly fruity hops, some more spruce character here as well. Unfortunately that’s about all the spruce character, from mid-palate on there is mostly just malt sweetness followed by lots of grain and a mild hop bitterness. Quite a grainy, more macro feel, no real resiny notes. Body light-medium, carb moderate. An ok pale ale, but it didn’t excite me and the spruce did not add much.
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It hasn’t been a great day for beer so far. The good news here is the spruce tips leave a subtle, well-balanced flavour here. And I can actually detect grapefruit as well. Actually this one is growing on me now. Finish is zingy mix of good and malt and spruce. Not bad, all things considered.
Sammy (8420) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would like more spruce, more beer than spruce which imparts some bitter flavour secondary to a lightly cheesy ale. That would optimize the aroma which I get almost nothing from.Creamy mix. On tap at Bar Hop.