drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, great gift from from friend Nat!! Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, fluffy, thick, creamy, very slow to settle, cream-colored head with loads of frothy lace. Color is a clear, dark amber with a couple of slow tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hop, resin, malt, caramel, citrus. Flavorís like nose, hop stands out with the resin, citrus, and malt prominant; bitter up front with a little sweet in back, mild carbonic tang. Thereís also a sort of mediciney flavor that grows on me. Mouth is full, but carbonation is on the soft side. Finish is like flavor and surprisingly of average length for as full flavored as this is.
peteinSD (955) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Neal - thanks! Pours a slightly murkey copper color with a thin froth of white foam. Aroma is heavy and pungent resinous pine with sharp, herbal spruce, and some sweeter malt notes in the finish. Taste is dominated by the spruce but it compliments nicely with the heavy pine and hop bitterness. There is some malt sweetness in the second half of the beer but itís not entirely unwelcome as it provides a contrast to the huge spruce and pine flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly coating. I liked this beer - like drinking a hopped pine tree.
dwm1034 (471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared with SHERM1016.....THANKS!! Says itís brewed with spruce tips...must be...smells like a Christmas tree! Hoppy nose...pours a clear orange with thin white head...minimal lacing. Definite hoppy / bitter taste upfront. Spruce / piney nose and flavor upfront is interesting...but gets old. A very good IIPA but kinda glad I only have the one....this will be an íon occasioní beer...tasty
sherm1016 (885) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, from Downer Wine and Spirits, split with dwm1034. Pours a dark amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is spruce, pine, some floral hops. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is bitter, spruce, some bready malty, but mostly hops, pine, floral, plenty of spruce, with a minty, wintergreen finish. Interesting. Itís like a Christmas tree in a glass.
nuplastikk (3258) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. Served in a snifter. Orange brown with a steady off-white head. A pretty decent IIPA, well balanced between the clean golden malt and the piny orange citrus tones. Not overwhelming, some slight buttery undertones. but the hops cover it up well. Faint herbal cinnamon, honey. Flowery. Decent, but highly forgettable. Green tea in the finish.
beerbaaron (371) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel amber color. Short, creamy, lasting soapy head. Drippy lace. Hoppy PINEY, grapefruit, citrus. Flavor is PINEY! (spruce), Medium to full body. Hop bitter, creamy, some sweetness, some drying. Maybe a bit too bold.
mikem409 (1132) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks Neal. Pours murky brown with medium white head. Spruce hop aroma. Taste is very happy sweet lots of pine and gin
burg326 (2325) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Ghostface as a wedding present, thanks Neal! Poured an amber color with aromas of pine, citrus, spruce, and some light acertine. Flavors are light citrus and huge spruce. Not as much booze as one thinls based on the label and arroma, soild IPA.
stammmta (9) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As advertised, piney off the charts. The nose is really floral but the pine really hangs around; although after a couple sips it starts to fade. Big fan of the Avery Maharaja and this beer is reminiscent.
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msante79 (2124) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Three Cellars. Pours hazed copper with white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, and ton of spruce. Flavors of citrusy hops and a ton of spruce and some caramel malts. This is a nice take on a spruce beer. Could not drink a ton of this, but found it to be enjoyable.