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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A robust flavored ale with notes of spicy sweet pine from locally gathered spruce tips, balanced by roasty caramel malt and a hint of Chinook hops. About Vermont Spruce Tip Ale This hearty ale is a showcase for a traditional yet seldom used brewing ingredient: spruce tips. Harvested at their tender, ripe, bright green peak in Downer State Forest, Vermont, these spruce tips impart citrus, pine, spice, herbal and earthy notes. A host of malts, a hint of roasted barley and generous use of Chinook hops complement the unique spruce flavor.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlovell2 (672) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Finally after much anticipation I found a bottle of the Vermont Spruce Tip. Poured amber with small white head. Caramel malt aroma with some fruity notes. Sweet caramel malt flavor with some yeast flavors. Didnít really get any spruce flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2380) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
"Acquired this at Harpoon Brewery where I stop by every 2 months to pick up whatever is new along with a Growler full of their Raspberry Wheat beer. Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Glass at 39 degrees. A - Very bronze beer super clear but still very bronze. No sediment. Poured a 7 finger head but that was probably cause I was being careless. S - Nice piney smell with spruce and other syrups that we all have available in new England. Sweet and like morning due. I love these 100 barrel beers. T - Just as the label suggests. Spruce tips but Iím getting some brown sugar and lovely caramel noted. Maybe some vanilla or lavender? Not sure M - Medium beer yet a light mouthfeel and finish. A lot of bite from bitterness at the finish. O - Itís not a bad beer but the bar was set pretty high with this series. Iíve had the last 15 of 39 barrels put out by Harpoon and each one is really special. This one just tastes bland and normal. Itís not a down the drain beer but itís certainly a hard beer to warm up to."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (1892) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Moderate sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear amber color with a small white head. Awry beginning with a light bitter and bready finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cleverlobo (315) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle; clear copper with medium yellow head; aroma- caramel, floral, light spruce; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, slick feel, average carbonation. Light on spruce and hops. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled on draft at the Headkeeper this beer poured a dark nut brown color with a small creamy beige head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was lightly tart with vague spice, caramel, fig and only a hint of spruce. The flavor was tang with a light vague fruitiness and notes of caramel, fig, nutmeg, spruce and mint. The finish was long and dryish with notes of caramel, nutmeg and spruce. Medium body. Rich yet pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bomber, best by 03/15/12. Pours clear and orange, lively, with some red highlights, topped with a creamy 2-finger yellow-tinged head. Aromas of sweet malt and caramel, slight fruit, and faint pine needles. The flavor is sweet spruce needles and some sap/bark, and mild eucalyptus. Medium carbonation and body. Tasty; nothing amazing, but some nice subtle sprucey/X-mas tree flavor are present. Iíd actually prefer if the spruce was more pronounced. [908]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pour is caramel colored with an extremely thin white head. Little to no lacing at all and light carbonation. Aroma is of spruce, pine needles, caramel malts, and some Earthy tones. Flavor is much sweeter than the aroma, with a sharp hoppy finish. Pretty well balanced but the carbonation is lacking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle shared by matt - Surprisingly tasty. Sweet caramel body with a ton of pine, dry spruce pine needles. Cotton mouth finish, but without body and malts to back it up. interesting beer, at least.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, grain, light spruce, Earth, slight mint, light caramel, pine, and a hint of medicine. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, spruce, grain, slight wood, leaves, and a hint of medicine. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, spruce, grain finish is slightly sweet and lightly bitter.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1460) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
this beer is so average. Big let down. No spurce tips. No distisnt hop character, no complex malty palate. Just a beer. Pass on this. I wish I did


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