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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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Tap at vickery park plano. Crisp amber with a cream head. Nose is sweet malts, light fruits, spruce, and malts. Easy on the palate, huge malts, sweet fruits, spice, and bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hivemind (709) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from Rockland Beverage split with Ryan on Christmas. Pours a medium amber with a huge almost-white head. Mine was poured into a lager glass. Nose is somewhat muted, but I get malt/grain, herbal notes and a bit of pine. I expected this to have a much bigger aroma. Taste is almost equally underwhelming, although itís not boring. There is some dry herb/spice, a little hop bitterness and even some floral notes, but I was expecting more of a piney character given the word "spruce" in the name of the beer. Light mouthfeel and smooth drinking. Maybe my expectations were unfair given that itís a vegetable beer, but I was looking for more forest than garden.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium to large yellowed beige head. Earthy and dirty pine, sweet. Spicy pine, definitely a woody dryness to it. Sweet malt, a bit thin. Crisp malt,, pine and wood. Long bitter woody finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
bottle big thanks to mcox90. Pours clear amber. nose is caramels, resinous hope, pines, sweet malts, toasted grains. Flavor is sweet at first the is piney, herbal, citrus, and just a touch of dark caramel grains and almost finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and semi heavy. this one was quite interesting. Enjoyable and festive.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4394) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pours deep amber into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Earth and pine aromas. Medium bodied with sweet earth, bark and leaves upfront turning to mild pine in the bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2011
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Pours rusty amber, mostly clear. Four fingers of biege head that slowly recede to a lasting cap. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel mostly smooth, medium-full, very light pebbliness. Flavor of sweet, lightly toasty caramel, light vanilla with a light pleasant spiciness not particularly spruce or pine-like. Mostly malty with a light-medium bitter pinch in finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2011
nice malty aroma with some herbal sprucyness. flavor is very interesting with a candy-like caramel/toffee/butterscotch but also something oddly herbal. very smooth, on the sweet side, but good. really a unique rich flavor, would never identify like spruce.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear amber with a large, dense frothy head. The head fades slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of spruce, lemon and pale malts, along with herbs and just a touch of earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with pale malts, caramel and subtle hints of spruce and hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting ale with a remarkable spruce aroma throughout, though it is a little one-dimensional and I tired of it quickly. 2011-11-25

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 13, 2011
22oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquor - Wakefield, RI. Somehow, the aroma doesnít elicit the strongest reaction of spruce, instead a gentle minty waft and plenty of caramel malt. Flavors start of similarly, but then develop a really strong Christmas tree flavor. Strong resin, those little scented pillow filled with Balsam Fir needles, car fresheners, and a whole array of cleaning products. All of this incongruously paired with a malty near-Amber Ale. Man, can Harpoon make soap-flavored beers. Interesting that in playing it safe to not overwhelm the beer with conifer, the threshold has instead been brought down to gimicky Yankee Candle and Pinesol levels. Turn up the Spruce or go home.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a ruby red color with a small airy head. Nose is piney hops with sap, sweet syrupy notes. Palate is sticky and chewy. Flavors of resin, sweet malts, brown sugar.


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