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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. A surprising beer. On the basis this is a well balanced hopped/malted beer, but the spruce flavor is subtle and provides a nice flavor palate. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Location: Draft at Hop Devil, 12/3/11

Aroma: The nose is interesting, woodsy, but not piney, earthy notes too
Appearance: The pour is a clear orange-caramel color with a wispy head and spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, somewhat earthy, herbal notes, a fairly bitter finish to it
Palate: The body is medium, the carbonation is average, and it finishes dry and a bit odd on the tongue
Overall Impression: Second rater of this one. This is a solid offering, but it was quite different then I expected. I guess I was sort of expecting it to be kind of a pine/resin offering, but really it is more of a woodsy beer. It isn’t like drinking tree sap or anything like that, it just give you a feeling like you are surounded by trees.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a medium copper color with a huge bubbly white head that sticks around forever as well as to the glass. Smells of caramel and bready malt with a fair amount of non descript fruitiness. Slightly earthy hop aroma mixed with a bit of herbal and medicinal aromas. Really not what I was expecting when I cracked this one open. Taste is caramel and toffee malt sweetness balanced with an earthy herbal almost licorice flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew, but not really what I expected. The spruce is there but its not overpowering and comes across as more of an herbal nuance in this brew. I enjoyed it enough that I would drink this again if I saw it on tap somewhere.


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