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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12186) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
22oz bottle-pours amber with a dissipating white head. Aroma is sweet light/medium malt-caramel, berry, resin. Taste is pine hops, sweet light/medium malt-caramel. Easy, very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9548) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweeter malts, with light piney hop bitterness and some extra piney notes as if it was aged on christmas trees. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6729) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5694) - 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 isnít like drinking tree sap or anything like that, it just give you a feeling like you are surounded by trees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5650) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2012
Subtle wood and unripe strawberries. Clear copper, thin yellow head. Fair amount of wood, but not much of anything else. A bit fizzy. Overall, it lacks intensity but is fairly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Iím eating or drinking rather purple grape Christmas trees. I dont think I want this again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5499) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5248) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - 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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