porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
halfonit (1222) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an golden color with as off-white head. Aroma’s of malt, dark fruit, with a faint pine. Flavor is of roasted malt, light spice, and a hop background. Medium body, light bitter, yet slightly sweet. Good to go brew.
dlovell2 (1185) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Didn’t really get any spruce flavors.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. I’d actually prefer if the spruce was more pronounced. 
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft pour. Dark amber with a red hue. Thin light white head. Spruce in the nose. Spruce in the taste with almost a cherry after taste. Smooth for 7 percent.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Lure’s-Crownsville MD-golden pour w/a moderate head. Spruce aroma. Spruce malt flavor, some hops mixed in, a little caramel, some roasted nuts. Kind of a muddled mess, not really sure what they were going for here. Didn’t really think too much of this one.
hivemind (743) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 it’s 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 it’s a vegetable beer, but I was looking for more forest than garden.