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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
On Tap at The Holy Grail- pour is a Light amber, Small white head..Nose is Spice, Pine..Taste is Earth and Crisp with hints of spruce, Nice palate with lingering spice/ earth taste..I went out of my Style range for this and was not let down..This is a very Solid beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1890) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with reddish highlights. A gentle pour netted a one finger creamy off white head which receded slowly leaving only marginal lace. Aroma is pine resin and caramel malt with a touch of spruce. Flavor is caramel malt and biscuit with a light hop presence. Also, a light taste of the spruce tips. Hops and spruce tips could have been a bit stronger. Average palate with a dry finish. Spruce tips make themselves known in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bomber pours dark copper with a thin white head. Aromas of carmel malts spruce some slight roasted malt aroma and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is sweet less pine then expected more of a balanced flavor. Body is medium with a good smooth mouthfeel. Finishes a bit malty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bomber: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, aroma has pine and light fruits, starts and ends lightly bitter with a juicy ending, medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering bitterness. It is hard to tell where the hops end and the spruce starts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (3066) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2011
From a bottle with an expiration date of 03/15/2012. The pour is a handsome medium to dark amber that reminds me of pine tree brown. Lots of carbonation and a small head. The aroma is earthy, piney, and slightly malty. The body is rotund but not bold. Whereas the aromas and balanced but not overpowering, the flavor is a bit more so with an obvious earthy, pine hoppiness and a sweet malty character. There is a slightly different earthiness to it that is notable. It finishes on the dry side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours with a good amount of head, medium carbonation. On the nose, it’s boozy with a good amount of funk. There’s some hops in there but also with some faint fruit flavors. Color is medium brown, slightly red. On the tongue there’s some vanilla, cherry, wood flavor, slight alcohol burn. Light to medium body. Some Christmas spice in the background, but doesn’t come together all that great. Enjoyability 3/5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6643) - 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
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Cold, 22oz bottle: Pours a clear, medium orange color with an off-white head that dissolves. Aroma is of pine, flowers, and malt. Taste is of a nice blend of malts, spruce, and hops. Medium bodied and smooth, with playful carbonation. Ending is of light caramel into mint.

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