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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle; clear copper with medium yellow head; aroma- caramel, floral, light spruce; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, slick feel, average carbonation. Light on spruce and hops. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours reddish amber with minimal off-white head. Aroma of biscuit and subtle herbal notes. Flavors include more biscuit, highly metallic hops and chewy, bready malts. Medium carbonation and medium body. Not as complex as I anticipated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: polished deep copper under a fluffy copper-hued head which lingers big and sticky. Garnet along the edges. Has the appearance of being polished to perfection.
Nose: whole fleshy red apples with mint leaf and greenery in the back. Chamomile. Spruce tips and fern leaves. Grape nuts and sweet crunchy cereal grains. Pear orchards hanging heavy and ready to drop.
Palate: sweet breads and apples and mint leaf along the sides. Chamomile and spruce in the breath. Soft chewy bready mouthfeel and weight. Pears and apples mingle harmoniously – in the middle leading into the finish. Spruce is subtle – gives it the essence of standing amidst a dew-dropped forest.
Final Thoughts: the more I taste their wide variety of beers the more I love Harpoon. From session to one-offs to big and bad ass to cellar worthy, Harpoon always leaves me happy.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlovell2 (1767) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
matador4u2 (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2012 does not count
Mild pine note with a good balance of maltiness to hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hivemind (890) - 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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
rodisian (66) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Color was a wonderful red hue. Aroma is a mix of spruce and caramel malt. Taste is initially slightly sweet caramel malt, followed up by spruce and herbal hoppiness. Decently bitter.. the first few sips I enjoyed the novelty but it wore off: I ended up pouring out the last third (which was more because we had more beers to taste and time was short, rather than a bad beer.) I wouldn’t buy again, unless the mood was right: (think Christmas tree decorating day and a foot of snow outside).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Light spicy malty flavor with a lingering off putting pine finish.

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