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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This beer was brewed in memory of Greg Noonan, who created the first VT spruce tip ale back in 1990 at VPB, of which I was an early fan and inspired me to make at least one spruce beer a year. Our friends at VPB, Steve Polewacyk, Russ Fitzpatrick, and Tommy Noonan joined in the fun to pick new spring growth spruce tips, brew the beer, and just on Monday we bottled it with a special label!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by b3shine- thanks, Beau! Pours a copper-amber color with a small off-white head. Tons and tons and tons of spruce- fresh cut wood, spruce needles. Holy cow. Also some herbs, pepper, citrus, and dry and sweet malts. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, dry, spicy mouthfeel. Really strange, but good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1238) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Super fresh -- 8 days old and spruce galore! Spruce & tree bark aroma; hops and bitter resin on the back end. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Experiment_Ale (1003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bomber at my place with group. Pours light orange with strange light lacing. Aroma is citric hops, hay, dirt, great. Taste is smooth balancer piney hops. Finish is quick to medium. Mouthfeel is kinda light.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8253) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at Brewdown. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of spruce tip, pine needle, sap, citrus, resin and caramel malt. Heavy on the pine needle. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
bottle. copper orange pour, Medium bodied, sweet caramel maltiness, touch of toffee. Spruce is quite potent, resiny spruce, orange zest & pith. Spruce is nice, maybe a tad overbearing. Nice score Andy

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2144) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Pours a rich copper color with a finger of sticky eggshell foam. The nose is big and hoppy, bright tangerine, orange pith, pine and traces of sweet caramel malt. The palate is more earthy and less citrusy than the nose led me t believe. Lots of spruce needle, pinecone and tree bark. Bitter grassy and slightly floral in a woodsy way.... pretty interesting some strange honeycomb cereal sweetness adds complexity to the bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (897) - Vermont, USA - AUG 6, 2013
$7 at Three Penny. To tulip, it pours aa hazy dark orange with a fluffy, snowy-white ringed head half a finger in length. Tastes and smells of artichoke hearts, pork salt, tarragon, and piney hops. Spruce tips, and American yeast by swallow. Good on paper I’m sure, but this was not my cup of tea. Too herbal. The bartender working that night wasn’t too big on it, either.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle shared by Phillycraft. Wow. Aroma is pure Douglas Fir and rosemary. Very sticky pine hops just right in the nose. Pours deep orange with a nice film and short lived head. Taste is super sweet with pine sap, rosemary, resin and slight grapefruit rind. This literally tastes like sucking on a Christmas tree....in a good way. Many thanks to Vinny.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Bottle as an extra shared with Jessie, and Taylor, tastes and smells like straight up christmas tree, so much pine, resin, rosemary, grapefruit and sap. This is the most tree’d out beer I have ever tasted. Holy christ fuck, I’m digging this needle’d out offering from Lawsons. So glad I was able to try it via bottle after missing it in Vt by a day or so.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Tap at Three Penny Taproom, 07/26/2013. Pours hazy orange, nice creamy head, lacing left behind as it fades. Aroma is soft, fleshy grapefruit, scallion, big earthy pine, pleasant caramel backing and hint of dusty malts. Taste is sharp grapefruit, orange rind, lingering resinous pine, fairly bitter dark caramel. Medium body, spritzy. Enjoyable.


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