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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3069) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
22oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Mostly clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Dots and bits of lace. Awesome spruce, citrus aroma. Light floral. Awesome long super citrusy aftertaste. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Bigger body. Great bigger bitter taste. Light sweet. A lot of awesome citrus peel zest. Delicious. I love spruce in beer, and this really satisfied that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7885) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bomber - one day after purchase at 55F in a Fantome Tulip Bronze with a sizable head that fades fast. Nice Chinook and simcoe nose. like grapefruit rinds and earthy pine Wow. the spruce in here is uncanny. It is an IPA but tastes almost completely bittered with spruce tips. wow. from start to an insanely resinous sticky long finish, I get spruce, spruce spruce almost borderline chewing on fresh green pine needles. wow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1010) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy resin spruce hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture with soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy spruce bittersweet flavor with with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This a solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (1992) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5596) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared with the group. Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with a medium plus sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have big spruce and herbal hops with just enough toasted bread and caramel malt to attempt to balance. I thought this was good, but could see people being turned off by the big spruce notes.

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