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Lawson’s Finest Vermont Spruce Tip IPA

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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 4, 2014
Backlog 2013. Bottle shared at Franks. Pours an amber golden body. Aroma is light with notes of wood, cedar, grapefruit and spice. Mouthfeel is medium with much stronger flavors of spruce/wood. Christmas tree in my glass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5335) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
I mean I have had piney IPAs before but this was straight up like chewing on a tree whilst skiing. Nose runs the course of citrus, pine, spruce hops. But damn if the taste is not just straight up spruce. Its like and not cloying, yet it is so prevelant that it is distracting from the rest of the brew. I dig the 100% accomplishment of making a spruce beer, but perhaps it is nor entirely my bag. Glad it was a shared brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10455) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6012) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5192) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bomber to taster (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a semi-transparent orange with white lacing. Smells and tastes of heavy spruce and some hops. Average on the palate. Decent, but too sprucey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6281) - 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 (1191) - 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 (913) - 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 (7976) - , 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.


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