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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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An experimental IPA made with blue spruce tips, juniper berries, and cranberries. Piney evergreen and sweet berries tingle the senses. After some slightly tart and tangy flavors up front, a harmonious balance between pleasant fruit sweetness and bitter pine is reached. A sizable malt bill, ample hop additions, and the floral fruity qualities of American Ale yeast all contribute to symmetry of this beer. The finish is laced with a resiny stickiness that flows naturally into a lasting bitterness. 7.5% ABV


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle... Pours hazy and apricot-colored with a small, brief, white head. The bouquet is certainly fruity, and is accompanied by an unexpected, enjoyable vanilla element. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and busy carbonation. Very tasty – juicy and fruity with a moderate measure of resiny bitterness. Finishes slightly acidic and tart. I assume that’s the berries talking to me. Appropriately named, for sure. Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polarisbeerguy (19) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Shorts still surprises me after not being a fan for years a couple well put together brews and a few trips to the brewery makes them to date one of my favorite breweries picked up this gem yesterday collecting dust on a shelf brewed on 12/16/13 tastes wonderful cranberry touch your palate on the front with the normal shorts citrus IPA tongue dance comes the juniper spruce finish that leaves clean and crisp the more I try the more I like pick this up next holiday if you can.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBear11D (233) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Juicy tree pours a mostly clear yellow with a slight tint of orange with an ivory head that lasts a fair amount. The aroma is berries, citrus and pine. The flavor is berries, citrus and pine. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheHOFF43 (1750) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2014
What the fuck is this? It taste like shitty hi-c but with alcohol. Spruce tips make it taste fruity when you mix the berries and all that shit. Not sure this is beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 26, 2014
12oz Bottle. Thanks, Sean! Cold aroma belies hoppiness and gin aromatics. Flavors begin as terse soapiness. I like all these things, hops, spruce, juniper, and cranberry, but I think that, unsurprisingly, when you put them all together, it’s going to taste like soap. That’s unavoidable, even in restrained quantities, I think. Tonight, I’m okay with it. I wanted something bitter and herbal to soothe an irritated stomach, but I have a hard time imagining this as a tipple of any other utility, aside from membership in Short’s continuing cadre of novelty. My mom makes a spruce and cranberry soap, not unlike this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9058) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Hold pour, white head. Very interesting. Christmas trees, cranberry, juniper, citrusy hops. Quite an experience to drink this. Odd but good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (538) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft, pours a hazy light copper. Taste is heavy on the spruce, combined with berries and pretty bitter. Very unique and interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (405) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
On tap at Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI...Wow, there’s a lot going on here and while not the most harmonious blend it is nonetheless a wildly flavorful beer that is wicked fun to drink. A Xmas tree in a bottle...and decorated at that. This would put a light beer drinker in his/her grave!

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdb288 (513) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle from cbuk. Aroma is cranberry, fir tree, lemon. Taste is...wow. Like you took a Christmas tree and wrung it out into a bucket of cranberries. There's also some lemon notes but this predominately tastes like the spruce. Not close to my favorite but I give them points for originality.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1299) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Extra from mike. Thanks man. Aroma had lots of cranberry and pine hops. Taste starts out with sweet berries but then immediately switches to pine and cedar. Almost like drinking a Christmas tree. Not overpowering at all.


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