TheHOFF43 (1605) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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, itís going to taste like soap. Thatís unavoidable, even in restrained quantities, I think. Tonight, Iím 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 Shortís continuing cadre of novelty. My mom makes a spruce and cranberry soap, not unlike this beer.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hold pour, white head. Very interesting. Christmas trees, cranberry, juniper, citrusy hops. Quite an experience to drink this. Odd but good.
fattybladdy (415) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, pours a hazy light copper. Taste is heavy on the spruce, combined with berries and pretty bitter. Very unique and interesting.
paintedmaple (314) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI...Wow, thereís 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!
jdb288 (280) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
rxeight (964) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
HonkeyBra (3055) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazed orange pour with a small white head. Aroma of juniper, cranberries, mild pine and fruit notes. Flavor is kind of an odd hodge podge of juniper, resin, and berry sweetness. Not something I would describe as balanced. Medium bodied, lively crbonation, finishes with a lot of juniper and pine notes. I
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/16/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, tart cranberry, juniper, floral, spruce, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, fruit, spruce, and malt motes; with great strength. Taste of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, cranberry, spruce, juniper, pine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness and light cranberry tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, lemon zest, cranberry, spruce, juniper, pine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, fruit, spruce, and malt flavors; with a great hop/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced IPA style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, fruit, spruce, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Clownoisseur (83) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a medium golden honey color, small white head that diminishes to spotty lacing. A few swirl of the glass brings the aromas right back to the forefront whilst drinking. Aromas are delightful! Just what I want out of a winter beer!! Smells like Christmas wreath, mistletoe, pine cones, holiday spices, turkey stuffing and floral hops. My nose could sit right here for days! A big dose of the spruce tips hits your lips, followed closely by a roasted chestnut, sweet juniper, nice bittering hops....more pine...and then some tart cranberry. So much depth to this one! A great balance to a wild experiment! Some of the low ratings baffle me.....send me all of your unwanted bottles! This is a weird beer for sure, but it works very well. I hope this sticks around for a long while. Very nice winter companion to the India Spruce Pilsner. I guess itís a " love it or hate it" kinda beer.