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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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

alliance100's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (804) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle - really confused about this one . Pours a clear orange thin bright white head . Aromas of cranberries and big spruce . Exactly as advertised , tastes like bitter juniper / cranberry / and spruce . The beer drinker in me does not like it , but the inner gin drinker is kind of into it . Interesting .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from mikem409, thanks Mike! Lighter orange pour. Wow - completely strange/interesting aroma. Heavy fruit/berry, tropical fruit mix. Taste went to sweet berries, strange sprucy tangy flavor. Some alcohol. Some gin, Iíd wager. Interesting. 13.8

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (294) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Whew if ever a beer smelled good. Cranberries mix perfectly with the spruce notes. Looks fine. Lighter Amber. Tons of lacing. Taste is fascinating. Pine notes are huge and the cranberrys also come through to compliment. Spruce overwhelms on the finish. Palate is intense for sure. Light medium body. Finish is tough due to spruce. A really interesting beer that I certainly could not drink more than one of. Not dissapointed in having this one: a solid beer. Just more intense than what could be handled on a regular basis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petkus331 (280) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Aroma almost has a spruce quality with a touch of vanilla. Lots of lace, clear amber appearance. Tastes mildly bitter, of hops and gin like bitterness on the end. Palate is nice and fizzy. Overall, mild yet flavorful, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (505) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap. Clear gold. Some nicer lacing. Slightly spicy nose. Smooth. Mellow hopping with some twangs of cranberry, juniper. Refreshing, actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fakebeersnob (183) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 This one is a weird one. It does look nice in a tulip. Copper, with the carbonation bubbles sparking to the top. Thin white lacing. The smell is unpleasant for a beer. Reminds me of Capín Crunch. A lot of IPAs have a pine resin taste, but I imagine this is what it is like to drink a pine tree. Berry taste to it - assuming it is juniper, but I have never had juniper berries before. There is a malt to it, which once again reminds me of soggy Capín Crunch (probably due to the smell triggering it). So...donít care for the smell, the taste is pretty good, but at the end the stickiness in my mouth brings me back to soggy Capín Crunch. I could drink this again easily enough...but I donít think I would be seeking it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krej (122) - USA - DEC 13, 2014
This is one of those beers. One of those beers that youíre glad you only got one from someone who gave it to you. Itís very interesting. iím not sure if thats good or bad. Iím not sure if iíd buy it again, but itís very worth trying. It tastes like a pine tree.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malkyore (214) - - DEC 13, 2014
I dont know what to say about this beer.... It is so far from the beaten path that I dont even know where it is... Its sort of like licking a pine tree after eating a thanksgiving dinner... props go to shorts for making something this weird...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a clear golden with not much eggshell head, leaving some fine spotty lace behind. Nose involves big spruce, some underlying tart berry notes, and some dank herbal hops. Somewhat sweet, lightly tart, pretty bitter. Light to medium bodied, quite oily and slick, actively carbed, with a long spruce-tinged bitter finish. I liked this one a lot, but you definitely have to be able to handle all that piney, sprucy stuff. The berries round it out nicely, and I would take this type of holiday beer over those filled with nutmeg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
justkoehn (13) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Extreme pine aroma coupled with IPA bite. Very Shorts intense flavor. Caramel appearance with lacing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Mellow golden pour, very bubbly and clear with a half inch bright white head. Smells an awful lot like capín crunch with crunch berries: lager yeast, sweet sugary cereal grains, artificial berries, maybe cranberry. Average carbonation, quite viscous mouthfeel, clean finish. Very nice flavor of piney hops expertly mixed with almost creamy spruce, cranberry accentuates as well, definite juniper flavor, very juicy citrus/guava on finish. Great holiday rendition.

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