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Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #10: Spruce Tip Ale

Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #10: Spruce Tip Ale
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Choosing a pale ale to showcase this unique spruce essence in, the brewers devised a recipe using pale ale and crystal malts, with Simcoe hops for bitterness. “Simcoe also has a sort of Juicy-Fruit flavor,” said brewer Pete Dickson. The spruce tips collected from Ian and his family in Maine were kept sealed and refrigerated the few days before brew day. They were added to the boil along with the hops, creating a fresh aroma that could be smelled across the brewery. After conditioning, the beer has a thick, foamy head and bright orange complexion. But its taste is much more than meets the eye. These fresh spruce tips lend a surge of brightness to the beer at first sip, balanced with a kick of bitterness from the hops. Its gentle aroma is slightly floral and fruity, and the finished beer has an IBU of 35, and ABV of 5.3%.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2012
amber with small head. sweet and fruity with a really unique taste. definitely wouldn’t have placed this as spruce -- not piney. excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Draft at blue monk. Deep gold pour, floral notes, candy in the aroma. Flavor is floral hops, sweet candy notes with some spruce. Decent

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
A hazed amber ale with with a thin off white head. In aroma, intense mix of spruce and caramel malt, light sulfur notes. In mouth, a nutty caramel malt, roasted and lingering, with herbal hops and light spruce notes. On tap at Barcade, July 1, 2012.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy golden blonde color with nice two finger head... Aromas are subtle with bits of ripe fruit and a touch of herbal spice. On the palate this beer is bright floral with a slight spruce sweetness and much less astringency then other spruce beers Ive had. Well balanced beer with good earthy woodsy flavors balanced off the bright fresh spruce flavors and bitter hops. Complex


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