Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip Ale

 
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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A robust flavored ale with notes of spicy sweet pine from locally gathered spruce tips, balanced by roasty caramel malt and a hint of Chinook hops. About Vermont Spruce Tip Ale This hearty ale is a showcase for a traditional yet seldom used brewing ingredient: spruce tips. Harvested at their tender, ripe, bright green peak in Downer State Forest, Vermont, these spruce tips impart citrus, pine, spice, herbal and earthy notes. A host of malts, a hint of roasted barley and generous use of Chinook hops complement the unique spruce flavor.

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3.3
j12601 (12622) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium to large yellowed beige head. Earthy and dirty pine, sweet. Spicy pine, definitely a woody dryness to it. Sweet malt, a bit thin. Crisp malt,, pine and wood. Long bitter woody finish.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12433) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
22oz bottle-pours amber with a dissipating white head. Aroma is sweet light/medium malt-caramel, berry, resin. Taste is pine hops, sweet light/medium malt-caramel. Easy, very quaffable.

3.3
blipp (9373) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweeter malts, with light piney hop bitterness and some extra piney notes as if it was aged on christmas trees. Good stuff.

3.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled on draft at the Headkeeper this beer poured a dark nut brown color with a small creamy beige head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was lightly tart with vague spice, caramel, fig and only a hint of spruce. The flavor was tang with a light vague fruitiness and notes of caramel, fig, nutmeg, spruce and mint. The finish was long and dryish with notes of caramel, nutmeg and spruce. Medium body. Rich yet pleasant.

3.4
ben4321 (6547) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Location: Draft at Hop Devil, 12/3/11

Aroma: The nose is interesting, woodsy, but not piney, earthy notes too
Appearance: The pour is a clear orange-caramel color with a wispy head and spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, somewhat earthy, herbal notes, a fairly bitter finish to it
Palate: The body is medium, the carbonation is average, and it finishes dry and a bit odd on the tongue
Overall Impression: Second rater of this one. This is a solid offering, but it was quite different then I expected. I guess I was sort of expecting it to be kind of a pine/resin offering, but really it is more of a woodsy beer. It isn’t like drinking tree sap or anything like that, it just give you a feeling like you are surounded by trees.

3.2
obguthr (6431) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2012
Subtle wood and unripe strawberries. Clear copper, thin yellow head. Fair amount of wood, but not much of anything else. A bit fizzy. Overall, it lacks intensity but is fairly enjoyable.

4.1
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Only reviewing this so late with fresh notes due to the fact, that this brewery was once a better brewery. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber almost brown color with a finger’s worth of sustaining white foamy head that glimmered and fell off at a moderate pace. Slight stringy lace, somewhat sticky. The aroma had a sturdy clean malt bill: dark bread, clean caramel/toffee qualities, subtle earthy hops and then what I was hoping for: that "fresh" clean SPRUCE TIP tenderness, full, bright, ripe and absorbing. The flavor melds wonderfully between all of these aromas to carry finely into the aftertaste and finish - smooth, roasty, fresh, clean and ripe! The palate was about medium on the body with a pretty good sipping quality despite an ABV that wasn’t too high. Carbonation felt fine. Overall, why am I uploading these thoughts only today? Well, why do monkeys eat bananas only in the zoo? Maybe I miss the days of seeing more reviewers on here and maybe, just maybe I realize the glory days of beer are over. Guessing the craft beer bubble is going to break any day now. And wishing Harpoon would bring this one back, though it probably won’t prevent the bubble from breaking.

3.3
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
I’m eating or drinking rather purple grape Christmas trees. I dont think I want this again

3.4
thornecb (5947) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pours deep amber into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Earth and pine aromas. Medium bodied with sweet earth, bark and leaves upfront turning to mild pine in the bitter finish.

3.1
mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Tap at vickery park plano. Crisp amber with a cream head. Nose is sweet malts, light fruits, spruce, and malts. Easy on the palate, huge malts, sweet fruits, spice, and bitter finish.


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