Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip Ale

 
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RATINGS: 54   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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3.5
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bomber: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, aroma has pine and light fruits, starts and ends lightly bitter with a juicy ending, medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering bitterness. It is hard to tell where the hops end and the spruce starts.

3.7
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 5, 2012
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear coppery amber with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of roasted caramel malts, light Spruce notes, mild citrus and hints of hops. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Spruce notes come out as the beer warms.

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fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
i was actually expecting more of a resiny pine note here, but this is basically like a blond belgian ale with a watery finish, with a mild spice note in there. blah.

3.6
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
On Tap at The Holy Grail- pour is a Light amber, Small white head..Nose is Spice, Pine..Taste is Earth and Crisp with hints of spruce, Nice palate with lingering spice/ earth taste..I went out of my Style range for this and was not let down..This is a very Solid beer

3.3
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pour is caramel colored with an extremely thin white head. Little to no lacing at all and light carbonation. Aroma is of spruce, pine needles, caramel malts, and some Earthy tones. Flavor is much sweeter than the aroma, with a sharp hoppy finish. Pretty well balanced but the carbonation is lacking.

3.3
rocbyter (2118) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Moderate sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear amber color with a small white head. Awry beginning with a light bitter and bready finish.

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dlovell2 (2089) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Finally after much anticipation I found a bottle of the Vermont Spruce Tip. Poured amber with small white head. Caramel malt aroma with some fruity notes. Sweet caramel malt flavor with some yeast flavors. Didn’t really get any spruce flavors.

3.6
mcox90 (2071) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with reddish highlights. A gentle pour netted a one finger creamy off white head which receded slowly leaving only marginal lace. Aroma is pine resin and caramel malt with a touch of spruce. Flavor is caramel malt and biscuit with a light hop presence. Also, a light taste of the spruce tips. Hops and spruce tips could have been a bit stronger. Average palate with a dry finish. Spruce tips make themselves known in the aftertaste.

3.3
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours a ruby red color with a small airy head. Nose is piney hops with sap, sweet syrupy notes. Palate is sticky and chewy. Flavors of resin, sweet malts, brown sugar.

3.4
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle shared by matt - Surprisingly tasty. Sweet caramel body with a ton of pine, dry spruce pine needles. Cotton mouth finish, but without body and malts to back it up. interesting beer, at least.


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