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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2.8
hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle from Rockland Beverage split with Ryan on Christmas. Pours a medium amber with a huge almost-white head. Mine was poured into a lager glass. Nose is somewhat muted, but I get malt/grain, herbal notes and a bit of pine. I expected this to have a much bigger aroma. Taste is almost equally underwhelming, although it’s not boring. There is some dry herb/spice, a little hop bitterness and even some floral notes, but I was expecting more of a piney character given the word "spruce" in the name of the beer. Light mouthfeel and smooth drinking. Maybe my expectations were unfair given that it’s a vegetable beer, but I was looking for more forest than garden.

3.6
joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. A surprising beer. On the basis this is a well balanced hopped/malted beer, but the spruce flavor is subtle and provides a nice flavor palate. Tasty.

3.9
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Beautifully clear, deep amber color. Decent head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves good ring lace. Smells like a Scotch Ale with a very light pine touch--mostly light crystal malt. Relatively neutral. This is a complex beer. It is sweet, yet dry (in the swallow). The evergreen comes through, but Ina subtle way. There’s enough hop to provide bitterness, but is otherwise nondescript. Full bodied with a decent dose of carbonation.

3.7
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2011
nice malty aroma with some herbal sprucyness. flavor is very interesting with a candy-like caramel/toffee/butterscotch but also something oddly herbal. very smooth, on the sweet side, but good. really a unique rich flavor, would never identify like spruce.

3.6
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bomber pours dark copper with a thin white head. Aromas of carmel malts spruce some slight roasted malt aroma and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is sweet less pine then expected more of a balanced flavor. Body is medium with a good smooth mouthfeel. Finishes a bit malty

3.3
michcam8 (565) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Amber in color, with a white head that quickly dissapates. No lacing on the glass. Aroma of carmel, malts and a slight scent of pine. Taste is rather ho hum, bread and malt being at the front with some spice towards the back. OK beer. Probably would not purchase again.

3.1
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours reddish amber with minimal off-white head. Aroma of biscuit and subtle herbal notes. Flavors include more biscuit, highly metallic hops and chewy, bready malts. Medium carbonation and medium body. Not as complex as I anticipated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Cold, 22oz bottle: Pours a clear, medium orange color with an off-white head that dissolves. Aroma is of pine, flowers, and malt. Taste is of a nice blend of malts, spruce, and hops. Medium bodied and smooth, with playful carbonation. Ending is of light caramel into mint.

3.5
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours with a good amount of head, medium carbonation. On the nose, it’s boozy with a good amount of funk. There’s some hops in there but also with some faint fruit flavors. Color is medium brown, slightly red. On the tongue there’s some vanilla, cherry, wood flavor, slight alcohol burn. Light to medium body. Some Christmas spice in the background, but doesn’t come together all that great. Enjoyability 3/5.

3.1
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle; clear copper with medium yellow head; aroma- caramel, floral, light spruce; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, slick feel, average carbonation. Light on spruce and hops. Very drinkable.


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