mitchscha (3) - Teaneck, USA - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
Very sweet and malty flavor. Hops are very much overpowered by malt. This is a delicious beer to accompany desserts or to top off a few intense beers
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 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. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Through Some Light, Mild White Ring of Head, No Lacing
S: Spruce, Maple, Mild Cinnamon
T: Spruce, Maple, Malty
M: Medioce Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicey
Overall, a very nice spruce beer from the single barrel. A good find... 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. johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a medium copper color with a huge bubbly white head that sticks around forever as well as to the glass. Smells of caramel and bready malt with a fair amount of non descript fruitiness. Slightly earthy hop aroma mixed with a bit of herbal and medicinal aromas. Really not what I was expecting when I cracked this one open. Taste is caramel and toffee malt sweetness balanced with an earthy herbal almost licorice flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew, but not really what I expected. The spruce is there but its not overpowering and comes across as more of an herbal nuance in this brew. I enjoyed it enough that I would drink this again if I saw it on tap somewhere.
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. 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. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On draft pour. Dark amber with a red hue. Thin light white head. Spruce in the nose. Spruce in the taste with almost a cherry after taste. Smooth for 7 percent. filogomo (10) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Enjoyed this beer at the taproom in the Boston brewery. Great beer great times. Hard to find very limited. 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.