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Sproose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing

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Sproose Double IPASproose Double IPA

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 30
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Black Husky Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double IPA brewed with locally harvested spruce tips.

(Beer added by: Winter on 06-02-2011)
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Reviews by OnWisconsin:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

OnWisconsin, Feb 12, 2014
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Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a thick and sticky white head.

The smell was like standing inside of a spruce tree, incredibly piney and junipery, but in a good way. Just a hint of spicy ginger as well.

The flavor was a bit sweet up front with a light bit of caramel sneaking through what was an absolute spruce assault. Huge waves of Piney and Juniper flavors along with a long deep bitterness. The bartender compared it to Gin, and that was an accurate comparison, very herbal and spicy.

The mouthfeel was very full and oily leaving a huge coating of hoppy goodness.

I like this a bunch, very fun as long as you like the spruce flavor. A nice twist on what has become a bit of predictable style.

bashiba, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bomber bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a fluffy half-inch thick white head which leaves splotchy lace.

N: Notable spruce and pine with some citrusy and fruity undertones.

T: Malty with slightly sweet, earthy honey, and spices from the spruce tips.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Bittering hop and sweet malty finish with lingering spruce/pine spice.

O: Interesting creation. Worth trying.

wethorseblanket, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of joe1510
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
$8.99
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee, WI

Sproose Joose pours darker than I remember, bordering on unfiltered cider but more of a hazy tarnished copper than anything else. The head has a hint of beige to it and on the pour rose to a finger in height. Instead of settling it becomes craggy, dense, and creamy leaving behind intricate lacing as I drink.

Big, bright, earthy spruce is the first, and most potent, thing that jumps out at you in the smell. There's a touch of caramel and white toast in the malt profile but I have to work to pick that up. Spruce is spruce, if it's in a beer the only difference is intensity, in Sproose Joose's case the intensity is dialed in nicely where it doesn't permeate every inch of your nosebuds with each whiff but it is the main aspect.

While there's not a ton of depth flavor-wise the unique addition of spruce makes the earthy, bright, additive enough to take over where hops would normally do. The caramel and white toast maltiness doesn't balance this brew but it keeps the spruce in line enough to make the overall flavor enjoyable, as opposed to taxing.

The body has a moderate weight and a nice soft feel. Spruce brings a firm bitterness that lingers after each drink and adds an earthy quality with each drink. For a spruce beer the drinkability is pretty high.

I've had this beer on draft and the bottled version seems to be dialed down, and more drinkable, when considering the amount of spruce used. On tap this is one of the more intense beers I've had, 6oz max and I'm burnt out. From the bottle the spruce is softer, whether that's age I don't know, which makes for an easier drinking beer. Give this one a whirl. The uniqueness alone makes it worth a try.

joe1510, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Oct 06, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

jleiting17, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev -2%

richkrull, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Tuckersmth
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by Drew at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. This was my first adventure with Spruce IPA and I was not disappointed. I would call this a hate / love beer with not much room in between but I loved it. Who knows how they one gathers Spruce tips for brewing , but I give Black Husky props for this bold adventure.

Tuckersmth, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

elkabong, Apr 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MitchellBeir, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

beergorrilla, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of mobius387
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just missed this on tap at 3 cellars, so I settled for a bottle poured into a pint glass

(going off notes)

Appearance: hard to say as this beer was fast chilled, mine was pretty foamy, big head but I bet thats cause it was bothered. hazy golden color

Smell: drive to canada. walk deep into the forest. stick your nose into a pine tree. yup, thats what this baby smells like. its amazing how much scent this sucker gives off. a big sniff practically clears the sinuses. extremely unique and very well done

Palate: even for an DIPA, this one is heavy. flavors flood your whole mouth. doesn't taste like it, but it reminded me of mouth wash cause the spruce had a stinging quality to it.

Taste: truly robust flavor. if you think spruce is the greatest thing on earth, you must get this beer. solid pine from sip to swallow. leaves your mouth tingling. couldn't drink it more than small sips it was so powerful

Overall: this is truly a unique tasting beer that also has a refined finish to it. if you live in wisconsin, you gotta get your hands on this beer.

mobius387, Sep 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

heystevec, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

sjstraub, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Chrixsus, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Synergy87, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Kunstman, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

sahd-1, May 27, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 0.5l dimpled mug it pours a murky sun tea orange with plenty of yeast floaties all around. The fact that it's chunky leads me to think it's been sitting for a bit. It has about a finger of foam that settles to a thin veil across the surface that breaks eventually. A ring of delicate lace around the edges.

Sweet malty aroma, somewhat fruity, with a little bit of grassy and resiny sweet spruce notes behind that.

Similar sweet and malty flavors, full bodied and chewy with some distinctive sprucey hop notes in the end that linger nicely in the dry finish. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Will seek out a fresher sample to compare...

Thanks Jayme for the Black Husky assortment!

emerge077, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Hendrick24
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Hendrick24, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV

A - Sproose Joose's firm off-white head caps the beer with impressive sustain, caking the snifter in lacing and adding to the wonderful appearance of this clear, deep amber-hued brew!

S - The essence of Black Husky's northwoods location immediately emanates from this beer. Spruce tips give the hoppy aroma an earthy pine, slightly minty twang that goes perfectly with their inherent earthy, slightly fruity nature. Sweet caramel covered cashews with dense bready notes fill the background in with smoothness.

T - A smooth caramel praline-like malt base gives the beer lingering sweetness that helps balance the beer but, it's the bold hops that steal the show. Spruce adds a splash of pine into the mix, blending earthy notes with the cantaloupe, mango, and dribble of pineapple hop fruitiness.

M - Sproose Joose is a smooth beer, balanced nicely by a favorable malt base that brings sweetness throughout, but the beer finishes with a biting bitterness one's not sure to forget.

O - As unique as the dogs featured on their labels, Black Husky's Sproose Joose combines the sharp earthiness and woods-like pine character of spruce with a wallop of hops for a smooth-bodied beer that finishes quite bitter. The spruce addition is a wonderful twist on a style saturated in the market place - Sproose Joose is a leader in the pack.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

BBrewington, Jul 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

teamwiggum, Aug 31, 2014
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Sproose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.