Sproose Joose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing
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Reviews by RoamingGnome:
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed this on tap at Benno's in West Allis, WI. This was served in what appeared to be a 10oz glass, and was slightly chilled. Thanks for the recommendation Dr. K. Happy Festivus to everyone...
A) This was a hazy amber brew with a nice fluffy finger of head which settled to a nice dusting, like the fresh snow outside the bar. There was some decent lacing too.
S) Very nice nose on this brew... This is plenty piney, with a very light citrus aroma. This is like a fresh cut Christmas tree. Impressive...
T) Some very brief malt sweetness for balance, but the spruce is dominant, not overpowering, but definitely the main attraction. There is light citrus, but really this is so fresh and alive with piney goodness. Despite all of that, the aftertaste fades nicely.
M) A medium body, and not overly carbonated. The tingle definitely comes from the spruce. This is actually pretty smooth and easy to sip on.
O) Man, I really enjoyed this beer. I understand it's pretty tough to come by, but I must say, it is definitely worth seeking out. The piney/spruce character to this beer are top notch. I did need to hit the palate reset button after this one, but it was worth it. Glad to recommend this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
12-22-2012 02:04:54 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.41/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 00:40:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.79/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2013 03:04:58 | More by joe1510
4.54/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
poured 22oz bottle into teku.
A - Bright copper orange with a lovely 1.5 white head. Fades to a collar and leaves behind a delicate web lacing.
S - Wonderful blend of hops, pine, spruce, and ripe tropical fruit There is a good amount a sweet caramel malt to balance out all the hopiness.
T - Hits with a sweet caramel that quickly turns into a hop masterpiece. Bitter pine hops and just a touch of spruce that works in tandem so well. I get some faint notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the middle. The finish is all bitter pine, but not not overwhelming.
M - Medium bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel. Very nice carbonation for the style. Bitter finish on the tongue.
O - A fantastic and creative IIPA. I didn't know how much Spruce to expect, but it was just enough to blend in with the piney hops. It is very well balance with the caramel malts. This is a very nice treat and not easy to find.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2013 19:29:59 | More by Ri0
Sproose Joose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
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