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Sproose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing

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Sproose Double IPASproose Double IPA

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
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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4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a clean copper pour with 3 fingers of fluffy head, excellent lacing. the smell is of a citrus nature.. i have never smelled a spurce tree, but this definitely smells like what i imagine it to be like.. very earthy scents (pine needles), very citrus (grapefruit), sweet like honey. the taste is bitter up front then hits you hard with the spruce which is DELICIOUS, finishes with a citrusy sweet mix of the malt base with floral / citrus hops. holy crap this is amazing.
medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy on the lips with a sticky feeling left behind. looking at the glass almost empty reveals an intense amount of lacing. very sticky beer, love it!

this is a very odd ipa.. definitely get the basic 2 row malt base with maybe some caramel malt, piney hops, floral and grapefruit essences in both smell and taste, and then a huge amount of spruce which takes over the spotlight but the others remain in the background. this is a fantastic beer and i recommend it to anyone who wants something new in their ipa's

facundoCNB, Dec 07, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice deep golden/amber color and poor had a nice frothy head.

S: To me, it smelled like a Christmas tree in a pint glass. The spruce needles blended with the hops magnified the intensity of this aroma. I seriously couldn't stop smelling it.

T: The spruce hits you first and it was unlike anything I've personally had before. It was just an awesomely unique taste that finished equally as strong with the hops at the end.

M: It will definitely linger and you'll continue to taste that spruce. To me, it was enjoyable having that taste sit on my taste buds, but I could see how some may not like that.

O: Unfortunately this is beer is only available in select areas of Wisconsin, but if you can get your hands on it, buy as much as you can. I would love to see how this tastes after again a year. The spruce tips make this beer something to be desired!

Ncpogs, Aug 11, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold to amber color with two fingers of a tannish head. has a strong retention and leaves behind some serious streaks and lacing. pretty much clear with just a touch of haze to it. pretty impressive head and retention for being brewed with spruce tips.

Smell: strong spruce, along with juice berries. more earthy pine, some citrus and a slight honey sweetness.

Taste: opens up with a pine needles, almost like pulling still green needles off a tree, along with the resin sap with it. a big juicy berry taste comes through right at the tail. towards the end more pine surfaces along with citrus. slight maltiness and honey sweetness. some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: honey-like smoothness. almost creamy. ends very dry and bitter.

Overall: great use of the spruce and great balance between pine and juicy fruits. love the creaminess and dry bitter finish. definitely a must try beer.

SportsandJorts, Sep 30, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Ri0, Oct 12, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass:

Appearance: a couple inches of a thick dense head built while pouring without dissipating quickly afterwards. The color was of burnt orange. Lacings all over the glass as the head broke down slowly.

Smell: all pine with notes of citrus. The pine really brings me back to the northwoods.

Taste: bitterness really comes in instantly and sticks around till the finish. There is this burnt candied sugar that cuts down the bitterness. Huge notes of pine (from the spruce tips I assume?) which clearly contribute some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied. Slick and almost sticky in the mouth.

Overall: this is one of the best double IPA's I've had that is brewed in WI. If you like the notes pine in your IPA, this is a winner.

Benish, Nov 07, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.19 for a 12oz. bottle from Three Cellars in Milwaukee.

A: clear, medium amber color, great (actually incredible) rocky head that kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: medium nose - good, deep roasted malt and spicy (anise), some spruce noticeable
T: well-balanced double IPA, not totally in-your-face piney hops but balanced, good roasted malt up from with generous hop bitterness in finish, well-made
M: creamy, well-balanced

wisrarebeer, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

MitchellBeir, Jul 08, 2013
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slavall, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a tulip.

A: Lightly hazed amber orange. Huge off white head that reaches nearly four fingers. Thick sticky lace clings to the glass.

S: Very potent pine resin. Like cutting a branch off a Canadian Spruce and taking a deep breath. As it warms there is a nice bready sweetness that comes through. It's Christmas in a glass.

T: Holy crap! The flavor is spot on spruce pine sap. This is by far the most authentic pine flavor I've ever tasted. The malt makes a brief appearance in the finish but it's pine hop city throughout.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouth feel.

O: Very nice. If you like you hops piney this beer will knock your socks off.

beerwolf77, Aug 14, 2011
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Sproose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.