Sproose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 34
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 06-02-2011

Double IPA brewed with locally harvested spruce tips.
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Photo of MKEtoSF
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great double IPA, classic IIPA characteristics with a sweet, sprucey touch, goes down smooth compared to other IIPAs

Photo of facundoCNB
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A) Dark Cloudy orange and has a lingering two finger creamy head.

S) Literally smells like the North Timber Woods of Wisconsin/Michigan after a rainfall.

T) Piney, Piney, Piney, then citrusy notes shine through as well as some biscuit/bread malt.

M) Leaves the pallet a little dry and isn't as bitter as I thought it'd be.

O) This is one of the best DIPA Wisconsin has to offer. Seek or ask for a trade!

Photo of NickyPogs
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Ri0
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Benish
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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

Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell - The spruce is the attention getter in the nose. There is a bready quality to the nose that balances out the spruce tips.

Taste - The spruce just to the front with grassy hops to parallel. Juniper berries impressions lend themselves to a gin and tonic tone. There is further some spiciness to the hops. The beer finish with a crisp dry finish. A slight warming sensation is part of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a thin and slightly creamy impression to mouthfeel. I wanted the taste to linger longer.

Overall - My only standard of comparison is Shorts Spruce pilsner. The spruce is more mellowed and balance with hops in this beer. Seek this beer!

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a fridge at the Discount Liquor on Oklahoma in Milwaukee. 22 oz bomber poured right from my fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a beautiful, ever-so-hazy dark amber with a two-inch off-white head. Visible carbonation, though not profuse. The tightly-packed head sticks around for a good long while and leaves extensive lacing.

S: Big pine hop notes in the bouquet, with that unmistakable spruce oil clearly making its presence felt. It really does smell like you've got your head in a Christmas tree. Earthy and herbal hop tones are also present, with a bit of malt underneath.

T: It seems rare that I run across a flavor profile in a beer that feels truly unique. This is one such experience. There's malt sweetness at the outset, but the notes of spruce immediately enter into the mix. I thought it might be difficult to distinguish the pine hop flavor from that of the spruce, but I was very mistaken. The spruce oil has its own unique life on the palate; and while I wouldn't say it balances with the hops and malts, they do complement one another nicely. The spruce stays on the tongue through most of the taste arc, but there are herbal/earthy hops and some malt backbone felt at the close. There's some serious lingering bitterness to this one.

F: Medium-bodied, with decent carbonation and lots of brightness from the hops. A bit creamy in the middle, but decidedly bitter at the end. This has big, bitter DIPA feel without any syrupy residue.

O: Everything I try from this brewery impresses me. They take risks, experiment, and aren't afraid to bring big flavors. Seek this one out.

Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, great gift from from friend Nat!! Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, fluffy, thick, creamy, very slow to settle, cream-colored head with loads of frothy lace. Color is a clear, dark amber with a couple of slow tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hop, resin, malt, caramel, citrus. Flavor's like nose, hop stands out with the resin, citrus, and malt prominant; bitter up front with a little sweet in back, mild carbonic tang. There's also a sort of mediciney flavor that grows on me. Mouth is full, but carbonation is on the soft side. Finish is like flavor and surprisingly of average length for as full flavored as this is.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from Ray's Beer Store on North Ave in Wauwatosa...

A- A very bodied amber color, very clear with a nice foam on top. Very natural looking beer, I hope the feel is smooth as the appearance.

S- A very light hoppy smell with strong fruit aroma, but not sweet. Like the location of Pembine, it smells very outdoorsy, the spruce must be balancing the hops and citrus.

T- When a beer moves you to sigh, it must be good. What I love about this taste is that it's not to complex, very easy to handle, but very deep. There is a bit of sincerity in this beer. It has a very straight forward taste and something different that the usual IPA drinker would either appreciate or hate.

M- The spruce really sits well, almost feels like the equivalent to a mighty fine Gin. Th spruce really balances the hops and citrus taste, the humble creativity is felt as it holds in the after taste.

O- This feels like a beer you have one on one with a good friend or brother. Just feels like a good person, a good soul brewed this beer. I really look forward to drinking this again and sharing it with someone. But for my first experience, I'm taking it all in myself. I'll for sure try more beers from this brewery. My In-laws cottage is in Pembine, I'm surprised I haven't seen/heard of it before.

Photo of mschantz
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical IIPA. Spruce melds beautifully. Dig it.

Photo of blackcompg
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured 3 fingers of gorgeous, thick and creamy lite orange/beigefoam. The body is a beautiful and slightly hazy copper amber. Leaves nice intricate foamy webbed rings after each quaff.

Smell - Wow, this smells Fantastic! There is definitely a big pine note here - fresh sharp and green. And right along with this are nice citrus notes of orange peel and some nice sweet tropical mango notes here too, and then in the back I'm getting some nice whiffs of floral hops - just a great, complex nose.

Taste - In a nutshell, this is one of the most interesting and fantastic IPA's I've ever had. This is a pine herbal bomb, just fantastic. Starts with really strong pine, fresh and pungent, with the lightest coating of rock candy sweetness. Right behind this are herbal flavors of basil and mint, followed moments later by very light tropical and floral notes, most of which rises into the sinuses. The finish on this still has bitter, fresh green pine needles, but there is a second rush of basil and mint that join the pine bringing the quaff to a nicely bitter and slightly dry finish. The pine and herbs remain sticky and pungent on the lips long after the quaff, along with some light alcohol heat - which almost cause a bit of a menthol heat like effect.

Mouthfeel - This leans towards the heavier side of medium, with huge and potent flavors that coat and nearly overwhelm the mouth and tastebuds. Carb is nearly medium but very smooth. But once the carb gets to the sides of the tongue and combines with the extreme pine and herbal hops, it develops some noticeably sharp edges that nearly makes the eyes water, in a very good way.

Overall - One of the most interesting beers I've ever had! There must be pine extract in this beer, it is that powerful and potent - yet there's also a strong herbal component, and a wonderful sweetness that comes up just barely enough to balance it all out. Don't get me wrong, there is probably is not another beer as pine forward as this, but it's done extremely well. Are there other DIPA's that I'd prefer, yes - but this one does exactly what it set out to do, and it did it very well. If you like pine, then you MUST try this. Very nicely done.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy amber with big fluffy off white head.

S - Spruce and ginger. Don't remember ginger in the several other times I tried it on draft and bottle but I think the spruce and hops are combining for a ginger aroma. Some sweet malt and grassy hops. Very nice fresh pine aroma.

T - Very fresh fine flavor. Ginger, citrus and sweet malt.

M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Creamy with dry lingering pine.

D - I really like this beer. One of the better spruce beers I have tried. I heard the spruce becomes even more pronounced once spring hits northern WI in the next month or two.

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't mean to be an English nazi, but having two typos in the name of your beer is an easy way to hurt your credibility as a brewer and businessperson!

(That's a joke. It *did* however make this hard to search for.)

Anyhow, I enjoyed Sun King's pine beer, so I figured sure what the hell let's give this fucker a try.

Excellent 2xIPA pour. Very dark and thick with a tight, voluminous white head.

Smells like this malt, ginger (?), pine, and not all that much by way of hops.

Tastes like--okay, I get that this is pine. But if you had just handed this to me and asked me to drink it, I would have thought this was some kind of ginger IPA So... I dunno.

Thankfully, I adore ginger. And it tastes very pleasantly like fresh spruce in the back, which does an excellent job of complimenting the ginger nodes. This ginger-pine business is all I paid attention to for the first several sips, not because it's overpowering but because it's so darn unique that I couldn't help but stare at it.

Once I grew accustomed to it, I found that unfortunately the big IPA backing things up is a little uneven. I mean, I can't blame the brewer--it's hard to figure out how to ground such a unique flavor. The malt is a little too thick, the yeast a little too unpleasantly chewy. Let me stress: nothing is *bad*. I've forgiven a good number of big IPAs their unbalanced or sticky malt profiles in light of their excellent hops, and so I got no problem doing the same here, with the pine nodes. It could be better, though, and knowing the talent and vision of the guys at Black Husky, I assume it will get better.

Keep an eye out for this brewery. They rock.

Photo of mobius387
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of TheSSG
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Review a delayed posting due to BA being too slow to post when I had it yesterday)
I picked this up in February, and had been saving it, but finally just gave in. The waiting may have reduced the hop flavor, but I don't think in too bad of a way.

Pours a HUGE, off-white head covered in resin that had really good persistence. Assertive spruce aroma dominates the nose with a touch of grapefruit hops behind it. Nice golden hue with a touch of burnt sienna for depth. Starts with a big burst of spruce with piney hop bitterness behind it. Builds to a medium bitterness, and the finish lets a little malt through as the hops linger. Spruce stays throughout. The finish takes on a lingering flavor that reminds me of some holiday food , but I can't remember what food I'm thinking. It's a spicey, piney, biscuit flavor.

This is MUCH more aggressively spruced than last year's. I think I preferred the more subdued profile. Overall, this is still quite nice, albeit very unusual. If you like spruce (I do), this is a very nice one to try.

Photo of jcook
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far the best spruce I've had. Very smooth and not overpowering, but the spruce really comes through. It's only available at a few bars and stores in northern Wisconsin, so if you're passing through that area, visit their site beforehand to find out where it's served.

Photo of JoshRadTxist
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold copper color, inviting brew.
S: Aroma is not forefront to this brew, but it smells like good fermented barley should.
T: Bold, clean, one-dimensional hoppiness. I can get the pine flavor in the aftertaste, after a minute or two has elapsed since the last sip's hop afterthought fades. I believe this brewer avoided to present any exotic fruit flavors from the hops, which deserves attention since so many brewers (righteously) accentuate the fruit flavors. But it is commendable to try something different too. With time the pineyness I swear has a minty aftertaste. Very good.
M: I prefer a crisper and cleaner finish with more carbonation evident, but it is a decent feel and light for an IPA. Oily, perhaps from the sproose?
O: I will buy this again. It's a different DIPA than I am used to but will cure the thirst for one, and then some. Thank you Black Husky

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Sproose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
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