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Sproose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing

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Sproose Double IPASproose Double IPA

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: Winter on 06-02-2011

Double IPA brewed with locally harvested spruce tips.
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Black Husky Brewing Sproose Juice "II IPA". ? Ab/v, ? IBU's. A double ipa brewed with local spruce tips.

Pours a brilliant copper-kettle color with a giant white 2" head. Pouring suggestion on the bottle as well. Scored this one at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI - apparently one of the very few places to sell Black Husky.

Aroma is very strange - earthy hops and a STRONG pine note. Nose has incredible spruce characteristics to it - you could pick out spruce immediately even without looking at the bottle. Overwhelming to say the least. A part of me thought the aroma wouldn't be anything close to the taste.

Wrong. Tastes EXACTLY how it smells. Upon first sip, this is basically the beer equivalent to a dry gin. I've never had an IPA so bitter and pine-infused all at once. Almost on cue, the piney-ness parts way to a subtle sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lightly bubbly carbonation. Fresh hops, grassy/straw notes linger on the tongue. Interesting.

"Lothar" the husky on the label agrees - this is a bitter assault to your senses. Truly an awkward beer that you have to taste to believe. Simply put - if you like pine notes in your beer - you MUST try this. For me, the spruce was a bit overpowering and just a bit too prevalent. Overall a good IPA, just not sure I could enjoy more than one.

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Sproose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.