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Sproose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 31
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear deep dark orange with a very tall, very effervescent dark tan head. Head finally fades out, leaving a nice big island behind. Good lacing everywhere.

S: Initial aroma was surprising. I expected a forest of pines but it's actually citrusy. Even a touch of tropical fruit. Then I swirled it and whoa. Someone just stuffed a pine cone up my nose (no really, it hurts). Huge pine sap aroma. It's an evergreen apocalypse in my nasal cavities. Okay, you get the idea.

T: More of the same. Big spicy pine notes from start to finish. Big and bold initially, fading a bit in the middle which allows a little citrus to show. No real sign of malt because a huge wave of biting bitterness kicks in quickly. Long, long, long lingering sharp pine flavor between sips. Tastes like I've been chewing on pine trees for about a week.

M: Medium/heavy bodied. Big spicy pine notes with loads of bitterness.

O: Well, definitely a pine DIPA. About as piney as any I've ever had. It's borderline overpowering but what did I expect? If your IPA is named after a tree, it's probably going to smell and taste like one too. Well done, regardless. Tasty with big bold flavors and big bitterness to boot.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Possibly the spruciest beer I've ever had. Not sure I care for the spruce-ness, but otherwise it is a very well made beer. Tastes the way northern Wisconsin smells so I guess that makes sense. Much better than smelling/tasting like northern Illinois, that's for sure. Its got a great look to it too, copper and clear as a northern Minnesota lake. Beautiful tan lacing as well, very sticky, like a Northern Alabama summer day.

Summary: If you like spruce, and you like beer, odds are good that you will like this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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Sproose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
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