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Sproose Double IPA - Black Husky Brewing

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Sproose Double IPASproose Double IPA

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

Texasfan549, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Feb 21, 2014
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!

emerge077, Apr 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

brandoman63, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

atrocity, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Duff27, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

wethorseblanket, Jul 01, 2014
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.

drpimento, Nov 11, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

mynie, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

egrace84, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

atone315, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Stinger80OH, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

beergorrilla, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

bashiba, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

richkrull, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Wowcoolman, Apr 06, 2014
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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.

mychalg9, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ajzy, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

brewcrew76, May 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

jschott75, Thursday at 02:18 AM
Photo of joe1510
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
$8.99
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.

joe1510, Oct 30, 2013
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Sproose Double IPA from Black Husky Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.