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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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -2%

Interesting beer. Kind of tastes like Aline tree, in a good way. Really enjoyed 1 at a sitting. Had it in tap. Would not want multiples.

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