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Spruce Tip Ale - Skagway Brewing Company

Spruce Tip Ale
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%


Brewed by:
Skagway Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our signature ale, brewed with spruce tips is a favorite of tourists and locals alike.

“This local favorite incorporates hand picked Sitka Spruce tree tips that add a crisp kick to its creamy, slightly sticky body and floral zest to the fruit and spice flavor.” Draft Magazine “50 Beers, 50 States” July 2009

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-21-2008)
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 6 | Show All Ratings:
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Dok

Alaska

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light golden color, small amount of foam at pour.
Apple-like fruit flavor with a touch of herb-like qualities.
A gentle and mellow finish, not at all unpleasant, not at all bitter.
One of my favorite beers in AK.
Well worth the trip, and served by a fun loving staff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 20:45:51 | More by Dok
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours brilliant golden with white head. Aroma is very fruity: cranberries, apples and cherries. Body medium and crisp. Taste fruity, floral, woody and some caramel malt. Finish is long and fruity. Overall this is interesting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 23:14:17 | More by mikeg67
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notchucknorris

California

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Skagway Brewing Company

A: Very pale gold color with not much of a head.

S: Pretty sweet smell. Clover honey and strawberries.

T: Light pine hops with a lot of sweetness in the back that I can only describe as white gummy bear. There's a faint hit of spruce and pale malts on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 23:37:05 | More by notchucknorris
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utah44

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in brewpub. Presented as a light golden, clear, tight white head with good lacing. Smell was piney, obviously spruce-like and sweet honey-like. Taste was some sweet malt, honey, and a little bit of pine. Body was medium. Carbonation was adequate and pleasing. Finish was malty and woody in character. Aftertaste was sweet. Enjoyable brew which was very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 08:19:28 | More by utah44
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange-yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Pine and spruce in the nose, along with some fresh fruit and spice. Medium-bodied with a nice woody character, and flavors of piney hops, malt and sweet fruit. The finish is fruity with the fresh spruce flavor lingering in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable all around, and it is interesting that 2 Alaskan brewers feature spruce (an old anti-scurvy remedy) as an ingredient in one of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 19:56:19 | More by Dogbrick
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tpd975

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bold orange hue with a solid white head that that exhibits good retention. Spotty lace was noted.

S: Nice IPA aromas with big notes of pine. There was an ample amount of caramel malt to balance things out a bit.

T: This one is a nice mildly bitter IPA. The addition of the spruce tips really come thru offering up a nice sappy piney quality. The malt is there to balance things out. The best offering by Skagway (from the beers I tried).

M: Medium in body, very smooth.

D: Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 20:25:34 | More by tpd975
Spruce Tip Ale from Skagway Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.