Spruce Tip IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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Spruce Tip IPASpruce Tip IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A soulful combo of bold Cascade hops, sweet Colorado blue spruce tips and a touch of caramel malt will satisfy your craving for something unique. Make this your first pick. Malts: Caramel, Two-Row.

Added by Ri0 on 04-10-2014

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 58
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nuebs
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slight clear bronze color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is caramel malts, hops and spruce. The taste is big on piney hops. This is a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of MynamesRickJames
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Psg5062
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into an imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, 45 IBUs

A - Nearly amber-hued, this bright and clear beer retains it's well-formed off-white head nicely while draping sheets of lace on the pint!

S - Cascade hops generate a timid aroma of citrus and tropical fruitiness followed by a faint kiss of pine and sweet caramel malts in the background but with a name like Spruce Tip IPA, I expected a bit more hops and woodsy characteristics so far but it doesn't smell bad.

T - Well, don't let the mellow aroma fool you, the beer packs a bit more punch in flavor with semi-sweet caramel malts laying a nice foundation for plenty of cascade hops to build off of. Spruce remains subdued in comparison to the citrus and fruity hop profile but works in a smooth earthiness for good balance.

M - While this IPA has a smooth medium body, carbonation dances on the tongue with vigor, ending with hoppy dry bitterness that leaves a lasting impression.

O - There aren't a ton of spruce or pine-brewed beers out there but, of the ones I've experienced, Point's Spruce Tip IPA falls into the more cautious realm. Earthy, pine-like spruce makes a brief appearance in aroma and mild contribution to the flavor seemingly acting as balance rather than a showcased flavor but the beer is tasty regardless!

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Ri0
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

Light clear bronze with a 2 finger head. Scents of sweet caramel malts and hops of pine and spruce. Flavor is hops of pine and hints of spruce. There is a caramel malt backbone that is not too sweet. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Overall this is a good IPA that has a decent amount of pine hop flavor.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fizzy head that doesn't last long. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of caramel with some spruce.

Caramel is upfront but some spruce and a nod towards citrus come through to add bitterness.

A bit spritzy. Thin for an IPA, but not too well. The body works adequately for the overall character of this brew.

Not much of an IPA, but not a bad beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a twelve ounce bottle on December 25, 2014.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet ma;t, pale malt, hops, hint of citrus, and slight sugar. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, pine, citrus hops, and a hint of resin. Overall, the spruce is sorely lacking and otherwise and average IPA.

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Spruce Tip IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.