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Spruce Tip IPA - Stevens Point Brewery

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Spruce Tip IPASpruce Tip IPA

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ri0 on 04-10-2014

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.
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 52
Reviews by Lemke10:
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3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This pours a dark amber color with a slight, foamy head. The aroma slightly hoppy but otherwise not much going on. The taste has quite a bit of a bitter bite. The spruce tip adds an extra bite that is very dry and bitter. This is interesting, but certainly not a very appealing taste to me. At least Point is to explore with other ingredients.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MynamesRickJames
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jsh420
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 +8.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Ri0
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of skubas86
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of memphischas
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of batt6343
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of sparx1100
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrBoJangles
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

From the mixed 12 pack in longneck bottles poured in to my Samuel Smiths pint glass. The beer is a dark copper with a decent and sticky beige head.

Nose of caramel malts and pine. It is fresh and inviting but not overpowering.

Taste is on the sweeter side for an IPA. Lot of caramel and slow poke sucker taste backed with some pine resin. I think the pine taste is more from the cascades than the spruce tips, but who knows. Either way it is a nice easy drinker.

The mouth has some heft and a bit of slickness.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Spruce Tip IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
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