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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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3.85/5
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102 Ratings
Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPALawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vermont Pub tandem Spruce Tip released and purchased on July 19th, 2015 at Winooski Beverage in Winooksi, Vermont.

Added by Alieniloquium on 07-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
102
pDev:
14.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Nomis
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SveNss0N
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really taste like a pine tree true to what it is but I'm not into drinking something that piney

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of W_Des
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a soft amber color. Smells like an evergreen forest. Tastes like a pine tree which shows my lack of familiarity with evergreen trees. I assume the flavor is spruce instead of pine though. Surprisingly very refreshing. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.

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Photo of Joecaddie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davegray
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeyDubs
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucoli
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber and leaves a finger of white head. On the nose a mix of hops and malts with a big smack of spruce. His spruce in the taste - like a Christmas tree. I've had a lot of spruce beers but none express it as well as this one. Real nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i think this one is way underrated, and is easily the best spruce beer ive ever had. it looks like a pale ale, a little orange, and a brassy luster to it under a short white head, but its so dynamic and expressive and unlike others i have had. the aroma on this is fresh cut pine, christmasy, but also very hoppy. i was a little hesitant, thought it might be overly bitter and intense on the palate with pine and hops, but its not at all, and the balance between the two is awesome. the hops are lemony and the spruce is very natural, fresh picked, and heavily dosed. i just cant believe how clean and alive the spruce comes through in the flavor. it seems the grain base is structured entirely to enhance that, enough body for it to cling to, enough sweetness to balance it out, but not so flavorful as to interfere with the vegetal plant freshness. the flavor is almost spicy, like a spruce tea made a little too heavy, you feel it in the throat and even in the sinuses, but its not hot and it doesnt linger too long on the back end. such a genuine spruce flavor, its really awesome, very vermont, and as good as the style gets for me. i drank this one way too fast.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle

Look: a standard IPA yellow-orange pour with little head and normal lacing.

Smell: the nose on this beer bifurcates into coniferous evergreens and citrus hops.

Taste: the first two seconds taste like a typical Lawson's IPA; everything that follows is like a Christmas tree in your mouth. The first wave of flavor felt like I was consuming forced air from a car freshener. The actual taste is cedar, not spruce, although I think it makes little difference to anyone drinking this brew.

Feel: everything gets thrown off by the spruce explosion.

Overall: I was given a small pour at a tasting and that was probably all I needed to taste for the year. An interesting beer and an ode to the forefather of Vermont craft brewing, a beer worth drinking once because it makes for great beer conversation.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ncelauro
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kplooki
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Colby8938
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Nichols33
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of fellowrs
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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