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Lawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPALawson's / Vermont Pub & Brewery Spruce Tip IPA

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

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.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 102
Photo of W_Des
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +12.2%
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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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice dark straw color with minimal head.
Smells very much a nice dank IPA, enjoyed the aromas a lot but was wondering where the spruce was.
When I tasted it, woah...that's where the spruce is. It's strong spruce sap flavor. Not bad, nothing I dislike, just a strong flavor.
Mouthfeel was just as I wanted it.
Overall, this is an enjoyable and unique beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull orange with a loose head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose is all spruce - smells very much like a pine forest car freshener. Taste follows nose; however, the spruce is thankfully less intense but still quite strong. There are also notes of citrus. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, the spruce is a bit too overpowering. It pretty much tastes like what I expect a Christmas tree would taste like.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours darker than I thought it would be. Not sure why I thought it would be lighter but it's copper.

S-Obviously sprucey. Pine and spruce with some secondary hoppy scents of citrus.

T-Pine oil and spruce. Grass along with some citrus. Caramel. Clearly, the spruce/pine is dominant here but I do like that it isn't the sole flavor.

M-Medium bodied. A bit of resin. Medium carbonation. Bitter. Not all too drinkable though because the spruce is a bit taxing after a few sips.

O-Pretty tasty. Well made. This is a one I am happy to have tried but probably wouldn't go for another pint.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to damienblack for this bottle, received among others after a virtual comedy of errors, since I was really jonesing for this brew. I love spruce! 22 oz. green-foiled bottle split with my wife.

Preview if an almost lacquered orange with carbonation jetting alongside the edges of the glass, evidently trying to escape the event horizon of the glass. Nose isn't as strong as I (for no apparent reason) expected, pine woods, citrus, both rather standoffish.

Spruce Tip IPA reminds me of taking a pine bath four weeks ago in the BWCA. Spruce & pine mingle right up front, much more prominent here than in the nose. Citrus & bitterness rush in behind. Bitterness lingers like a fine wine in the throat, with just enough sweet caramel malt for one to notice. Herbal. Raw pine needle & ex-bitterness reign on the finish. I'm feeling the need to swallow the rest of my glass all at once.

This is a brew that needs to warm for several minutes; severely underwhelming out of the beer fridge, it stepped up into a very good brew bordering on excellent.

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Photo of mhksuccess
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had at the bruery clusterfork event
taster pour into bruery glass from some nice PA folks
it is golden light color and
has an interesting hop smell and fresh pine/grass aromas
taste is similar very piney hops didnt get much of the citrus as it is overpowered by
pine reminds me of the smell you get when in the forest after rain and it is clear day you get those pine aromas which were put in a bottle
mouthfeel was decent nothing special
overall this is a nice offering but would not seek it out

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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Waitsfield

Might have been a little bit past its prime when I finally got to this one, but it was still tasty. A careful pour into a Lawson's 12oz. flared pils glass yielded a mostly clear, coppery liquid, with a moderately-sized but long-lasting cap of foamy white head; streaky lacing. Lots of piney hops in the nose, as would be expected, background scents of sugary malts. Taste was piney and herbal--not too intense...probably mellowed out a little bit during the month or so it was in the fridge--sugary malts, lightly toasted bread. Medium body, lower carbonation, slick mouthfeel, quite nice overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hop, and spruce tip aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and weed flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting herbal and weed flavor.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks brad

Hazed orange pour with a thick cropping of white head resting on top, spotty lacing streaked around the glass. Intensely herbal and forest-like scents in the nose coupled with zesty grapefruit and piny hops. Resinous and sticky on the tongue, driven by a tidal wave of spruce tips and bitter hops. This is an absolute Christmas tree bomb of a beer, with some of the most intense spruce flavor I've ever experienced (Short's Imperial Spruce Pilsner comes to mind). Mild backbone, hints of toasted bread and grain with caramel. Finishes bitter with more heavy herbal spruce flavor.

When Lawson's highlights an specialty ingredient (spruce, maple, kiwi, etc), it typically comes through in spades, with this beer probably being the penultimate example. If you don't enjoy spruce or herbal type beers, this won't be for you, but I enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lawson’s chalice.

Pale, hazy orange in color with a foamy white head, two fingers worth. When I put my nose to the glass I get loads of floral hops and the spruce is at the forefront as well. It’s not just piney hops – it smells like a genuine Christmas tree, freshly cut and watered. In the background there is tropical fruit – mostly grapefruit. The taste is like nothing I’ve had before. Drinking this in July is amazing because it reminds of Christmas. The spruce is everywhere in my mouth, as if I had been chewing on a spruce branch or walking through an alpine forest in the fog and breathing in cool, evergreen-soaked mist. Piney hops, grapefruit, juniper, teaberry, damp grass linger in the background. Mixing with the oily spruce, the juicy grapefruit creates an uncanny, yet delicious combination. This is an incredible IPA that drinks very easily. It’s great to find a beer that’s true to its name because so many are often not.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Nice white head. Some lacing. A few wisps.

Smell - Tons of spruce. Like a rosemary beer. Some hops, but difficult to discern a specific aroma beyond pine. Definite caramel backbone.

Taste - The spruce blends nicely here. Comes in behind a bit of grapefruit hop. Caramel malt midrange as spruce takes over the flavor. Bitterness with a lingering pine flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. A little bit sweet, which I really like.

Overall - Very tasty for a spruce beer. Certainly lacking in subtlety, but good.

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