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

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Nichols33
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 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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