Sproose 2IPA
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IPA - Imperial
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4.05 | pDev: 12.59%
Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Sproose 2IPASproose 2IPA
Notes: Formerly Sproose Double IPA

Double IPA brewed with locally harvested spruce tips.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 7/12/15 @ the Palace.

See-through orange appearance.

Huge eggshell head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Fresh pine needles, orange citrus & mint notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh pine needle flavor up front; dry pine finish. Holy shit, this was like licking a pine needle.

Over the top & unbalanced; interesting nonetheless.

Oct 08, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Golden brunt orange body with some light white foam. Smells strongly of pine, like if you just opened a pine car air freshener and then shoved it up your nostrils. Taste is a resinous version of the smell, with some sticky caramel malts to help cut the intensity, pretty tasty actually. Body is sticky, hoppy and herbal. No nuance here, but if you like pine and hops this one is for you!

May 10, 2019
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Piercan from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color: clear golden amber.
Not much to the nose. Fresh smell.
Taste: Dominant hops with strong earthy (sprucy?) undertones. Rich hops flavors expand through the nose.
Feel: Overall smooth feel, with well-rounded bitterness.
Great experience. Will get another.
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PS. Second pint. Yes. Definitely sprucy.
One of a kind. A rare experience. And so well-balanced. Love it.

Oct 05, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7oz draft pour to shaker, no head, clear amber, good lacing. Nose very dank and piney. Taste is literally like eating an evergreen but enjoyable, very unique in the world of IPA. Bitter but not too much, malt balances the flavors well. Above average body and average carbonation.

Sep 15, 2017
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degueulasse from California

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This crisp, refreshing beer pours a deep orange (though not neon orange) and has a fun sweet and sour smell. It tastes like juicy apples with some of the requisite spruce flavor reminiscent of forest air. Very tasty, enjoyable beer.

Jul 08, 2017
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zeppedled from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well balanced, yet a unique IPA. Golden color, faint aroma, but a crisp piney and hoppy beer. Crisp and refreshing, especially considering it is a double IPA.

May 29, 2017
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Webzombie from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good tasty hop bomb as you would expect with a double; goes down easy with no unwanted alcohol taste. As one would expect by what it is brewed with also get a nice piney taste from the spruce. Overall i think it adds an excellent flavor to the beer without taking away from the initial hop kick. Very impressed by this...very big and flavorful. One of my go to's for double ipas along with Scream and a few random FFF bombers.

Dec 29, 2016
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mke_Brewer from Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden color with a thick head that lasts for quite some time. Not sure how old this bottle was but the aroma was non-existent. No scent of spruce. A very, very light dank hop smell combined with a heavy aromas of alcohol. The flavor was again absent of spruce. Sweet and malty like a strong amber ale. Medium body with a semi-hot finish. Definitely not what I was expecting from a double IPA that is brewed with spruce and I was definitely disappointed with the lack of spruce flavor/aroma but I did enjoy it. A decent beer overall, but not something I would seek out again.

Feb 21, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber. Clean amber with thin white head. Spruce all up in the aroma, sweet sugary malt notes as well. Lots of spruce tree in the taste as well with some fruity and floral presence. Medium soft mouthfeel. A very different tree tasting IPA, but very well done.

Jan 09, 2016
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Out of the bottle it's deep golden with slight cloudiness, though you'll often see more haze on tap.
Nose - Full of spruce and citrus
Taste - follows the nose, there's no question that this is brewed with actually spruce tips
Feel - thick malty brew

Dec 27, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rumpus Room, Milwaukee, WI - poured into an 8 oz. tulip:

Pours golden with a thin wispy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell of spruce is very strong. There is some caramel that mixes in.

The taste is strong of spruce needles. Caramel backs it up. Slight alcohol presence gives some warmth. Spruce lingers.

An interesting brew - the spruce is very strong, but enough malt comes through to add more flavor and smoothness. If you are looking for a beer with strong spruce flavor look for this one! (I enjoyed the one but one is enough at a time for me!)

Jun 26, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange colour, with off white head. Citrus, spruce, and hop resin on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with spruce and a whole lot of it.

Jun 17, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlackElixir for this bottle, a long-time want after having it on tap at the Great Taste a couple years back. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after an evening of bass fishing.

The pour is dark orange that has never seen a Brita. The nose reminds me of being in the bush for four or five days and hiking through a thick patch of evergreen, grabbing handfuls of needles & rubbing them all over – a pine bath, in our vernacular. Surprisingly sweet, minty, but the pine dominates.

Sproose II needs some serious therapy. Is this going for pine sap, or big, sweet, Hopslamesqueness? The sweet & bitter are tussling for supremacy & neither comes out on top. The pine is bitter & full, if a bit less than promised by the nasal encounter, but leavened with a generous side of malty sweetness that’s more than malt, perhaps Greek sweet bread was added to the boil at some point. Mint Altoids, Hawaiian buns, bass (oh, wait, that’s just my thumb), light bite of alcohol, bitterness that hangs around. Thick. Ridiculously easy to drink, I could tumble plenty of this before falling off the deck.

Genuinely interesting, but I can’t help but compare it to Short’s Spruce Pils, which is a bloody triumph. This is merely very good. I’ll take that. The world needs more spruce beers!

May 23, 2015
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a fridge at the Discount Liquor on Oklahoma in Milwaukee. 22 oz bomber poured right from my fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a beautiful, ever-so-hazy dark amber with a two-inch off-white head. Visible carbonation, though not profuse. The tightly-packed head sticks around for a good long while and leaves extensive lacing.

S: Big pine hop notes in the bouquet, with that unmistakable spruce oil clearly making its presence felt. It really does smell like you've got your head in a Christmas tree. Earthy and herbal hop tones are also present, with a bit of malt underneath.

T: It seems rare that I run across a flavor profile in a beer that feels truly unique. This is one such experience. There's malt sweetness at the outset, but the notes of spruce immediately enter into the mix. I thought it might be difficult to distinguish the pine hop flavor from that of the spruce, but I was very mistaken. The spruce oil has its own unique life on the palate; and while I wouldn't say it balances with the hops and malts, they do complement one another nicely. The spruce stays on the tongue through most of the taste arc, but there are herbal/earthy hops and some malt backbone felt at the close. There's some serious lingering bitterness to this one.

F: Medium-bodied, with decent carbonation and lots of brightness from the hops. A bit creamy in the middle, but decidedly bitter at the end. This has big, bitter DIPA feel without any syrupy residue.

O: Everything I try from this brewery impresses me. They take risks, experiment, and aren't afraid to bring big flavors. Seek this one out.

May 04, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell - The spruce is the attention getter in the nose. There is a bready quality to the nose that balances out the spruce tips.

Taste - The spruce just to the front with grassy hops to parallel. Juniper berries impressions lend themselves to a gin and tonic tone. There is further some spiciness to the hops. The beer finish with a crisp dry finish. A slight warming sensation is part of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a thin and slightly creamy impression to mouthfeel. I wanted the taste to linger longer.

Overall - My only standard of comparison is Shorts Spruce pilsner. The spruce is more mellowed and balance with hops in this beer. Seek this beer!

Apr 11, 2015
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NewGlarusFan from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A) Dark Cloudy orange and has a lingering two finger creamy head.

S) Literally smells like the North Timber Woods of Wisconsin/Michigan after a rainfall.

T) Piney, Piney, Piney, then citrusy notes shine through as well as some biscuit/bread malt.

M) Leaves the pallet a little dry and isn't as bitter as I thought it'd be.

O) This is one of the best DIPA Wisconsin has to offer. Seek or ask for a trade!

Jan 19, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear deep dark orange with a very tall, very effervescent dark tan head. Head finally fades out, leaving a nice big island behind. Good lacing everywhere.

S: Initial aroma was surprising. I expected a forest of pines but it's actually citrusy. Even a touch of tropical fruit. Then I swirled it and whoa. Someone just stuffed a pine cone up my nose (no really, it hurts). Huge pine sap aroma. It's an evergreen apocalypse in my nasal cavities. Okay, you get the idea.

T: More of the same. Big spicy pine notes from start to finish. Big and bold initially, fading a bit in the middle which allows a little citrus to show. No real sign of malt because a huge wave of biting bitterness kicks in quickly. Long, long, long lingering sharp pine flavor between sips. Tastes like I've been chewing on pine trees for about a week.

M: Medium/heavy bodied. Big spicy pine notes with loads of bitterness.

O: Well, definitely a pine DIPA. About as piney as any I've ever had. It's borderline overpowering but what did I expect? If your IPA is named after a tree, it's probably going to smell and taste like one too. Well done, regardless. Tasty with big bold flavors and big bitterness to boot.

Jan 19, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art & design and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27 and served cold into a Jester King stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label. 103 IBUs. 7 SRM. 8.6% ABV.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Full, supple, and soft-looking, with a full frothy consistency and an even complexion. Retention is excellent - 10+ minutes. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as its recedes.

BODY: Dark hazy peach with auburn hues (if you'll forgive the pretension implicit in that phrasing). No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within. Translucent and glowing, but nontransparent. Clean. Could certainly be more vibrant.

Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial IPA but has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: There's spruce alright; fresh spruce clobbers me over the head with the slightest of sniffs. Oozes sticky spruce and pine; a piney hop profile was smartly used to complement the dominant spruce. Sappy, nectary, and resinous, with oodles of pleasant spruce throughout amounting almost to a spruce syrup. Has some gentle minty notes in there too.

All this against a pleasant caramalt, bready malt, and pale malt backdrop. It's hard to determine if the apparent sweetness arises from the spruce, from the malts, or both.

It's a moderately strong aroma which immediately seizes my attention. The fresh spruce definitely sets this aroma apart, but will it work well in the taste?

No overt alcohol, yeasty notes, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Definitely sprucey, with the fresh spruce sap and syrup emerging most prominently in the late second act, joined by complementary minty and piney hop notes. There's a bit of fruity hop character in there - mango, I guess? The malt profile lends the open and early second act a bit too much sweetness when combined with the spruce: caramalts, pale malts, and some bready malts. A kiss of grapefruit pops in on the climax to lend some biting hop bitterness to counter that sweetness, but it's too little too late. Resinous as all hell - which I like. I also pick up on a bit of minty and gingery spice.

I can see where some might find this medicinal, but it doesn't bother me. It's possible they used a bit of honey when brewing this.

Is it balanced? Not really. It's too sweet early on, but frankly the uniqueness of the spruce character has me so distracted when drinking it that the sweetness doesn't bother me. It's an interestingly built imperial IPA, and I'm not sure I've had one quite like it - or any spruce beers with as effective a spruce character as this one (though the only other spruce beer I can remember drinking was some mediocre Alaskan concoction).

Kisses of juniper berry are present, but it never feels too gin-evocative.

Not the most complex or intricate imperial IPA out there, but one of the more unique ones. It's a hard style to stand out in, but Black Husky manages. I do like this, but it's far from world-class.

TEXTURE: Sticky, sappy, lightly syrupy, thick, unrefreshing, smooth, wet, and slightly overcarbonated. It's got a medium to full body, which suits the sprucey taste just fine. Cool on the palate from the mint and spruce.

The texture, while not an ideal companion to the taste, does complement it well. This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer, but it does keep it drinkable and enjoyable.

OVERALL: A truly unique take on the oversaturated imperial IPA style which any big fan of the style should try. This is easily one of the more memorable imperial IPAs I've had this year, and I'd love to revisit it on-draught. Its ABV is well-hidden and it's quite drinkable. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle and would recommend it to friends. Huge thanks to Duff27!

High B-

Nov 05, 2014
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blackcompg from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured 3 fingers of gorgeous, thick and creamy lite orange/beigefoam. The body is a beautiful and slightly hazy copper amber. Leaves nice intricate foamy webbed rings after each quaff.

Smell - Wow, this smells Fantastic! There is definitely a big pine note here - fresh sharp and green. And right along with this are nice citrus notes of orange peel and some nice sweet tropical mango notes here too, and then in the back I'm getting some nice whiffs of floral hops - just a great, complex nose.

Taste - In a nutshell, this is one of the most interesting and fantastic IPA's I've ever had. This is a pine herbal bomb, just fantastic. Starts with really strong pine, fresh and pungent, with the lightest coating of rock candy sweetness. Right behind this are herbal flavors of basil and mint, followed moments later by very light tropical and floral notes, most of which rises into the sinuses. The finish on this still has bitter, fresh green pine needles, but there is a second rush of basil and mint that join the pine bringing the quaff to a nicely bitter and slightly dry finish. The pine and herbs remain sticky and pungent on the lips long after the quaff, along with some light alcohol heat - which almost cause a bit of a menthol heat like effect.

Mouthfeel - This leans towards the heavier side of medium, with huge and potent flavors that coat and nearly overwhelm the mouth and tastebuds. Carb is nearly medium but very smooth. But once the carb gets to the sides of the tongue and combines with the extreme pine and herbal hops, it develops some noticeably sharp edges that nearly makes the eyes water, in a very good way.

Overall - One of the most interesting beers I've ever had! There must be pine extract in this beer, it is that powerful and potent - yet there's also a strong herbal component, and a wonderful sweetness that comes up just barely enough to balance it all out. Don't get me wrong, there is probably is not another beer as pine forward as this, but it's done extremely well. Are there other DIPA's that I'd prefer, yes - but this one does exactly what it set out to do, and it did it very well. If you like pine, then you MUST try this. Very nicely done.

Oct 05, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold to amber color with two fingers of a tannish head. has a strong retention and leaves behind some serious streaks and lacing. pretty much clear with just a touch of haze to it. pretty impressive head and retention for being brewed with spruce tips.

Smell: strong spruce, along with juice berries. more earthy pine, some citrus and a slight honey sweetness.

Taste: opens up with a pine needles, almost like pulling still green needles off a tree, along with the resin sap with it. a big juicy berry taste comes through right at the tail. towards the end more pine surfaces along with citrus. slight maltiness and honey sweetness. some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: honey-like smoothness. almost creamy. ends very dry and bitter.

Overall: great use of the spruce and great balance between pine and juicy fruits. love the creaminess and dry bitter finish. definitely a must try beer.

Sep 30, 2014
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Possibly the spruciest beer I've ever had. Not sure I care for the spruce-ness, but otherwise it is a very well made beer. Tastes the way northern Wisconsin smells so I guess that makes sense. Much better than smelling/tasting like northern Illinois, that's for sure. Its got a great look to it too, copper and clear as a northern Minnesota lake. Beautiful tan lacing as well, very sticky, like a Northern Alabama summer day.

Summary: If you like spruce, and you like beer, odds are good that you will like this beer.

Sep 19, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bomber bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a fluffy half-inch thick white head which leaves splotchy lace.

N: Notable spruce and pine with some citrusy and fruity undertones.

T: Malty with slightly sweet, earthy honey, and spices from the spruce tips.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Bittering hop and sweet malty finish with lingering spruce/pine spice.

O: Interesting creation. Worth trying.

Jul 01, 2014
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Dan_McNeely from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from Ray's Beer Store on North Ave in Wauwatosa...

A- A very bodied amber color, very clear with a nice foam on top. Very natural looking beer, I hope the feel is smooth as the appearance.

S- A very light hoppy smell with strong fruit aroma, but not sweet. Like the location of Pembine, it smells very outdoorsy, the spruce must be balancing the hops and citrus.

T- When a beer moves you to sigh, it must be good. What I love about this taste is that it's not to complex, very easy to handle, but very deep. There is a bit of sincerity in this beer. It has a very straight forward taste and something different that the usual IPA drinker would either appreciate or hate.

M- The spruce really sits well, almost feels like the equivalent to a mighty fine Gin. Th spruce really balances the hops and citrus taste, the humble creativity is felt as it holds in the after taste.

O- This feels like a beer you have one on one with a good friend or brother. Just feels like a good person, a good soul brewed this beer. I really look forward to drinking this again and sharing it with someone. But for my first experience, I'm taking it all in myself. I'll for sure try more beers from this brewery. My In-laws cottage is in Pembine, I'm surprised I haven't seen/heard of it before.

Jun 24, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV

A - Sproose Joose's firm off-white head caps the beer with impressive sustain, caking the snifter in lacing and adding to the wonderful appearance of this clear, deep amber-hued brew!

S - The essence of Black Husky's northwoods location immediately emanates from this beer. Spruce tips give the hoppy aroma an earthy pine, slightly minty twang that goes perfectly with their inherent earthy, slightly fruity nature. Sweet caramel covered cashews with dense bready notes fill the background in with smoothness.

T - A smooth caramel praline-like malt base gives the beer lingering sweetness that helps balance the beer but, it's the bold hops that steal the show. Spruce adds a splash of pine into the mix, blending earthy notes with the cantaloupe, mango, and dribble of pineapple hop fruitiness.

M - Sproose Joose is a smooth beer, balanced nicely by a favorable malt base that brings sweetness throughout, but the beer finishes with a biting bitterness one's not sure to forget.

O - As unique as the dogs featured on their labels, Black Husky's Sproose Joose combines the sharp earthiness and woods-like pine character of spruce with a wallop of hops for a smooth-bodied beer that finishes quite bitter. The spruce addition is a wonderful twist on a style saturated in the market place - Sproose Joose is a leader in the pack.

Feb 06, 2014
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass:

Appearance: a couple inches of a thick dense head built while pouring without dissipating quickly afterwards. The color was of burnt orange. Lacings all over the glass as the head broke down slowly.

Smell: all pine with notes of citrus. The pine really brings me back to the northwoods.

Taste: bitterness really comes in instantly and sticks around till the finish. There is this burnt candied sugar that cuts down the bitterness. Huge notes of pine (from the spruce tips I assume?) which clearly contribute some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied. Slick and almost sticky in the mouth.

Overall: this is one of the best double IPA's I've had that is brewed in WI. If you like the notes pine in your IPA, this is a winner.

Nov 07, 2013
Sproose 2IPA from Black Husky Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 231 ratings