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Sproose 2IPA | Black Husky Brewing

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Brewed by:
Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Sproose Double IPA

Double IPA brewed with locally harvested spruce tips.

Added by Winter on 06-02-2011

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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.

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3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Husky Brewing Sproose Juice "II IPA". ? Ab/v, ? IBU's. A double ipa brewed with local spruce tips.

Pours a brilliant copper-kettle color with a giant white 2" head. Pouring suggestion on the bottle as well. Scored this one at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI - apparently one of the very few places to sell Black Husky.

Aroma is very strange - earthy hops and a STRONG pine note. Nose has incredible spruce characteristics to it - you could pick out spruce immediately even without looking at the bottle. Overwhelming to say the least. A part of me thought the aroma wouldn't be anything close to the taste.

Wrong. Tastes EXACTLY how it smells. Upon first sip, this is basically the beer equivalent to a dry gin. I've never had an IPA so bitter and pine-infused all at once. Almost on cue, the piney-ness parts way to a subtle sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lightly bubbly carbonation. Fresh hops, grassy/straw notes linger on the tongue. Interesting.

"Lothar" the husky on the label agrees - this is a bitter assault to your senses. Truly an awkward beer that you have to taste to believe. Simply put - if you like pine notes in your beer - you MUST try this. For me, the spruce was a bit overpowering and just a bit too prevalent. Overall a good IPA, just not sure I could enjoy more than one.

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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.

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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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-

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