Sproose 2IPA | Black Husky Brewing

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Brewed by:
Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
blackhuskybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
214
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a 0.5l dimpled mug it pours a murky sun tea orange with plenty of yeast floaties all around. The fact that it's chunky leads me to think it's been sitting for a bit. It has about a finger of foam that settles to a thin veil across the surface that breaks eventually. A ring of delicate lace around the edges.

Sweet malty aroma, somewhat fruity, with a little bit of grassy and resiny sweet spruce notes behind that.

Similar sweet and malty flavors, full bodied and chewy with some distinctive sprucey hop notes in the end that linger nicely in the dry finish. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Will seek out a fresher sample to compare...

Thanks Jayme for the Black Husky assortment!

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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from draft at Uber Tap Room on December 5, 2016.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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!)

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The piney-est beer I've ever had and too much pine for me. Tasting like sucking on a tree so if pine is your thing you'll love this.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -28.1%
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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Sproose 2IPA from Black Husky Brewing
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