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Sproose Double IPA | Black Husky Brewing

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Sproose Double IPASproose Double IPA

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:
Double IPA brewed with locally harvested spruce tips.

Added by Winter on 06-02-2011

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 178
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a thick and sticky white head.

The smell was like standing inside of a spruce tree, incredibly piney and junipery, but in a good way. Just a hint of spicy ginger as well.

The flavor was a bit sweet up front with a light bit of caramel sneaking through what was an absolute spruce assault. Huge waves of Piney and Juniper flavors along with a long deep bitterness. The bartender compared it to Gin, and that was an accurate comparison, very herbal and spicy.

The mouthfeel was very full and oily leaving a huge coating of hoppy goodness.

I like this a bunch, very fun as long as you like the spruce flavor. A nice twist on what has become a bit of predictable style.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.19 for a 12oz. bottle from Three Cellars in Milwaukee.

A: clear, medium amber color, great (actually incredible) rocky head that kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: medium nose - good, deep roasted malt and spicy (anise), some spruce noticeable
T: well-balanced double IPA, not totally in-your-face piney hops but balanced, good roasted malt up from with generous hop bitterness in finish, well-made
M: creamy, well-balanced

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Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by the good people at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Label sucks, but the name is pretty sweet.

A: Great looking pour. Dark gold cider color with a nice two finger foamed out white head that is in no rush to go anywhere. Nice sticky lacing around glass.

S: Aromas bursting with earthy notes (pine and florals). Citrus notes (grapefruit, orange, lemon). The hops and spruce/pine combine for a unique, but balanced smell.

T: Whoa, DIPA/Imperial IPA is selling this thing short. The taste matches the scent. Heavy hitting pine and hops. Extremely bitter initial sip that stick with you throughout the sip. The more you sip the beer the more you think your chewing on a plant or pine needles. Here's the crazy thing, I think I like it.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied for an IPA variety. The taste is so bitter that you don't get an aftertaste.

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Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't mean to be an English nazi, but having two typos in the name of your beer is an easy way to hurt your credibility as a brewer and businessperson!

(That's a joke. It *did* however make this hard to search for.)

Anyhow, I enjoyed Sun King's pine beer, so I figured sure what the hell let's give this fucker a try.

Excellent 2xIPA pour. Very dark and thick with a tight, voluminous white head.

Smells like this malt, ginger (?), pine, and not all that much by way of hops.

Tastes like--okay, I get that this is pine. But if you had just handed this to me and asked me to drink it, I would have thought this was some kind of ginger IPA So... I dunno.

Thankfully, I adore ginger. And it tastes very pleasantly like fresh spruce in the back, which does an excellent job of complimenting the ginger nodes. This ginger-pine business is all I paid attention to for the first several sips, not because it's overpowering but because it's so darn unique that I couldn't help but stare at it.

Once I grew accustomed to it, I found that unfortunately the big IPA backing things up is a little uneven. I mean, I can't blame the brewer--it's hard to figure out how to ground such a unique flavor. The malt is a little too thick, the yeast a little too unpleasantly chewy. Let me stress: nothing is *bad*. I've forgiven a good number of big IPAs their unbalanced or sticky malt profiles in light of their excellent hops, and so I got no problem doing the same here, with the pine nodes. It could be better, though, and knowing the talent and vision of the guys at Black Husky, I assume it will get better.

Keep an eye out for this brewery. They rock.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
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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Photo of mobius387
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just missed this on tap at 3 cellars, so I settled for a bottle poured into a pint glass

(going off notes)

Appearance: hard to say as this beer was fast chilled, mine was pretty foamy, big head but I bet thats cause it was bothered. hazy golden color

Smell: drive to canada. walk deep into the forest. stick your nose into a pine tree. yup, thats what this baby smells like. its amazing how much scent this sucker gives off. a big sniff practically clears the sinuses. extremely unique and very well done

Palate: even for an DIPA, this one is heavy. flavors flood your whole mouth. doesn't taste like it, but it reminded me of mouth wash cause the spruce had a stinging quality to it.

Taste: truly robust flavor. if you think spruce is the greatest thing on earth, you must get this beer. solid pine from sip to swallow. leaves your mouth tingling. couldn't drink it more than small sips it was so powerful

Overall: this is truly a unique tasting beer that also has a refined finish to it. if you live in wisconsin, you gotta get your hands on this beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a tulip.

A: Lightly hazed amber orange. Huge off white head that reaches nearly four fingers. Thick sticky lace clings to the glass.

S: Very potent pine resin. Like cutting a branch off a Canadian Spruce and taking a deep breath. As it warms there is a nice bready sweetness that comes through. It's Christmas in a glass.

T: Holy crap! The flavor is spot on spruce pine sap. This is by far the most authentic pine flavor I've ever tasted. The malt makes a brief appearance in the finish but it's pine hop city throughout.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouth feel.

O: Very nice. If you like you hops piney this beer will knock your socks off.

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Photo of JoshRadTxist
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold copper color, inviting brew.
S: Aroma is not forefront to this brew, but it smells like good fermented barley should.
T: Bold, clean, one-dimensional hoppiness. I can get the pine flavor in the aftertaste, after a minute or two has elapsed since the last sip's hop afterthought fades. I believe this brewer avoided to present any exotic fruit flavors from the hops, which deserves attention since so many brewers (righteously) accentuate the fruit flavors. But it is commendable to try something different too. With time the pineyness I swear has a minty aftertaste. Very good.
M: I prefer a crisper and cleaner finish with more carbonation evident, but it is a decent feel and light for an IPA. Oily, perhaps from the sproose?
O: I will buy this again. It's a different DIPA than I am used to but will cure the thirst for one, and then some. Thank you Black Husky

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