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:
210
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Angerhaus
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of skiking1163
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRedDog
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeer
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Photo of MikeyDD
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of InspectorBob
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lunarbrew
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbwalters
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of milwaukee512
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Sproose 2IPA from Black Husky Brewing
4.18 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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