Sparkly Eyes
Black Husky Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #994
ABV:
10.9%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,953
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 10.63%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
81
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Black Husky Brewing
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives clear and copper colored; splashy lacing

Smell: A lot of sweetness in the aroma, with caramel and brown sugar tones dominating; spruce discernible, as well

Taste: Caramel and brown sugar forward with the spruce flavors building through the middle; sweet finish with the spruce balancing things out

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It has been two hundred fifty years since spruce was a popular bittering adjunct in the Colonial days; glad to see it every now and again to remember the historical antecedents but I can’t say I much care for it

Nov 06, 2018
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber. Hazy amber pour, finger off-white head fades to a thin layer leaving soapy lace. Smells like a fruit tree. Taste is powerful, resiny spruce/pine notes with sweet malt undertone. Medium soft mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden. This was an interesting brew, liked it tho.

Feb 14, 2016
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appeance - The beer was a dark copper color with a white head. Carbonation was visible.

Smell - The nose demonstrated spruce, but with a slightly sweet fruity angle.

Taste - Clearly there is spruce here. Notes if lime, mint, and slight sweet malt are present. The taste seems to get more bitter and resiny in back.

Mouthfeel - The lighter carbonation allows the resin to linger.

Overall - I think this lacks some of the sweetness of Spruce Double IPA. Still, the spruce makes this worth seeking.

Jan 09, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite how much a regular trading partner of mine loves their beers this is my first time trying one of their IPAs. The bitterness and spruce are both present without being overpowering. I thought I hated spruce after having a spruce beer from Crooked Stave but this is actually really enjoyable. The alcohol is so well hidden I question whether 10.9% is really accurate. I guess I'll have to start drinking some of the BH I buy instead of just sending it all away.

Nov 06, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber color with off-white head. Spruce, wholly spruce Batman! Lots of spruce on the nose, with just a little citrus; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a sweet spruce note. Too much spruce for me.

Jun 12, 2015
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whoisnickrey from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IIPA's that I have ever had! I wish that it was available year round vs being a seasonal (Although, Black Husky's Spruce is also pretty good). Very excited for this up and coming NE Wisconsin brewery.
Edit - on a random note.... this beer has hints of Mountain Dew Baja Blast.... I may come off as an idiot saying that... but does anyone know what I mean?

Feb 10, 2015
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A unique DIPA in a very crowded field

Dark brown pour with big fluffy head

Candy apple sweetness, supple malt, wet earth, pine, and orange

Interesting

Oct 18, 2014
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a slow dissipating creamy head. Aroma is earthy with a lot of alcohol. Different tasting. Lots of pine flavor, some mild citrus almost orange like flavors. Lots of bitterness. I don’t taste the alcohol like I could smell it. Much better than the Howler I tried from them.

Sep 29, 2014
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bound4er from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a unique DIPA. Pours to a dark amber appearance with an off white head of 2 fingers. Smells of spruce-like pine, menthol, perfumed soapiness and a fruitiness that is indescribable and unique to this style of beer. Taste isn't as complex as the nose but still damn good - piney bitterness, passion fruit and creamy malt. The high ABV is hidden extremely well. Smooth mouth feel with low to moderate carbonation. Black Husky may be the best brewery in WI right now in terms of putting out big, unique beers with high ABV that still maintain great drinkability. Love what they're doing.

Sep 21, 2014
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a clean deep amber in color, 2 fingers of off-white head, great head retention with slow dissipation, nice amount of sticky lacing left behind. aroma is high on the spruce, caramel, honey, fruity hops.. smells veryyyy yummy! oh my, the flavor is all spruce up front! notes of bittering hops follow through and lead way to the caramel malty body, a bit of grapefruit citrus is present, and then the bitterness kicks in for the finish once again. the beer is medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation, drinks VERY smooth for abv content, and is an overall sweet delicious delight.

this brewery has not let me down to date.

Oct 27, 2013
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dense, off-white head. Glorious aroma is a melody of bright spruce tips and hops. Oh, mercy....this smells of Christmasy heaven. Radiant burnt umber. Starts with assertive spruce and delcious, floral hops; sweet malt behind it all. As the bitterness peaks, so does the spruce. Moves into a citrus rind-like bitterness, with spruce still behind it. Lingering floral hops and spruce.

Holy hell. This is wonderful. An onslaught of spruce balanced perfectly with hops and sweet malt. MAYBE, I could argue that this is a bit one-dimensional...but, it's sooo good.

Oct 26, 2013
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joe1510 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$8.99
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Sparkly Eyes is another spruce beer from Black Husky. Pours garnet with bright cinnamon highlights. The dirty white head has tremendous staying power, becoming creamy while sticky lacing decorates the glass. The thick cap stays put throughout the drink.

Large caramel and toasty grains lay down a malt forward base in what smells like a big, spruced up red ale. The spruce brings an earthy quality and while bright is still well balanced unlike the intensity of Sproose Joose. Don't think you're getting a big IIPA with this beer 'cause you're not.

There is some brown sugared grapefruit in the flavor that wasn't noticeable in the smell. The big caramel and toastiness are the main characters while sugared ruby grapefruit and earthy, bright spruce add a ton of depth and uniqueness.

The body is lighter than expected when taking the maltiness into consideration. It's a little on the full side of moderate but has an airy feel thanks to the carbonation. The spruce adds a a mild bitterness over time.

Sparkly Eyes is like a big English barleywine/Red Ale hybrid with spruce tips added. There's a good malt depth and the spruce tips add earthiness, bitterness, and brightness. I'd pick this up again without a doubt and especially when in the mood for something a little sweeter.

Oct 21, 2013
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark rusty orange with a gigantic head that took forever to diminish. It was poured into a tulip. Loads of cascading lace.

The aroma is heavy on the malt. Bitter, herbal, tea like smell. Brown sugar. The hops are piney but overshadowed by the malt.

Astringent, tea-like flavor. Herbal and pine. Leans more towards and english style ipa than an american double. Boozy and I'm not surprised that it clocks in at over 10%.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Very filling. Bitter end.

Eh. It's ok but I didn't find many redeeming qualities. Again, it's more like a boozy english IPA than an American DIPA.

Sep 18, 2013
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RoamingGnome from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Husky Sparkly Eyes

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Dark amber with a big creamy light tan head. Nice retention and lacing noted...

S) An aroma of malty sweetness, spruce, and a hint of booze. Quite a wonderful combination.

T) Follows the nose... This clearly has some of the characteristics of Sproose Joose, but there is more sweetness to this brew, which takes a little edge off the spruce tips. The alcohol is very well hidden, and this is simply a pleasure to drink.

M) Medium body with matching carbonation. Remarkably smooth, even with the spruce tips. Very nice aftertaste...

O) I absolutely love Sproose Joose, but I enjoyed this even more. All I can say, is please bottle more of this soon, and send it to a bottle shop near me.

Aug 11, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Bob for this one!

Bright amber orange, high clarity, thin layer of froth with spotty lace when swirled. Ok coverage, fades after a minute.

Crystal malt aroma dominates, some herbal spruce as it warms. Taste is more spruce forward on a crystal malt base. Medium bodied with good carb, a little sweet and a little bitter. Reminiscent of an English IPA, wondering when this came out.

May 18, 2013
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ncketchum from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris Z for this one. Served chilled in an imperial pint glass

A - pours a murky reddish brown with some sediment, a couple of fingers of thick head with good retention

S - the spruce is evident initially on the nose, then hops come through strongly. Sweet malts follow.

T - again, the spruce is very big up front, quite intense, lots of hops, with a big sweet malt backbone, a lot sweeter than I had expected

M - thick and chewy, the spruce lingers for some time along with the hops, a bit of alcohol burn in the end

O - A very interesting beer, a couple notches above Sproose Joose on the spruce. I can't decide if I love it or if its' a cool novelty. Not quite as drinkable as Sproose Joose. I'm excited to try more from Black Husky.

Jan 16, 2013
Sparkly Eyes from Black Husky Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 81 ratings