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Sparkly Eyes | Black Husky Brewing

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Brewed by:
Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ncketchum on 01-16-2013

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Reviews by ncketchum:
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of whoisnickrey
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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?

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.96/5  rDev +19.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

I can't get enough of this brewery. So unique. Exceptional.

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4.4/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Sparkly Eyes from Black Husky Brewing
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