Wild Spruce Chase
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #964
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,417
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
21
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 22, 2022
Added:
Nov 05, 2021
Wants:
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Gots:
  4
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle

pours a medium yellow golden color, white head. aroma is earthy, pine, spruce, grassy. Similar flavor, some bready malt flavor as well. Medium bitterness. Thin to medium bodied
Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours golden with a light but lively head of foam. Aroma is all pine, crisp and clear. Taste is sharply pine with a bright, citrus aftertaste. The feel is light, refreshing and sharply bitter with little sweetness.
Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by DOCRW from Washington

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, slight chill haze, head is off white with fine bubbles, head presents 1 finger thick and then dissipates to frothy top, head laces the glass sides well.

Smell is spruce tip upfront, with light citrus pith and moderate barley malt flavor of toast and light honey.

Taste is spruce tip forward mixed with lighter hop notes of pine and citrus pith, base barley malt notes of toast and light honey, some caramel.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, lingering bite.

Overall a pleasant spruce tip IPA - expected clean base beer from Bell's with a big, forward spruce flavor and aroma.
Mar 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Buck_Jones from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Stumbled on a single of this at a Fresh Thyme grocery store recently. Didn’t even know this was a thing! Bottled 10/21/21.

Gorgeous beer. Pours a deep golden with a billowing white head. Smells of citrus and pine, but not as much pine as I’d like.

This tastes fantastic!! A huge blast of resiny, piney spruce right to the tastebuds. So good. Now I really wish I could’ve snagged this during the holidays. It’s standing right up there with Short’s Juicy Tree and Spruce Pils for me. Maybe even better. Really makes me “pine” for Christmas. Heyyyy-o…

Great job once again, Bell’s!
Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by Tiernan from Texas

Feb 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.33 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Bready, faint medicinal notes

T: Medicinal Spruce, a little cakeyness, plenty of pine too up front. A lot of pinesol notes, a little medicinal flavor, dryness & some lemon notes as this warms. Finishes with pineyness & some sprucey note, plus a little dryness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, skews bitter

Delivers on the featured flavor with good drinkability
Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
pours a slightly hazy gold-with-amber-tinge body with a billowing fluffy cream colored froth head that has moderately high retention and leaves moderately low amount of thick sudsy ropes of lacing behind as it slowly settles to a murky cap with a big rocky halo

aroma is faint, but alludes to pine trees and easy citrus sweetness with a touch of caramel toffee malt

taste blows the aroma's allusions out of the water. a fully rounded display of lightly sweetened citrus with a bouquet of pine and spruce (bark 'n' all) comes through woody and earthy with a touch of sweetness.

the mouthfeel sings me back home, with a mid-level body and carbonation package that runs smooth and pillowy with a just-dry-enough finish and an aftertaste that fades from the earthy bitterness into the citrus sweet.

overall:
*chef's kiss*
it's like licking a christmas tree but the tree is beer and also there's a fire cackling in the background because of course it is. i'm not generally a christmas guy, and the holiday ended over a week ago, but this one has me belting out "it's beginning to look a lot like chrrrrrist-a-mas...eeeeeeeeevvverywhere youuu gooo" and also this brew kicks it at 6.5% so that might be part of why but MAN. dunno how I havent treated myself to this one before this year, but it'll be on my yearly MUST list from here on out.
4-point-nearly-5 points for Gryffindor. You're a wizard, Bells.
Jan 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: Clean copper with a medium off-white head and some lace.

NOSE: Pine and citrus hops. Subtle.

TASTE: Spruce tips forefront! Hops submerged a wee but some citrus comes through the mix. Tasty and unique nice IPA that performs better in small amounts, with the “Christmas tree” flavor probably limiting the audience. I liked it.
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy orange. Thick foam. Hoppy aroma. Very interesting flavor. Big bitter hop body. Very prominent spruce flavor. Slight bitter finish. Bright and crisp. A really unique IPA.
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Noonan425 from Ohio

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by EpicLee

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75
In my opinion, this is a beer that people will either love or hate. That being said, I happen to absolutely love this beer. Spruce beer has been around in North America for hundreds of years, but it is not incredibly common these days. This beer from Bell's is both an homage to the past as well as a refreshing new take on the modern American IPA. As far as I know, it is only available in Bell's "Jingle Bell's" variety pack. I recommend tracking down one of these packs before the season comes to an end.
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by n2492004 from Michigan

Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This is an extremely unique IPA. If you made a Christmas tree into an IPA this would be it. Lots of pine, lots of spruce and smells like it too. Smooth finish.
Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sheets of sudsy lace on the glass. It smelled of spruce. Like an entire Christmas spruce tree. Strong spruce taste with toasted caramel and a sharp bitterness.
Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by MICAMD from Maryland

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very light amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has citrus and spruce hints
Taste follows the nose with a citrus and spruce flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good IIPA
Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle, packaged 10/21/21. Pours clear straw gold with a medium frothy white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruit, some perfume and a lot of pine.

The flavor is sweet malts and some fruit with a lot of slightly odd medicinal pine. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, interesting but odd.
Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 10/15/21; drank 12/9/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/yellow appearance.

An even pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy lace.

Mint, grapefruit, pine & mild cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mint, grapefruit, pine & faint cane sugar flavors; this seems to clash, on paper, but it's refreshing, flavorful and very enjoyable.

I had low expectations but I really liked this. I'd have another!
Dec 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by cabsandking from Ohio

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle, it pours a clear yellowy golden color with a nice white head that slowly diminishes. Lacing. The nose gets a whiff of Christmas tree with elements of pine. Taste is pleasant, with notes of spruce in it.
Dec 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by JackpineSavage from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Golden hazy color, head is light but it sustains, as well as the lace. I don't detect many, if any fruit notes, quite piney though. The bitter is upfront and on the back, the bitterness stays on the tongue long.
Overall I like it but I like bitter overly hoppy beers. This came in a Bells seasonal pack, Holiday release.
Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2021
 
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Golden with a slight chill haze, generous white head, excellent retention and lace
Smells like a christmas tree soaked in two hearted.
Tastes more like a christmas tree than a two hearted. Too much more.
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated
Maybe back off the spruce a little next time
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, wine glass, bottled 10/8/21.

It’s a light gold and bright. The head is impressive in its stature and then the way it clings to the glass on the way down.

Straight sappy spruce tips. It cools the nostrils. There’s a little sugar cookie sweetness and herbal rosemary.

There’s a sweet sappy-ness to begin with that is complimented by some oily hops. Sweet, sticky, and not piney, but absolutely spot on like spruce or fur trees attack the senses.

Medium-light body with busy carbonation. Light but kind of middle of the road mouthfeel.

It might surprise that the flavor isn’t piney, but more fresh, more minty, more like spruce. So I guess maybe not that surprising.
Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BigIronH from Michigan

Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
October - December 2021 Specialty Release
Jingle Bell's Variety Pack - 12 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 10/15/2021 - 6.50% ABV / 45 IBU
Brewed and bottled in Comstock, MI
Poured into a Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Pours a thick and fluffy white head that sticks to the glass. Clear golden yellow appearance with lots of streaming bubbles.
Smell - Mostly just picking up spruce in the scent, as expected.
Taste - Sharp and piney spruce bitterness in the taste upfront followed by maybe some citrus and malt. Can't taste any alcohol.
Feel - Somewhat thin bodied with a wet mouthfeel. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Becomes more sharp and drying as the beer warms.
Overall - Great spruce flavor and refreshingly drinkable.
Nov 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 05, 2021
Wild Spruce Chase from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 40 ratings