Super Spruce
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #20
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,637
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 7.33%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
308
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Super SpruceSuper Spruce
Notes: dry-hopped gose w/ spruce tips.
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 308
Photo of RyanK252
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours golden straw with a frothy white head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Lively spruce, a little resinous pine, lactic tartness, a touch of salt, and a hint of citrus.

T: Pleasantly tart, spicy spruce comes right out with some extra resinous piney notes in there for good measure, faint citrus, a little wheat twang, and a nice touch of salt.

M: Light to medium body, somewhat mild carbonation, fairly soft.

O: Had a taste of this one a few years ago and have been wanting to try it again ever since. Just as good as I remember. Really cool beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells incredible. Lemon-lime, pine, herbs! Lead to a very interesting and complex taste, heavy on the lemon.

Pours a clear yellow from a can into a tall, fluted glass. Almost no head or lacing. Usually not a big gose fan, but enjoyed this.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 11/22/18 into pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with a brief white head. Initial impression is a ton of puckery lemon, with a rather odd saltiness and some resin (spruce? I've never actually eaten any spruce but I'll take their word for it) on top of toasty malts. A nice sweetness becomes evident as it warms, which complements the saltiness nicely. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry; carbonation is medium. Finish is dry and lemon-y, gradually fading to a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.
This is one interesting beer. Not sure I'd revisit it, but it certainly was entertaining.

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Photo of digboy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy bright gold color with a robust, foamy 3 finger head that retains moderately well but leaves little lacing. This is truly beautiful looking.

The aroma is strong with notes your nose is not used to. Lemony sour and spruce pitch together is a little unsettling for me and not exactly appealing. Just kinda hits a wrong nerve in me. Someone below suggested old dish water... fitting if the dishes had 3 day old lemon basted chicken on them.

The flavor is similar in that a strong lemon tartness is upfront quickly followed by a warmer pine flavor that carries the mid-taste and slowly fades into the finish where the lemon dies off. There is a slight sweetness that enters in the mid taste that helps balance off the lemon but is fairly low in the background, felt most in the finish. Malt feels really light in this one as it appears to be putting all its chips into the dominant flavors. They don't say it is a Gose on the can so not sure what to think. I'm definitely getting salt flavor and I could be convinced of coriander.

Feel is light and bright, maybe slightly soft. There is a high seltzer that arrives in the mid taste and leaves the tongue tingling in the finish.

This is an odd one and I knew it would be. Thankfully I found it as a single in a local store. I would like this more if it weren't for the unappealing smell that you get a whiff of with every sip. The further I get into the can more of the sweet comes out and really proves that it is critical to the success of this beer. It is far too sharp and tangy early on. Overall a bold choice that deserves being tried for the adventurous. I am unfamiliar with Grimm but will look out for what else they have. This is well made, just funky. I assume many others from Grimm are like that too.

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Photo of phoenicika
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy and opaque, light straw color.

S: Juicy, hoppy, and tart. Missing out on piney-ness.

T: Mildly tart and salty to start, then hoppy bitterness, with a light wheat finish with a little lingering bitterness.

F: Juicy.

O: Flavor combination keeps you interested, but nothing that overwhelms its drinkability. Refreshing. Probably good on a hot summer day (drank on a snowy night.)

-A

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House snifter; canned on 11/12/18.
A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a brief, less than one finger, white head, retention quickly no more than a rim, and no lacing.
S: Tangy with aromas of grapefruit, lime, vanilla, sea salt, and pine. Very grainy up from with a touch of straw.
T: Dry to semidry and tart. Lime replaces grapefruit as the dominant citrus in the flavor pallet, sea salt very evident with toast and eucalyptus notes. Bitterness very much present, if a touch in the background.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Clean finishing.
O: Really appreciate the use of novel flavors in a Leipzig Gose. Well balanced. Very enjoyable: could see drinking this on a hot summer day, pining for cooler weather.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/12/2018. Pours very hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, red/green apple, white grape/wine, berries, citrus peel/zest, spruce, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, pine, sea salt, leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spruce tips, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, red/green apple, white grape/wine, berries, citrus peel/zest, spruce, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, pine, sea salt, leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness; pine, herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; and peppery yeast/spruce spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, red/green apple, white grape/wine, berries, citrus peel/zest, spruce, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, peppercorn, pine, sea salt, light funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spruce tips, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt, tart, bitter, spiciness balance; and no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, spiciness, and tartness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/acidic/sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an incredible dry hopped gose. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spruce tips, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/bitter/spicy/drying finish; not overly lactic or salty. Amazing balance of juicy/lightly dank hops, Brett/Lacto complexity, and spruce tips; with a solid pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, I didn't want to like it as much as I do. This thing is both sour and piney, while at the same time remaining light. Looks fantastic too, with above-average head retention, and way-above-average lacing for the gose style. The smell is tart with notes of lime, and... pine (who would have guessed). The taste follows with a mix of lime and pine notes, as stated above. This thing comes with relatively full body considering it's only got 4.6% ABV. Man, do I wish I had some more.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.45/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a good finger of white head. The head leaves a ton of lacing before disappearing into a thin white ring.

The aroma brings notes of spruce needles and old dish water. Not pleasant.

The flavor doesn't fare much better. Some tart lemon notes and spruce with a funky, earthy note that calls back to the dirty dishwater note from the nose.

The feel is about right. Medium light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish.

Overall, I'm just not feeling this one. I can understand why people enjoy this but to my palate it just doesn't work at all. To each their own.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that left some patches of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour limes are present in the nose along with notes of spruce tips.
T: The taste follows the smell but has stronger and more balanced flavors of spruce tips.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed the taste of this beer as you really got a lot of spruce tip flavors without it being overpowering.

Serving type: can

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask at some trendy bar in Manchester one opposite the former site of the Hacienda
pours a chestnut brown body with perfect off white head
aroma is like pernod, very aniseed.
Flavour is really bitter with Christmas spice and star anise resulting in cough mixture
real solid body

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Juicy, tart orange-lemon. The pine/spruce/resin complex is actually very mild compared to my expectations. Granted, those said expectations were formed by drinking Foley Bros. Spruce Session, which was like drinking herbal tea made exclusively with spruce.

In short, it doesn't really love up to its spruce name although the flavor. light, citrusy, and refreshing. Also, I dearly crave something salt-like in my gose, which this also lacks.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Completely opaque pale yellow. A thin tiny white head is produced, but barely lasts and only makes spotty lacing.

S: Pine, mint, sour mango, pineapple, lemon, lime, orange, oak, vanilla.

T: Pineapple, peach, lemon, mango, pine, mint, cracker malt, oak, vanilla, grapefruit.

F: Light, but super creamy for 4.7%. Refreshing, moderately carbonated.

O: An awesome gose! Very unique.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light fuzzy head, little lacing, murky lemony pear colour

Nose tart lemony weird rye like wheat tart thing, huge spruce, piney, little spice like coriander as almost seawe'd like

Taste tart lemony briny like seaweed water too, creamy wheat, loads of coriander, little bitter spruce tip hint pine like but more fruity spruce, herbal

Mouth is med to lighter bod little creamy, little acidity

Overall eh, not too bad though, spruce was better than I thought it would be, gose was ok, but other weird characters

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Photo of timmy2b
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle split with a friend. Pours a cloudy yellow with a small amount of visible carbonation. Pine scent in the initial nose. When cold pine was present and the beer was slightly tart with a hint of grapefruit. The carbonation remains, but the tartness takes over in a powerful way as this beer warms. Was not a fan of this after it warmed up as the amount of pine/spruce from the name was not present in the end.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured straw yellow in color with a bright and fluffy white head.

Smell - The nose demonstrated spruce and pine.

Taste - At the front, the peppery spruce really jumps out. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, and citrus follow. There are hints of gose salt before a dry oak aftertaste

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is assertive, brushing away the sweetness in favor of the dry aftertaste.

Overall - This is one of my favorite spruce beers.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a rapid pace to fill a slim quarter finger’s worth of white foamy head. Spotty messy lacing sticks to the glass nicely. The smell starts off with a sharp crisp sweet citrus bumping into the spruce. Leans more toward the lemon as it warms up. The taste was mainly the same but ends up lacking a bit on the salt content. Mild sour lemon aftertaste leads into a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to hit appropriately. Sourness hits dryly on my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good gose though the saltiness seems to be lacking a bit. I like the spruce idea. I could see myself coming back to this preferably in the Summer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yelllow with a thin fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Smell is fresh squeezed lime juice and dry champagne. Taste starts off strong with tart citrus notes but once the spruce kicks in on the back end it throws me a bit. The taste transitions into an unpleasant bitterness for me that is very gin-like. Admittedly I am not a gin lover so for those who do appreciate it this will be a positive. The spruce/gin flavor lingers long into the aftertaste. Very dry finish from the oak. Overall, this is without a doubt a very well made beer with an interesting twist that others may appreciate more than I due to personal preference.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle released November 2016

Pours foggy hazy straw yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like sweet lime, fresh spruce, salt, tart lychee, funky passionfruit, coriander spice, lemon, orange citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, wheat, white oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like bright sour lemony citrus, lime, grapefruit, orange citrus, salt, funky passionfruit, tart lychee, pineapple, fresh spruce, coriander spice, wheat, white oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice dry-hopped gose with spruce tips.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled super spruce pours a completely translucent golden straw color. Aroma very subtly of spruce tips, but first thing I get. I love beers with spruce tips, very special. Smells sour, slight saltiness.
Taste is great, nice variation of a hose. You get the sour, salt, and the breast backbone with slight slight pine. I'm sure Grimm intended the level of spruce the way it turned out, but I wish it had a stronger spruce presence. Anyway it's probably my favorite hose nonetheless.

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Photo of frozyn
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, slightly golden yellow with a pillowy white head that recedes to a ring.

A beautiful pine aroma that reminds me of a fresh Christmas tree. The salty base of goses is present, but it works well with the pine.

Taste follows aroma. Salty tartness starts off strong followed by a vibrant spruce flavor, especially on the back of the tongue at the end of the swallow. I also get lemon notes as the saltiness subsides before the spruce emerges.

Tart, light bodied, well carbonated.

Delicious. The bottle is a good bit past bottling date, but I'm preferring it now to the first bottle I had when it first came out. This is perfect for a warm autumn day, when it's still hot enough to want something light and refreshing, but could do with a reminder of what's to come.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy hell, this one surprised me. Every time I go back for a sip I'm pleasantly surprised with the wave after wave of piney goodness that's balanced by a lovely salty cracker flavor. The nose is like lemon pinesol but in a good way!

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Photo of mnj21655
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a finger of white head. Aroma is complex with a bright acidity, some spice, lemon, and some spruce. The taste has the same notes as the aroma but the spruce is the primary flavor. The spruce picks up a bit into the finish. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body with high carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, I'm glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of schinebd
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-yellow with small bubbles forming a solid white head that slowly recedes with nice lacing.

Smell: Lemongrass, slight leather

Taste: Earthy and cedar sourness carried through by juicy lemon. Tastes like a pine cone!

Feel: Smooth, lush and juicy to start, with a sourness that puckers and dries with carbonation

Crisp sour with mild fruitiness and unique woody flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours clear pale yellow with bubbly white head, smell is mild peppery hops, pear and pineapple, hint of musky funkiness, taste is tart lemon zest, pineapple, crisp biscuity malts, maybe a hint of mint/spruce at the end, feel is light, crisp, and dry. A crisp sunny day in a glass.

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Super Spruce from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 308 ratings