Spruce Tip IPA | Stevens Point Brewery

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Spruce Tip IPASpruce Tip IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A soulful combo of bold Cascade hops, sweet Colorado blue spruce tips and a touch of caramel malt will satisfy your craving for something unique. Make this your first pick. Malts: Caramel, Two-Row.

Added by Ri0 on 04-10-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
8.6%
 
 
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1
Gots:
7
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This pours a dark amber color with a slight, foamy head. The aroma slightly hoppy but otherwise not much going on. The taste has quite a bit of a bitter bite. The spruce tip adds an extra bite that is very dry and bitter. This is interesting, but certainly not a very appealing taste to me. At least Point is to explore with other ingredients.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nuebs
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am liking the Spruce Tip from Stevens Point. It poured a wonderful clear amber with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent was a combo of malt and pine. The taste was a good balance between sweet malt and pine. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer and deserves a try.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slight clear bronze color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is caramel malts, hops and spruce. The taste is big on piney hops. This is a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of MynamesRickJames
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Psg5062
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsh420
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into an imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, 45 IBUs

A - Nearly amber-hued, this bright and clear beer retains it's well-formed off-white head nicely while draping sheets of lace on the pint!

S - Cascade hops generate a timid aroma of citrus and tropical fruitiness followed by a faint kiss of pine and sweet caramel malts in the background but with a name like Spruce Tip IPA, I expected a bit more hops and woodsy characteristics so far but it doesn't smell bad.

T - Well, don't let the mellow aroma fool you, the beer packs a bit more punch in flavor with semi-sweet caramel malts laying a nice foundation for plenty of cascade hops to build off of. Spruce remains subdued in comparison to the citrus and fruity hop profile but works in a smooth earthiness for good balance.

M - While this IPA has a smooth medium body, carbonation dances on the tongue with vigor, ending with hoppy dry bitterness that leaves a lasting impression.

O - There aren't a ton of spruce or pine-brewed beers out there but, of the ones I've experienced, Point's Spruce Tip IPA falls into the more cautious realm. Earthy, pine-like spruce makes a brief appearance in aroma and mild contribution to the flavor seemingly acting as balance rather than a showcased flavor but the beer is tasty regardless!

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Ri0
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

Light clear bronze with a 2 finger head. Scents of sweet caramel malts and hops of pine and spruce. Flavor is hops of pine and hints of spruce. There is a caramel malt backbone that is not too sweet. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Overall this is a good IPA that has a decent amount of pine hop flavor.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fizzy head that doesn't last long. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of caramel with some spruce.

Caramel is upfront but some spruce and a nod towards citrus come through to add bitterness.

A bit spritzy. Thin for an IPA, but not too well. The body works adequately for the overall character of this brew.

Not much of an IPA, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a twelve ounce bottle on December 25, 2014.

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Photo of skubas86
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of memphischas
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of batt6343
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Spruce Tip IPA from Stevens Point Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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