100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip
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100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip100 Barrel Series #39 - Vermont Spruce Tip

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hearty ale is a showcase for a traditional yet seldom used brewing ingredient: spruce tips. Harvested at their tender, ripe, bright green peak in Downer State Forest, Vermont, these spruce tips impart citrus, pine, spice, herbal and earthy notes. A host of malts, a hint of roasted barley and generous use of Chinook hops complement the unique spruce flavor.

We’d like to thank the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and all of the many great volunteers that helped us with this unusual harvest.

38 IBU

Added by johnnnniee on 12-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a light amber with about 1cm of off white head that recedes very quickly and leaves behind a light lace down the glass

S: very sweet up front and slight pine and very little citrus or hop notes

T: sweet then a little spruce/pine, could use more hops to balance the high maltiness

M: high carbonation, medium body

O: an ok beer but needs some work

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2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear copper, half finger cream colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: The aroma consists mostly of a sweet caramel malt base. There's some spicy "pine needle" floating around, rounding out the aroma. This most likely attributed to the addition of spruce rather than hops. Sort of unique.

T: Caramel malt dominates once again. Spruce exists almost only in the finish, where is mingles with an alcohol bite to create something a wee bit harsh. Sort of like gourmet pine-sol or something. The spruce lingers on for quite a while, a really nice after taste once things clear up.

M: Medium all around, standard issue.

O: Nice try Harpoon. Not bad, not great.

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2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour from a 22 into Stella Artois Glass.

A: Clear light orange/amber in color.
Minimal head, disipated quickly, left decent lacing.

S: Sweet malt, mild pine,very subtle aromas.

T: Predominantly sweet through with a mild piney finish,
Aftertaste is a bit pine/alcohol that lingers.

M: Light/Medium. Minimal carbination.

O: Not bad, nothing special though.

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2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this beer out of a 24oz bottle into a 4oz sample glass. Pours a nice white head and a clear amber body. Smells like a sweet candy. Nice and subtle flavors. Nothing piney here. Only a resiny aftertaste. Well balanced amber ale in the middle. I have to say that nothing here would tell me that it has spruce in it. Its a great beer but I cannot really say that it should be advertised as a spruce beer. I expected something tasting like pine. I have had more piney beers in IPAs. Have this beer if you just want a nice Christmas beer that isn't overpowering. Avoid if you are expecting a piney beer.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a deep amber color, copper like. A light frothy head.

S- malty and bread like. You also get a sweetness and the spruce.
A bit of caramel as well.

T- sweet biscuit followed by the spruce. Light malty flavor as well by the sweetness and spruce are the overpowering flavors. Mild hoppiness, even a hint of maple syrup. Finishes crisp and clean.

M- similar to a pale ale but a little more thin. Very little carbonation.

O- I thought this could have been more balanced. I found it hard to have more than one glass due to the sweetness. The spruce tips did balance it out a bit. Maybe some more hops would help counteract that sweetness. Overall I thought it was ok but certainly different and interesting.

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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pristinely clear copper colored beer with a quick to fade head. Smells like sweet malt, pine resin and log cabin.

Tastes bready, malty sweet and herbal. Lil' bit fruity. There's an odd herbally harumph in there which I'm guessing is spruce residue - now I know what spruce tips taste like.

My least favorite 100 barrel since the oyster stout.

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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with an inch-plus head of white. A partial skim coat and dotted lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity, chaulky malt with a hint of spicy hops. No spruce to be found.

Medium bodied with a slightly tacky, crisp mouthfeel.

Malt and a kiss of bitterness starts the palate. A minerally, drying character runs underneath and the beer finishes quick.

A malt-forward English style pale ale with zero Spruce character. False advertising or an extreme failure?

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 105 ratings