Sunday, April 27, 2014

Point Spruce Tip IPA

This India Pale Ale is from Stevens Point Brewery of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It is part of their new sampler pack of various IPA styles. It includes a White IPA, a Peach Mango IPA, a Spruce Tip IPA, and the One Shot IPA, that will be brewed with a rotating single hop. They are all 5.5% ABV with the exception of the first One Shot, which is 6.0% ABV and features Calypso hops.

This beer uses Colorado blue spruce tips along with Cascade hops. It has 45 IBU's. The beer pours a clear copper in color. There is nearly an inch of white head. The aroma is piney, a touch dank, with a bit of passion fruit. The taste follows the aromas, with a dark tangy caramel coming in over the pine. The finish is quite bitter, with a grapefruit quench in the aftertaste. It is medium bodied with a refreshing carbonation. 

So, all four of these beers are quite similar with mostly subtle differences, with the exception of the Peach Mango, which is in a peach world all to itself.

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