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lowtones84 05-02-2012 05:09 PM

Spruce IPA?
Hello all,

I've got plenty of fresh spruce growth around here, and it's been tempting me. I used some last year in Papazian's "Goat Scrotum Porter" and I could pick out the spruce flavor and really liked it. Has anyone tried it in an IPA? Would it compete too much or be hidden by the big hop/flavor aroma? The IPA I'm about to brew is close to a Two Hearted clone.

Thanks in advance!

cheezydemon3 05-02-2012 05:12 PM


Calichusetts 05-02-2012 05:26 PM

There is a similar thread on here about using spruce. All I can say is Harpoon's Vermont Spruce ale is simply fantastic...and I don't like ANY of there beers. I think the other thread also pointed out that Alaskan Brewing also does one.

Chinook seems to be the hop of choice to help with the piney taste. Good luck!

Homercidal 05-02-2012 05:41 PM

I've been wanting to try this as well. I found a pine with an interesting aroma couple of years ago but it was on protected land. I have not got around to going up north to find it on state land since.

I've had Alaskan Brewing's Spruce Ale and it's pretty good. Though the spruce flavor was different than I had imagined, and the stuff I found was more citrusy than sprucey..

TheCatman 05-02-2012 09:34 PM


lowtones84 05-02-2012 10:38 PM


Originally Posted by TheCatman (Post 4051122)


Thanks for the advice so far folks. Any more is appreciated as well!

Homercidal 05-03-2012 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by TheCatman (Post 4051122)

LOL! Excellent!

lowtones84 05-06-2012 06:08 PM

Well, brewed it last night and it's fermenting like crazy right now. Will let everyone know how it turns out in a month or so!

Dynachrome 05-06-2012 06:12 PM

I am interested also. There were a couple threads going on discussing brewing in the 1600's and 1700's with spruce.

Dynachrome 05-06-2012 06:24 PM



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