Zero Issue Brewing Jotunheim Spruce Tip Pale Ale (Issue #60) – American Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV (C$4.14 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Dec-2021, reviewed 31-Dec-2021)
Appearance: slightly hazy deep gold with two fingers of fine pale ivory head, good retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: resiny spruce, herbal, sweet malt, citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (3/5)
Emphatically evergreen – like chewing on a Christmas tree, but not in an unpleasant way. The spruce (pine?) becomes even stronger as the pint warms, but it’s never offensive, and is certainly seasonally appropriate. You could potentially accuse this of being a bit of a one-trick pony, but it’s a fairly neat trick. (14/20)
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