If you've yet to try a beer made with spruce tips, this selection is a wonderful introduction to the spice. Each spring, brewers collect young spruce tips and freeze them until they are ready to use in winter brews. What emerges is a wonderfully distinct taste. In fact, when you try Spruce Goose, don't be surprised if it doesn't seem much like beer. Your nose will be greeted by wafts of malt, followed closely by the unmistakable aroma of new growth spruce tips. During the swallow, hop flavors and bitterness are low in order to avoid interference with the spruce flavor. Body and carbonation are right on for a beer of this strength. Plus, an enjoyable toffeelike malt flavor lingers on the tongue, finishing this beer off nicely.