Wheelhouse Brewing Company – Scurvy Dog Spruce Ale

Wheelhouse Brewing Company – Scurvy Dog Spruce Ale


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3.8 out of 5


  • Type: Pale Ale, Spruce
  • Brand: Wheelhouse Brewing
  • Pros:

    Surprisingly light ale with delightful citrus tones

  • Cons:

    Spruce character could use more prominence

  • Conclusion:

    Well balanced, drinkable and flavourful ale that just needs a bit more spruce kick

Wheelhouse Brewing Scurvy Dog Spruce Ale BottleWheelhouse Brewing Company – Scurvy Dog Spruce Ale Review

Wheelhouse Brewing Company of Prince Rupert BC released their seasonal Scurvy Dog Spruce Ale made from Sitka spruce tips locally harvested around in northern British Columbia.  The beer pours from the bomber bottle a cloudy orange with one finger of off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some trace lacing on the glass.  The aroma is of subtle pine with prominent citrus notes, particularly fresh orange peel.  Citrus aromas give way to some spicy, peppery tones.  In the mouth the beer offers bready malts upfront, followed by a light, piney sweetness. Citrus hop notes are subdued but present.  The effervescence lightens the beer giving it a surprisingly light mouthfeel.  Spruce flavour could be more prominent though the flavours and aromas are well-balanced overall.

Alcohol – 5.3%
IBU – 30
Size – 650mL

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