I chickened out on the spruce tips. I was smelling them before adding and they just smelled a bit funky. I nibbled on a few and they weren't bad but not what I was expecting nor something I would necessarily want in a beer. I figured it was better to end up with a good pale ale than a ruined one. They have sat in the freezer for months which could explain the funkiness. In the past I would have just tossed it in so I must be maturing as a brewer...haha.
That sucks but hopefully in a couple months you can grab some fresh tips and try again.
Yeah I will definitely try this at some point when I pick some fresh. It wasn't worth the risk but the beer is smelling fantastic. Adding mandarins in a few days...