I'm getting ready to make a Christmas Tree IPA next weekend and I'm still having trouble finalizing a recipe. What I want to do is take a pretty standard IPA, but add some pine flavor, but most importantly, a nice pine aroma to it. I'd prefer to avoid any syrups, as I've read a lot of things about disastrous results with that kind of additive, but I'm not sure what else to do. Some have suggested using actual piece of a pine tree, but I'm not completely sure how to go about it.
Do any of the much-better-than-my-homebrewing brains out there have any suggestions tips or experiences to share?
Thanks so much!