JFGrind (1835) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed this seasonal while watching the sun set over Lake Tahoe. Spruce trees where not only in my view but in my beer. Spruce flavor added to this hearty winter ale, and gave it an almost Belgian "yeasty" aftertaste. Maybe I was too caught up in the view of Tahoe from the 11th floor of Harvey's Casino because I felt this beer had the flavor of a six story tall spruce. If you see this winter ale it's worth a try.
Reid (1851) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok another winter brew hits the Reidrover pint glass..
Nice cool blue label on the 12 oz brown stubbie brewed with Spruce tips..
Nice looking beer in the glass..clear amber with a nice sized off white foamy head..that goes but leaves nice lacing.
Thearoma though is rather subdued..I do detect some malts and what maybe spruce..but at least its fresh.
MM nice creamy malty taste dominated the taste at first..then a short hop bitter kick followed on the back of the tongue and the throat with some pine flavour ( the spruce no doubt) lingers nice.
Very smooth on the palte then a great after taste.
Good and different winter ale,quite drinkable..good Spruce ale..not quite as good as Siletz Spruce Ale..but good none the less
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reminds me of Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice. Piney, sprucey flavor. Not much head on it, amber colored, fairly tasty but nothing spectacular.
Hildigöltur (5104) - Kĝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Draught at The White Horse, Parson's Green, London] Dark amber coloured. It has some Belgian yeastiness in the aroma. Strong malty flavour. Sweet finish. Too carbonated.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 Quickly disappearing head, see-through copper. Smells a little fruity, really watery once it hits your mouth. Weird fruity flavors, by the time you swallow you feel like you've been chewing on a pine tree. Finishes with some alchohol. Horribly disappointing.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2003 - A darker amber color, white head with lacing. Fruity smell Strong.. The smell is initialy too sweet and fruity, and finishes off bitter.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium amber. Mild scotch & pine aroma. Good sweet fruit kick up front, but entirely too syrupy and sweet with piney sugar. Like eating juice concentrate.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pellucid mahogany auburn color with a good pouring head but dissipates a little too quickly. Aroma is very spicy and floral with some hops. Flavor is lightly piney (from the spruce) but with a little malty background. Finishes bittersweet and moist.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber, witha small head and little lace. Malt and alcohol in the nose. Lots of spice in the flavors, too many for me to explain.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crisp golden straw color with nice head. Light mouthfeel. Crisp slightly tart taste of spruce tips and mild hops. not so malty. Higher alcohol is evident and actually rounds out the beers balance. Solid winter dinker for hanging out under the black spruce trees of Fairbanks.