Craftsman Holiday Spruce Ale
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Simialar to the Craftsman Private Reserve Spruce but with a lower gravity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2006
Draught at O’Briens: Dark amber color, a bit hazy and a thin layer of head. The nose is sweet with fruitcake and nutmeg spices, a bit of diacetyl and other cloying notes. Ugh, I can already see what’s coming. Yup, the flavor is way too sweet with way too many spices and way too little hops and carbonation. The finish is a bit bitter but this is not a re-drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
On draft at O’Briens. Sits in the glass a dark reddish copper with a thin whitish head that leaves some lacing. Subtle caramel in the aroma, with mor prominent floral and light citrus notes along with a nice spiciness. Rich, spiced caramel malts in the flavor, bitter and astringent spices as well, rich fruitiness, plum, floral and herbal hops. Medium body and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
On tap at O’Brien’s. This spiced ale pours a medium brown color. Small sized creamy beige head. Aroma is fruity and spicy, touch of banana and clove. A medium bodied spiced ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of root beer, some cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of spruce. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch floral. Nice balance. Very smooth taste. Its a touch crisp and the finish, but mostly fruity and sweet throughout. An interesting winter beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Draft at O’brien’s. Dark amber with a decent head. Aromas were very sprucy with some banana in there. Flavors were actually quite like banana bread. Yeasty with some banana, nuttiness, and some spice too. Spruce was evident as well. Very good.

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