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Fort George Spruce Bud Ale

Fort George Spruce Bud Ale
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
This style of beer replaces hops with spruce. For this particular batch, Fort George brewers used about two-thirds of their handpicked spruce buds in the initial boil, and during fermentation, “dry spruced” it with the rest. The aroma unmistakably reflects this walk in the trees, while the flavor of citrus comes through in tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
Pale and hazy. Has almost a relish/mayo taste. Weird. Very sweet, no real balance, a dash of fruity, nothing I could drink a pint of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neepsntatties (1632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2014
On tap at fort George. Colour...very light straw with a thin white head. Nose...not much spruce but a light honey like aroma is present. Palate...lightly frothy with indiscernable fruit and clover honey. There’s a lingering sweetness and a husky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1392) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 2, 2014
On tap at Bier Thirty in Bown... Lightly hazed orange... thin white head.. spotty lacing. Nose shows grassy and not big "Pine or Spruce"... Not really herbaceous either.. just grassy with a bigger than expected pale malt/yeasty fruitiness (Belgian Yeast used here?) Not sure what to make of this one... the Pine is present but never really wants to jump out like I think a brew of this style would. A bit too fruity on the palate for my liking.. residual malts add too much to the esters and distract from the piney additions. Weird and never really comes together.. I think they are on to something, but this rendition is probably a wash... I would sample this one next go-around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2014
On Tap at Bier:Thirty Very cloudy light beige/orange with a very dense thick sandy head. Light pale fruity aroma. Muffled by the head. Very plesent soft fruit flavoros. Some raspberry, and some pear and a little yeatiness. If this is Spruce, it is very mild. Very light and tasty. Soft creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2014
On draught at 2014 NAOBF - pours cloudy copper with small head, nose of malt, light spruce, grass. Taste is more grassy than spruce. Alright, just not ad much spruce as expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7961) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A very sweet fruity nose. Sweet tart like nose. The flavor is more fruity flavors, light tartness, mellow bitterness. Pretty interesting, not getting a ton of spruce which is odd considering the potency of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4986) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2014
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a cloudy straw topped with a white head. Nose is sweetness fruity raspberries and some spice. Taste is as the nose with lots of raspberry notes and a nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
On tap at brewpub. No hops, just pine buds. Interesting. Cloudy yellow/orange. Obviously the aroma is pine, but really balances well with the malty bones, floral citrus bits, and straw. Taste is crisp citrus and a gentle pine sap that tickles the throat late in the drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1229) - Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Draft at brouwers. Pours a unfiltered slightly orange tinted straw golden with a slightly off white even head. The nose on this one is interesting to describe. I have had a few spruce beers and this one was probably the least ’sprucey’ of any of them. Sweet honeysuckle, light yeast esters, some citrus, almost perfume like, but not soapy or harsh and not in a bad way. Slightly chewy in body, nice even carbonation. Balanced sweetness, honey, candied citrus, faintest hint of pine, almost saison like yeast flavors, complementary grain profile. Very easy to drink and would have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6010) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Great spicy spruce nose wonderfully spicy with light grain and even a citrua note. Hazy golden yellow. Thin swirly head. Flavors of big spicy spruce subtle but well done grain notea. Fruity citrusy. Light refreshing really solid flavorful. Great fucking beer.

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