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Fort George Spruce Bud Ale

Fort George Spruce Bud Ale
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrFecesious (800) - 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 (1141) - Kenmore, 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 (5560) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beercollector (23) - Astoria, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2012
A special seasonal brew, eagerly awaited by us locals. Orange, slight cloud, minimal head. Sweet tangy and a great beginning of summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (11942) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Draught@brewpub (Astoria, OR)
I wrote name down as "Spruce Budd Ale".
Slightly hazy yellow color, small white head, lace. Very fruity aroma of mango. Medium-bodied. Flavor of mango and elderflower. Short herbal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2010 North American Organic Beer Festival – Portland, OR
Big spruce aroma this was a pretty good attempt. There was a little too much hops covering the spruce flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
2010-06-28. Lightly hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Pleasant mild spruce aroma, lightly herbaceous, sort of flowery/perfumey notes. 6+ Flavour is mild, light spruce and greenery, light bitterness throughout. 6+ Average palate. Interesting but mild. 3+ Stronger spruce character might add punch to it, but might make it less drinkable as well. On tap at Fort George, Astoria

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
stchloe (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2010
So its like drinking a tree, but spruce ales are certaintly an acquired tasted. Sweet with a slight piney resin flavor, very bubbly brew, but a little estery mouthfeel, could use some bitterness to balance. Smells great though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
[3014-20100628] Tap. Very fragrant spruce aroma. Hazy, pale orange yellow body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Tons of rosemary spruce and ginger in the flavour. Medium body. Really interesting mix of flavours.
(@ brewpub, Astoria, OR)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4027) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Tap @ Organic Brewers Fest... Poured golden/yellow with a thin, white head. Nose was yeasty, piney and even some citrus. Dry with hints of light fruit but mostly tasted of spruce and pine, but not over done to come off like Pin Sol. If you like gin, you’d like this. In fact, this brew would be a perfect Beer Back to a Gin. Clean and refreshing finish.

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