thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. After months of drinking IPAs and imperial stouts, it was pretty nice to crack a sub-5% English Bitter and drink a full imperial pint of the stuff. Lawson’s really nailed the base beer here: it’s got great toasted grain taste with a bit of (but not too much) caramel malt sweetness, and some great English yeast aroma. The spruce addition was interesting -- it tasted almost like that "woody" flavor from maple syrup -- but fit together with the other flavors. Overall, a well-crafted little beer from a great brewery.
drsandman (997) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at hen of the wood. Pours cooper / red, off white head. Aroma is spruce, malt, faint spices / Cinnamon, pine, bread. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, bread, pine. Med body, nice for style.
Bulk_Carrier (3546) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blackback pub and treated as an ESB even though it was poured into a tulip.
Yeah, well, a slight knock on Blackback for not knowing their shit (ESB’s aren’t supposed to be poured into tulips).
Here’s the rest.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly.
The smell had a malty sweet and slightly spicy (allspice/cinnamon sort of thing going on). Caramel and toffee sweetness.
The taste was mostly sweet with the spices running underneath.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sly sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a nice smooth feel (like an ESB should) to lay down on my tongue nicely.
Overall, though it says spice/vegetable style, I’d say this is more of an ESB with the creativity of Lawson’s ingenious mind of doing something slightly different. Pass the fish n’ chips with this one, I’d have again..
PhillyCraft (5489) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden brown, with small to medium large bubbled head . Notes are big on malt, cherry, light spruce in the finish. Sessionable but wanted more spruce. Grapes and slightly belgian notes. Preffered the other spruce tip beer from Lawsons but still drinkable.
AdamChandler (4466) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lawson’s nice continues, via bottle picked up sometime last year. Poured amber, smell is holy spruce. Spice, wood, pinecone and pepper. Taste is not to my liking. Tastes like I"m eating a pine tree (spruce I guess). Not my cup of tea but worth trying if you’re into spruce.
Quevillon (2864) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank on tap (7 oz) at the Vices & Versa 10th anniversary in Montreal on Febuary 8, 2014. Red honey, small head. Caramelized fruit aroma with a bit of pine. Taste wine pine (here is an idea), slightly fruity, slightly sour finish. It is a redefinition of spruce beer!
merc7186 (2875) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Deep Spruce, Cinnamon Sticks, Mild Vanilla, Mild Peppermint?
Appearance: Reddish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Mild Sweet Bread
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildl Spicy
Huhzubendah (3408) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is dark copper colored and clear with a small tan head. The aroma brings light spruce and pine. A nice sweet, fruity malt scent charcteristic of a red ale. Biscuits and bread tones in the English style. Lawson’s wanted to make an English style red and they succeeded. Exactly what I would expect. Fairly light in body. Light bitterness in the finish with very mild alcohol. A sessionable brew. I am enjoying this.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks, Moll. Nose has bready malt and a bit of spruce. Flavor has bitter spruce and a bit in the flavor. Mild spice. Decent ESB.
mcox90 (1873) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Vthophead. Pours a dark amber which, when held to a light, is actually a dark red. Head is one finger of creamy beige which dissapates leaving specks of foam. Cinnamon and spruce aroma with some pine scent from the spruce. Hint of cinnamon in the flavor with real light spruce. Strong malt profile. Medium bodied palate with a slightly bitter aftertaste.