GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of pine and toasted caramels, this ESB pours a cloudy red-orange with mild lacing and a thin white head. The spruce tips give it a slight citrus quality, which works well with the subtle spices, and mild bitterness.
Khaggerty118 (69) - Olney, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Just smells bitter. Very bland. Poured a nice amber color. Small head with some staying power. Very sprucey. Not a huge a fan. Give it to your next friend who comes over for a footy game
BVery (8656) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pale dirty orange pour with minimal head. Grassy, light spruce, and a hint of cat pee. Not good. Not much from these guys is.
scarletfire65 (1187) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from WInter Variety Pack. Clear amber pour, minimal head. Sweet aroma of pine and pale malt. Light bodied, immaculately clean, crisp, earthy spruce, hint of patchouli, really interesting and well done. Very easy drinking, has the perfect amount of spruce.
hfmejias (1113) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy Amber color out of the bottle. Earthy aroma notes of pine. Taste is hoppy with a grassy/pine finish. OK beer.
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a nice idea but the execution was off. The pine taste is a bit astringent and tastes a little funky. I have had other spruce beers and this was not on par.
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buttery, slightly doggy, light citrus, sweetish aroma. Bad label, standard longneck, almost clear golden ale, thin clingy white head. Very clean drinking. Lightly briny, moderately bitter, pleasantly sweet and honeyish. Silky mouth, quick, nice brisk finish with some oregano.
ChainGangGuy (4595) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-amber body with a one-third-inch, white head.
Smell: Under-toasted biscuit tops, a flash of bitterish herbs, and only the faintest blip of spruce on the radar screen. A little dull from an aromatic standpoint.
Taste: Shaky biscuit maltiness, minor toastiness, and very lightly caramelized sugars. Doesn’t quite yield any lemon, any herbiness, and just a should shrug-equivalent of spruce character. Modest bitterness. Dry, seemingly unclean finish. Pretty dull tastewise, too.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Without the spruce, standing alone as an ESB, it doesn’t fare too well, really. Add the spruce gimmick, it’s not much better. Lackluster offering.
redpooba (402) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A simple gold with a frothy white head. If you like ESBs then this is a great standout of the style. THe aroma is fresh and the flavor is well rounded. The finish is clean with that hint of spiced bitterness.
zoucrew102 (1003) - - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hoppy with spruce notes for the aroma. Light amber color with a decent head. Hoppy with a fairly smooth piney finish.
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