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 (6939) - Burnsville, 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 (978) - Rockaway Park, New York, 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 (807) - 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 (1831) - Washington DC, 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 (4359) - 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 (4420) - Marietta, 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 (401) - New York, 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 (610) - - 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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HighlanderOne (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 UPDATE - I tried mixing this with SA Boston Lager - not too bad. Still tastes a bit like a beer with a shot of Pine-sol, but it’s at least palatable now. Poured from bottle. Aroma of spruce, malt and leather ( that’s a first). Amber gold with thin head. Big spruce flavor, hard to detect other flavors beyond that. Somewhat metallic and medicine-y. High carbonation. I can’t stand this any more. Drain pour.