onceblind (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden with a copperish-tint, under a foamy white head, great lacing. Nice aroma of floral and herbal hoppiness, a dash of honey, earthy malts, and golden grains. Bright floral and herbal flavor that’s medium bodied and ’spritzy’. Flavor starts like spruce and flowers, with a little bit of a grassy hop tone, followed by some earthy honey and blonde grain notes. Mild finish thats kinda herbal and pollen-y.
boombq (1) - - DEC 20, 2012 does not count
1.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer is a miss. 12oz bottle and I?m not sure I can finish it. It?s flavored with spruce and very unbalanced. The pine taste is overwhelming. It sounded interesting, but I cannot take a sip without wincing. Poor.
Imaena (848) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. I think that the additives used in this beer - spruce and spice - were not added in a balanced fashion. The spruce flavor comes off as sappy and earthy - which I might have liked if the beer had more sourness or sweetness to provide foundation. Instead these flavors sit on top of a limp pale ale which cannot support nuances the brewer was trying to impart. Flawed brew.
wlajwl (2914) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is hops, a hint of the spruce and mildly sweet malts. The flavor is spruce/mint, malts and a mildly tart finish.
garrison (717) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alright, I got this one as part Magic Hat’s 2012 Winter Variety 12 pack, and was surprised its label as an "ESB with SPRUCE". Well, it poured a grainy smelling amber brew that had a fine bubbled head of white foam, with good lacing. Tastewise, I find the hops and spruce presenting an interesting combo upfront, balancing well with the malts into a "grassy" flavor.
KajII (705) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear medium amber with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that mostly diminished, down to a thin puddled layer of residue and small collar with fair streaky lacing.
The aroma was very mild of a light grain malt, mild pine hops and an earthy cobweb yeast with notes of caramel, dust, a light spiciness and a just a very light hint of spruce tips.
The taste was a bit malty with a light caramel sweetness from the get go, and then became a tad bitter with a mild hoppy presence and a spicy wood taste towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slightly bitter woody taste left behind to linger in the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a little beyond light in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that was just past soft in intensity.
Overall this brew did not have a strong spruce presence in the aroma, but offered it up nicely with a woody bitter taste at the finish...
Beaver (1064) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish gold with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet biscuity caramel malts, honey, some fruit and a little spruce that comes out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet bready malts that quickly is dominated by a big spruce bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and a bit watery.
Overall, interesting one-dimensional spruce beer.
mensch (188) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly pale, yellow with a slight orange tint. Lacy white foam. Subtle aroma, sweet pine and a little lemon. Light bodied, full flavored. Nice carmel malts blend with plenty of hop bitters and the dry sticky spruce. Very well made, different but safe.
BrewMoose (36) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark golden with a thin white head. Aromas of pine and lemon. Citrus pine woody caramel favors. Woody floral aftertaste.
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thornecb (3647) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours gold into a Sam glass. White head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet caramel, grass and wood aromas. Dry with earthy caramel upfront turning to sweet marshmallow before the mild bitter twig finish.