UncleKorm (247) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle poured a clear amber w/ a thin white quickly diminishing head and good lacing. Moderate aromas of bread and spruce. Flavor is moderate acidic initially and a heavy bitter finish. Taste is pine sap, so overhanded it overshadows any other taste to this beer. Iíve had spruce tip beers before & they can provide a nice crisp taste to a beer, this beer however it is overkill. Medium bodied, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation and heavy astringent mouthfeel.
craig220 (289) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel, bread, spruce, and floral. Taste is like pine needles and caramel... odd. Feel is light bodied with fizzy carbonation.
drcboehm (38) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Bottle. Winter craft pack. Drinkable with nice hop tones but thatís about it. Overall tasty.
Drake (6483) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle, Winterland pack, from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear light amber color with a medium sized creamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spruce, mint and caramel malts. The taste is spruce, mint, earth, tea, caramel malts and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
CharmCityCrab (110) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh, hey, a craft ESB. Havenít seen one of these on the shelves at a decent price or in a mix pack for a long time- not since Sierra Nevada ditched their ESB. Had an import non-craft ESB at a gathering, and it wasnít the same- the base was there, but not the springy piney hops. Magic Hatís take on an ESB has the base, and some spring piney type hops on top (Not a ton of them, but enough to be noticeable and evoke spring), plus real honest to goodness spruce from, presumably, trees. Spruce! I love it.
Not saying this is the best beer ever or anything, but I was excited to see the style in their winter mix pack, because the style just isnít available from widely distributed reasonably priced craft brewers anymore, typically. Wouldnít mind seeing it in itís own 6-pack, even! And, hey- spruce!
I think of these as being spring beers, but Iíll take it in a winter mix pack. The spring mix packs come out in winter now anyway, so whatís the difference, really? Drinking it in late fall out of a winter mix pack feels more like spring than drinking it January out of a spring mix pack.
dimenhetfield (2348) - , Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. Took a small pour from my friend. The general consensus in the room was that this beer tasted like "dirt". I didnít really taste the dirt but it was pretty bitter. The spruce made this a strange drink for me though. Iíd probably pass on this.
drowland (4975) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11/6/12. 12oz bottle from Publix. Lightly hazy light amber/dark orange pour with barely a small off-white head on tap that fades to a ring and barely laces. Faint aroma of toasted biscuits, light caramel, and a hint of chalk and herbal notes. The spruce comes through more in the flavor in an almost tingly herbal note, but itís still somewhat subtle. Otherwise we see biscuits, bread, and caramel. Eh.
vikingguy (618) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber color with quick diminishing white head. Sweet malt on the nose. Taste is interesting - not necessarily in a bad way. Says its brewed with spruce...I can taste it but itís not overpowering. Lends a outdoorsy earthy flavor...Fresh and clean. Bitter up front but fades to a pleasant sweet caramel malt finish. Donít love it, but itís a pretty good experiment.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a light copper color with a small white head. Nose is light grassy hops with some resin notes and biscuits. Palate is light and stingy with a tongue coating. Flavors of pine, biscuity malt notes, and light fruity citrus.
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williamstome (516) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour, medium white head.. sweet malty, sprucy aroma. Tastes like a christmas tree! Really neat hopping. Yum.