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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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A Coniferous Concoction. Pine for this Extra Special Bitter whose medium body and spicy hoppiness harmonize with flavorful, aromatic spruce tips.


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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mensch (256) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Hazed amber with a medium white head. Aroma of spruce, light fruit, caramel and biscuitty malts. Taste is bland with mild spruce, pale malt and a faint bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT. Pours clear, honey-gold with a fine, foamy white head. Nose has some mint notes, spruce, menthol. Light sweet flavor, some bread, a bit of pine needles and spruce, some bitter leaves. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mellow sweetness to finish, further spruce, slight menthol cooling, dry pine needles. So so.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
rustbucket0873 (275) - Krikville, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
pours a dark golden to light brown color, with head. the aroma is malty, spruce, some grass. the flavor is bland up front (watery) then hit of hops, followed by spruce. and that is it. overall does not fit the style along with spruce does not fit this beer well.... it may fit somewhere but not this one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2013
12 fl oz / 355mL from the Winterland pack. pint glass. Served cold. Aroma: It smells like cookies. I donít know if that makes sense. It doesnít smell like pine or spruce. It smells like cookies with spice. Honestly, it smells like peanuts kind of. Not sure if want. Appearance: Hazy opaque rust. Creamy white head. Taste: Thereís spice and thereís spruce. Thereís just not a whole lot. Kind of a nice balance. I donít know if itís my cup of tea though. Finish is all malt. Palate: Medium body. Short-instant finish. Pretty average. Overall: Iím sure some people may enjoy this beer, and rightly so, itís pretty decent. Iím just not a fan! Thereís nothing wrong with it, itís just not my favorite.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
steve1966 (107) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
this one may not count but i did not care for it a bit poured it out after a few sips spruce flavor sounded promising but this just had nothing going for it bland. weak. no thanks

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Claves77 (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Golden color with light carbonation. Resembles a lager, clean. Mildly hoppy smell. Hop taste up front, quick finish. Average.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmerig (1260) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours a honey gold with a white foamy head. Aroma of syrupy malt with pine. Taste is almost like a mixture of rye with a spruce. Bitter in the finish as the hops interact with the pine. Thick mouthfeel. A novel brew, but not for multiple consumption. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Caught me off guard! Orange tea color with a weak head and no lacing. Smooth flavor with just a hint of the spruce in the aftertaste. Solid malt flavor with the expected sourness of an ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamherbert (1308) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
Heavy yeast aroma, lots of "English" here. Certainly pleasant enough, but not strong. Estery. The appearance is murky yellow orange. Not a ton of head or the carbonation. Glowing color; looks good. The flavor is English ale; yeast and esters. Earthy in some spots; scant traces of hop. The malts are sweet, with a tinge of the sugary. Palate is smooth and buttery. When it warms up, itís not bad. Very malty, very earthy. Drinkable enough.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2013
I do not get any of the flavorful with aromatic spruce tips that they advertise. This is such a "meh" beer. Taste is just a step above a maco lager. Does look okay though with a thin head that remains throughout.


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