garrison (718) - 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 Hatís 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.
wildbeercat (136) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
steve1966 (83) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
Claves77 (76) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color with light carbonation. Resembles a lager, clean. Mildly hoppy smell. Hop taste up front, quick finish. Average.
jsmerig (804) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
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Aggie80 (766) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
williamherbert (1131) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Beerathon (635) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Beerdedone (2363) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours copper amber with a foamy white head. Aroma of spruce tips, pale malts, biscuit and light caramel. Flavor was earthy & piney with spruce, grass and a bit of caramel.
ajnepple (577) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Bitter piney spruce aroma. Medium body with a bold bitter flavor. Very little sweetness.
pushkinwow (1371) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from a mixer pack. Pale slightly hazy orange with a white head. Slightly hoppy forest aroma, sugar, light sweet malts, bit of honey. Moderate to high carbonation, mild+ body, oversweet and slightly artificial, becomes somewhat dry, sweetness dies down a bit and leaves some leaves on the palate.