garrison (790) - 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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Leighton (12182) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
rustbucket0873 (279) - Krikville, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
wildbeercat (353) - 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 don’t know if that makes sense. It doesn’t 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: There’s spice and there’s spruce. There’s just not a whole lot. Kind of a nice balance. I don’t know if it’s my cup of tea though. Finish is all malt.
Palate: Medium body. Short-instant finish. Pretty average.
Overall: I’m sure some people may enjoy this beer, and rightly so, it’s pretty decent. I’m just not a fan! There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just not my favorite.
steve1966 (121) - 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 (159) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Golden color with light carbonation. Resembles a lager, clean. Mildly hoppy smell. Hop taste up front, quick finish. Average.
jsmerig (1303) - 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 (788) - 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 (1337) - 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, it’s not bad. Very malty, very earthy. Drinkable enough.
Beerathon (1330) - 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.