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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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• Aromatic earth tonic of the resinous picea and humulus lupulus
• Beer Type: Imperial pilsner brewed with Northern Michigan Blue Spruce needles and healthy doses of high alpha hops

Imperial India Spruce Pilsner is fermented with local, hand-picked blue spruce tips and the quintessential symbol for Joe Short’s love of hops and craft beer. The spruce presence, rooted in historical brewing practices, is enormous and gives the beer a refreshing gin quality. This beer is impressively light bodied, considering the immense spruce flavors and the prodigious additions of hops.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (560) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Light clear golden orange color. Aroma is big on spruce and quite nice. Taste is huge on spruce...wow. Like drinking a liquid forest. Nicely bitter. I like it.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (1895) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Tap @ Shorts: Had this on tap at the 10th Anniversary Party; it was specifically labeled as the "Imperial" version, even though the ABV seems to be matching what the "non-imperial" version released in bottles was. No idea if it’s actually a different beer or not. Should be, but who knows. Honestly, pulling from memory, it seems no different to me. Just intense spruce, pine, gin, & crazy bitterness with solvent & harsh almost chemical-like notes from the alcohol. Same as the previous bottles. Some sips start off okay but then they just crescendo into a world of hurt. Just a small shade or two above undrinkable for me... Pass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (472) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pour a hazy yellow with a white head. Lot of resin, piney hops in the aroma and taste with a big bitter finish. it is what it says it is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at Shorts many years ago and rated from notes. Pour a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma was pure spruce that blasted from the bottle upon opening and continued into the glass. Some additional malts character with moderate sweetness tries, but can’t really overcome the spruce. The spruce played a huge role in the flavor as well. Additional bready malt, honey, earthy notes accompany the spruce. In small doses this was good, but I couldn’t drink much of this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (729) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
I think I liked this one a little more at first bit once I got about halfway through and beyond and got a little out of taste for me. Very sprucey. Like chewing on a pine tree.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gruberm (329) - - AUG 17, 2013
Pilsner coloured with a slight green tinge. Smells of pine. Taste of earthy pine. Eeeeehhhhh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Raptoid (1) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013 does not count
This brew is very niche. Which,of course, if you a Shorts fan...you appreciate. It’s aroma is quite "green" with the fresh cut spruce tips. I would go as far as saying that it has a full bodied flavor that fills in the voids beautifully. Finish is a robust hops and earthy taste with the pine throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4001) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2012
12 ounce thanks to MP. Honestly, I don’t get a lot of spruce. Big pine taste in the back of my throat and tongue. Almost hoppy. It’s the big hoppy pine I get more. But having had spruce beers that taste like Xmas trees, I’m happy that this one doesn’t taste that way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2553) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
A: This beer appears a clear, golden hue with a white head and some decent lacing. S: The aroma is really powerful, with a huge bouquet of spruce and rosemary. T: The taste is a huge blast of pine trees and hops. The spruce and hop flavors are incredibly fresh and flavorful. I really respect the way Short’s brewing pushes the limits of craft beer and still produces a very drinkable and enjoyable final product. This is really an amazing beer. M: It’s not something of which I want more than one glass, or possibly two, but it’s a terrific beer in small quantities. D: What a cool beer and beer experience. I definitely recommend it if you can get it.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours an orangish straw yellow with thick white head, decent lacing. Aroma obvious of citrus hops, spruce, herbal hops, resin, and grass. Flavor is overbearing with spruce, major medicinal character, and even a chemical nature. This just doesn’t work for me.


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