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RATINGS: 115   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3" #93 of 886. Hazy gold/orange with large white head. Pine and sweet malt aroma. Pine burn in the flavor, with slight sweet wood. Creamy with big burn. I think I am allergic to pine and as soon as I started drinking this beer I started sneezing, it took away from the entire experience of the beer for me and I couldn’t finish it. It did however blow my mind again with the simple possibilties of what you can do with beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Poured a clear amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of spruce, pine, grass, and a bit of floral hops. Taste was dank, resinous, spruce, pine, citrus fruits, caramel, toasted malts, and a dry, alcohol finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
750ml bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!). Bottle # 251 / 886. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of spruce, grassy, and citrus. Tastes follow suit. LIght fruitiness as well. Definitely spruce in there!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle Sampled at "An Evening with Pantanap #3". Thanks to Kan for this. Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Citrus with all that pine and srpuce in the nose. Green flavors. Fresh pine, spruce. With a long bitter pine needle finish. Strange beer, I’d have to say they maybe over did it a notch or two. But an interesting one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
bottle (didn’t quite jot down the # on this one). had at an evening w/ pantanap 3....this one was a real eye opener....poured a golden orange brown with a thin wispy white head...the nose was intense. pure spruce literally launched from the glass. if yo ulove the smell of xmas trees, you’ll certainly enjoy this....flavor-wise, the spruce played a huge role here as well. big on the spruce and pine with a litlle sweet honey malt that peeked through but was overshadowed by the spruce.....points for originality but i couldn’t have more that a few ounces of this stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
750ml bottle, bottled 5/07. sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3", thanks kan for this odd brew. pours dense with big white head. nose is spruce! flavor spruce!, sap oak, hoppy, really sprucy. a bit too much spruce. like drinking parts of a christmas tree. odd, really odd, and interesting. just couldnt drink that much of it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey! Bottled 5/29/07 (#140 of 886). Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and left some lace behind. Aroma was citrus dominated with lots of semi sweet orange accented by subdued spruce. Medium bodied and sweet on the tongue. The sugars were attenuated by assertive hop bitterness that peaked at about 8 out of 10. Wow. There was a remarkably distinct spruce flavor. Crushed pine needles came to mind immediately. There were also pineapple, bitter orange, and light honey flavors. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle at the 2007 GABF: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Woodsy grapefruity nose has some pale malty notes. Body starts with a fairly full, sweet caramel maltiness and big fresh citrusy and piny bittering hops with some spruce character. Finishes bitter and crisp with some alcoholic warmth. Another tasty and unique offering from Shorts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
750 ml bottle . Pored a nice trasperent gold nice fizzy head. Aroma was strong a ton of hop and pine. A wild array of flavor to much to describe. I would definitly drink one again

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sean! Aroma is ridiculous. Strong blast of heavy passion fruit, crazy tangerine and lively pine cones. Rich, fresh, and ridiculously strong. Arresting. Terrific milky soap atop a glass of clear golden orange glow. Really far out flavor. Totally unique. Concentrated Christmas tree like you would never believe. The beer’s flavor profile is entirely dominated by the strongest blast of Spruce ever. High Alpha hops get buried. The moderately sweet pale malt brings up the back and keeps the knock-you-over spruce character a little bit in line, but then spruce and alcohol combine for a raging blast of conifer coalescence. Floral and full of trees. Earthy through the back, mingled with bold spice. Candied all sorts of things. There’s so much going on and there’s so much flavor that it’s hard to parse everything out, especially when it’s so strong and overflowing, to the point that it hurts to drink it. Looses palate points for being hard to return to. But, every time your nose goes to the glass, or you put that beer on your tongue, it’s just as fresh, new and alive as the last time. This beer would succeed were it a "single" version. A nice 5-6% pilsner, with half the spruce character, a little less sugar, and more noticeable hops. Regardless, this is a great experience.


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