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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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ē Aromatic earth tonic of the resinous picea and humulus lupulus
ē 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 Shortís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4543) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2012
12 ounce thanks to MP. Honestly, I donít get a lot of spruce. Big pine taste in the back of my throat and tongue. Almost hoppy. Itís the big hoppy pine I get more. But having had spruce beers that taste like Xmas trees, Iím happy that this one doesnít taste that way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2809) - 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 Shortís brewing pushes the limits of craft beer and still produces a very drinkable and enjoyable final product. This is really an amazing beer. M: Itís not something of which I want more than one glass, or possibly two, but itís 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 (570) - 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 doesnít work for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2012
On draft at Lord Hoboís for EBF weekend. Another good showing from Shortís here. Nice aroma of hops, malts, spruce and earthy flavors. Grapefruit/citrus is there as well on the back end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
(Bottle) Pours hazy golden. The aroma holds woodsy and almost perfume smelling spruce up front with undertones of citric and light floral hops, sweet toasted malt alongside a peachy, tropical fruitiness. The flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of fresh spruce up front. Citric hops, fruits, perfume and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is clean and peppery numbing from the spruce. Medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Orangish straw, very hazy, moderate to large frothy white head, sticky lacing.   Strong spruce on the nose.   It dominates, nothing else comes through.   Slight powdery candied sugar seems to sit in the background.   Whoa!   Strong spruce flavor up front, slight strawberry leaf, smidgen of hops.   I first had this fresh, and it was a bruiser.   Having sat on this for more than a year it has mellowed out and actually become quite interesting.   Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel.   This reminds me of an Imperial Alaskan Winter Ale, as the Alaskan is the only other beer that seems to have pronounced Spruce flavor.   This is a treat, and a warming one at that.   Very unique.   Lingering Spruce flavors well after the finish.   Clean, malty, fairly sweet.   Canít say I have had anything like this before.   If you have the opportunity to try this, or get a bottle, if fresh sit on it for a while.   Its quite the treat.   Who would have thought that something so brash would turn into something so sublime.   I was very surprised by this one.   Its almost as if you took an IPA and replaced the hops with Spruce.   Unique, intriguing, and very quaffable.   Good stuff!   Thanks Derek!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1781) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Very exciting ipa, like the cigar city white oak, this had lots of flavors that change over time, sweet at first, then loss of earthy flavors, followed at last by sweet city GPS. Color is cloudy white good, like a Belgian wit .

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ Beer Spot Great Taste pre-party. Hazy banana yellow with a thin off-white head. Aroma of spruce, pale malt, mild grassy and noble hops. Taste is of heavy spruce with a large noble hoppy presence plus sweet malt and a long bitter spruce finish. Probably one of the best pilseners Iíve ever had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paintedmaple (499) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2011
The marriage of spruce and hops in this assertive pilsner is a match made in heaven. This is brewing genius...one of my favorite beers. Or maybe Iím just a sprucehead...or a sucker for Picea pungens power. Who knows?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle 477/886 at dakís on 9/5/10 hazy. burnt orange with a foamy off white head. it leaves clingy foam around like mad. sweet piney smell... spruce, eucalyptus, molasses, juniper, sweet malt and some dank qualities. the palate is sweet upfront but dries out on the finish with the help of spice and pine notes. other than the notes from the aroma there is an odd flavor in the far back of cardamom... odd. full bodied and a bit taxing to finish. 7/4/6/2.5


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