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RATINGS: 111   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2482) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle shared by thickfreakness. Thanks Charles! Another crazy beer from Shorts. Pours golden to orange with a white head. Smell is menthol eucalyptus, mint, and piney hops. Taste is hoppy, very dry, and menthol eucalyptus cough drop like. Really dry and interesting. Very big, bright intense flavor. Enjoyable in sample settings, I think.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (4460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2009
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, on 2009-04-04 -- shared with sayravai and isos, thanks!) Hazy amber. Medium sized white head. Young spruce needles and fruitiness in aroma. Medium bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Young spruce needles, bitterness, frutiness, lots and lots of hops and citricness in taste. Young spruce needles and bitterness in aftertaste. Impressive beer, although 0.75 l would be too much for one person alone.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottled, 0.75l) Very hazy golden-amber with a smallish, lasting head. Very strong pine-sprucey aroma with some grassy-floral hops. Extremely pine-spruce-resiny flavor with alpha acids from the hops adding to the mixture. Medium body, crisp and fresh, lowish carbonation. Alcohol fully hidden. This really is a hophead’s dream! Not for everyday consumption, but as an occasional treat, this is quite exceptional. At first, I was hesitant to give this a high score, but really, this is something never seen before...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Courtesy GoT. Hazy orange with a white head. HUGE spruce in this beer. IPA meets strong lager. Floral, spicy, resinous, leafy. A little underattenuated, drinks like 10%, but doesn’t taste like it. Full body, balanced carbonation, a little syrupy, dry on the finish. Would love to see some lower abv examples of this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml bottle - courtesy of a kind soul at the HOTD Dock Sale; wow, this day officially put Short’s on my brewing map; this was the third stellar beer in a row; pours hazy gold with faint white head; aromas of line needles, bubble gum, oak’ plenty of hops and bitterness, but this ends up a very sweet beer; similar soft texture as the others; very well done with the addition of spruce needles; almost to the point of being overpowering, but not quite; sappy, dry finish; delightful

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7627) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. The beer is a hazy golden amber color with a thin and compact off-white head that dissipates slowly. Thin rings of lacing. Aroma of pine and spruce with some spiced hops in the background. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of Saaz hops and evergreens. Luckily the spruce flavor does not get to car air freshener levels. Very little malt is present, which leads to some astringency. The finish is bitter with a lingering piney hops aftertaste. An above average and Interesting beer overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
JCB popped this one at Pre-Sex, thanks man. Shorts is always doing something different, and this is no exception. Aroma is Winterfresh gum and nothing else. Flavor is not too different than the aroma, Winterfresh with some eucalyptus, pinecones, and just a trace of hops. I didn’t mind this at all in the small sample, not sure I could kill an entire bottle, but big thanks to Jason, I’ll take any Shorts I can get.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Some body had a bottle at the Sexual Chocolate pre party. This think smells like Vicks Vapo Rub, and Tasted like Halls. Not Something that I really want to taste in my beers. Let me just say it was interesting, for I’m sure that this is exactly what the brewer was going for. I mean sometimes you have to consider the source, and Its my understanding that Shorts has a rep for doing things like this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Shorts Tasting ].
Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, spruce, caramel, earth, spicy, fusty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. It is TO MUCH !! [20081108]

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fiulijn (14315) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>
Hazy golden color; creamy head. The rosemary aroma reminds me a roasted chicken more than a beer. It seems a very solid Ale, with good malt, some sweetness, good hopping, unfortunately the rosemary (spruce) is so out of place. 10 years ago, following an ancient recipe, I brewed a beer with rosemary from my garden, it was undrinkable. Controversial, and I decide for thumbs down, as I did 10 years ago.


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