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RATINGS: 114   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1866) - 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 (35959) - 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 (15260) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Huge amounts of spruce on the nose. Some lemon too. Orange golden pour with a thin head. The flavor is very sprucy with lots of fresh bitterness. Almost bushy. Some lemon makes its presence felt too, but the spruce coats the mouth and does not leave. Like chewing on a tree. Super dry. Very interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (32006) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Pinewood and spiced aroma. Light citrusy. Light vegetable note too. Spiced and malty with a solid citric and dry dry dry bitter flavour. Solid citric and spiced finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma is sweet with hoppy notes of grass. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and spruce needles, leading to a dry grassy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Hazy golden with a dense off-white head leaving laces. Very fresh piney aroma. Medium-bodied with lightly sweet pale malts. Distinctly bitter and astringent finish. An odd one, interesting but far from harmonious. 311008

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Dark amber, creamy white head. Blasts of evergreen and spruce aromas rest on swirls of citrus and wet pine needles. Flavor is a bitter sappy spruce bite from beginning to end. Did I just drink a tree? Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Thumbs up for being unique. I like it, but don’t know how often I could drink it…

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
Aroma of spruce. The beer is golden with a small head. Flavor of pines and perfume.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy golden coloured with a huge off white head. Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles, spruce and candies. Fruity and perfumed flavour of hops, spruce and pine needles with notes of candies. Hoppy finish.


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