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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
• 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Lightly hazy orangish pour. Aroma is all christmas trees, rosemary and honey. Flavor starts bitter, hits with a big dose of resin and rosemary then gives way to a lightly honeyed malty sweetness. Nice. Totally unique brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
courtesy of the Shorts tasting night group. early ’07 bottle. Simply wow, I could smell this beer all day and dream of back home. pours golden/orange with white head. Aroma reminded me a lot of the backwoods back home. As if they had thrown a whole forest in a bottle, spruce seeds are just present and of pure goodness. Just could not stop marveling at the aroma. Lots of grassy and earthly hops, pine forest scent. Flavor, very herbal, vegetal, spicy hops, light citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. Not overly bitter but just some nice pine and earthly goodness with spruce seeds. Finish with light pepper spices. Insanely good, a looking glass that projects you in the middle of a spruce/pine forest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9107) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle 750 ml no 516/866
Appearance: thick unfiltered amber look with large , slightly tanned creamy top. Fine lace.
Nose: sweet berry , fruity light , clean , crisp nose , malty bottom. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Bitter , woody , spruce with alcohol warmth. Aromatic spruce resin like with amber malt as base. Not for everyone. If you like character of deep coniferous woods this one is for you.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - 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.   Can’t 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6657) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
MiBG Summer Fest 2010: Clean golden hue with some head. Wow, the nose is big pine needles, along with catty and resiny hops, some pale malts and earthy yeast esters. The taste has a twangy fruit tone and is quite piney but honestly does not display much depth, a one trick pony. The pale lager malts and yeast struggle to find any room for themselves. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive, some moderate alcohol and medicinal character does show. Simply okay, was not all that impressed and a bit of a let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6513) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of pine/spruce, honey, citrus, and grass. It’s a transparent golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a thick film. The flavor starts with with a quick dose of citrus and honey. The finish has moderate-heavy pine/spruce with light grass. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s pretty tasty, but the spruce gets a little overbearing after awhile.

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