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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle 477/886 at dak’s 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of General_Gao. Thanks, Colin! Pours a hazy, deep honey-golden color; off-white head with solid, medium bubbled lacing. Intense, juicy spruce notes and piney hop presence; unlike some spruce-influenced beers, this is soft, generous, and smells like an oily pine forest; great nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pine notes, spruce, like an intense evergreen forest; the carbonation is well-integrated; chewy breadiness and malt notes (bread, toastiness); excellent, tasty stuff. Lengthy finish, showing pine, spruce, and viscous almost-Simcoe hoppiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 Bottle courtesy of general_gau and someone at dark lord day. Big spruce/pine nose with some cotton candy and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with lots of cotton candy, honey, massive amounts of resinous pine, some citrus. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3157) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
Shorts tasting with The Club +a few. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Smells of rose hybs and spruce. Extremely bitter but very well balanced by a strong sugary sweetness. Strong hoppy aromas. Also aromas of eldeberry flowers, spruce and some wood and resin. Low carbonation. Medium body. Bitter finish with a hint of warming alcohol. Best of the Shorts tasting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, 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.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! Okay this holiday season rip off a branch of christmas tree, chew on for a while and thats the flavor you have here. Tried it twice, but its just to in your face with resinous pine and piney hops. Slightly hot finish. BLAM!!! is right

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2625) - North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2011
bottle, # 213 of 886, from trade with General Gao. Good aroma, sweet & spice. Spruce, go figure, alot like a well made ginger beer. Clean orangy bronze, ok head, minor lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body, creamy thick mouthfeel, dry finish. Wow, this one held up well. I was thinking it would be ruined, but it held up well, Aroma was big, enjoyable, could get some oxidation in taste, but I guess it was masked by the spruce. really enjoyable. brewed 4/30/07, bottled 5/29 - 30/07

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2495) - 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.

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 Hobo’s for EBF weekend. Another good showing from Short’s here. Nice aroma of hops, malts, spruce and earthy flavors. Grapefruit/citrus is there as well on the back end.


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