GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Randy for passing along this rarity, shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.
Pours a light clear golden amber with a creamy off-white head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing.
The aroma is seriously fragrant and jumped out of the bottle. Itís dominated by the spruce and pine with some grassy notes and only a hint of the underlying malts. Plenty of similarities to this aroma and that of gin.
The taste is even more intense. I have to imagine this is the closest Iíll get to drinking straight spruce sap. There is some juniper and grassy hops as well, but the hops have faded to the point that the spruce steals the show completely. Iíd mentioned the underlying malts but Iím not sure I could really taste them.
Them mouthfeel is definitely on the fuller side of things and pretty thick and sticky on the palate.
Well, being a lover of pine hops, I was really looking forward to this one and it absolutely delivered the goods. Itís certainly intense and probably a little over-the-top, but since itís intensity is focused on something I enjoy so much, Iíve got no other option but to love this beer. Thank you Shorts!
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange gold pour with a bit of foamy head. Aroma is loads of pine with spicy hops and sweet malt. Flavor is bitter and spicy, lots of resin coming through, and some malt sweetness. Interesting brew.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanx to North york sammy. nose is amazing spruce pine and hops, a bit of booze in there but well well hidden. nice poam golden color not filtered. flavor is greatly balanced the spruce goes through on the finish and hops and a little sweetness take care of the rest so so interesting. great beer.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 Iím 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.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste from a bomber tried at Lost Abbey Brunch with awaisanen, cquiroga, Tomme, Sage and others. I think awaisanen brought it: Thanks Andy! I canít believe Iím the first to rate this phenominal brew. Wow, what an aroma. Itís like sticking your finger in pine sap, then picking your nose. Itís a wonderful powerful Spruce aroma. Creamy full head that dies slowly. Pale, slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice pleasant bitterness and leans toward the sweeter side. A bottle of pure fun!
Rustyham (1778) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 .
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - courtesy of a kind soul at the HOTD Dock Sale; wow, this day officially put Shortís 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, oakí 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
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared from bottle at Shortís. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short off-white head. The aroma is pretty unique with a floral hoppiness that smells almost minty with the spruce behind it. The taste is nice because the pilsner characteristics arenít lost behind the hops or the strength. A very unique and enjoyable beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 doesnít 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.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 2007 # 275 of 886. Yup... itís a beer brewed with spruce for sure. Obviously, itís quite resiny on the nose. Because the beer is 2+ years old now, there is very little hop profile. Just juicy spruce and some corn-y lager-ness. Still fairly pleasant though. Pours bright gold with a thick, foamy white head. The beer tastes pretty much exactly how it smells... a beefed up lager with boatloads of spruce. Not too much in the pilsner category, though. The alcohol does assert itself midpalate back. Thick, chewy body with a solvent-y finish. Decent... if you like spruce. Interesting stuff. At least Joe takes some chances with his beers. Thanks Brian!