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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
ē Aromatic earth tonic of the resinous picea and humulus lupulus
ē 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 Shortís 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Courtesy of MikeMac. Hazy/cloudy orange, huge white head, great lacing. Huge pine/spruce resin, literally smells like a fresh x-mas tree. Decent citrus character, not much for malt in aroma. Flavor again, huge pine/spruce, tastes like there are needles in the glass. Needles add a certain freshness character thatís hard to describe. Very resinous and sticky. As it warms caramel comes through a bit, helps to balance. Sort of 1 dimensional, but I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - 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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1813) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
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 .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
RasmusOtt (1763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is like a bad perfume: lavender, rosemary, soap, ginger, spice, pepper and some hops. When I tasted this I thought it would be bad for my health to drink it. Like there were chemicals in there which should not be there. Funny to try :) .

   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
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.

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