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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3" #93 of 886. Hazy gold/orange with large white head. Pine and sweet malt aroma. Pine burn in the flavor, with slight sweet wood. Creamy with big burn. I think I am allergic to pine and as soon as I started drinking this beer I started sneezing, it took away from the entire experience of the beer for me and I couldn’t finish it. It did however blow my mind again with the simple possibilties of what you can do with beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2007
From a 750ml Bottle. Purchased at the brewpub 9/2/07. Pours a somewhat hazy, dandelion gold color with a firm finger of creamy white head. Tons of blue spruce immediately overwhelms the nostrils, fresh and bursting with Christmas tree incense. A soft malty base lingers quietly in the background, careful to not interrupt the spruce soliloquy. There’s a distinct corn-like character to the malts in the nose, but it’s clean and not DMS. Full bodied mouthfeel that rides that border between sticky and creamy. The malt sugars are heavy and weighing on the tongue, but not unpleasantly resiny. Some supple sweet corn and honey dipped pale malts start off the palate, but are quickly overtaken by a crescendo of spruce flavor that continuously builds on the palate until it transforms to a high alpha, white grapefruit hop finish that dries up some of the malt sweetness. A bit too much sweetness and caloric body for my tastes, but the flavors are phenomenal. It’s remarkable and worth pointing out how the bitterness and spruce flavors aren’t hidden or muddled by the heavy body. The blue spruce flavors are intense and insanely authentic; its like chewing on a spruce bough, but doesn’t get overly pungent or astringent; this might be where the thick sugar base helps out some. The balance between spruce and hop flavors is quite impressive too; both are firm, assertive, and satisfying. This beer definitely delivers what it promises.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Thanks to Northernbrews for picking this up for me. WOW!! This thing is packed with spruce. Spicy, warm and full of pine, this is exceptional. By looking at the reviews, it looks like people either love it or hate it. This is original and stands out among other beers. Awesome.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
RasmusOtt (1060) - Aalborg, 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 :) .

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
750ml bottle; Shimmering orange pour with a steady stream of tiny cascading bubbles and a sticky white head. I always thought certain hops were able to mimic the juiciness of pink grapefruit. I was wrong. The spruce tips give this the sensation of a ruby red grapefruit being squeezed directly into the glass. So insanely fresh smelling. Honey and caramel are hidden below the fruit. The body opens with a wallop of rindy fruit and bitter pine. The hops and spruce scrub the tongue, allowing softer notes of wildflower honey and caramelized sugars to come through. The body fades into a long and flavorful finish that is both grassy, citrusy and piney. While the nose is near perfect, the body is a bit overloaded with spruce, creating a one-dimensionality in flavor. Still, I love the one dimension that dominates and would consider trying my hand with spruce tips at home. Bravo to one of the most innovative breweries on the scene.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Pours yellow with a small head. Aroma is spicy, cardboard, rosemary, lavender, flowers. Tastes like spruce smells, rather chemical, medicin, flowers, bitterness, alcohol burn. Bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Thanks for sharing, Yaniv... I think! Pours a hazy golden brown with a healthy creamy white head. Big ass pine fucking forest. Malt sweetness is covered up by pine. There isn’t much else to the nose. Thicker, viscous, creamy. Very piney. Oh my god! Sweeter rounder malt. Creamy. Hops are there, but subdued compared to the pine. This is weird, but fun!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear deep golden color with a soapy white head. Aroma is spruce, caramel, citrus, lemon, floral. Flavor is spruce, citrus, caramel, floral. Palate is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter and piney. Very unique brew, I thought it was great when cold, as it warmed more of the spruce flavor poked through and I didn’t like it as much. I gotta give em huge credit for pulling this off as well as they did, cuz this had disaster written all over it. Last one to finish their glass eats the pine cone in the bottom!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Straw colored pour with a small white head. Deep floral pine aroma. It smells like a freshly cut christmas tree. Just a touch of biscuit malt to balance. Super bitter and aggressive hops in the flavor. Loads of pine with some fresh grapefruit and minimal malt body. Light, crisp body with lots of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (658) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
I think I liked this one a little more at first bit once I got about halfway through and beyond and got a little out of taste for me. Very sprucey. Like chewing on a pine tree.


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