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RATINGS: 114   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Sampled at the Carolina Crew gathering in Greenville. Wow... a Christmas tree in a bottle. Aroma was dominated by the Christmas tree/spruce aroma. Somewhat astringent and very dominant spruce flavor. A bit too one-dimensional and tough to drink for my liking. Thanks to Paul for bringing this though - definitely a unique beer and worth trying.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Dark golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is interesting enough, bordering oddness: Forest shrubbery, spruce, medicine and peppermint. Flavour is bitter in an unpleasant way, and the spruce tends to turn into turpentine. Hoppy beer with spruce? Interesting. A ton of spruce? No subtleties left.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thewolf (11234) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle @ Kolding Shorts Tasting, 18.09.08.
Pours a great, clear golden with a medium, frothy, white head. Fine duration. Aroma has a ton of pine, forest, wood and hops. Fine mouthfeel, rather creamy. Flavour is just far too much, an entire pine tree dumped into my beer. Hops and mint as well.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Hazy orange of colour with a white head. An aroma of spice, ginger and pine. A flavour of ginger, timian and rosmarin.

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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
phredrik (1011) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2009
0.75 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere. Golden-orange color. Very pungent spruce aroma. Bittersweet flavor overpowered with spruce. There is also notes of lemon, honey, warming alcohol and herbal hops. Long sprucey and bitter aftertaste. This is like swallowing spruce needles, I could hardly finish my one third share of the bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2009
bottle. Pours a thick hazy deep amber color, half inch of off white head that stays around. Freaky muted minty aroma. Flavor shows loads of heavy, minty spruce flavor, and a distinct medicinal quality. Palate is thick and syrupy, though finish suprisingly clean. An interesting brew, but not very drinkable or enjoyable.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2009
Bottle. I love imperial pilsners. LOVE them. This beer really disappointed. The smell was awesome, crisp, piney, lots of fresh wheat notes. On my first sip I was crushed. It tasted like a tree branch, with strong sappy notes and wet bark. The finish was almost metallic but really just reminded me of when I was young and would twist and turn at a branch off the christmas tree until my hands were just raw with the scent of pine wood and sap. No malt character detectable, as the hops and bitters just dominate in a strange strange way. Seems like they used a weird sugar or something.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours an orangish straw yellow with thick white head, decent lacing. Aroma obvious of citrus hops, spruce, herbal hops, resin, and grass. Flavor is overbearing with spruce, major medicinal character, and even a chemical nature. This just doesn’t work for me.


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