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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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
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 doesn’t 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2009
This 750ml has been siting around and I thought why not open it for Liz, dalekliz a big fan of shorts. Also shared with my girlfriend. This bottle came via trade with the big man himself thickfreakness. Pours deep orange with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a touch of spruceyness. Taste is sweet, hoppy, with a huge punch of spruce, wow thats damn intense. Tons of piney spruce with a lot of flavor and complexity. I like this, its different and thats what Shorts does!

4.1
   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 Short’s. 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 aren’t lost behind the hops or the strength. A very unique and enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1896) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle from the brewery. Tremendous aroma from the tips of the tree, I enjoyed this forest. Grapefruit body with white lasting head. Carbonation there and helps drinkability, which is easy. Taste is piney, Saaz hops? ABove average mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Lightly hazy orangish pour. Aroma is all christmas trees, rosemary and honey. Flavor starts bitter, hits with a big dose of resin and rosemary then gives way to a lightly honeyed malty sweetness. Nice. Totally unique brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matthew (2) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2008 does not count
750ml bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a clear burnt golden orange with a solid inch of frothy white rocky head. As the head slowly settles a solid ring of lace is left behind inside my glass. The nose is pronounced with unique aromas of piny spruce with a spearmint like quality. Hop aromas consisting of floral and very light citrus tones are apparent beneath the piny character along with a tinge of malt sweetness. The initial sip brings the big well defined spruce aroma found in the nose into my mouth. It almost seems as though I’m not tasting the big earthy/floral pine spruce quality as much as it just seems to overtake my mouth but not in an abrasive way. Hop bitterness coats my tongue while a bit of semi-sweet malt tries to poke through just before the dry finish completes my swallow. After each sip my nose and mouth seems to emanate spruce. The beer is unexpectingly fairly full bodied. with a good amount of prickly carbonation. How is this beer 10%abv? Its no where to be found. I’d assume that if this beer was fresher that there is a good possibility that the spruce and hop characteristics may be bigger and may take away from drinkability, but as this beer stands right now its pretty easy to drink and begs you to take another sip to taste what you haven’t tasted before in a beer, much like most shorts beers I have had the pleasure to try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks General_Gao) Quickly dissipating medium white head atop hazy apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, spruce/pine, some floral, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, juicy pine, some fruity, light grassy. Medium-full body, some resin, stickiness, alcohol well contained.

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.

4
   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 Short’s 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, oak’ 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


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