kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
clear yellow, huge off white head,
spicy pine aroma back by light sweet malt,
sweet malt flavor balanced by strong spicy spruce, nice bitter finish more from the spruce than the hops,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 2007 GABF: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Woodsy grapefruity nose has some pale malty notes. Body starts with a fairly full, sweet caramel maltiness and big fresh citrusy and piny bittering hops with some spruce character. Finishes bitter and crisp with some alcoholic warmth. Another tasty and unique offering from Shorts.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
strong and sweet tastes like im supping on sap... not a bad thing... in a league of its own. Recommended to try bun maybe not to by again... still a great experiment. KEEP ’em coming shorts!!!
Ungstrup (30267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma is sweet with hoppy notes of grass. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and spruce needles, leading to a dry grassy finish.
Headbanger (3523) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle 445/886 Brewed 4/30/07 (Purchased Shorts)-Pours a hazy orangish slightly amber. Aroma of hops, spruce, and malt. Flavor of the same. This medium bodied brew was great but I thought the spruce was a little too much.
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... it’s a beer brewed with spruce for sure. Obviously, it’s 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!
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours burnt orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is sweet with burnt caramel and freshly shaved pine planks. Honestly, the intensity of the pine component is somewhat impressive. Overall body is moderate and sticky, starts lightly sweet, and finishes with a dry moderate/heavy pine bitterness.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, # 213 of 886, from trade with General Gao. Good aroma, sweet & spice. Spruce, go figure, alot like a well made ginger beer. Clean orangy bronze, ok head, minor lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body, creamy thick mouthfeel, dry finish. Wow, this one held up well. I was thinking it would be ruined, but it held up well, Aroma was big, enjoyable, could get some oxidation in taste, but I guess it was masked by the spruce. really enjoyable. brewed 4/30/07, bottled 5/29 - 30/07
drfabulous (4716) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce thanks to MP. Honestly, I don’t get a lot of spruce. Big pine taste in the back of my throat and tongue. Almost hoppy. It’s the big hoppy pine I get more. But having had spruce beers that taste like Xmas trees, I’m happy that this one doesn’t taste that way.
SpongeRuiner (906) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.