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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.


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Hazy golden with a dense off-white head leaving laces. Very fresh piney aroma. Medium-bodied with lightly sweet pale malts. Distinctly bitter and astringent finish. An odd one, interesting but far from harmonious. 311008

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Pours a hazy, glowing orange-amber color with a massive, everlasting head of snow white foam. Dense, patchy rings of lacing circle the glass, coating it almost entirely. The nose gives off an avalanche of spruce and evergreen notes, resiny in its intense hoppiness, sharp with fresh notes of spearmint and peppermint. Te underlying malt base shows toffee and bready, creamy pils character, balancing out the intense hops quite nicely. The flavor again hits hard up front with huge, sprucy-mint and fresh earth. It gets to be a bit intense at times, almost like drinking an insanely fresh herbal tea that is bursting with spruce. The sweet, bready, dry toffee malts try their best to balance things out, but this one is as hoppy as any lager I’ve ever come across. Big bodied and moderately carbonated, there’s just a hint of a syrupy texture and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Very interesting brew. I don’t know that I’d ever want more than a glass of this in one sitting, but it is a very cool, over-the-top brew nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
JCB popped this one at Pre-Sex, thanks man. Shorts is always doing something different, and this is no exception. Aroma is Winterfresh gum and nothing else. Flavor is not too different than the aroma, Winterfresh with some eucalyptus, pinecones, and just a trace of hops. I didn’t mind this at all in the small sample, not sure I could kill an entire bottle, but big thanks to Jason, I’ll take any Shorts I can get.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
bottle (didn’t quite jot down the # on this one). had at an evening w/ pantanap 3....this one was a real eye opener....poured a golden orange brown with a thin wispy white head...the nose was intense. pure spruce literally launched from the glass. if yo ulove the smell of xmas trees, you’ll certainly enjoy this....flavor-wise, the spruce played a huge role here as well. big on the spruce and pine with a litlle sweet honey malt that peeked through but was overshadowed by the spruce.....points for originality but i couldn’t have more that a few ounces of this stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle Sampled at "An Evening with Pantanap #3". Thanks to Kan for this. Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Citrus with all that pine and srpuce in the nose. Green flavors. Fresh pine, spruce. With a long bitter pine needle finish. Strange beer, I’d have to say they maybe over did it a notch or two. But an interesting one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1865) - 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 I’m 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5941) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
MiBG Summer Fest 2010: Clean golden hue with some head. Wow, the nose is big pine needles, along with catty and resiny hops, some pale malts and earthy yeast esters. The taste has a twangy fruit tone and is quite piney but honestly does not display much depth, a one trick pony. The pale lager malts and yeast struggle to find any room for themselves. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive, some moderate alcohol and medicinal character does show. Simply okay, was not all that impressed and a bit of a let down.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle 477/886 at dak’s on 9/5/10 hazy. burnt orange with a foamy off white head. it leaves clingy foam around like mad. sweet piney smell... spruce, eucalyptus, molasses, juniper, sweet malt and some dank qualities. the palate is sweet upfront but dries out on the finish with the help of spice and pine notes. other than the notes from the aroma there is an odd flavor in the far back of cardamom... odd. full bodied and a bit taxing to finish. 7/4/6/2.5

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
750ml bottle, bottled 5/07. sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3", thanks kan for this odd brew. pours dense with big white head. nose is spruce! flavor spruce!, sap oak, hoppy, really sprucy. a bit too much spruce. like drinking parts of a christmas tree. odd, really odd, and interesting. just couldnt drink that much of it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head. The nose was hoppy, very piney, smelled exactly like Spruce. Very interesting and on a certain level enjoyable nose. The flavor is a major dive, extremely astringent and mouth puckering hop presence. Very unappealing. Very astringent and bitter mouthfeel.


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