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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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmschefke (566) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4545) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at Shorts many years ago and rated from notes. Pour a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma was pure spruce that blasted from the bottle upon opening and continued into the glass. Some additional malts character with moderate sweetness tries, but can’t really overcome the spruce. The spruce played a huge role in the flavor as well. Additional bready malt, honey, earthy notes accompany the spruce. In small doses this was good, but I couldn’t drink much of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (575) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gruberm (315) - - AUG 17, 2013
Pilsner coloured with a slight green tinge. Smells of pine. Taste of earthy pine. Eeeeehhhhh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Raptoid (1) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013 does not count
This brew is very niche. Which,of course, if you a Shorts fan...you appreciate. It’s aroma is quite "green" with the fresh cut spruce tips. I would go as far as saying that it has a full bodied flavor that fills in the voids beautifully. Finish is a robust hops and earthy taste with the pine throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3651) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
A: This beer appears a clear, golden hue with a white head and some decent lacing. S: The aroma is really powerful, with a huge bouquet of spruce and rosemary. T: The taste is a huge blast of pine trees and hops. The spruce and hop flavors are incredibly fresh and flavorful. I really respect the way Short’s brewing pushes the limits of craft beer and still produces a very drinkable and enjoyable final product. This is really an amazing beer. M: It’s not something of which I want more than one glass, or possibly two, but it’s a terrific beer in small quantities. D: What a cool beer and beer experience. I definitely recommend it if you can get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2012
On draft at Lord Hobo’s for EBF weekend. Another good showing from Short’s here. Nice aroma of hops, malts, spruce and earthy flavors. Grapefruit/citrus is there as well on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2984) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
(Bottle) Pours hazy golden. The aroma holds woodsy and almost perfume smelling spruce up front with undertones of citric and light floral hops, sweet toasted malt alongside a peachy, tropical fruitiness. The flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of fresh spruce up front. Citric hops, fruits, perfume and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is clean and peppery numbing from the spruce. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Orangish straw, very hazy, moderate to large frothy white head, sticky lacing.   Strong spruce on the nose.   It dominates, nothing else comes through.   Slight powdery candied sugar seems to sit in the background.   Whoa!   Strong spruce flavor up front, slight strawberry leaf, smidgen of hops.   I first had this fresh, and it was a bruiser.   Having sat on this for more than a year it has mellowed out and actually become quite interesting.   Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel.   This reminds me of an Imperial Alaskan Winter Ale, as the Alaskan is the only other beer that seems to have pronounced Spruce flavor.   This is a treat, and a warming one at that.   Very unique.   Lingering Spruce flavors well after the finish.   Clean, malty, fairly sweet.   Can’t say I have had anything like this before.   If you have the opportunity to try this, or get a bottle, if fresh sit on it for a while.   Its quite the treat.   Who would have thought that something so brash would turn into something so sublime.   I was very surprised by this one.   Its almost as if you took an IPA and replaced the hops with Spruce.   Unique, intriguing, and very quaffable.   Good stuff!   Thanks Derek!

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