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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
India Spruce is an Imperial Pilsner, fermented with local, hand-picked blue spruce tips. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Yellow color. Moderate head. The spruce works well enough with the aroma but becomes a total train wreck in the taste. Maybe itís like having someone with no palate for sours rating a a lambic but this beer just did not go down well.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
HopMunch (2) - Prospect Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015 does not count
No, sorry...canít do it. I LOVE Shortís but this style no matter who brews it is repulsive. Imagine Christmas tree reservoir water and hops....yuck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5912) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle brought back from Michigan. Clear yellow to gold in color with a thin white head. Aroma of malt, pine and noble hop. Malty flavor with bitter pine before a crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1913) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz bottle thanks to Santa, pours mostly semi hazy yellow/golden with a large white head. Spruce and citrus aroma, light grassy hops and some yeast. Spruce is very prominent but not overwhelming balanced well with resinous citrus hops, finishing with yeast and dry cracker malt. I donít know how much of a Pilsner I would consider this but itís very tasty and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (917) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is mainly pine. Flavor is a very potent pine. I imagine you can get this flavor from stuffing your face with pine needles. The pine character is very surprising given that itís so much stronger than the aroma. This is a bold beer, and while I find it interesting, Iím still not sure how much I actually enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pour on tap, clear golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big mint, spruce, pine needle into some slight bread, hints of orange as well into a bit of spice. Taste was a mix of slight biscuit, some earth into big mint, pine, some slight fruity notes with a hint of orange, finishing minty, herbal, bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
GABF 2014. Tons of pine aroma and flavor. Gold color, dry overall as a pilsner should be. if you like pine/spruce aromas, you would probably enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (2020) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
i didnt think i was going to care for this, thought it would be too hoppy. luckily the spruce distracts enough to make it tolerable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Boring yellow pour, hardly retains head/lace. Smells like walking into a wood store. So much spruce, extremely bitter finish, harsh, not my thing at all. Took a 3oz pour and I handed off half of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Misty orange with white frosting. Nose is dough, citrus, toffee and spruce. Thick and creamy with a sharp buzz. Taste is syrupy cane sugar, watermelon, mint and grass with a growing blast of spruce. Makes me think of an herbal cough drop. For a style i donít like, Shortís pulls it off.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
BiiruBierBeer (738) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Smells and tastes dank. Very very dank. Like youíre drinking someoneís back yard or garden.

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