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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

picknbrew's rating

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sonnycheeba (5140) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours mostly clear gold. Aroma is spruce tips, toasted malt, pilsner malt, and some citrus. Flavor is sharp spruce notes, heavy piney bitterness, and some grapefruit notes, and an astringent finish. Light/medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
snoworsummer (4802) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Pours bright yellow gold with a bubbly off white head. Tastes like corn, lavender soap, and strong spruce. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like lavender soap and spruce tips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUN 19, 2016
Notes from summer. Pours golden. Aroma and taste are large pine and some malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2016
bottle - Pours slightly hazy light gold with a one finger white head. The aroma is predominantly spruce with maybe some pale or bready malt underneath. The flavor is all about the spruce, like chewing on an evergreen, not that thatís something Iíve ever done but if I had Iíd imagine it would taste kind of like this beer. Thatís not as bad as it sounds, but itís hard to decide how much I like it. Itís different anyway. Thereís some hops bitterness in there too, but the finish is spruce laden too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirebril (11) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Smells a little solvent-like, decent carbonation, nice mouth-feel - the spruce is VERY present, though not super pleasant. I would say interesting as a novelty, not a set of flavors I would wish to revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Pours thick white and cloudy with a white head. Aroma and flavor brings nice spruce and evergreen flavors blended with hops and malts so well on the palate. There is a nice balanced sweetness that makes it easy drinking. On tap the spruce flavors were much stronger but still enjoyed!

   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 (7027) - 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 (2167) - 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 (1442) - 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.

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