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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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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1.9
   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 it’s like having someone with no palate for sours rating a a lambic but this beer just did not go down well.


1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
BiiruBierBeer (74) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Smells and tastes dank. Very very dank. Like you’re drinking someone’s back yard or garden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Clear gold with a white head. Dank! Smells and tastes of weed. Maybe some citrusy flavors hiding but wow...it tastes like weed.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (1649) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle: Murky, just pale of true gold with yellow edges; super soapy & foamy white head on top that leaves dripping wet lacing in its wake. Copious amounts of spruce in the aroma; nothing but pine & spruce tips. Dank, resinous pine needles. Perhaps a touch of biscuit malt sweetness in the very back-end? Then again, maybe not. Bludgeoning bitter spruce & pine ripping the moisture from your mouth with each sip. Liquid Christmas tree. Reminds me of tame gin, only more resinous & complete with enamel shredding bitterness. Solventy note evolves with warmth & it gets harder to drink. I understand why some people might enjoy this, but I’m not a fan of gin, spruce, or harshness to this degree. Not my speed.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hotstuff (4066) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Rated on 2-19-2011 (Bottle) This beer has a small white head that does not last very long, yellow body with fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is pine, spruce and earthy. The taste is bitter and a lot of spruce. The mouth feel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is too over-the-top spruce tasting for my liking. So much so, I barely was able to finish my pour of this beer. Next!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at brewery. Aroma has nice notes of spruce with lots of classic pilsner cereal grains and hops. Pale yellow hue with white head that left little lace. Light bodied with average carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4756) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear gold with a ring of white head. Nose has some spruce, malt, pine, dusty. Sweet flavor, citrus, pine, soap, spruce, honey. Clean finish. Decent.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle into a solo cup on a party bus. Served cold. Not getting much pine sol flavor. Think this shelf turd must be old ---Rated via intercellular device

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Sprucey as fuck. Not nearly as good as I had hoped. Would not get this beer again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jasond612 (275) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
7/28/13 bottle from pro/am trade. Drank outback on Daviscrabapalooza 13. Chew on a Christmas tree... Bam. That's this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
BEST IMPERIAL PILS EVER. Sorry for shouting. I did not mean to scare you. Smells piney. Or should I say sprucey? Taste is wonderful blend of bitter and sweet. Pours slighly darker than typical Pils. I think this may be a beer that does not categorize well, because it seemed more similar to a IIPA that an Imperial Pils to me. Sad I did not get my dad to bring back more. Bottle - Party Station - Fremont, MI


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