beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 5/29/2009. This ale pours a medium reddish, more red than amber color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, piney and sprucey. A medium to light bodied ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with peach and apricot flavors. The hops are piney. The spruce is more noticeable in the sweetness and a touch in the pine. A nice winter ale. The aroma and flavors really open up as it warms, so let it sit a while before drinking. It is just a touch too sweet. The mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is clean and and smooth. The aftertaste is sweet with some spruce.
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Medium copper colored body with a yellow khaki head. A woody and earthy nose with some grapefruit notes. The taste is sweet and earthy with musky sweat and a little bit of salt. There is also some stale old toffee and a little bit of iced tea. Overall, I like the nose, but the taste is lacking.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22oz bomber poured into pint glass. Nice reddish color with fluffy head and active carbonation. Woodsy aroma, on top of sugary smells. Flavor of pine tree needles, like being on a hike in the forest and tasting little bits of different plants along the way. Sadly, this somewhat interesting flavor is paired with the most bland and pathetic sort of amber ale base. They could have selected special varieties of malts, hops, and/or yeast to perfectly match those weird Spruce tips. Instead they obviously chose the cheapest and most wretched brewing ingredients and hoped that the funky tree flavor would cover up the nastiness enough. Failure.
BOLTZ7555 (2602) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Just not a fan of this one at all. The appearance was, without doubt, its most redeeming quality. Still not enough to give it a 4, but did have a murky penny color with a solid 2-inch eggshell head that left a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma is quite sugary and candy-like. Has a distinct pine character but the overwhelming sweetness dominates. Cloying and unenjoyable.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber with some floaters and a half finger tan head that faded fast. The nose is brown sugar, caramel and pine. The taste is caramel, light pine, molasses and alcohol. Medium bodied. Not very good. Drinks almost like a cheap whisky.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
slowly enjoyed with my wife on a comfortable Sunday evening. A unique brew that impressed us both. Murky amber pour with a diminishing filmy head and streaky lacing. Aroma is very malty with notes of sweetened rolls, candy cane and fresh spruce trees. The spruce is really distinctive. Medium bodied and robust with a mild sweetness. Tastes like cookie dough and evergreen, but the evergreen isnít the typical flavor associated with hops. You can taste that itís real spruce in this beer. Some banana and bakers spices can be detected as well. Very tasty.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. copper pour with clarity. Thin, lasting head. Mildy hoppy, herbal aroma. light body. berry and spuce, lightly spiced.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím amazed that this beer has got such a poor rating. It needs to be evaluated as a spice/herb beer. I liked the spruce taste, althought the sweetness is a bit much for me. It has a beautiful amber color, but with very little head and poor clarity. The head and clarity may be the fault of the bar I had this at. I got it on draught at the Falling Rock in Denver.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber. Pours amber with a small head. Aromas of spruce, caramel, honey, and apricot. Flavors are a bit cloying, sweet malt, caramel. Medium to Full body, medium carbonation.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours clear, dark, brassy amber in color. A small, off-white head settles quickly to a wispy film. Scattered micro-spots and skinny lines of lacing mark the glass. Aromas include cereal grains, light caramel, spruce, pine, and hints of buttered bread. Faint toffee notes show on a deep inhale. Flavors follow suit, sweet caramel and spiked bread pudding laying the malt base, with spruce notes providing a fresh, minty, wintergreen element. Floral, lightly peppery hops finish things off. The body is substantial and lively, with active carbonation and a lingering, menthol-like coolness. Quite the unique brew, this one is.