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Bronze Medal Winner in the Indigenous Ales category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Based on Franklinís original recipe, which called for barley, molasses, and essence of spruce, our Tavern Spruce is as approachable and engaging as was the man himself. We source blue spruce clippings from a local organic farmer, steeping them in the kettle to create this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale. Originally brewed exclusively for Philadelphiaís historic City Tavern, Spruce is now available throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5669) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Bottle split with Dallas. Pours a hazy brownish amber with nice lacing. Aroma is similar to a pumpkin brew - nice spice, maybe some sugar and cinnamon. Taste is totally tree bark, but great and def unique - better than original tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
pours a iced tea brown with a slight white head. Nose is very spicey, almost pumpkinish. Slightly sweet flavor with a fairly flat depth. Sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Clear dark amber pour hardly any head sweet molasses spruce and earthy aroma ... taste of sweet molasses caramel earthy and roasted malt ... light bitter finish very drinkable a good brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4214) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2009
12 oz bottle from Spirits RB. Poured a very nice deep red with an average size bright white head. Aroma was odd with some sweetness and a cross between Christmas from the Spruce and the medicinal odors of a doctorís office. The flavor had much less band aid then the aroma and a slight hint of spruce blended in with some slight earth and wood. Interesting but not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Enjoyed this one while watching game 1 of the 2009 World Series with Armed. Phils beat the Yankees 6-1 and Cliff Lee pitched out of his mind! It was apropos to enjoy a great Philly brew during this game. The aroma is woody, almost a bit smoky, with spruce scents. Flavor is the same. Great beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Draught at TJís: Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Poured very deep amber/very deep orange/mahogany in color with a large, dense, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, Bryerís coffee ice cream, light nuts, slight wood, light rye, and light cream. Medium body. Lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, nut, and chocolate finish. Where is the spruce? Tastes like a Dairy Queen Mud Pie Blizzard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2009
From a bottle poured a amber color with a good amount of head. Malty flavor with a sprucey spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - JUL 7, 2009
All right, I love being the first to rate a brew! Had this on tap at The City Tavern in Philadelphia, where Franklin himself used to go to quaff a few. The aroma is sweet and light. This astringent brew tastes like a porter with a touch of spruce. A little on the watery side. Supposedly based on Franklinís own recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottled: Pours a very foamy dark copper mahogany with a frothy long-lived light tan head. Aroma of floral spruce and caramelized sugar, but reminds me vaguely of Pine Sol. Body starts very effervescent settling down into a lightly sweet toasty doughy malty body with a nice balance of dry spruce and earthy notes before a thinner, semi-sweet finish. A pretty interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5107) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
On tap, at City Tavern. Pours a clear ruby body with a small wispy light beige head. Really interesting spruce and piney nose, sweet spices and cinnamon overlay fruity malt. Super weird and unique flavor, it tastes like a Christmas beer. Very sweet with a sap like finish. Medium bodied, a little cloying, especially at the end. Moderate soft carbonation. Certainly different, I really enjoyed about the first six ounces or so of this, but it was not worth trying to drink the whole 16 oz serving. So Iíll say that this rating is only for the first half of the glass!

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