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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
LOVE IT. I love the fact that Yards is willing to do these more traditional ales that are from off the beaten path. It reminds me a bit of the Fraoch Heather ale in that the mouth feel is very soft and damned near creamy. Not hoppy really, the malt takes a front seat here and is massaged into something smooth and comforting by the spruce tips which give off a gentle flowery note. Doesnít get resinous like some might think. I havenít had this in multiple servings back to back, but I like it as a single change of pace beer. If nothing else, give it a shot....you never know until you try! I also get the feeling some will be either love or hate it in their opinions...I love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4668) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2010
12 oz. Copper-brown with a small ring of foam. Faint aroma of chocolate and light spice. Big evergreen taste, balanced by some peppery cola and molasses. Very interesting and bold flavors. Light-medium body is sweet, a bit fizzy and slightly astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1814) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours reddish with a small tan head. Smells of wine, trees, spruce. Tastes of spruce and a hint of spice. Itís OK, I wanted more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
A- Translucent dark red/medium brown body. Uniform in color. Pours with thick off-white foamy head that quickly dwindles to a collar. Leaves behind some lacing in the glass. S- Nose is quite big and robust. Dark molasses and spices hit the nose first. With a sprucy background. T- very woody taste. Begins with a balance of spruce and molasses. Then the Spruce comes foreward and this ale begins to taste like what a Christmas tree smells like. Finish is very clean. Hints of sweet molasses linger. P- Medium carbonation and lightly syrupy body. O- Canít really compare this beer to others in its style because this is truely a unique beer. Great history behind it and a decent brew overall. I will probably pick it up again. This is definately worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-18-2007 16:47:48

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 4/12/2010 Source:Other) Caramel with allspice and spruce in the aroma. Clear orange amber with foamy head. Big spruce and juniper berry presence in flavor with caramel and some other spicy notes. Bit of a sour twang. Medium body and mouth feel. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
At the slutfest. Aroma of brown sugar, and of course, spruce, nutmeg, allspice. Actually reminds me of a pumpkin beer, but with spruce added. And if this is actually brewed with a whole tree in the boil, all the better. I can kinda get down on this, but it does walk a fine line of interesting, verse offensive. These guys are brewing some cool stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
McGarnigle (605) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle. "Based on" Ben Franklinís recipe, which probably means that toned down the molasses. Itís still there, but doesnít overwhelm the beer. Malty, but not cloying. Definitely spruce as well, and this probably dries it out a bit. Long and not entirely pleasant aftertaste. Still, not bad. Might go well with shoo fly pie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Pours a nice dark amber. Medium head that lasts with great lacing. Aroma is mild with hints of bark and raisin. Flavor is sweet with berries and malts. Decent brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajd11 (16) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
From bottle straight from brewery. Pours a reddish color with a relatively large head. Interesting beer. Light alcohol, very sweet, flavors of caramel and of maple syrup. The carbonation is light and this beer is quite drinkable. I wish the alcohol was slightly higher though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Dark hazy amber with a nice white head. Some spruce notes but overall not a strongly scented ale but thats good ícause nobody wants a big íole whiff of pine tree in their beer. Man those spruce tips remind me of my dadís, we used to nibble on the bright green tips of his spruce trees in spring. The real thing is sweet, and that tangy sweetness is also in here. Minty aftertaste kinda tingles, and the molasses lingers on your tongue. I think I could drink these all night.

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