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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2024) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4945) - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Older bottle I forgot about. Pours a dark copper with a tiny little white head. The aroma is very spicy with slight malt undertones. Not much a beery smell. The taste is antiseptic in itís spiciness. Spruce, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and more attack the tongue in a barrage of forest like tastes. After so much time cellaring (2 years-ish), the spiciness has subdued and everything is balanced out. Still not too enjoyable, but a vast improvement.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured a murky brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is of pine trees. Flavor is also very piney but not piney hops and sweet malt backbone. Not too good, but interestingly different

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of LordMaynard. Thanks, Russ! Pours a medium-dark, amber-brown color; thin khaki colored-head with patchy lacing. Very immediate, sticky sweet aroma of pine needles, spruce, and essentially the insides of a sugary forest, a forest where gingerbread men reside. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: molasses, sugar, and gingerbread; just tastes like crystallized sugar and ginger and sweetness; pretty interesting, but just sticky sweet and chewy and hard to drink much of this; a touch watery. Lengthy finish, with molasses, gingerbread, and spruce.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle. (a blue one) Pours a hazy dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma of spruce, molasses, malts, and fermented fruit. Taste of molasses, malt, spruce, and a hint of mint. Has a sweet crisp finish. Interesting beer. Not bad at all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Pours a dark hazy amber color with a very small off-white head. Just a little bit of lacing. A very interesting aroma. Some spicy malt, ginger, nutmeg, juniper and what I guess is the spruce. There is a dark prune aroma in there as well. A whole lot of spice in the flavor. The spruce hits you right away layered with the gingery spice. The finish is sort of thin. The taste dissipates into a roasty coffee metallic flavor. There is a lot going on in this beer, but it might be almost too much. Pretty watery texture.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Draft: This beer poured a dark brown color with not a lot of head. The aroma was that of pine, malt, fruit, and spice. The flavor was interesting to say the least. It reminded me of a Christmas beer as it was pine and spice. It was dark but not thick to drink. A very good beer, but one I could only drink one of at a time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Draft at Caponeís. Pours hazy deep coppery ruby colored with off-white head. The aroma was sprucy but not in a hoppy way, with malt, fruit, and some molasses. The taste definitely had spruce, and came off as semi-dry, with a solid malt presence coupled by fruit and hops, with the spruce being somewhat subdued.


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