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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   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 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 (3990) - 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 (593) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from 12th Street Tap House. It pours a hazy brown with a small head of off-white foam. The nose was light and confusing with notes of mint, spruce, and molasses. The taste was a mix of light malt, molasses, plenty of spruce, that odd mint note, and a bit of caramel. Certianly an interesting twist on a beer. It has a medium body with medium carbonation and a lingering spruce finish. Certainly not undrinkable and even enjoyable but I canít see having more than one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Cool to see these guys in Virginia, as Iíve heard good things. Pours a clear deep copper color with a tan offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, wood, spuce, wet dog. Taste is very strong spruce along with molasses and brown sugar. Nice caramelization note. Generally I get a weird gummy taste out of spruce beers which this one avoids, and though the flavors seem to be discordant on their own, the whole is greater than the sum, and this one works quite nicely. Medium bodied, smooth, fairly strong carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1460) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2011 Bottle poured dark amber, some head and alitttle lacing. Fragrance is subtle, but the spuce comes through in an earthy musty minty taste. Clean finish.2011 had again in bottle at Gadsbys Tavern. very nice for these colonial ingrediants

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Pours a hazy deeper golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of spruce, root beer, hints of molasses, other herbal notes, orange and a malty sweetness. Flavor of spruce, sweet molasses notes, herbal, mint, orange and some caramel notes. Interesting. Also getting root beer out of the flavor too.

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