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Bronze Medal Winner in the Indigenous Ales category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Based on Franklin’s 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 Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern, Spruce is now available throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nasmith003 (103) - Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Evergreen aroma, nice golden brown color. Mint-like flavor tones follow the aroma. Malt backbone supports aroma, flavor, and hops. Clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle at Philly’s Tavern. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is spruce, dates, earthy and woody hops, cookie malt. Flavor is malt forward with spruce, dates and figs, cookie malt and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2898) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
At the Valley Forge Brew Fest. The pour is a clear amber, off white head. The aroma is pine, molasses, caramel. The flavor is pine needles, caramel, cereal grains. Medium in body. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (645) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Amber pour with medium white head. Aroma of pine and malt and some spices. Flavor of more pine and some spicy sweetness. This would be a good Christmas ale. Finish was a bit thin but flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (895) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Dark amber with beige head. Caramel malt aroma. Rich malty flavor some roasted malt flavor. There’s a slight flavor on tongue that must be coming from the spruce but its not the flavor I expected from spruce. Really smooth beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ffaoe (251) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Malty aroma. Brown in color with a good head. Malty, roasty flavor. Molasses and spruce are barely discernible

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Nose of molasses, poured from 12oz bottle cloudy brown. Taste of molasses and and a tart cherry-ish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (915) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle into pint glass, dark amber color with beige head. Aroma of heavy malt, nutmeg and slight spruce/pine note. Taste adds notes of nuttiness, bread, wood, cinnamon and slight juniper citrus note. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, rich, smooth with piney malty finish. Interesting spiced malty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cannernation (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Dark Amber, nice spruce aroma with light spruce aftertaste, enjoyable beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Juniper berries, and wood nose, quite nice. Hazy copper, medium yellow head. Slightly tart, tangy, and malt forward. Juniper berries are dominant. Tannic, with grape skins. Dry and a little stale on the palate. Fizzy, but good.

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