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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - MAY 21, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep copper color bordering on a light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. The head has a good level of retention fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather odd with a spruce/pine smell mixed with a decently strong aroma of a molasses smell as well as some brown bread. A little bit of caramel and a light herbal smell are there as well rounding out the aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a molasses and brown bread flavor with some hints of a pine nature present. The flavor is rather sweet upfront with the molasses fading some as the taste advances to the end though. While the molasses fades, some very light caramel and darker fruit flavors of fig and plum come to the tongue. These fruit and caramel flavors are very light overall though, and don’t make up for the loss of the molasses sweetness. Spruce flavors really come on more toward the end, and with the slight loss of sweet and a slight increase in the roast tastes, one is left with a rather odd pine/herbal, brown bread and moderately sugary taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body was OK for the odd mix of flavors, but a slightly higher carbonation level may have enhanced the drinkability and sweeter flavors of the brew a bit better (which were in my opinion the most pleasant). Overall – Nothing too spectacular here. The flavors never really meld all that well, with a kind of muddled flavor overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cakes (382) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Tastes like the trees! The aroma is pine, molasses, caramel. A flavor of caramel, pine needles, cereal and light chocolate. Medium in body. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lmatos (28) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2014
This beer taste like Christmas. Smells like drinking beer under the Christmas tree. It has a malty aroma and appearance. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GNeeson88 (19) - Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
I enjoyed it! It had a lot of interesting flavors going on. You could taste the molasses and the spruce. Interesting beer. I think I'll have another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nasmith003 (124) - 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 (10240) - 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 (2923) - 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 (647) - 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 (947) - 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 (269) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Malty aroma. Brown in color with a good head. Malty, roasty flavor. Molasses and spruce are barely discernible

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