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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2011
I donít know... I heard that you shouldnít burn evergreen branches because the smoke is mildly toxic, so I found myself being very tentative each time I took a sip of this beer, brewed with Spruce tips. Pours with a body the color of an old copper penny, while the head disappeared before I could determine the color. Christmassy spruce aroma, almost flowery, and very little else. Flavor is very.... woodsy. Bitter, tart, herbal, floral, piney (I suppose, "sprucey")... overall interesting in a, "Here, try THIS" kinda way. Mild gut-burn, odd astringent linger of perfume on the roof of my mouth. Plus belching felt like I swallowed some toothpaste. I didnít totally despise this. It actually rather "grew" on me. (Sorry for the pun, that was a bit sappy. :D ~~~~~~~~ Variety 24 pk./12 oz. btls., random bottleshop, Paoli, PA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (979) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
12 oz bottle from The Beer Store. Mild resin notes under the molasses sweetness, clean finish. Spruce beer is interesting historically, but there is nothing that seems distinctive about the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20464) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ The Wharf Rat - Fells Point, Baltimore. Pours an amber reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy spruce aroma with hints of caramel. Fruity malty caramel hoppy spruce flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy spruce finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (780) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
The spruce is, thankfully, light and kicks just at the end. Golden yellow coloring. Hoppy. Not terrible, wonít buy again, but would drink I if someone handed me a freebie .tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
From Notes. A: big spruce/pine, malt, caramel, toffee/nuts A: tan/orange body, trace white head, patchy lacing T: sweet caramel, mint, nuts, malt, mild bitter spruce/pine with a crisp finish M: med/light, semi-dry mouth O: Fascinating beer. Not great, but not bad. Really enjoyed this historical recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (2171) - - JUL 4, 2015
Draft. Cola color with a beige head. Woody, earthy, somewhat bitter with lots of molasses/caramel. Very unique but not something Iíd want to drink very often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark copper pour with a thick white head. Sweet aroma with lots of caramel and bread malts. Flavor is sweet and malty as well, but I didnít get any hint of spruce in either the flavor or the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
Draught @ Your Game Bar and Grille, Breezewood, PA
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of mal,t caramel, forrest, some spices and hint of brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel and forrest finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2015
On tap. A brown beer topped byte a small, dense beige head. Molasses, roasted malts, spruce forest, pine cones and some resin. Itís full to medium bodied, semi-dry and with a soft carbonation. Woody, bitter, resiny flavor with some bread, caramel and a touch of molasses. Medium length finish with a good bitterness and some wood. 150618

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierMeHoos (432) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
A gift from a neighbor. Poured from the bottle into a glass. Appearance is brownish-amber with no head. Aroma is on the sweet, malty side of things. Taste is bready malt with some faint piney bitterness. Palate is medium in heft, carbonation is light. Overall its decent but not amazing.

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