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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 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 (1961) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Spices, caramel, some pine, and some graininess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (629) - - JAN 15, 2015
on tap at the City Tavern in Philadelphia; reddish-brown color; caramel malt aroma with herbal notes; caramel malt flavor with notes of mollasses, spices, and herbal, spruce notes; fairly bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (589) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Poured as a taster at regular Friday tasting. Nice spruce notes on nose and palate. Like this, but prefer Heather Ales Alba Scotch Pine better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ironicmedic (68) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Poured from growler. Pours copper color tan head. Interesting taste with some tree notes. Not amazing but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (890) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Poured dark copper, clear, medium head, some spotty lacing. Aroma of malts, grain and some herbal notes. Taste is sweet but nicely balanced with some bitter notes; some spices in there too, honestly I donít get much of the spruce, however this is super drinkable and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
zdunseth (20) - ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2014
Absolutely awful. Tastes like tree. Only gets worse the more you put in your mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
GABF 2014. Copper color with a medium head. Strong spruce aroma. Flavor of caramel and malt. Spruce lingers around towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4687) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Decent and curious beer. Spruce tips are subtle. Pours clear brown without much head or lacing. Minty and light sweet finish. Tao at brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1842) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
tried at recent bottle share. pretty decent from what i remember, not too piney.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (3413) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Tap, amber pour, off white head, nose is caramel, taste is some spice, vegetables, decent.

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