WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can almost visualize the Christmas trees being dipped into the vats to signify Spruce Ales glorious winter return. A refreshing ale that I noticed is brought to life chilled, not fully refrigerated and served in room temperature glasses instead of frosted. I noticed this brings out more of a deeper aroma which ultimately adds to a bolder yet perfectly placed taste of molasses and piney spruce-ness on the palate and yet still a pleasingly refreshing finish. Perfect for the winter, I bought a case of this stuff last season and have been awaiting its triumphant return ever since. Alas, my favorite seasonal ale returns not only in my dreams but in reality! Cheers to Ben Franklin and his recipe (in which I believe he created in France, in his diplomatic years) for he is putting a smile on my face and others 300 years later!
djd07 (8271) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong grass and floral. Medium mouth, rich malt, wheat, spruce, light bitterness, very good.
mjmoen (271) - - MAY 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
C-. Pours a clear copper color with white head. Body is too light and taste is weird
kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 13, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown-gold. Green and herbal, a little eucalyptus honey. Honey and forest and a little bit sweet and a little green. Medium body, molasses finish and quite fizzy.
obxdude10 (2220) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting beer on draft at the City Tavern in Philly. The beer poured an amber color with a dark orange hue and ample head. There was some nice lacing left inside the glass. The nose featured some toasted barley, spruce, molasses, yeast and spices. The body was very smooth and drinkable, with mostly sweet flavors of barley, molasses, yeast, butterscotch and flowery spices.
bbbeer (689) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red-brown, small tan head. Aroma mostly malt. Light body,. Moderately sweet. Some pine I guess but not sure about distinctly sprucy flavor, nor would I necessarily recognize it if it was there. In any case, it ’s a perfectly drinkable beer but fairly average.
joejames (459) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2016
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to shaker glass, pours a clear copper color. Quick one finger near white head with decent lacing but scant retention. Aroma of spruce and eucalyptus. Taste is sweet and medicinal. Light body, soft carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes long and medicinal. Tasting notes of, yep, spruce, Karo syrup, Hall’s cough drops, caramel, grass and toothpaste. Tastes like a winter cold medicine from back in the day but it was likely the result of no hops in the cupboard.
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
voyageurmike (220) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
katrinaez (1098) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The spruce is, thankfully, light and kicks just at the end. Golden yellow coloring. Hoppy. Not terrible, won’t buy again, but would drink I if someone handed me a freebie .tap