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!
hfmejias (809) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 don’t get much of the spruce, however this is super drinkable and very enjoyable.
zdunseth (20) - ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2014
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Absolutely awful. Tastes like tree. Only gets worse the more you put in your mouth.
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badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2014. Copper color with a medium head. Strong spruce aroma. Flavor of caramel and malt. Spruce lingers around towards the finish.
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent and curious beer. Spruce tips are subtle. Pours clear brown without much head or lacing. Minty and light sweet finish. Tao at brewpub.
fluffy (1782) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tried at recent bottle share. pretty decent from what i remember, not too piney.
DedicatedToFun (3013) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, amber pour, off white head, nose is caramel, taste is some spice, vegetables, decent.
Maverick34 (2354) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish pour. Plain head. Herbal root tang. Notes of ginger predominant. Interesting pint.
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bertha's in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD.
Clear amber with an off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, honey and spruce.
Taste of honey, pine, toffee, herbs, a gingery spiciness, spruce (which only comes through when the beer warms up) and orange.
Medium body and medium carbonation with a slightly tingling mouthfeel--perhaps from the ginger.
Normally I am not a fan of honey-flavored beers, but this one balances it nicely with the spruce, malt and spiciness.
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chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive look dark amber pour. Hints of honey and caramel in the nose. Dry herbal notes, with molasses and honey. Dry and spicy finish. A refreshing ale that has a unique flavor.
edgallow (2345) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malts, toffee and grain. Taste is malts , caramel and some pine.