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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bronze Medal Winner in the Indigenous Ales category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Based on 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
Bière rousse foncée de 5%. Très mousseuse et bon équilibre de houblon. Recette de Benjamin Franklin avec brindilles de sapinette. Bravo!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Thanks for a great person sending this to me. I poured this bottle into a small sifter it produced a small white bubbly head that left fast the body was a light brown in color. The aromas were sweet and malty balanced by some unmistakable spruce note. The flavor was nice as well it was defiantly one of the best spiced beer I have ever had truly enjoyable it had that bitter spruce flavor but a big old molasses base to balance this one out. It felt great in the mouth with good carbonation. A great beer I could have had another one right after my first which is suprising for a spiced brew. well worth trying and seeking out Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
LOVE IT. I love the fact that Yards is willing to do these more traditional ales that are from off the beaten path. It reminds me a bit of the Fraoch Heather ale in that the mouth feel is very soft and damned near creamy. Not hoppy really, the malt takes a front seat here and is massaged into something smooth and comforting by the spruce tips which give off a gentle flowery note. Doesn’t get resinous like some might think. I haven’t had this in multiple servings back to back, but I like it as a single change of pace beer. If nothing else, give it a shot....you never know until you try! I also get the feeling some will be either love or hate it in their opinions...I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Growler pours deep amber with full sticky tan head. Aroma is heavy spruce almost piney with spice notes and lots of sweet molassass aromas. Flavor is sweet with flavors of brown sugar and molassas a woody piney spruce flavor is very heavy. Some carmel malt present and a little hoppiness in the backround. Body is full and finish is a bit sweet but balaned with pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
There is a malty aroma, but some sweetness as opposed to spruce/piney.It has a beautiful dark brown scotch color to it. The flavor is delicious, but I didn’t detect as much spruce as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
A- Translucent dark red/medium brown body. Uniform in color. Pours with thick off-white foamy head that quickly dwindles to a collar. Leaves behind some lacing in the glass. S- Nose is quite big and robust. Dark molasses and spices hit the nose first. With a sprucy background. T- very woody taste. Begins with a balance of spruce and molasses. Then the Spruce comes foreward and this ale begins to taste like what a Christmas tree smells like. Finish is very clean. Hints of sweet molasses linger. P- Medium carbonation and lightly syrupy body. O- Can’t really compare this beer to others in its style because this is truely a unique beer. Great history behind it and a decent brew overall. I will probably pick it up again. This is definately worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-18-2007 16:47:48

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpamOfDeath (18) - Springfield, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2015
12oz longneck. Pours dark amber, thick creamy head which lingers. Vanilla and sweet on the nose. Aroma has a hint of spruce. Balanced flavor profile with a hint of hops on the finish. Closer to Newcastle than the Yards Brawler (because of the finish). Wonderful beer than goes down smooth beer after beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Enjoyed this one while watching game 1 of the 2009 World Series with Armed. Phils beat the Yankees 6-1 and Cliff Lee pitched out of his mind! It was apropos to enjoy a great Philly brew during this game. The aroma is woody, almost a bit smoky, with spruce scents. Flavor is the same. Great beer overall.

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