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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4678) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Oh, such a coincidence that I should taste after shopping for a pine tree! Interesting and rather cool colored blue 12 oz bottle. Popping cap, no apparent aroma but perhaps a hint of yeast. After the pour into my steeler stein it does have a hint of pine needles in the background. Pours pretty dark brown, looks like root beer. This is my first yards for a while. Has a roasty pine needle flavor that is odd and interesting at the same time. Seems pretty strong in the alcohol department. When I say pine needles, I mean needles, not pine wood. Good for a single try, go for it, you must experience. Finish is like no other, very sprucely and unique. My first traditional ale. Could only drink one per sitting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (694) - 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 (2107) - - 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 (3913) - 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 (9838) - 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 (15611) - 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 (383) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlainsDrifter (90) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2015
Pours dark molasses color, light tan head. Aroma of resin, grass, and hay. Slick texture with light body. This is a nice ale. Medium sweet, with a smoky malt flavor. Very little bitterness, long finish. Good ale.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pours orange with a foamy head. Aroma is strangely spicey. Flavor is spiced thyme and pine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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