cheap (5088) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
obxdude10 (2209) - 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 (679) - 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 (454) - 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 (1083) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
voyageurmike (214) - 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 (21693) - 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 (1060) - 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
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
conway (2210) - - JUL 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cola color with a beige head. Woody, earthy, somewhat bitter with lots of molasses/caramel. Very unique but not something I’d want to drink very often.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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 didn’t get any hint of spruce in either the flavor or the aroma.