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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfinder1 (48) - PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Odd tasting beer. You can taste the spruce flavor. Not a beer that you will drink more than one in one shot.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2256) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Brownish pour. Plain head. Herbal root tang. Notes of ginger predominant. Interesting pint.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1947) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 14, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (419) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2091) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2014
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malts, toffee and grain. Taste is malts , caramel and some pine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EvanFriend (307) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Lots of honey, a somewhat subdued spruce note, and some grainy tastes too. Not a bad beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a somewhat transparent golden yellow with a one finger white foamy head that quickly died and barely left any lacing. The smell had some spruce and light honey. The taste was sweet and alower some light spruce to come through. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer I’d have again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcgavin12 (490) - Madison, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours a clear orange/brown with a light lacing white head. Ginger spice dominates the aroma with hints of molasses and a bit of dark malt. Taste is moderate sweet with a resin and oil finish. Different and good

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
A strange, decently tasting beer. Has a coniferous quality to it though its different from your NW hops experience. Has a bite, but its sweeter.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (2149) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2014
From a bottle. Pours clear copper brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like soap, lavender, pine, grassy. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like nutty lavender and pine, with light sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours clear tawny brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is caramel and bready malts, light spice, light raisin, and some faint woody notes. Flavor is dry malts, light spice, faint cocoa, and faint hops; dry finish that seems to evaporate out of your mouth. Medium body and carbonation.


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