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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (635) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2016
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.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
joejames (412) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2016
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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (1031) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (203) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20855) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
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.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (944) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
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

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - New Jersey, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (2210) - - JUL 4, 2015
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (4003) - 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 didn’t get any hint of spruce in either the flavor or the aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (10310) - 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.


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