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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2012
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear chestnut brown with a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that was mostly diminishing down to just a small collar with poor lacing. The aroma was of a light bread malt, spruce hops and an earthy yeast with hints of molasses, caramel and a light honey sweetness. The taste was lightly bitter sweet and mildly malty with a touch of molasses throughout, and then became lightly hoppy yet very mildly sweet at the end. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow with the flavor fading quickly off the taste buds. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a very soft carbonation. Overall the aroma of this brew was stronger than the taste. Although light in flavor, what was there was very tasty and rather satisfying...


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierMeHoos (269) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlainsDrifter (83) - 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.

4
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sregnar35 (1013) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Spices, caramel, some pine, and some graininess.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (700) - - JAN 15, 2015
on tap at the City Tavern in Philadelphia; reddish-brown color; caramel malt aroma with herbal notes; caramel malt flavor with notes of mollasses, spices, and herbal, spruce notes; fairly bitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (622) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Poured as a taster at regular Friday tasting. Nice spruce notes on nose and palate. Like this, but prefer Heather Ales Alba Scotch Pine better.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ironicmedic (72) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Poured from growler. Pours copper color tan head. Interesting taste with some tree notes. Not amazing but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (925) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Poured dark copper, clear, medium head, some spotty lacing. Aroma of malts, grain and some herbal notes. Taste is sweet but nicely balanced with some bitter notes; some spices in there too, honestly I don’t get much of the spruce, however this is super drinkable and very enjoyable.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
zdunseth (20) - ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2014
Absolutely awful. Tastes like tree. Only gets worse the more you put in your mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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