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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   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.

KajII's rating

   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (980) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (177) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20464) - MalmŲ, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (781) - 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 (2171) - - 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 (3961) - 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 (9999) - 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 (15759) - 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 (432) - 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.

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