JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
On tap at the SD strong ale fest. Orange pour, white head. Fruit, sweet malt, orange zest, spruce, and herbal hops. The flavors work well together, makes for a very nice christmas beer. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Tasted at the 13th Annual Strong Ale Fest on 12/5/2009. I am assuming this was the beer at the fest. This ale pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, spruce and sweet, with a touch of alcohol. A medium bodied ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Lots of spruce flavors, oak, wood, orange and orange peel. The flavors mellow some as it warms. Interesting Christmas beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. can8ianben (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Aroma of sticky sweet pine tree spice. Appearance is amber in color with a thick white frothy head. Flavor is subtly sweet and spicy through with a strong bitter finish. It could be just hops if I didn’t know any better, but the knowledge of spruce makes it very noticeable. akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
crazy man, this beer is a christmas tree. i never thought about drinking one of those. insanely interesting beer because of the spruce. beyond that there is nothing interesting about it unfortunately. thin body, very clean finish. worked well to clean off the palate. not at all resiny in the mouth like i had expected from the aroma. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2002
Waiter theres a chrismas tree in my glass. After picking the spruce needles out of my nose I was able to apreciat the dark aubern glow of this brew and the lush biege hat ontop. Spicey on the sides of the tongue, spruce forest, soil, tangerien with a mouthfeel that was like likeing a 9 volt battery.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
12/06/02: Had on tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festivalherbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
An amazing aroma wafts off the top of this glassful of pine. While the aroma is strong, the flavor does not overwhelm. A bit hoppy, the pine tree flavor is a nice addition to the beer. While the aroma and taste were unique, this is a seasonal brew and drinkable only on few occasions.
If you ever wanted to smell a christmas tree in glass try this. If you ever wanted to drink a christmas tree in a glass this is your brew. If this were the summer I would bomb this brew. Considering the season, a very original brew. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Interesting to say the least. The aroma, now that i read everyone here talking of christmas trees (lol!!), was definitely hoppy and definitely piney. I have to admit though that i got a hint of (call me crazy) cream soda. The Spruce was a deep amber with a mild head that dissipated very quickly. The taste was filled with a lot of bitterness, but a good solidness to it that many of the other beers at the festival failed to exhibit. It was very consistent throughout, but it was not what i would consider an everyday drink. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Ever drink a Christmas tree? Many parts are drinkable... yes, it even smells like an xmas tree (& I have a horrible sense of smell). Also, drinking it, it had a bitter finish, but not like any I had, it was a *clean* bitter finish DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Inhaling pure 100% uncut grade ’A’ christmas trees..an amber color and a halo of froth..this also hinted at tangerines in the nose..the flavor wasn’t as strong however..it was still sprucy, yet not overpowering...the spruciness came back strong in the aftertaste though...also noticed notes of tangerines with biting biterness..this beer was also very sticky like dripping sap..I have to give it to craftsman, they are the kings of ’aroma’