Lawson’s Finest Red Spruce Bitter

RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A winter seasonal brew infused with fresh sprigs of the red spruce tree and a dash of cinnamon that breaks from traditionally heavy holiday brews with a light body and refreshing zest.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (1286) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Bottle at home. After months of drinking IPAs and imperial stouts, it was pretty nice to crack a sub-5% English Bitter and drink a full imperial pint of the stuff. Lawson’s really nailed the base beer here: it’s got great toasted grain taste with a bit of (but not too much) caramel malt sweetness, and some great English yeast aroma. The spruce addition was interesting -- it tasted almost like that "woody" flavor from maple syrup -- but fit together with the other flavors. Overall, a well-crafted little beer from a great brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsandman (1389) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2016
On tap at hen of the wood. Pours cooper / red, off white head. Aroma is spruce, malt, faint spices / Cinnamon, pine, bread. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, bread, pine. Med body, nice for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (5934) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2016
On tap at Blackback pub and treated as an ESB even though it was poured into a tulip. Yeah, well, a slight knock on Blackback for not knowing their shit (ESB’s aren’t supposed to be poured into tulips). Here’s the rest. The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. The smell had a malty sweet and slightly spicy (allspice/cinnamon sort of thing going on). Caramel and toffee sweetness. The taste was mostly sweet with the spices running underneath. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sly sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a nice smooth feel (like an ESB should) to lay down on my tongue nicely. Overall, though it says spice/vegetable style, I’d say this is more of an ESB with the creativity of Lawson’s ingenious mind of doing something slightly different. Pass the fish n’ chips with this one, I’d have again..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (7005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Pours golden brown, with small to medium large bubbled head . Notes are big on malt, cherry, light spruce in the finish. Sessionable but wanted more spruce. Grapes and slightly belgian notes. Preffered the other spruce tip beer from Lawsons but still drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (4911) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Lawson’s nice continues, via bottle picked up sometime last year. Poured amber, smell is holy spruce. Spice, wood, pinecone and pepper. Taste is not to my liking. Tastes like I"m eating a pine tree (spruce I guess). Not my cup of tea but worth trying if you’re into spruce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quevillon (3040) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Drank on tap (7 oz) at the Vices & Versa 10th anniversary in Montreal on Febuary 8, 2014. Red honey, small head. Caramelized fruit aroma with a bit of pine. Taste wine pine (here is an idea), slightly fruity, slightly sour finish. It is a redefinition of spruce beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (3134) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Aroma: Deep Spruce, Cinnamon Sticks, Mild Vanilla, Mild Peppermint? Appearance: Reddish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Mild Sweet Bread Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildl Spicy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3698) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
The beer is dark copper colored and clear with a small tan head. The aroma brings light spruce and pine. A nice sweet, fruity malt scent charcteristic of a red ale. Biscuits and bread tones in the English style. Lawson’s wanted to make an English style red and they succeeded. Exactly what I would expect. Fairly light in body. Light bitterness in the finish with very mild alcohol. A sessionable brew. I am enjoying this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Thanks, Moll. Nose has bready malt and a bit of spruce. Flavor has bitter spruce and a bit in the flavor. Mild spice. Decent ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (2053) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2012
22 oz bottle courtesy of Vthophead. Pours a dark amber which, when held to a light, is actually a dark red. Head is one finger of creamy beige which dissapates leaving specks of foam. Cinnamon and spruce aroma with some pine scent from the spruce. Hint of cinnamon in the flavor with real light spruce. Strong malt profile. Medium bodied palate with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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