GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Aroma of pine and toasted caramels, this ESB pours a cloudy red-orange with mild lacing and a thin white head. The spruce tips give it a slight citrus quality, which works well with the subtle spices, and mild bitterness. Khaggerty118 (69) - Olney, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Just smells bitter. Very bland. Poured a nice amber color. Small head with some staying power. Very sprucey. Not a huge a fan. Give it to your next friend who comes over for a footy game BVery (10716) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Pale dirty orange pour with minimal head. Grassy, light spruce, and a hint of cat pee. Not good. Not much from these guys is. scarletfire65 (1486) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from WInter Variety Pack. Clear amber pour, minimal head. Sweet aroma of pine and pale malt. Light bodied, immaculately clean, crisp, earthy spruce, hint of patchouli, really interesting and well done. Very easy drinking, has the perfect amount of spruce. hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Cloudy Amber color out of the bottle. Earthy aroma notes of pine. Taste is hoppy with a grassy/pine finish. OK beer.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
This was a nice idea but the execution was off. The pine taste is a bit astringent and tastes a little funky. I have had other spruce beers and this was not on par. Aurelius (5437) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Buttery, slightly doggy, light citrus, sweetish aroma. Bad label, standard longneck, almost clear golden ale, thin clingy white head. Very clean drinking. Lightly briny, moderately bitter, pleasantly sweet and honeyish. Silky mouth, quick, nice brisk finish with some oregano.
ChainGangGuy (4909) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-amber body with a one-third-inch, white head.
redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Smell: Under-toasted biscuit tops, a flash of bitterish herbs, and only the faintest blip of spruce on the radar screen. A little dull from an aromatic standpoint.
Taste: Shaky biscuit maltiness, minor toastiness, and very lightly caramelized sugars. Doesn’t quite yield any lemon, any herbiness, and just a should shrug-equivalent of spruce character. Modest bitterness. Dry, seemingly unclean finish. Pretty dull tastewise, too.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Without the spruce, standing alone as an ESB, it doesn’t fare too well, really. Add the spruce gimmick, it’s not much better. Lackluster offering.
A simple gold with a frothy white head. If you like ESBs then this is a great standout of the style. THe aroma is fresh and the flavor is well rounded. The finish is clean with that hint of spiced bitterness. zoucrew102 (1993) - - DEC 31, 2012
Slightly hoppy with spruce notes for the aroma. Light amber color with a decent head. Hoppy with a fairly smooth piney finish.
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