ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
Reviewed 12/24/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy golden copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a rather frothy texture and low retention. On the other hand, it leaves a level of lacing I only see out of IPAs.
S: Aromatically, it does come across like a non-hoppy pine aroma. Itís not loaded with spruce, but I do notice it quite well. Other than that, though, it smells like an old IPA with stale hops and generic caramel malts.
T: Firstly, the flavor profile comes across like a generic ESB, hitting the basics of the style (bright fruit presence and weirdly tart caramel malts) without doing them brilliantly...then the wave of piny spruce comes (both from hops and added spruce); and honestly it kind of works, especially on the finish. Itís not great, but itís actually quite okay - more than I was expecting.
M: Has a good coarseness to the texture which might be my favorite feature of this brew. The finish and aftertaste are pretty neutral between wet and dry.
O: Nothing wrong with this at all. Thereís no wow factor or ízingí, but I canít find anything bad with this. I wouldnít purchase this again, but Iíd never refuse one.
This beer will make you lose yourself in the moment. It brings together everything you like to see or taste in a beer. Light, fresh and amazing. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Hazed amber with a medium white head. Aroma of spruce, light fruit, caramel and biscuitty malts. Taste is bland with mild spruce, pale malt and a faint bitter finish. Leighton (21087) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT. Pours clear, honey-gold with a fine, foamy white head. Nose has some mint notes, spruce, menthol. Light sweet flavor, some bread, a bit of pine needles and spruce, some bitter leaves. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mellow sweetness to finish, further spruce, slight menthol cooling, dry pine needles. So so. rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2013
pours a dark golden to light brown color, with head. the aroma is malty, spruce, some grass. the flavor is bland up front (watery) then hit of hops, followed by spruce. and that is it. overall does not fit the style along with spruce does not fit this beer well.... it may fit somewhere but not this one. wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2013
12 fl oz / 355mL from the Winterland pack. pint glass. Served cold.
Aroma: It smells like cookies. I donít know if that makes sense. It doesnít smell like pine or spruce. It smells like cookies with spice. Honestly, it smells like peanuts kind of. Not sure if want.
Appearance: Hazy opaque rust. Creamy white head.
Taste: Thereís spice and thereís spruce. Thereís just not a whole lot. Kind of a nice balance. I donít know if itís my cup of tea though. Finish is all malt.
Palate: Medium body. Short-instant finish. Pretty average.
Overall: Iím sure some people may enjoy this beer, and rightly so, itís pretty decent. Iím just not a fan! Thereís nothing wrong with it, itís just not my favorite.
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
this one may not count but i did not care for it a bit poured it out after a few sips spruce flavor sounded promising but this just had nothing going for it bland. weak. no thanks Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Golden color with light carbonation. Resembles a lager, clean. Mildly hoppy smell. Hop taste up front, quick finish. Average. jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours a honey gold with a white foamy head. Aroma of syrupy malt with pine. Taste is almost like a mixture of rye with a spruce. Bitter in the finish as the hops interact with the pine. Thick mouthfeel. A novel brew, but not for multiple consumption.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Caught me off guard! Orange tea color with a weak head and no lacing. Smooth flavor with just a hint of the spruce in the aftertaste. Solid malt flavor with the expected sourness of an ESB. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
Heavy yeast aroma, lots of "English" here. Certainly pleasant enough, but not strong. Estery.
The appearance is murky yellow orange. Not a ton of head or the carbonation. Glowing color; looks good.
The flavor is English ale; yeast and esters. Earthy in some spots; scant traces of hop. The malts are sweet, with a tinge of the sugary.
Palate is smooth and buttery. When it warms up, itís not bad. Very malty, very earthy. Drinkable enough.