RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
• Aromatic earth tonic of the resinous picea and humulus lupulus
• Beer Type: Imperial pilsner brewed with Northern Michigan Blue Spruce needles and healthy doses of high alpha hops

Imperial India Spruce Pilsner is fermented with local, hand-picked blue spruce tips and the quintessential symbol for Joe Short’s love of hops and craft beer. The spruce presence, rooted in historical brewing practices, is enormous and gives the beer a refreshing gin quality. This beer is impressively light bodied, considering the immense spruce flavors and the prodigious additions of hops.

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3.2
fonefan (53728) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Shorts Tasting ].
Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, spruce, caramel, earth, spicy, fusty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. It is TO MUCH !! [20081108]

3.1
yespr (49899) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Pinewood and spiced aroma. Light citrusy. Light vegetable note too. Spiced and malty with a solid citric and dry dry dry bitter flavour. Solid citric and spiced finish.

3.6
Ungstrup (39545) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma is sweet with hoppy notes of grass. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and spruce needles, leading to a dry grassy finish.

3.6
joergen (30211) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy golden coloured with a huge off white head. Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles, spruce and candies. Fruity and perfumed flavour of hops, spruce and pine needles with notes of candies. Hoppy finish.

4.4
madmitch76 (27432) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 11th October 2008.
GABF. Once again a big thanks to Scott for a swift measure from behind the counter! Hazy gold beer. Hugely aromatic spruce and hops. Tons of sprucy freshness. Dry finish. Outstanding. Spruce and Hops are natural bedfellows. Well done to Joe Short for making the connection and brewing this fine fine beer.

3.8
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 11, 2009
[email protected], Tampere. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is lots of juniper, conifer woods and some sap. Flavour is lots of conifer wood, sap, resin and some slight grassyness as well. Really fresh, and kinda strange in many ways. I o like it, but not really sure I would drink that many bottles of it after eachother...

3.5
Papsoe (25055) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Hazy golden with a dense off-white head leaving laces. Very fresh piney aroma. Medium-bodied with lightly sweet pale malts. Distinctly bitter and astringent finish. An odd one, interesting but far from harmonious. 311008

2.2
fiulijn (21590) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>
Hazy golden color; creamy head. The rosemary aroma reminds me a roasted chicken more than a beer. It seems a very solid Ale, with good malt, some sweetness, good hopping, unfortunately the rosemary (spruce) is so out of place. 10 years ago, following an ancient recipe, I brewed a beer with rosemary from my garden, it was undrinkable. Controversial, and I decide for thumbs down, as I did 10 years ago.

3.9
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle at home. Clear golden - white head. Sweetness, high bitterness, pine forrest, resin, light malty body, pilsner malty, nice hoppy. Lovely clean and perfect.

3.6
Dogbrick (14515) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. The beer is a hazy golden amber color with a thin and compact off-white head that dissipates slowly. Thin rings of lacing. Aroma of pine and spruce with some spiced hops in the background. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of Saaz hops and evergreens. Luckily the spruce flavor does not get to car air freshener levels. Very little malt is present, which leads to some astringency. The finish is bitter with a lingering piney hops aftertaste. An above average and Interesting beer overall.


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