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
emacgee (4708) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head. The nose was hoppy, very piney, smelled exactly like Spruce. Very interesting and on a certain level enjoyable nose. The flavor is a major dive, extremely astringent and mouth puckering hop presence. Very unappealing. Very astringent and bitter mouthfeel.

4.2
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma had huge spruce notes. It smelled like I was humping a tree in the forest. Big spruce flavor as well. The spruce is very dominant but it feels so right. Moderate bitterness on the finish that grows.. Sweet malty middle. Warming sensation is nice. Semi-dry finish.

3.7
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle. [Drikkeriget Grand Shorts Imperial Series tasting, thanks to Jeppe for another great session] Another very unique beer and my first spruce beer. What became clear was the use of the word “pine” in regards to hoppy aroma is all misleading. This was how pine, pinewood, pine needle etc smells like. Average creamy off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Cloudy golden yellow color. Aroma of true pine tree – pinewood, also some sweet pine like notes. Grassy, citrus and floral notes could also be picked up. Over the palate came bitter pine that wasn’t to pleasant. The aroma was fantastic, but I did not enjoy drinking this one. Full bodied with a soft carbonation. Heavy bitter harsh flavor with some counter sweetness. Earthy and piney lingering bitter finish.

4.1
sunevdj (4137) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
Shorts tasting with The Club +a few. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Smells of rose hybs and spruce. Extremely bitter but very well balanced by a strong sugary sweetness. Strong hoppy aromas. Also aromas of eldeberry flowers, spruce and some wood and resin. Low carbonation. Medium body. Bitter finish with a hint of warming alcohol. Best of the Shorts tasting.

3.7
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Ypsi Summer Beerfest! Enjoyed on July 25. The pour is a nice clear golden color with some decent white head and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is heavy on pine resin and a little bitter booze on the end. I don’t really expect a lot from a pilsner, and the flavors of it are all that dominate. The flavor is just like it sounds. There is a lot of pine resin and spruce. It does seem like I’m drinking a tree. There is a little bit of a malt profile on the back end, but for the most part it’s big, piney, and very resin-based. The mouth feel is a little light, but there is a decent carbonation and a lingering bitter resin aftertaste.

3.9
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! Nose has a bit of oregano in there with a whole bunch of spruce and piney hops. Flavor is very sprucey and hoppy but I don’t dislike it at all. Really enjoyed this unique creation and my first brew from Shorts. This is by far the best imperial pilsner I have had.

3.6
Headbanger (4023) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
750 ml bottle 445/886 Brewed 4/30/07 (Purchased Shorts)-Pours a hazy orangish slightly amber. Aroma of hops, spruce, and malt. Flavor of the same. This medium bodied brew was great but I thought the spruce was a little too much.

3.3
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2017
EBF 2017. Pours a pretty clear golden with a small white head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of spruce, spruce and spruce hiding all the pils/lager character. Still fun, though. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly boozy and I’m not getting the spruce tips anymore but I’m sure they’re there. Moderately bitter. A bit ashy, too? Body is medium, carbonation moderate. Not transcending at all but still far from bad.

3.7
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! BLAM!!! Sticky icky pine resin everywhere, no longer on your fingertips from the Xmas tree but right up in your nose and mouth. Incredible spruce aroma with some spice and very aggressive hops. I started off thinking this was too boozy, too one-dimensional. But God help me if I didn’t keep coming back to this one, liking it more each time I sipped.

3.2
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
750ml bottle, bottled 5/07. sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3", thanks kan for this odd brew. pours dense with big white head. nose is spruce! flavor spruce!, sap oak, hoppy, really sprucy. a bit too much spruce. like drinking parts of a christmas tree. odd, really odd, and interesting. just couldnt drink that much of it.


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