RATINGS: 119   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Hazy orange gold pour with a bit of foamy head. Aroma is loads of pine with spicy hops and sweet malt. Flavor is bitter and spicy, lots of resin coming through, and some malt sweetness. Interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2435) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2010
12 zo bottle courtesy of hopburp. Thanks Mario. Pours a slightly hazy brass color with a small white head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is distinct with pine, chlorophyll and perfume. The flavor is similar to the nose, loads of green chlorophyll, fresh pine and biter pine resin. The palate is smooth and full with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering pine. Overall: Lots of big bold experimental flavors, I dig it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle pours burnt orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is sweet with burnt caramel and freshly shaved pine planks. Honestly, the intensity of the pine component is somewhat impressive. Overall body is moderate and sticky, starts lightly sweet, and finishes with a dry moderate/heavy pine bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Lightly hazy orangish pour. Aroma is all christmas trees, rosemary and honey. Flavor starts bitter, hits with a big dose of resin and rosemary then gives way to a lightly honeyed malty sweetness. Nice. Totally unique brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle from Řlbutikken. Pours cloudy amber with a huge head. Wonderful piney nose. Strong pine flavours, good, but not over-the-top bitterness, some underlying sweetness. An IPA that dares to be different and hurrah for that.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
MiBG Summer Fest 2010: Clean golden hue with some head. Wow, the nose is big pine needles, along with catty and resiny hops, some pale malts and earthy yeast esters. The taste has a twangy fruit tone and is quite piney but honestly does not display much depth, a one trick pony. The pale lager malts and yeast struggle to find any room for themselves. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive, some moderate alcohol and medicinal character does show. Simply okay, was not all that impressed and a bit of a let down.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paulgermain (16) - sterling heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2010
An amazing beer that taste incredible. Great color wonderful head nice piney smell. The pine taste is not overpowering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Served on draft at the Michigan Summer Beerfest, 2010, as part of RBSG festivities. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of very big spruce notes. The taste is bitter and woody spruce notes. Medium bodied. Very bitter. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Straw colored pour with a small white head. Deep floral pine aroma. It smells like a freshly cut christmas tree. Just a touch of biscuit malt to balance. Super bitter and aggressive hops in the flavor. Loads of pine with some fresh grapefruit and minimal malt body. Light, crisp body with lots of carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , 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.


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