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
Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle 750 ml no 516/866
Appearance: thick unfiltered amber look with large , slightly tanned creamy top. Fine lace.
Nose: sweet berry , fruity light , clean , crisp nose , malty bottom. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Bitter , woody , spruce with alcohol warmth. Aromatic spruce resin like with amber malt as base. Not for everyone. If you like character of deep coniferous woods this one is for you.

4.1
Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle from the brewery. Tremendous aroma from the tips of the tree, I enjoyed this forest. Grapefruit body with white lasting head. Carbonation there and helps drinkability, which is easy. Taste is piney, Saaz hops? ABove average mouthfeel.

4.1
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle thanx to North york sammy. nose is amazing spruce pine and hops, a bit of booze in there but well well hidden. nice poam golden color not filtered. flavor is greatly balanced the spruce goes through on the finish and hops and a little sweetness take care of the rest so so interesting. great beer.

3.6
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2009
750ml bottle. 2007 # 275 of 886. Yup... it’s a beer brewed with spruce for sure. Obviously, it’s quite resiny on the nose. Because the beer is 2+ years old now, there is very little hop profile. Just juicy spruce and some corn-y lager-ness. Still fairly pleasant though. Pours bright gold with a thick, foamy white head. The beer tastes pretty much exactly how it smells... a beefed up lager with boatloads of spruce. Not too much in the pilsner category, though. The alcohol does assert itself midpalate back. Thick, chewy body with a solvent-y finish. Decent... if you like spruce. Interesting stuff. At least Joe takes some chances with his beers. Thanks Brian!

4.4
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
courtesy of the Shorts tasting night group. early ’07 bottle. Simply wow, I could smell this beer all day and dream of back home. pours golden/orange with white head. Aroma reminded me a lot of the backwoods back home. As if they had thrown a whole forest in a bottle, spruce seeds are just present and of pure goodness. Just could not stop marveling at the aroma. Lots of grassy and earthly hops, pine forest scent. Flavor, very herbal, vegetal, spicy hops, light citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. Not overly bitter but just some nice pine and earthly goodness with spruce seeds. Finish with light pepper spices. Insanely good, a looking glass that projects you in the middle of a spruce/pine forest.

4.1
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Shared from bottle at Short’s. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short off-white head. The aroma is pretty unique with a floral hoppiness that smells almost minty with the spruce behind it. The taste is nice because the pilsner characteristics aren’t lost behind the hops or the strength. A very unique and enjoyable beer.

3.9
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2009
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Pine, sweetness, herbs and flowers dominate the aroma. Quite complex. Flavour of pine, sweetness and fruits. A somewhat grassy touch. Medium to full bodied. Nicely bitter and dry in the end. Quite refreshing.

4.1
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2009
This 750ml has been siting around and I thought why not open it for Liz, dalekliz a big fan of shorts. Also shared with my girlfriend. This bottle came via trade with the big man himself thickfreakness. Pours deep orange with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a touch of spruceyness. Taste is sweet, hoppy, with a huge punch of spruce, wow thats damn intense. Tons of piney spruce with a lot of flavor and complexity. I like this, its different and thats what Shorts does!

4.2
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Big thanks to Randy for passing along this rarity, shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store. Pours a light clear golden amber with a creamy off-white head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing. The aroma is seriously fragrant and jumped out of the bottle. It’s dominated by the spruce and pine with some grassy notes and only a hint of the underlying malts. Plenty of similarities to this aroma and that of gin. The taste is even more intense. I have to imagine this is the closest I’ll get to drinking straight spruce sap. There is some juniper and grassy hops as well, but the hops have faded to the point that the spruce steals the show completely. I’d mentioned the underlying malts but I’m not sure I could really taste them. Them mouthfeel is definitely on the fuller side of things and pretty thick and sticky on the palate. Well, being a lover of pine hops, I was really looking forward to this one and it absolutely delivered the goods. It’s certainly intense and probably a little over-the-top, but since it’s intensity is focused on something I enjoy so much, I’ve got no other option but to love this beer. Thank you Shorts!

3.6
Headbanger (3999) - 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.


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