arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2007. OK. I don’t know what’s going on here. This shiz is dope. Maybe it’s not as good in bottles as it was on tap. Maybe there’s a new batch that’s not as good as the first. Maybe it falls off A LOT when not sampled fresh. Maybe there’s something in the air in North Carolina that spoils it. Anyway, y’all betta recognize the Shorts Spruce. Toasted malts, spruce, and an underlay of grapefruit on the nose. If an aroma can have a texture, this would be "buttery." Honestly, this smells and (especially) tastes like pure spruce needle essence, surrounded by soft cracker malts (like an awesome lovechild of saltines and graham crackers). Hops and spruce in the finish 4-ev-R. Carbonation is perfect, biting at first and then gentle sussurations of sea foam. Bam. Yeah: bam.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dr dre made this song called gin and juice... could have been this beer he was thinking of.
Pours a piss-yellow moisty body med a clear white head. The taste is bitter, and parfumed like an overparfumed sweating southeuropean body. I taste christmas spieces, alot of spruces and alcohol with a parfumed and bitter finish - and strong. The palate is thick and full-bodied...
This is the beer-version of the parfume: Davidoff Cool Water
emacgee (4634) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the Carolina Crew gathering in Greenville. Wow... a Christmas tree in a bottle. Aroma was dominated by the Christmas tree/spruce aroma. Somewhat astringent and very dominant spruce flavor. A bit too one-dimensional and tough to drink for my liking. Thanks to Paul for bringing this though - definitely a unique beer and worth trying.
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! Okay this holiday season rip off a branch of christmas tree, chew on for a while and thats the flavor you have here. Tried it twice, but its just to in your face with resinous pine and piney hops. Slightly hot finish. BLAM!!! is right
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I knew long before i ever cracked this 750 that i would love this beer. I love the smell of pine, i love hops, why would i not like this? I was correct, the spruce smell is amazing. Each sip coats your throat with pine resin, almost sap like, in a good way. The hops seemed to get overpowered for the most part, but the pine worked well so it didnt really matter. Slightly sweet, but its all about spruce, spruce and a little more spruce. If only a guy could find more spruce beers around, you would think more would do it with the hop situation like it is. Me likey!
jcr (2584) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. Brewed on 4-30-07. What an interesting beer — especially if you like a big spruce flavor. Beautiful orange pour with big, frothy head. Huge, delicious aroma of juicy grapefruit, fresh-squeezed orange juice, spruce, pine, resin. Hints of caramel and sweet honey. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. The finish remains bitter and dry. The flavor has the strong taste of spruce, like chewing on needles. In fact, the spruce overwhelms the other nice qualities of the beer. Medium body and velvet texture. If the spruce had been dialed down a couple of notches, allowing the nice malt backbone to share the stage, I would think this right up there with Dreadnaught. But the spruce is just too overpowering. Nonetheless, kudos to the brewery for one heck of a a fun beer to drink.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle; Shimmering orange pour with a steady stream of tiny cascading bubbles and a sticky white head. I always thought certain hops were able to mimic the juiciness of pink grapefruit. I was wrong. The spruce tips give this the sensation of a ruby red grapefruit being squeezed directly into the glass. So insanely fresh smelling. Honey and caramel are hidden below the fruit. The body opens with a wallop of rindy fruit and bitter pine. The hops and spruce scrub the tongue, allowing softer notes of wildflower honey and caramelized sugars to come through. The body fades into a long and flavorful finish that is both grassy, citrusy and piney. While the nose is near perfect, the body is a bit overloaded with spruce, creating a one-dimensionality in flavor. Still, I love the one dimension that dominates and would consider trying my hand with spruce tips at home. Bravo to one of the most innovative breweries on the scene.