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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4.2
nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 750ml graciously shared by Tom aka CaptainCougar. Thanks man! This is really a memorable beer. Highly aromatic, like a Christmas tree doused in a sticky IIPA. Piny spruce madness. The alcohol is quite well hidden. The taste is all hop, spruce, and the associated flavors that come with that territory. Excellent beer.

3.7
Grovlam (4253) - 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.

4.5
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2008
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.

3.1
lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
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

3.2
emacgee (4705) - 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.

2.9
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
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.

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.

2.7
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
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

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.

4.9
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2008
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!


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