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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3.6
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
I think I liked this one a little more at first bit once I got about halfway through and beyond and got a little out of taste for me. Very sprucey. Like chewing on a pine tree.

4
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
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.

2.7
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Pours yellow with a small head. Aroma is spicy, cardboard, rosemary, lavender, flowers. Tastes like spruce smells, rather chemical, medicin, flowers, bitterness, alcohol burn. Bad.

3.5
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Thanks for sharing, Yaniv... I think! Pours a hazy golden brown with a healthy creamy white head. Big ass pine fucking forest. Malt sweetness is covered up by pine. There isn’t much else to the nose. Thicker, viscous, creamy. Very piney. Oh my god! Sweeter rounder malt. Creamy. Hops are there, but subdued compared to the pine. This is weird, but fun!

4.1
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear deep golden color with a soapy white head. Aroma is spruce, caramel, citrus, lemon, floral. Flavor is spruce, citrus, caramel, floral. Palate is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter and piney. Very unique brew, I thought it was great when cold, as it warmed more of the spruce flavor poked through and I didn’t like it as much. I gotta give em huge credit for pulling this off as well as they did, cuz this had disaster written all over it. Last one to finish their glass eats the pine cone in the bottom!!

3.8
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.

4.6
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2011
The marriage of spruce and hops in this assertive pilsner is a match made in heaven. This is brewing genius...one of my favorite beers. Or maybe I’m just a sprucehead...or a sucker for Picea pungens power. Who knows?

3.1
lassem (652) - 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

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.

4.1
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Light clear golden orange color. Aroma is big on spruce and quite nice. Taste is huge on spruce...wow. Like drinking a liquid forest. Nicely bitter. I like it.


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