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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3.4
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of pine/spruce, honey, citrus, and grass. It’s a transparent golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a thick film. The flavor starts with with a quick dose of citrus and honey. The finish has moderate-heavy pine/spruce with light grass. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s pretty tasty, but the spruce gets a little overbearing after awhile.

3.7
egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Poured a clear amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of spruce, pine, grass, and a bit of floral hops. Taste was dank, resinous, spruce, pine, citrus fruits, caramel, toasted malts, and a dry, alcohol finish.

3.9
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Huge amounts of spruce on the nose. Some lemon too. Orange golden pour with a thin head. The flavor is very sprucy with lots of fresh bitterness. Almost bushy. Some lemon makes its presence felt too, but the spruce coats the mouth and does not leave. Like chewing on a tree. Super dry. Very interesting.

4.2
nuplastikk (6206) - 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.

3.9
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle from Ølbutikken. 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.

3.7
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
Cloudy orange colour with a white head. Hoppy, piney aroma with fruity notes and a light soapy touch. Hoppy, piney and quite dry taste.

2.6
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2009
0.75 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere. Golden-orange color. Very pungent spruce aroma. Bittersweet flavor overpowered with spruce. There is also notes of lemon, honey, warming alcohol and herbal hops. Long sprucey and bitter aftertaste. This is like swallowing spruce needles, I could hardly finish my one third share of the bottle.

4
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Huge, huge thanks to jale for giving me this bottle just because. Thanks again! Pours a slightly-hazed golden-orange color with a good white head with mild retention time and a slight collar on the way down. The nose is incredible with ginormous amounts of heavy spruce and pine. Really quite awesome. The taste follows down the same path. Not sure how else to describe this other than to say that the spruce character is nearly overwhelming and I absolutely love it. Bitter and resinous, the mouthfeel is killer. I could drink this until my mouth completely dried out. Delicious. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-04-2011

4.2
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottled, 0.75l) Very hazy golden-amber with a smallish, lasting head. Very strong pine-sprucey aroma with some grassy-floral hops. Extremely pine-spruce-resiny flavor with alpha acids from the hops adding to the mixture. Medium body, crisp and fresh, lowish carbonation. Alcohol fully hidden. This really is a hophead’s dream! Not for everyday consumption, but as an occasional treat, this is quite exceptional. At first, I was hesitant to give this a high score, but really, this is something never seen before...

3.2
emacgee (4674) - 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.


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