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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3.7
koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Ypsi Summer Beerfest! Enjoyed on July 25. The pour is a nice clear golden color with some decent white head and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is heavy on pine resin and a little bitter booze on the end. I don’t really expect a lot from a pilsner, and the flavors of it are all that dominate. The flavor is just like it sounds. There is a lot of pine resin and spruce. It does seem like I’m drinking a tree. There is a little bit of a malt profile on the back end, but for the most part it’s big, piney, and very resin-based. The mouth feel is a little light, but there is a decent carbonation and a lingering bitter resin aftertaste.

4
AcctError96987 (3722) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
A: This beer appears a clear, golden hue with a white head and some decent lacing. S: The aroma is really powerful, with a huge bouquet of spruce and rosemary. T: The taste is a huge blast of pine trees and hops. The spruce and hop flavors are incredibly fresh and flavorful. I really respect the way Short’s brewing pushes the limits of craft beer and still produces a very drinkable and enjoyable final product. This is really an amazing beer. M: It’s not something of which I want more than one glass, or possibly two, but it’s a terrific beer in small quantities. D: What a cool beer and beer experience. I definitely recommend it if you can get it.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2008
25.6 oz bottle. Fogged honey with streaming bubbles and a long-lasting, puffy white head. Quite pretty in a pilsner glass. Nose is dough, lemon zest, grass and spruce. Crisp medium light with biting carb. Taste is an odd citrus and lychee? Hops and iron with spruce adding a sweet touch. Dries with increasing bitterness. Crazy. Once again Shorts intrigues me with a unique brew that pushes the edge of beer boundaries.

4.3
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey! Bottled 5/29/07 (#140 of 886). Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and left some lace behind. Aroma was citrus dominated with lots of semi sweet orange accented by subdued spruce. Medium bodied and sweet on the tongue. The sugars were attenuated by assertive hop bitterness that peaked at about 8 out of 10. Wow. There was a remarkably distinct spruce flavor. Crushed pine needles came to mind immediately. There were also pineapple, bitter orange, and light honey flavors. Great beer.

3.6
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2011
bottle, # 213 of 886, from trade with General Gao. Good aroma, sweet & spice. Spruce, go figure, alot like a well made ginger beer. Clean orangy bronze, ok head, minor lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body, creamy thick mouthfeel, dry finish. Wow, this one held up well. I was thinking it would be ruined, but it held up well, Aroma was big, enjoyable, could get some oxidation in taste, but I guess it was masked by the spruce. really enjoyable. brewed 4/30/07, bottled 5/29 - 30/07

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!

3.3
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
bottle (didn’t quite jot down the # on this one). had at an evening w/ pantanap 3....this one was a real eye opener....poured a golden orange brown with a thin wispy white head...the nose was intense. pure spruce literally launched from the glass. if yo ulove the smell of xmas trees, you’ll certainly enjoy this....flavor-wise, the spruce played a huge role here as well. big on the spruce and pine with a litlle sweet honey malt that peeked through but was overshadowed by the spruce.....points for originality but i couldn’t have more that a few ounces of this stuff.

3.5
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Pours a hazy, glowing orange-amber color with a massive, everlasting head of snow white foam. Dense, patchy rings of lacing circle the glass, coating it almost entirely. The nose gives off an avalanche of spruce and evergreen notes, resiny in its intense hoppiness, sharp with fresh notes of spearmint and peppermint. Te underlying malt base shows toffee and bready, creamy pils character, balancing out the intense hops quite nicely. The flavor again hits hard up front with huge, sprucy-mint and fresh earth. It gets to be a bit intense at times, almost like drinking an insanely fresh herbal tea that is bursting with spruce. The sweet, bready, dry toffee malts try their best to balance things out, but this one is as hoppy as any lager I’ve ever come across. Big bodied and moderately carbonated, there’s just a hint of a syrupy texture and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Very interesting brew. I don’t know that I’d ever want more than a glass of this in one sitting, but it is a very cool, over-the-top brew nonetheless.

3.3
hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
bottle 477/886 at dak’s on 9/5/10 hazy. burnt orange with a foamy off white head. it leaves clingy foam around like mad. sweet piney smell... spruce, eucalyptus, molasses, juniper, sweet malt and some dank qualities. the palate is sweet upfront but dries out on the finish with the help of spice and pine notes. other than the notes from the aroma there is an odd flavor in the far back of cardamom... odd. full bodied and a bit taxing to finish. 7/4/6/2.5

3.8
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of General_Gao. Thanks, Colin! Pours a hazy, deep honey-golden color; off-white head with solid, medium bubbled lacing. Intense, juicy spruce notes and piney hop presence; unlike some spruce-influenced beers, this is soft, generous, and smells like an oily pine forest; great nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pine notes, spruce, like an intense evergreen forest; the carbonation is well-integrated; chewy breadiness and malt notes (bread, toastiness); excellent, tasty stuff. Lengthy finish, showing pine, spruce, and viscous almost-Simcoe hoppiness.


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