RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bronze Medal Winner in the Indigenous Ales category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Based on Franklin’s original recipe, which called for barley, molasses, and essence of spruce, our Tavern Spruce is as approachable and engaging as was the man himself. We source blue spruce clippings from a local organic farmer, steeping them in the kettle to create this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale. Originally brewed exclusively for Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern, Spruce is now available throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Aroma of pine - not like an IPA pine but an actual pine tree. malty, mildly hoppy, with some mint and spruce/pine. Kind of interesting, actually. a mild, semi-bitter finish. Unique.

Pattybrian (1) - - SEP 2, 2017 does not count
Great all around beer! Great taste. Definitely taste the spruce and sprigs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

hman43 (1724) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Copper colored good head retention. Aromas of spice, molasses, and spruce. The flavor is unique. It combines the aromas plus a clear herbal quality.

Itzjerm (3056) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2017
A nice spruce tip beer. Very nice head. Nice body. Taste has a light spruce herbal pop to it. Nothing bad in this Brew. It shows what other buttering agents can be used. Nice. Aroma light spruce also. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Pintofjoe29 (61) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2017
UPDATED: APR 12, 2017 Pours a dark amber with a nice head. Unique aroma...mentholated and herbal with malty sweetness. Tastes herbal and malty. No discernable bitterness. Pretty interesting

closey22 (2026) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Clear brown Amber with rimmimg Lacy beige head; little malty aroma; flava is sprucy and malty; feels medium to Thick fizzy and foamy; finishes dry tangy mildly roasty

jsporrer (1058) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Pours a clear dark brown iced tea color with a thin off white ring. Not much of an aroma. Very thin and watery with just a hint of malt flavor. Not much taste at all. Very plain and ordinary. With a name like spruce I was expecting at least some pine resin?

djd07 (15293) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong grass and floral. Medium mouth, rich malt, wheat, spruce, light bitterness, very good.

mjmoen (575) - - MAY 27, 2016
C-. Pours a clear copper color with white head. Body is too light and taste is weird

kerenmk (4901) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown-gold. Green and herbal, a little eucalyptus honey. Honey and forest and a little bit sweet and a little green. Medium body, molasses finish and quite fizzy.

obxdude10 (2358) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Very interesting beer on draft at the City Tavern in Philly. The beer poured an amber color with a dark orange hue and ample head. There was some nice lacing left inside the glass. The nose featured some toasted barley, spruce, molasses, yeast and spices. The body was very smooth and drinkable, with mostly sweet flavors of barley, molasses, yeast, butterscotch and flowery spices.

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