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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
obxdude10 (2374) - 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.

2.8
bbbeer (880) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Red-brown, small tan head. Aroma mostly malt. Light body,. Moderately sweet. Some pine I guess but not sure about distinctly sprucy flavor, nor would I necessarily recognize it if it was there. In any case, it ’s a perfectly drinkable beer but fairly average.

2.1
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle to shaker glass, pours a clear copper color. Quick one finger near white head with decent lacing but scant retention. Aroma of spruce and eucalyptus. Taste is sweet and medicinal. Light body, soft carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes long and medicinal. Tasting notes of, yep, spruce, Karo syrup, Hall’s cough drops, caramel, grass and toothpaste. Tastes like a winter cold medicine from back in the day but it was likely the result of no hops in the cupboard.

2.5
miyauchi38 (1117) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
ベンジャミン&# アマ苦い、香&

3.4
voyageurmike (510) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
12 oz bottle from The Beer Store. Mild resin notes under the molasses sweetness, clean finish. Spruce beer is interesting historically, but there is nothing that seems distinctive about the flavor.

3.1
anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ The Wharf Rat - Fells Point, Baltimore. Pours an amber reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy spruce aroma with hints of caramel. Fruity malty caramel hoppy spruce flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy spruce finish.

3.1
katrinaez (2250) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2015
The spruce is, thankfully, light and kicks just at the end. Golden yellow coloring. Hoppy. Not terrible, won’t buy again, but would drink I if someone handed me a freebie .tap

2.8
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
From Notes. A: big spruce/pine, malt, caramel, toffee/nuts A: tan/orange body, trace white head, patchy lacing T: sweet caramel, mint, nuts, malt, mild bitter spruce/pine with a crisp finish M: med/light, semi-dry mouth O: Fascinating beer. Not great, but not bad. Really enjoyed this historical recipe.

3.3
conway (2210) - - JUL 4, 2015
Draft. Cola color with a beige head. Woody, earthy, somewhat bitter with lots of molasses/caramel. Very unique but not something I’d want to drink very often.

3
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark copper pour with a thick white head. Sweet aroma with lots of caramel and bread malts. Flavor is sweet and malty as well, but I didn’t get any hint of spruce in either the flavor or the aroma.


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