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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
I can almost visualize the Christmas trees being dipped into the vats to signify Spruce Ales glorious winter return. A refreshing ale that I noticed is brought to life chilled, not fully refrigerated and served in room temperature glasses instead of frosted. I noticed this brings out more of a deeper aroma which ultimately adds to a bolder yet perfectly placed taste of molasses and piney spruce-ness on the palate and yet still a pleasingly refreshing finish. Perfect for the winter, I bought a case of this stuff last season and have been awaiting its triumphant return ever since. Alas, my favorite seasonal ale returns not only in my dreams but in reality! Cheers to Ben Franklin and his recipe (in which I believe he created in France, in his diplomatic years) for he is putting a smile on my face and others 300 years later!


3
mitchclay2002 (7) - - OCT 17, 2017 does not count
Lots of nutty and chocolate flavor. Deep and rich but not much of an aroma. Not a bad cold weather beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
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

3.5
hman43 (1777) - 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.

3.8
Itzjerm (3126) - 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

3.3
Pintofjoe29 (62) - 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

3.2
closey22 (2105) - 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

2.8
jsporrer (1119) - 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?

3.8
djd07 (15547) - 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.

3.5
mjmoen (597) - - MAY 27, 2016
C-. Pours a clear copper color with white head. Body is too light and taste is weird

3
kerenmk (5169) - 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.


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