RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5707) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Oh, such a coincidence that I should taste after shopping for a pine tree! Interesting and rather cool colored blue 12 oz bottle. Popping cap, no apparent aroma but perhaps a hint of yeast. After the pour into my steeler stein it does have a hint of pine needles in the background. Pours pretty dark brown, looks like root beer. This is my first yards for a while. Has a roasty pine needle flavor that is odd and interesting at the same time. Seems pretty strong in the alcohol department. When I say pine needles, I mean needles, not pine wood. Good for a single try, go for it, you must experience. Finish is like no other, very sprucely and unique. My first traditional ale. Could only drink one per sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pintofjoe29 (39) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
closey22 (1857) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (930) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13699) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjmoen (463) - - MAY 27, 2016
C-. Pours a clear copper color with white head. Body is too light and taste is weird

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (4644) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2307) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (800) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
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