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RATINGS: 227   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfinder1 (117) - PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Odd tasting beer. You can taste the spruce flavor. Not a beer that you will drink more than one in one shot.


3.7
thebeerbandit (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2018 1/3/18 With Abby while watching breaking bad after 1st day of surgery rotation. Beautiful deep copper with small white head. Darker than I expected. Smell is molasses malt with a little bit of the spruce. Taste is lots of spruce with some nutty/molasses malt coming through. Quite sweet but finishes dry. Medium/light palate. Not very carbonated and finishes dry. HUGE spruce flavor comes through on the finish. Overall, this is great! Once again, the concept is incredible and the big spruce flavor is unique and delicious!

3.8
gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Clear copper color with a small creamy beige head. Fragrant notes of molasses and spruce. Flavor follows nose. Lots of molasses and toasted malt. Rich and flavorful. Slightly salty with earthy, herbal notes. Lightly carbonated with a pleasant mouthfeel. Tasty.

3
mitchclay2002 (11) - - OCT 17, 2017
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 (1884) - 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 (3172) - 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 (2126) - 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 (1144) - 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 (16289) - 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.


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