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Spruce Bud Ale - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Spruce Bud Ale
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 13
5.5% ABV
0 IBU

Spruce tips used in place of hops.

(Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 07-31-2009)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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On tap at Bier Thirty in Bown... Lightly hazed orange... thin white head.. spotty lacing.

Nose shows grassy and not big "Pine or Spruce"... Not really herbaceous either.. just grassy with a bigger than expected pale malt/yeasty fruitiness (Belgian Yeast used here?)

Not sure what to make of this one... the Pine is present but never really wants to jump out like I think a brew of this style would. A bit too fruity on the palate for my liking.. residual malts add too much to the esters and distract from the piney additions.

Weird and never really comes together.. I think they are on to something, but this rendition is probably a wash... I would sample this one next go-around.

3.5/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jul 02, 2014
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a half-inch of white head that low retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a citrusy-fruity aspect upfront, with some grain in the background. There was a light yeast note as well. The flavors were pretty much the same, mellow grains, fruit, citrus. The odd thing was a certain coolness on the finish, maybe mint-like?

The body was on the light side of medium, and was even and smooth. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly. Overall, a different kind of brew, for sure, but a good and tasty one. Close to a must try if you see it.

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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a slightly murky pale yellow with a fat white creamy head that slowly dissolves into a heavy ring around the glass. The aroma is lemon zest, some spice and some earthy hops. The flavor is much of the same with lemon zest taking the forefront. It has a thin, watery body that is not too flattering. Everything about this beer is soft and subtle which doesn't do it any justice. If at least the flavor or the smell or the body would have been more on par it would have been a decent drink. Just tasted like a spritzy lemon drink.

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On tap at Seaside Brewing Co. Here in touristy Seaside, Or.

Ap - A clear deep straw hue with a quickly fading head. It settles to a thin film and small ring around the glass.

Ar - This is the weakest aspect for me. It's a sweet, sort of buttery popcorn smell (diacetyl?).

T - Sweet malt. The absence of hops is interesting band hard to rate. But! It's got a bit of woodsy, buttery, clean, malty notes. Easy to drink. Interesting. Others have said mint flavors, I don't see any mint at all.

M - Creamy, smooth, almost a nitro feel.

O - this is an interesting beer that I'm glad I tried! Keep Oregon weird

KVNBGRY, Jun 09, 2014
Spruce Bud Ale from Fort George Brewery + Public House
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.