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Red Spruce Bitter - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BA SCORE
86
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A winter seasonal brew infused with fresh sprigs of the red spruce tree and a dash of cinnamon that breaks from traditionally heavy holiday brews with a light body and refreshing zest.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

pisano, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

ladyivory, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Heady978, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

zgunder, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Red Spruce Bitter, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy dark ruby amber with a decent sized foamy head that dissipates quickly. Vanishing lacing.

Smell - Sweet malt with definite cinnamon and a dash of spruce.

Taste - Flavor is malt quickly pushed out of the way by spruce and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Some malt warmth. Good drinkability. Rests a bit spruce but not overbearing.

Overall - I like it, I'm not big into this style but this is well crafted, would have this seasonally around the holidays.

JMScowcroft, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

CoolEthan, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of WunderLlama
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass beer stein

Dark ruby brown, not transparent but not murky. A taupe finger foam appears on the pour and settles to a solid layer with good lacings.

Truth in advertising. The aroma smells like a spruce forest. Spruce, cinnamon and sweet malt. The spruce aroma is amazing.

Smooth, gentle malt with cinnamon and spruce. Taste of spruce on the side of the mouth. Gentle carbonation , great mouth feel , almost creamy.

Went on a pilgrimage to Vermont for skiing and bier. Was only able to grab one bottle from Lawson's and it was this red spruce bitter. Not on my target list but glad I grabbed it. Excellent balance, smooth beer with an incredible aroma. Tastes great and I recommend grabbing this beer if given the opportunity .

WunderLlama, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

mmhannon, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Krakpoff, Feb 09, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red brown color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, caramel , cinnamon, very aromatic spruce

T-roasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, heavy spruce flavors, light citrus, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting beer with some really good flavors, wish the spruce was toned down just a little

MDDMD, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany color, 1 finger foamy khaki head, spotty lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

The aroma is strikingly familiar to something else I have sampled, but I can't put my finger on it. It certainly takes on the attributes of a spiced ale by the nose, sweet malts & cinnamon & hops are most prominent, the spruce doesn't seem all that apparent.

Flavors are of a well crafted spiced amber/red ale, the cinnamon works very well with the rich malty character. Alcohol not detectable amongst the hearty flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very enjoyable.

Lawson's is famous for their IPA/IIPA, yet so many that rate their other styles/offerings tend to rate them based on how much they enjoyed Double Sunshine IIPA, or Triple Play IPA. More reviewers need to rate based on the STYLE of the beer, and in the case of Lawson's, not how it stacks up to their legendary flagship ales. Red Spruce Bitter was a very pleasant surprise and a tremendous seasonal offering that was unique and really hit the spot on a cold Winter night.

Hendry, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DrewGingras, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

RyanOooh, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sfr26, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hirshi, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jbeervt, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

VTBeerTrade, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Sean802, Jul 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kelp, May 05, 2013
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Red Spruce Bitter from Lawson's Finest Liquids
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.