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Red Spruce Bitter - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BA SCORE
86
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
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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Reviews by Knapp85:
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a decent looking brownish red color. The head was cream colored and had a light amount of retention and not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is earthy with some decent malt aromas and spice. The taste of the beer is pretty mild, there is malt sweetness and spruce to bitter the beer up a little. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall it was a nice beer to try but I wouldn't have to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:06:49 | More by Knapp85
More User Reviews:
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patrick802

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-04-2014 16:35:58 | More by patrick802
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ladyivory

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-01-2014 13:44:08 | More by ladyivory
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Heady978

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-28-2014 15:20:26 | More by Heady978
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zgunder

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-21-2014 03:32:13 | More by zgunder
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 17:29:35 | More by JMScowcroft
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-01-2014 05:44:28 | More by SocalKicks
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CoolEthan

California

2.75/5  rDev -28%

04-01-2014 03:57:59 | More by CoolEthan
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:10:06 | More by WunderLlama
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mmhannon

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-10-2014 19:23:32 | More by mmhannon
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-09-2014 04:03:02 | More by Krakpoff
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:30:18 | More by MDDMD
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-26-2014 19:18:05 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Hendry

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:49:00 | More by Hendry
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DrewGingras

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-23-2014 13:33:56 | More by DrewGingras
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SloppyJoeWasAMan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2014 23:58:38 | More by SloppyJoeWasAMan
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RyanOooh

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-21-2014 06:40:31 | More by RyanOooh
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sfr26

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-21-2014 02:42:22 | More by sfr26
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Hirshi

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2014 21:02:36 | More by Hirshi
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-17-2014 13:04:12 | More by jbeervt
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-29-2013 01:05:33 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-03-2013 17:52:31 | More by VTBeerTrade
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Sean802

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-18-2013 15:39:17 | More by Sean802
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.5%

06-08-2013 03:18:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-04-2013 23:35:22 | More by Kelp
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Red Spruce Bitter from Lawson's Finest Liquids
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.