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Red Spruce Bitter - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BA SCORE
86
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip, 2010 vintage.

Pours a nice dark hazy brown with a generous, creamy light brown head. The nose is fantastic, spruce and cinnamon dominate with some light maltiness.

Taste is just as you'd expect from the nose, it's super unique - cinnamon and spruce are what you get first. The malt and hops take a back seat. Mouthfeel is a bit light with fairly thick carbonation - a pleasant surprise as I didn't know what to expect with a spruce & cinnamon beer!

Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/29/11.

A: Pours a very hazy brown with a 1.5 finger off white head. Patches of lace were left behind.

S: Get a nice bready aroma, a lot of cinnamon as well. A slight floral hop aroma and a little bit of toasted malt as well.

T: The spices come through very nicely, especially the cinnamon. The flavor reminds me of mulled cider almost with some spruce mixed in. There is a thick bready flavor component and a lot of malt, coming through in some caramel and toffee. The flavors get more pronounced as it warms.

M/D: Medium bodied and extremely creamy and smooth. A lot going on in this beer, a really nice one for the colder months, and amazingly it is only 4.4%. Really like this one a lot.

D: Quite a bit of flavor and complexity for weighing in below 5%. A nice blend of flavors that has a distinctive bite.

Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of RyanOooh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of KBennall
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of sfr26
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foil-wrapped 650 mL bomber from the Warren Store, bottle 60 of batch 178. Served in a tumbler.

A: The beer has a rich mahogany color, displaying sharp orange highlights when the light is just right. Generally opaque, the ale supports over three fingers of off-white head. Rare patches of lace followed.

S: Quite malty, plenty of syrupy strong caramel. That base supports shaved cinnamon spices. Alongside the spice, a full hoppiness, very arboreal, comes through. I liken it to an English Old Ale (save for the spruce).

T: Warming and malty, the cinnamon registers first. The fullness seemingly betrays some curacao orange sweetness as well. Plenty of malts, aiding the Old Ale argument. Caramel and toffee are bold but not too strong. The spruce adds an undercurrent of flavor that runs throughout the ale, a spry lively flavor that is piney. For those seeking a comparison to Short's India Spruce Lager, look elsewhere because the spruce is a complement and not the star of the show here. That being said, it is difficult to overlook the unique flavor. The additional hops add a strong zest. It's not what I expected (see India Spruce Lager) but it exceeded my expectations (wrap your head around that one).

M: The mouthfeel, expect for the spruce, is a pleasant English old ale/warmer, toffee and caramel with a mild spiciness. Add the spruce and the beer goes in a whole new direction.

D: Quite a bit of flavor and complexity for weighing in below 5%. A nice blend of flavors that has a distinctive bite.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Rare Batch #252, Bottle # 20***

Poured from a bomber, bottled 12/29/2011.

Appearance: A very foamy head forms above a brown looking body which is actually dark red when held to the light. The head sticks to the glass all around.

Smell: Strong malt and some minerals, typical of a good bitter. Some spruce needles in the back somewhere.

Taste: Bready, malt stronger than hops. Spruce is reminiscent of what spruce needles smell like. More of a feel than a specific flavor. No cinnamon to speak of.

Mouthfeel: A crisp feel, well balanced with medium carbonation. Sticks around in the palate.

Overall: A bit disappointed that the spruce wasn't stronger and that there was no hint of cinnamon, even at room temp. It is still a well made bitter but don't expect too much of the special ingredients to come through.

Photo of SourinQns
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hirshi
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of patrick802
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jlpayne
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky. Little head, some lacing. Deep brown with a light red hue.

S - Pronounced nose. Soy sauce and ginger within a forest of pine. Even a bit of dish soap - in a good way.

T - Cinnamon rolls. Freshly cut, sappy wood.

M - Crisp. Light-bodied. Effervescent.

D - This is an intense beer. Half of a 22oz was enough for me, though I'd definitely be willing to share this beer again.

Well done LFL. The most unique seasonal I've had this winter.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 .

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Red Spruce Bitter from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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