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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce AlePoor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 11-12-2005)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep copper color bordering on a light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. The head has a good level of retention fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather odd with a spruce/pine smell mixed with a decently strong aroma of a molasses smell as well as some brown bread. A little bit of caramel and a light herbal smell are there as well rounding out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a molasses and brown bread flavor with some hints of a pine nature present. The flavor is rather sweet upfront with the molasses fading some as the taste advances to the end though. While the molasses fades, some very light caramel and darker fruit flavors of fig and plum come to the tongue. These fruit and caramel flavors are very light overall though, and don’t make up for the loss of the molasses sweetness. Spruce flavors really come on more toward the end, and with the slight loss of sweet and a slight increase in the roast tastes, one is left with a rather odd pine/herbal, brown bread and moderately sugary taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body was OK for the odd mix of flavors, but a slightly higher carbonation level may have enhanced the drinkability and sweeter flavors of the brew a bit better (which were in my opinion the most pleasant).

Overall – Nothing too spectacular here. The flavors never really meld all that well, with a kind of muddled flavor overall.

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.