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

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

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.6%


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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unclecrappy

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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gingerbread? Yep.

I picked up a single bottle at 3 Sons in Pittsburgh. I've sampled a spruce/pine beer before, and was expecting the same kind of piney, sharp bitterness. I got something completely unique instead.

Pours a very dark red. Small head, some lacing.

A whiff from my glass was the first clue that this was different: a little sweet, bready, with just a hint of the spruce I was looking for.

The first taste was ... gingerbread. Sweeter than I expected, but it doesn't dominate. The spruce essence does a nice job of providing balance. And as I read on the completely cool blue bottle, the gingerbread comes from molasses used when it's brewed. It's weird ... but it works.

Mouthfeel was nice, almost creamy. Drinkability? More than a couple at a time could become a little cloying, but as an occasional curve ball, this works very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:13:00 | More by unclecrappy
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Looks like a great brown ale with nice 1 finger head. Smells malty and some sweetness and a slight sulfur metallic scent but very faint.
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A: Dark amber brown body that leaves almost no lacing. Basically no head, you only get a slight swirl of white bubbles in the middle if you swirl it. All there is is a light collar of bubbles.

S: Interesting smell here. It smells like what I would think the color red smells like. Sorry if that sounds weird, but I can't really place the scent. Slight sweetness that smells like it tastes.

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