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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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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 35 | 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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5/5  rDev +40.4%

jferrara35, Jan 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

rypkr, Aug 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

spinolam, Sep 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

vicsju1991, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Ursula1007
4.98/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love the robust depth of the nuances that play on the palate. Molasses is detectable and welcome. With Spruce tips and sprigs in the recipe, this original recipe from the Revolutionary War period, is to be cherished as an American beauty.
Nicely carbonated for those of us who enjoy a tinkle mouth feel.

Ursula1007, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of brandon1920
4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very good beer. Frist of its kind that I have tasted. It makes me want to fly to Philadelphia and back just to stock up. If you live near you must go on a tour and try each and every beer that Yards offers, you won't be sorry. My wife and I took a tour on our honey moon and can't wait to go back.

brandon1920, Jun 11, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Joe610, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of bob3701
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I truely enjoyed this beer, it really caught me by surprise. Poured a dark hazy amber with a creamy white head and laced really well. You could smell the molasses and spruce it was an amazing aroma. And the taste did not disappoint. Sweet from the molasses and that spruce tasted better then I thought it would. Finished with a citrusy after-taste. Euell Gibbons would be proud of this one. Makes me want to Drive to Philly and try it on tap at City Tavern. My hat is off to Yards.

bob3701, Dec 06, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

philaduffia, May 11, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one of, if not The, most intriguing beers I've ever tasted. It smells and tastes like liquid Christmas. It looks completely ordinary and average in the glass, with a clear brown body and just a short-lived fizzy head. The aromas, however, are startling. Spruce and molasses, indeed, and lots of them, filling the nose, dancing over the palate, leaving the lingering tastes of cinnamon and evergreen needles for minutes afterward. This seems to be a love it or hate it sort of beer. I for one am head over heels with it.

edit: after reading an earlier review that described blueberry and menthol flavors in the beer, I want to add that I concur with that judgment.

droomyster, Aug 14, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a respectable beer store in Lambertville, NJ, off of Main Street, though I don't remember the name. Anyway, into a pint glass, poured a reddish/brown with 3 fingers of beige head, and fantastic lacing. The nose? Wow..juicyfruit, spearmint, maple syrup, and molasses. The flavor was even more impressive with a big macintosh apple influence, mixed with juicyfruit, mint, and molasses, and then dissolving to a crisp mac apple/mint finish, which lingered afterwards. Spritzy yet medium-bodied and smooth. As I drank this while smoking some pork butt on my Brinkmann in the backyard, I couldn't help noticing that this is a great summer beer.

donniecuffs, Jul 03, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber body with a dirty sand color head that holds well. Smell has hints of molasses and the dried spruce twigs, a bit of a musty forest smell to it with a pleasing aroma of fresh evergreens over the mustiness. The flavor was a bit complex with earthy tastes of wood fiber, some maltiness, and the citrus like flavor of the spruce. Went down quite easily, not at all like chewing on a Christmas tree. A true interpretation of a Ben Franklin beer recipe. Very enjoyable.

Katahdin, Feb 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Ezra-Poundit, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-red/amber brown appearance.
S-sweet and spiced smell.
T-nice mild hop, but filled with complex sweet and spicy flavors.
M-not a lot of carbonation, relatively light beer.
D-Beer needs to be drunken slowly to appreciate the complex flavors. Not the easiest to drink very quickly.

I really do like this beer for its complexity even though it isn't the most drinkable of beers. Drink this when you want to try something different. All of the Yards "Ales of the Revolution" are really interesting/complex beers.

benlaitman, Jul 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

simplejj81, Sep 05, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expected much as I was a bit underwhelmed by the original Yards Ales of the Revolution when I sampled them a few years back, but I really dug this brew.

It pours a nice murky ruby colour with a medium sized head that leaves its fair share of residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet, with hints of molasses and spruce for sure. There's a definite forest-like aspect to the aroma of this one. It's simple but very nice and effective overall.

The taste is more of the same, but better. It's woody and sweet and brings out both the molasses and spruce even moreso that the aroma and balances them quite nicely overall. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit oily and chewy at times.

Again, this is a very nice beer. Not only is it the best of the series from Yards, it probably the best of the "Historical" brews that have been popping up here and there from various breweries in recent years. Definitely worth picking up a bottle or more if you see it.

SixpointJMH, Sep 24, 2006
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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.