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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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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | 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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jferrara35

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.1%

01-13-2014 17:02:05 | More by jferrara35
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.1%

08-24-2013 01:09:44 | More by rypkr
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.1%

11-14-2011 18:07:50 | More by vicsju1991
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.1%

01-21-2012 22:44:56 | More by mquinn919
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.1%

11-14-2011 18:18:39 | More by thebouch01
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Ursula1007

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +39.5%

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.

03-09-2014 21:36:54 | More by Ursula1007
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brandon1920

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +35.9%

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.

06-11-2010 15:38:28 | More by brandon1920
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Joe610

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

01-22-2013 22:36:34 | More by Joe610
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bob3701

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

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.

12-06-2009 23:00:57 | More by bob3701
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philaduffia

New York

4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

05-11-2013 04:17:42 | More by philaduffia
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droomyster

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +30.3%

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.

08-14-2010 05:13:25 | More by droomyster
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +29.7%

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.

07-03-2010 18:05:50 | More by donniecuffs
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +28.9%

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.

02-02-2010 19:44:22 | More by Katahdin
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cynical1027

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

02-22-2012 03:45:32 | More by cynical1027
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Tweekers237

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

08-03-2012 17:46:45 | More by Tweekers237
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

04-19-2014 13:15:05 | More by bigeyedfish89
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trplx81

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

12-12-2012 18:16:46 | More by trplx81
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

06-11-2013 17:57:06 | More by dsnyder61
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PhillyNole

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

03-19-2014 23:30:02 | More by PhillyNole
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

11-19-2011 02:12:09 | More by DoctorB2B
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Ezra-Poundit

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

04-24-2014 14:53:00 | More by Ezra-Poundit
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benlaitman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

07-20-2010 23:51:11 | More by benlaitman
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +25.2%

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.

09-24-2006 01:57:37 | More by SixpointJMH
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joepais

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

Thanks for a great person sending this to me. I poured this bottle into a small sifter it produced a small white bubbly head that left fast the body was a light brown in color.

The aromas were sweet and malty balanced by some unmistakable spruce note. The flavor was nice as well it was defiantly one of the best spiced beer I have ever had truly enjoyable it had that bitter spruce flavor but a big old molasses base to balance this one out. It felt great in the mouth with good carbonation.

A great beer I could have had another one right after my first which is suprising for a spiced brew. well worth trying and seeking out

04-11-2010 17:47:10 | More by joepais
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Ty1erC

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: deep mahogany in color. good retention and lacing.

s: sweet malt, spruce.

t: this is a very flavorsome beer. the taste is dominated by malt, but in a way that is usually associated with old ales and barleywines. it seems bigger than a 5% beer. the spruce flavor is subtle and wonderful.

m: medium to full-bodied. smooth and creamy carbonation.

d: really drinkable and unique. the low abv makes it pretty sessionable. i'd definitely buy it again.

01-31-2011 01:35:19 | More by Ty1erC
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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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