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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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447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | 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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3.24/5  rDev -9.2%

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to jzeillinger for this, poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden bidyy, thin head and the spruce isn't overdone, nicely nuanced. Ends a bit thin.

08-21-2014 16:45:35 | More by papat444
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Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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1.12/5  rDev -68.6%

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

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CarlosRuizsChauffeur

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

A: Dark amber-brown, cloudy, hazy
S: Smells slightly like bubblegum, but mostly like a 40 ounce Olde English with fluorescent and aromatic notes
T: Taste like a nice balance of malts with spearmint and pine notes. The spruce tastes like amixture of nature and flowery (not perfumy) notes
M: Nice consistency, very refreshing while not being overly malted and not too thick
O: Very interesting beer. One of the most interesting I have ever had. I do not even know if it is technically a beer since Yards calls the beer a malt beverage. A nice complexion of malts that is impressively complex, but drinkable at the same time

08-16-2014 03:14:13 | More by CarlosRuizsChauffeur
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Guden

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

A- Perfectly clear garnet with a one finger head of tight bubbles.

S- floral and malty with some brown sugar, plum, toast and sweet herbal notes. Nothing screams "spruce" but fairly interesting.

T- again fruitiness and brown sugar/molasses character dominates with a tangy and lightly bitter finish. Herbal character builds with each sip but is more rosemary, sage and sweet herbs than pine.

M- low carbonation and seemingly low attenuation gives the beer a slight syrupy character that goes well with the molasses and keeps the herbality in check.

O- a very interesting beer, not what I expected and not something I would want regularly but definitely worth a try and maybe an occasional return.

08-02-2014 20:49:16 | More by Guden
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%

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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottled on 06022014 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spruce (very weak); as the beer warms, a molasses aroma appears
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to uneven layer, 2 – 4 mm thick
Lacing Ok, broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor as the beer warms becomes one of more coniferous resins, not piney, but more subdued. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Actually, a pretty decent beer which was, IMHO, better a few years ago when it was in blue bottles. However, consider that during the revolution, hops were no longer imported from Europe and a substitute had to be found. Spruce works rather nicely.

07-25-2014 11:33:10 | More by Ozzylizard
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Indiana

3/5  rDev -16%

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Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.