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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: 483
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | 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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3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this unusual and delicious beer. Brilliantly clear with a huge head, reddish brown amber. Impressive retention and lacing. Head is dense, high and stays all the way down. Quite lovely.

Nose bring a multifaceted sweetness. Caramel malt, light brown sugar, spruce is delightfully sweet as well.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel, mild breadiness. Earthy, mild hops and piney spruce. Spruce flicks out a faint alcoholic sharpness but it is subsumed in the swallow and lingering pine.

Feel is medium weight. A good fall density. Smooth light carbonation has a bit of light creaminess though a pinch more might bring it to a better place for me.

An unusually and delightful change up session ale. Keeping in mind the time that the recipe for this and all the other Ales of the Revolution series I had this at a cellar temperature. When I had my first bottle right out of the refrigerator the spruce took over and ruined the beer. Let it sit for twenty minutes or so, they had

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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Taste is sweet - molasses, with some spruce/pine at the finish. More spruce flavor would improve this, IMHO. Overall, enjoyable to have one now and again. My second favorite of the Ales of the Revolution series, after George Washington.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

I think I got myself psyched for something this beer is not. Is it a good decent beer? Sure, but the spruce notes are very subtle. I bought this because I wanted spruce flavor or a unique taste...and it really does not deliver on that account. If this were on sale, and I wanted "beer", sure I'd pick it up. But as a special, "spiced" or herbal flavored beer, it doesn't really measure up.

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.