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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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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 21 | 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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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16%

07-22-2014 00:19:40 | More by MasterPenguins
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Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-21-2014 19:20:14 | More by oriolesfan4
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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New York

4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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sommersb

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-15-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

Cola-colored and clear, with a nice offwhite head. Good retention with a trace amount of lacing. Aromas are of maple syrup and caramel sweetness, plus some woody smells.

The taste is mainly about nutty and toasted malts; semi-sweet, with little or no bitterness. Medium bodied, it finishes lightly sweet with a bready flavor.

I liked this beer — it reminded me a lot of a nut brown ale. Not sure I picked up the spruce to great effect, but it is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 01:56:35 | More by sommersb
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Pennsylvania

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.