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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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428 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 428
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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jjd315

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72%

09-24-2012 20:41:20 | More by jjd315
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -72%

11-06-2012 20:48:00 | More by cfalovo97
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72%

05-22-2012 01:22:26 | More by SickNukes
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scottDC

District of Columbia

1/5  rDev -72%

07-21-2013 15:38:36 | More by scottDC
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72%

12-28-2011 19:04:30 | More by thatdirtymick
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michaelmatters

California

1/5  rDev -72%

12-24-2011 17:25:39 | More by michaelmatters
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ButchAleman

New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have had this beer before several years ago and found it to be very interesting and unusual. Tried this beer at the brewery
tour. The sample that I had this week was probably the worst beer I have ever had. I don't know how a beer could be this bad but obviously Yards brewery that can make it htappen.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 03:40:53 | More by ButchAleman
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gnikola

Serbia

1.5/5  rDev -58%

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hansenm72

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -58%

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lauries444

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -51%

07-19-2012 23:37:57 | More by lauries444
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.85/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

First I wanna mention the really cool blue bottle this came in, nice touch. Poured a very dark amber with a big creamy white head. Slow fade left a thick coating of gooey lace on the glass. This looked very very nice, but looks can be decieving. Smell was how do you say, odd. Smelled like a pine tree air freshner, very dry, with hunts of flour, yeast, almost tree bark. Caramel, bread, and other sweet smells came through as it dried. The taste did not suit me well at all. Only word I could think of is huh? Tasted like a soda, very light and highly carbonated. Sugary, amost trying to be fruit like but not making it. Did have a dry finish, but I could barely get the glass down. This was one of the strangest beers I have ever drank. It was like chewing on a fresh cut xmas tree, but not in the good way.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 23:50:31 | More by mikesgroove
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Mcallaghan04

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44%

11-25-2012 23:01:02 | More by Mcallaghan04
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barneysdad

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44%

09-18-2012 16:12:46 | More by barneysdad
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jp312

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44%

09-03-2012 23:02:34 | More by jp312
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Duder13

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, no brew date, concerned about when this was actually made

A - weak in color for a dark ale, no head, very little carbination

S - smokey, the spruce is overbearing

T - harsh and unbalanced

M - thin, watery, flat

would not try again, not a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:29:10 | More by Duder13
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ScottHeidrich119

Maine

2.25/5  rDev -37%

11-28-2012 23:23:53 | More by ScottHeidrich119
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: amber/bronze; small head; no real lacing

Smell: sweet, soda-like, almost like Pepsi with a whiff of ginger ale shandy; I can pick up the spruce smell because I know it's there, otherwise I wouldn't have figured spruce; I can pick up tobacco, too, after seeing it in a review.

Taste: Reminds me of a specialty soda from Panama Jack or something, or an attempt at a Shandy with the wrong ingredients; I can't describe the flavors any better; finishes with a dry, lingering aftertaste that seems kind of like tar, most likely from the spruce resins

Mouthfeel: thin and slightly flat

Remarks: I've wanted to try one since reading about it in Joy of Home Brewing, but I can definitely say this is not my thing

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:41:17 | More by IchLiebeBier
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a tall white yet thin head with a dark body that when held to the light is rather reddish and frankly pretty clear.

Smells of spices, almost mint like without the clean finish, I’m bad at spice names.
Spiced amber without any hop profile is what I’m thinking here. It has a chi tea like flavor with amber malt and perhaps a touch of hops just to attempt some balance.
Light to medium body with enough carbonation I suppose.
Ben Franklin was a great man, but this beer well it is a pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:15:02 | More by bobhits
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brystmar

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30%

12-06-2011 02:29:44 | More by brystmar
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Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30%

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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30%

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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30%

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Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -30%

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New York

2.5/5  rDev -30%

11-02-2013 17:48:32 | More by sketchyhoodie
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30%

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.