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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: 461
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of beans923
4/5  rDev +12.4%

beans923, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beige khaki head. Dark copper caramel color.

Flavor is of lots of spruce and spice. Very earthy and herbal. Some sweet malts. Not overly spiced which is nice. There is something that I taste but I can't determine what it is. It is really unique.

Mouthfeel is spiced and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall, better than expected. Not overly spiced which is nice.

mothman, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of DruRho
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Brownish amber with 1 fingers of loose, white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Spruce and mint.

Mint and spruce. Toasted bread and brown sugar.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

It tastes like an Irish Red had a baby with some mint leaves. I like it!

justintcoons, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of guezarka
4/5  rDev +12.4%

guezarka, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of canawler
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

canawler, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of DaveOB
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DaveOB, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of WissBrauSean
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This beer is in the category Herbed/Spiced Ale and it is a pretty broad category including pumpkin beers and the like. This recipe comes to us courtesy of Benjamin Franklin actually as it is one of his originals. Yards brewery has 4 beers in their Ales of the Revolution collection I believe and this is one of them. I suggest trying them all, they are really interesting.

This beer pours a deep amber to mahogany red colour with a thin rosy/tan head that fades to a tiny ring around the glass and leaves some nice mobile lacing on the glass. Very clear and attractive.

I poured this from a bottle at 50 degrees into a tulip glass and was immediately hit with molasses and malt sweetness. There is some slight aromatics of evergreen in there, spruce to be exact, but I couldn't really decipher it to tell the truth. I also read from another review about a tea aroma, I get that a little as well.

Throughout the sip is the base of caramel malt sweetness. I think it starts off that way and then mid way through a tea-like herbal taste sets in and smooths out some of the carbonation and then leads finish that is maybe a little bready, peppery and slightly hoppy. It's balanced a little better than you would believe by the aroma.

I think the mouthfeel is a little lighter than medium. Almost slightly watery, yet sweet. The carbonation starts off just above moderate and fades nicely ending well balanced and slightly dry.

Overall I think this is an excellent beer and only a tiny bit watery (like tea). It's hard to judge a beer of this category and that is the only thing that I think is wrong with the beer, if it is wrong at all.

Get out and try one because life is too short to drink crappy beer!

WissBrauSean, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mark-herrmann
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

mark-herrmann, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

DarkLordPsycho, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Phillyz, Feb 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

zillo043068, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Ravenacht
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Ravenacht, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of JoeMc459
4/5  rDev +12.4%

JoeMc459, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +12.4%

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of WEBBEER
4/5  rDev +12.4%

WEBBEER, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of 322wingedfoot
3/5  rDev -15.7%

322wingedfoot, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of mkh895
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mkh895, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Joe610
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Joe610, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Date: 13 January 2013...
Glassware: Hoegaarden tumbler...
Occasion: Golden Globes--what, no Hobbit? Guess I will be my wife's Les Mis date tonight...
Appearance: iced tea-colored body with a pencil-thin, hazy off-white head; sparse effervescence; not really a looker...
Aroma: spruce, yes, but cinnamon and nutmeg as well?...
Taste: the molasses is sweet but palatable; the spruce is not so pronounced at the tongue--elusive, flat malts...
Palate: smooth, unexpectedly soft and medium-bodied, with a warm ending despite the 5.0 abv...
Overall: Does Ben Franklin ever get anything wrong? This is curiously mellow and drinkable, but the profile is not quite the pine cone pinata I expected... warmed me on this winter's night for sure!

dacrza1, Jan 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

mikehillman, Jan 19, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of tjkramer95
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

tjkramer95, Jan 16, 2013
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.