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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: 474
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 35 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Segelstrom, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of admccabe
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I poured from bottle into pint glass, had a small head, dark amber color
S- I thought I smelled some honey, light "earthiness", something similar to coffee
T- This had a smooth taste, light taste of what I thought was pine. Had a molasses flavor, but not the "thickness" of molasses you can sometimes get with similar beers, this is where it tasted like light honey.
M- Light carbonation, suited the beer well as I think the flavors of it can be easily overwhelmed
O- Overall, I liked this beer. It was worth the purchase and I would get it again if I saw it at a bar.

admccabe, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Twal, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown, some reddish tints, good white foam. Rings around the edge. Pine nose, molasses too. Syrup as well. Taste is a subtle sweetness. Slight root beer taste. Mint/spruce sprig taste. Smooth & flavorful. Pretty damn good original recipe.

KTCamm, May 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

philaduffia, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

derekdenim, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Professor_X, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

RobertColianni, Apr 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Jason1337, Apr 22, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle > Alpine Spring glass
A - Pours a nice clear brown, one finger head with decent retention and lacing.
S - Smells like sweet toffee malt and a nice fresh pine and spruce hint with some spices, a little dried fruit, and hint of toasted nuts.
T - Good malt foundation that has just the right amount of spruce and other spices, a touch of mint and some earthy hops in the mix as well.
M - Good carbonization, well bodied, medium feel.
O - This is really refreshing and different, its not the best, but a good addition to this series.

Omnium, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

WeissBoy, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Bamarooster, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

beans923, Apr 05, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

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

DaveOB, Mar 05, 2013
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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

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

Phillyz, Feb 19, 2013
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.