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

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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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to jzeillinger for this, poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden bidyy, thin head and the spruce isn't overdone, nicely nuanced. Ends a bit thin.

papat444, Aug 21, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Dark amber-brown, cloudy, hazy
S: Smells slightly like bubblegum, but mostly like a 40 ounce Olde English with fluorescent and aromatic notes
T: Taste like a nice balance of malts with spearmint and pine notes. The spruce tastes like amixture of nature and flowery (not perfumy) notes
M: Nice consistency, very refreshing while not being overly malted and not too thick
O: Very interesting beer. One of the most interesting I have ever had. I do not even know if it is technically a beer since Yards calls the beer a malt beverage. A nice complexion of malts that is impressively complex, but drinkable at the same time

CarlosRuizsChauffeur, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Perfectly clear garnet with a one finger head of tight bubbles.

S- floral and malty with some brown sugar, plum, toast and sweet herbal notes. Nothing screams "spruce" but fairly interesting.

T- again fruitiness and brown sugar/molasses character dominates with a tangy and lightly bitter finish. Herbal character builds with each sip but is more rosemary, sage and sweet herbs than pine.

M- low carbonation and seemingly low attenuation gives the beer a slight syrupy character that goes well with the molasses and keeps the herbality in check.

O- a very interesting beer, not what I expected and not something I would want regularly but definitely worth a try and maybe an occasional return.

Guden, Aug 02, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Ozzylizard, Jul 25, 2014
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MasterPenguins, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

oriolesfan4, Jul 21, 2014
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.