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

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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
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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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown in color with a 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: The nose is very woody and kind of perfumey upfront with notes of molasses on the back end

Taste: The flavor matches the nose to a T. The spruce notes and woody notes present themselves right away and its quite unique. The back end carries molasses and caramel

Mouthfeel: Thin body and mild carbonation

Overall: Different and unique and I actually quite enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 08:37:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Opaque clouded darker brown in color, two finger of tan head that leaves absolutely no lace behind but has about three minutes of retention before receding back to nothing.

S. At first I get hit by a strong hit of brown sugar smell, but than I notice dark plum odors mixed with a sahti-like level of spruce tip smell on top with quite the lovely earthy hop accent sprinkled on top.

T. Taste has a lot more emphasis on those spruce tips than the nose did, also I am getting a revisit of the caramelized brown sugar notes held within, but I also find a bit of an allspice-like kick blended in with the pine needles at the finish.

M. Medium bodied, but slightly under-carbonated and at times I get an oddball oily residual feel that fades in and out strangely...if there is a thing that I would consider needing work, this is it.

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11-27-2011 01:08:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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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

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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So, I really love the idea of historic beers...anything from an authentic, old recipe is great. In concept at least. This, however, is one of those beers that reminds me that modern brewing recipes and techniques are a wonderful thing. The beer is an amber color, with a modest white head. It's smell is tree-like, with the spruce nearly overpowering. Still, it's fresh, with a lively malt undercurrent. Really, the smell is engaging. The taste, however, is where the overwhelming comes into play. It's dry-ish, with the spruce, woody component playing against the malt. Not really all that appealing to me. Decent body, full and satisfying. Overall, this is drinkable, but very underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 23:42:42 | More by Suds
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to snifter. Packaged 2/19/11 and consumed shortly after.

A: A large 2 1/2 finger light brown foamy head lasts long and settles into a slightly uneven cap. The body is dark brown with auburn tints. Opaque except when held to light, when it becomes hazy. Spare smattering of lace in no particular pattern.

S & T: Leans more malty than hoppy with aromas of rendered caramel and toasted bread. The spruce component is noticeable, increasing in woodiness as the temperature climbs. Spice and tobacco are buried in the flavor profile, which is pretty decent for 5% ABV. Lightly bitter.

M: Light to medium light body, average carbonation. Bitter finish is accentuated by the spruce.

D: Tavern Spruce drinks a little better after a month or two. As mentioned in a previous Ales of the Revolution review, a strange concept for a year round brew. Nothing I'd go out of my way to experience again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 11:06:47 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light molasses nose and flavor is molasses and spruce. Drying finish. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Mount Vernon Gift Shop, Mount Vernon, VA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 22:24:54 | More by jdhilt
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet red pour with bright highlights when held up to the light. A quarter inch of light tan foam atop the brew. Not getting much lacing. Aromas start with caramel malts mixed with notes of spruce and a touch of molasses and dark fruit. Kind of earthy as well.

First sip brings caramel and toffee sweetness upfront with a nice kick of earthy spruce. Woody notes with molasses and a kiss of fruit. Flows down with some linger pine, pretty tasty!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with steady carbonation. Pretty easy drinking brew and I enjoy the spruce twist and the historical recipe. Have had this once before and would have it again. Thanks smokeypeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:56:48 | More by orbitalr0x
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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