Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale - Yards Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep copper color bordering on a light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. The head has a good level of retention fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather odd with a spruce/pine smell mixed with a decently strong aroma of a molasses smell as well as some brown bread. A little bit of caramel and a light herbal smell are there as well rounding out the aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a molasses and brown bread flavor with some hints of a pine nature present. The flavor is rather sweet upfront with the molasses fading some as the taste advances to the end though. While the molasses fades, some very light caramel and darker fruit flavors of fig and plum come to the tongue. These fruit and caramel flavors are very light overall though, and don’t make up for the loss of the molasses sweetness. Spruce flavors really come on more toward the end, and with the slight loss of sweet and a slight increase in the roast tastes, one is left with a rather odd pine/herbal, brown bread and moderately sugary taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body was OK for the odd mix of flavors, but a slightly higher carbonation level may have enhanced the drinkability and sweeter flavors of the brew a bit better (which were in my opinion the most pleasant).
Overall – Nothing too spectacular here. The flavors never really meld all that well, with a kind of muddled flavor overall.
05-22-2014 01:24:15 | More by Darkmagus82
3.81/5 rDev +6.7%
This is definitely a different one. It pours a deep clear brown with a thin light tan head. The aroma is interesting, with some very strong molasses notes and hints of the malt. The taste, though, is really where this beverage becomes unique. It opens with the molasses but transitions into a moderate and definitive spruce flavor. I didn't mind it and it reminds me of walking through evergreens, where the aroma from the trees is so strong you taste it. It's not overwhelming, but you can't miss it. There's a nice weight to the body and it's quite smooth. Well-made and different, it might not be one I'd drink regularly, but it's definitely worth trying.
04-27-2014 20:02:09 | More by delta490
4.16/5 rDev +16.5%
Picked this up at "Good to Go" in Chambersburg PA on road trip. Haven't seen this one in MD
Looks like a great brown ale with nice 1 finger head. Smells malty and some sweetness and a slight sulfur metallic scent but very faint.
Has a very interesting and refreshing taste. Sort of a Vienna Lager but with something else which I guess is the spruce tips. Nice and different and it works. I definitely enjoy this one after doing 4 hrs of outdoor work today. It's a very refreshing and flavorful beer. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to find it but I enjoyed it.
03-22-2014 17:39:15 | More by bubseymour
3.5/5 rDev -2%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter
A: Dark amber brown body that leaves almost no lacing. Basically no head, you only get a slight swirl of white bubbles in the middle if you swirl it. All there is is a light collar of bubbles.
S: Interesting smell here. It smells like what I would think the color red smells like. Sorry if that sounds weird, but I can't really place the scent. Slight sweetness that smells like it tastes.
T: Slightly sweet malt body that isn't like the regular taste of sweet malt. There is just this one dominant taste. Very light body, with only a slight lingering taste. I guess the difference in sweetness comes from the use of molasses and spruce.
M: Quite thin with only a tingling of bubbles/carbonation.
O: I've had douglas fir tea, but not a spruce tea. But they are both brewed with the tips. It is similar but the malt body makes it different. Different. I was most excited to try this one, but I have a feeling the porter in the series might be my favorite.
03-21-2014 07:54:33 | More by gillagorilla
4.98/5 rDev +39.5%
I love the robust depth of the nuances that play on the palate. Molasses is detectable and welcome. With Spruce tips and sprigs in the recipe, this original recipe from the Revolutionary War period, is to be cherished as an American beauty.
Nicely carbonated for those of us who enjoy a tinkle mouth feel.
03-09-2014 21:36:54 | More by Ursula1007
3.51/5 rDev -1.7%
A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of molasses are present in the nose along with notes of dark malts and hints of spruce.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some hints of initial sweetness; there are notes of spruce tips in the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't that bad for a beer that followed Ben Franklin's original recipe. The spruce flavors aren't that strong, but seem to keep this from being too sweet.
03-09-2014 15:55:23 | More by metter98
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.