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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner

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very good

381 Ratings

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 120
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.15% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-30-2007

Original batch (from Imperial Series--750 ml bottles) was 10% abv. New, 2010, 12 oz. bottles are 7.15% abv.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 151
Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! I'm only doing a brief write-up, because both of us know this beer is out of season, and it's not really worth doing a full review of something past its prime. Still, it certainly smells piny enough (though the cloudiness is a no-no - a sign of its staleness), and the taste is very spruce forward. Even still, the flavor profile seems past its prime. I can taste a really good big lager behind it all - I'll gladly give this one a second chance fresh.

2.95/5: If it's just like sucking on a pine cone past its prime, how good will it be fresh?

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Number 2 of the evening. Golden glow, fluffy white cap. The smell is Northern Michigan; I want to marry it. Taste is smooth and silky, a little bite of spruce/hop. Not something to drink a six of, but a nice slow sipper on a hot day

Photo of kogutmic
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell is wonderful, and is backed up with the taste. Love the bitterness. I love gin, and i love beer, and this is a sort of marriage of the two.
Me likey

Photo of hilgart1
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachraymer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of irish6174
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mpalestino
3.84/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

love the idea here, playing heavy spruce pine flavor and aroma with a very aggressive hopping. surprised by the color, has an almost brown hue to the pale beer, not yellow at all. big frothy head and a great aroma that smells like cutting down a christmas tree. fresh spruce, really springy and nice, maybe as much spruce as ive ever seen in a beer. the hops go with it so well, bitter and leafy and balancing well. malt is not normal pils malt to me here, its not crackery and thin, but instead a little richer, huge in body, and quite flavorful, even a touch of dry smoke it seems. the spruce is so intense when it comes on, so fresh, i love how flavorful this is, and the curious malt base seems to fit it very well. nice bog body, effervescent carbonation, and not a trace of booze on it at all. there is an almost menthol herbal intensity to it in the throat, eucalyptus or something, real strange, but not unappealing. woody and wintery, i absolutely love how different this is. top notch stuff from a brewery who had really yet to impress me. this is astoundingly delicious.

Photo of Shandycan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.92/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of xICooRsYIx
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
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