Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 122
Gots: 38 | 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:
Original batch (from Imperial Series--750 ml bottles) was 10% abv. New, 2010, 12 oz. bottles are 7.15% abv.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-30-2007)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Bottle received as an extra.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells exactly as you'd expect. Heavy, heavy spruce and pine, with some mint.

The intense aroma carries over to the taste- the spruce flavor is quite overwhelming. This one's also quite hoppy, with tons of pine and grapefruit. But...if I'm being honest, the spruce is too much. It's good for about 3-4 oz, then just gets overly bitter for the sake of being bitter. There's some mint in here too, which is unexpected.

This one is medium bodied, with a very strong lingering bitterness, and a higher amount of carbonation.

This one is too heavy-handed to be taken all that seriously. I like the flavor of spruce, but it's overused here.

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
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