1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 291
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.88%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Imperial Spruce India Pilsner Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 138 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

A generous dose of high alpha hops was not enough for Short's Brewing so they had to resort to using blue spruce needles to kick it up a notch. Oddly, this might be the new trend if hop prices become too excessive.

The clear orangey golden color displays a very active carbonation as tin bubbles stream to the top. The head is quite amazing with an excellent retention and rings of lace are left after each sip. Whoa! Massive, in-your-face aroma with a sharp crest of spruce and deep undercurrent of pungent hops. Slick and smooth, full body with a solid carbonation. Big mouthful of spruce to start, the taste buds try and beg for mercy but the spruce character weighs heavy until the hops come in for a few licks. Bitterness is not subtle at all with a sharpness that is strong enough to cut through the spruce flavor from middle to end. The alcohol lands right in the middle with a noticeable warmth but never becomes hot; malt flavors toss up biscuity flavors and a touch of sweetness. The finish is cleaner than we thought it was going to be with a lingering hop bitterness and spruce on the breath.

Definitive proof that Short's Brewing knows what extreme beer is all about. No pussyfooting here, taste and learn because this one is the real thing. Without a doubt the combo of spruce and hops within a big lager works.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:03:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
Photo of GinsuDave
GinsuDave

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

04-05-2014 01:50:02 | More by GinsuDave
Photo of OMills
OMills

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

04-02-2014 22:26:17 | More by OMills
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-14-2014 04:29:45 | More by jaydoc
Photo of dirtydisk
dirtydisk

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

01-03-2014 04:36:24 | More by dirtydisk
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-13-2013 02:08:30 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of target88
target88

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-03-2013 15:29:49 | More by target88
Photo of tommyguz
tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-03-2013 03:40:33 | More by tommyguz
Photo of chugalug06
chugalug06

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very light yellow brew with lots of haze and very moderate lacing. Nothing remarkable. Small white head too.

Nice smooth aroma. Slight musty aroma. Lemon and orange. Peanuts with noticeable spruce tips. NICE!

Great dry earthy bitterness with good green after taste. Sweetness is well placed. Only the wet slimy after taste detracts, not greatly, but still detracts. Nice well rounded flavors, complex, deep, unique. You can definitely taste the spruce tips, both in flavors and feel.

Well done, Shorts!!! A great brew, not experimental, but well thought out and executed. Thanks abanton for the hookup, glad I finally got around to this one! Held up well too.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:11:56 | More by chugalug06
Photo of mattvandyk
mattvandyk

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-21-2013 22:47:07 | More by mattvandyk
Photo of Omensetter
Omensetter

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

11-19-2013 06:48:04 | More by Omensetter
Photo of BEERschlitz
BEERschlitz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

10-24-2013 18:10:21 | More by BEERschlitz
Photo of seeswo
seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-22-2013 17:17:25 | More by seeswo
Photo of FrankHammer
FrankHammer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-21-2013 16:13:16 | More by FrankHammer
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-15-2013 16:50:53 | More by nmann08
Photo of HopHeadHerman
HopHeadHerman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-14-2013 20:19:25 | More by HopHeadHerman
Photo of Dawkins
Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-08-2013 22:37:57 | More by Dawkins
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-04-2013 00:12:30 | More by BrewtalHonesty
Photo of MSandahl23
MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-28-2013 05:54:45 | More by MSandahl23
Photo of jschott75
jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

09-15-2013 00:22:29 | More by jschott75
Photo of Gidyup
Gidyup

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-11-2013 13:59:04 | More by Gidyup
Photo of elNopalero
elNopalero

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a clear white gold with nice foam.

It has a light, grassy aroma which turns into a crisp lemony grass flavored hop profile with pleasant bittering and a delightful finish. This is spruce tips? Fantastic!

Bright, clean, crisp and delicious. A definite stand-out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 06:59:47 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Big78CJ
Big78CJ

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

09-10-2013 00:35:50 | More by Big78CJ
Photo of CDubbs75
CDubbs75

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.5%

09-07-2013 02:16:36 | More by CDubbs75
Photo of alfie
alfie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-06-2013 15:17:43 | More by alfie
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.