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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 113
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews by coldmeat23:
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsner Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, fridge chilled for approx 20 minutes
BOTTLE #499 of 866
Thanks to Popkas for this one!

This one pours a clear, golden, amber color. A mild pour produces a creamy, white, head that appears to be around three-fingers high. As it crests the rim of the glass though, it keeps going, almost with new life and overflows at least a good swallow or two. Nicely active, even after three years in the cellar. The retention is very good and the lacing is sticky and plentiful.
Impressive appearance.

I had a sample (about 3oz.) of this one at about one-year old. I can say that the nose has definitely subsided abit, but is still quite inviting.
The spruce notes are still here and there is a nice piney hops presence, though the hops have faded somewhat. There is a nice, bready, yeasty quality here, that I don't have in my previous notes. A light maltiness is still detected, although it's a little easier to find than it was two years ago.

The malt and yeast notes hit your palate first, in a big way. This only lasts far about a second or so, though. Then you get slaughtered by big notes of pine sap, grapefruit peel, and a big burst of spruce flavor. The next taste is almost exactly the same.
You get a sweet taste that's followed by a drying effect, that sucks in your cheeks and makes you want another sip, so that you can get a little bit more of that sweetness. This brings a moment of relief, then the bitterness kicks right back in and the cycle resumes.
Very tasty!

This is medium-bodied, yet has an underlying 'oily-thickness' that makes it seem more full than that. The carbonation level is medium, but is full of those teeny, tiny, little bubbles that make beers so much more creamy and delightful.

The 10.00%abv brings a slight sweetness and a warming touch with it. This is the part of this beer that will keep it from perfection, as far as drinkability. Other than that, it is very easy to consume and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 21:01:49 | More by coldmeat23
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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.