Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company
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Reviews by matt20102:
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Wow- where to begin? You don't come across a beer like this everyday. If you didn't know that it was a 'spruce' beer you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was a really strong IPA without much bitterness- but everything else that American hops contribute to a beer. This beer is resinous and hoppy but not necessarily bitter. The word 'resinous' keeps coming to mind. This is an odd beer- there's no ignoring this fact. It is good, though. The malt is well-managed and plays the right second fiddle to the hops and spruce which is meant to be center-stage. The spruce is interesting is that it really isn't 'piney' at all. Once again, it is the resinous nature that is the overriding flavor component.
The aroma is really quite faint, consisting mostly of pine resin. Pours with a short head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.
Definitely try this beer, if only for it's unusual nature, although you might be best advised to split that 6-pack among friends. That being said, it does what it's trying to do exquisitely well.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2011 00:58:47 | More by matt20102
More User Reviews:
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
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
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
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