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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner

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BA SCORE
88
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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
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Reviews by matt20102:
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matt20102

Michigan

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
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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.