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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.88%
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

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Tchfunkta

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Mississippi

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Texas

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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claminat420

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got at short's a couple days ago.

A- poured a transparent golden color. frothy white head that left a nice bit of lacing.

S- just some crazy pine needles.

T- the pine needles are hit more with the hops i can tell. i drank a 12oz bottle yesterday and have to say that. really delicious.

M- seems more lighter bodied coming in the growler. good carbonation.

Drinkability- shoulda got another growler!

Overall- the growler tastes alil different than the bottle. like i said it seems like the hops are coming through more there. really tasty!

Serving type: growler

08-19-2011 02:46:53 | More by claminat420
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BMoney575

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-7-10

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a fizzy white head that leaves a great ring of lacing that covers the entire glass as it settles.

Smell is extreme pine needles, with a huge amount of citrus hop sweetness to push it over the edge. Unlike anything I've ever had, and unbelievably good.

Taste is exactly where the smell leads you, thick pine resin flavor that is so strong it almost has a meaty quality. The hops come in next, lightening things up with flavors of citrus and even more pine. The finish is thick and sweet, pine all the way. Very strong, but not overwhelming. Ridiculously well made.

Mouthfeel is perfect, thick to go with the badass pine and hops.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the alcohol is well handled and the pine, amazingly, is very refreshing.

Overall, a unique and epic beer, that ranks with the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 23:22:09 | More by BMoney575
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bottle to an english pub mug.

Clear golden with a huge two inch head and nice thick lace.

Smells lick a pine forrest and/or being slapped in the face with a pine tree branch and a bag of car air freshner's.

Taste is a smooth blend of high alpha piney and citrus hops with a nice melding of malts and honey.

Freakin' smooth as all hell a real hop lovers delight.

Delisiously quaffable at 10%, ouch!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 13:59:44 | More by GordonQuid
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rallison

California

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #150 shared amongst some good friends at a little Homebrew fest pre-party. Huge thanks to northernbrews for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this gem.

This is one of the most unique and well pulled off beers I have had in a long time. The double pilsner base beer is nicely soft and creamy (carbonation is low to medium and works perfectly) with an almost toffee-like sweetness. The spruce tips are absolutely amazing - the aroma here is all spruce. Think of the most piny beer you've smelled...but take it that next step to where the smell really is from a tree. The growth was obviously early growth, with a great freshness. The taste? Like sucking on a tasty, tasty Christmas tree. As strong as the spruce flavor is, you can still taste that nice pilsner behind it.

Incredible. I really hope some other brewers get on the spruce tip bandwagon...perfect response to the hop shortage! And with that, I bump this one up to the 10 reviews it needs to be in the top 10 for style, and deservedly so!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 06:45:36 | More by rallison
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sfoley333

Brazil

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this bottle since Feb. when I did a trade for several shorts beer with Hoppymeal(Thanks Derek), and wanted to open it ever since. Bottle number #202 of 886 poured into Pizza Port 6th Ann Real ale glass. Pours a golden hazy color with a very slight orange tint and a thick white foamy head, good lacing on the head. Smell is like the name, I got a huge whiff of pine mixed with some citrus and a little spice in the background inter mixing with a sweet malt profile. Taste is pine sap and lots of it but still layers of citrus and bitter sweet malt profile. Mouthfeel is light body with low carbonation. I wish I had another bottle of this beer, I love hops but now I love Spruce and hops together. This beer should be made year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 04:00:13 | More by sfoley333
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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.