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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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373 Ratings

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 122
Gots: 39 | 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%

Keeping this short and sweet. Best beer I've ever tasted so far...

Eric1Mess, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

thickgirth, Thursday at 01:59 AM
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4/5  rDev +2%

nipiazza, Nov 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

irish6174, Nov 21, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.84/5  rDev -2%

mpalestino, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

TheSamKuehn, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

NuckleDragger, Oct 30, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

moshea, Oct 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

steggie, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

love the idea here, playing heavy spruce pine flavor and aroma with a very aggressive hopping. surprised by the color, has an almost brown hue to the pale beer, not yellow at all. big frothy head and a great aroma that smells like cutting down a christmas tree. fresh spruce, really springy and nice, maybe as much spruce as ive ever seen in a beer. the hops go with it so well, bitter and leafy and balancing well. malt is not normal pils malt to me here, its not crackery and thin, but instead a little richer, huge in body, and quite flavorful, even a touch of dry smoke it seems. the spruce is so intense when it comes on, so fresh, i love how flavorful this is, and the curious malt base seems to fit it very well. nice bog body, effervescent carbonation, and not a trace of booze on it at all. there is an almost menthol herbal intensity to it in the throat, eucalyptus or something, real strange, but not unappealing. woody and wintery, i absolutely love how different this is. top notch stuff from a brewery who had really yet to impress me. this is astoundingly delicious.

StonedTrippin, Oct 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Shandycan, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

dkw0063, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

dannycohen62, Sep 30, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev 0%

HopSavant, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Jeffrey2310, Sep 30, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

xICooRsYIx, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MacQ32, Sep 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Norseman, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jzeilinger, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

Bottle received as an extra.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells exactly as you'd expect. Heavy, heavy spruce and pine, with some mint.

The intense aroma carries over to the taste- the spruce flavor is quite overwhelming. This one's also quite hoppy, with tons of pine and grapefruit. But...if I'm being honest, the spruce is too much. It's good for about 3-4 oz, then just gets overly bitter for the sake of being bitter. There's some mint in here too, which is unexpected.

This one is medium bodied, with a very strong lingering bitterness, and a higher amount of carbonation.

This one is too heavy-handed to be taken all that seriously. I like the flavor of spruce, but it's overused here.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of jhartley
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Like drinking a Christmas tree! Very tasty.

jhartley, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of simplejj81
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Very strong pine taste, which i like. Yards brewery makes a spruce amber which is also good but tame in comparison. A good beer to share if your friends have an open mind and a broad palate.

simplejj81, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Vinithing, Sep 05, 2014
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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.