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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 114
Gots: 27 | 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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funkel81

California

1/5  rDev -74.5%

08-05-2013 01:18:31 | More by funkel81
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Kerrie

Michigan

1/5  rDev -74.5%

08-25-2012 04:06:06 | More by Kerrie
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Piddmeista

California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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SocalKicks

California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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akang

California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

08-05-2013 03:44:33 | More by akang
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Rau71

California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

04-22-2012 18:52:21 | More by Rau71
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CoolEthan

California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

08-05-2013 01:23:34 | More by CoolEthan
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

07-28-2012 01:22:33 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -49%

08-18-2013 00:49:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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Pelletben

Michigan

2/5  rDev -49%

06-16-2014 23:11:24 | More by Pelletben
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2/5  rDev -49%

08-26-2012 17:40:34 | More by mothman
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marine1975

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -49%

02-13-2012 23:37:11 | More by marine1975
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -49%

02-14-2012 01:26:13 | More by GehenHerzog
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mzeld

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

06-28-2012 00:44:30 | More by mzeld
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OMills

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

04-02-2014 22:26:17 | More by OMills
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pour is a pale yellow, hazed, with a thin bubbly white head. Nose is piney and different, fair amount of pine with light lemon and herbal hop, notes of pepper. Taste is heavy pine sol, some lemon and pepper, body is syrupy and disjointed, favors are off putting and harsh, harsh carbonation, overly piney and artificial chemical notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 13:38:46 | More by cpetrone84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Another in the imperial series I decided to open up last night. This one I was rather waiting for to be honest as I have had poor luck with spruce in general, but alas here we go, what a mess. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/04/2009.
The pour was the best part, crystal clear amber with a nice head of white on top that only barely settled down as the night went on. Amazing clear copper color though. The aroma as well, loaded down with spruce and piney like aromas had a decent malt balance to it that gave it a thick, yet not overwhelming profile. Then I took a sip. Then I gagged. Wow, talk about overkill here. It was spruce alright, like drinking the water in my tree stand. Way too harsh and obnoxious here, almost no balance to it at all, it was just harsh, harsh spruce tip and car air freshener like taste. Wow. Light body and the alcohol was hidden well but this was just flat out undrinkable. Very rarely could I ever say that, but this was undrinkable.
Overall would have been better served by being toned down a good bit, but it was just way overboard. Sometimes you don't need to go soo big with things,

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 18:20:56 | More by mikesgroove
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danp14

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

07-18-2012 14:29:00 | More by danp14
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jt31914

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice pale color, with a finger of head or so. Nice lacing.

S: Smells kind of fruity with some spruce notes to balance it out. Not bad.

T: This is where the beer loses it for me; it tastes like straight up tree, which just is not a turn on for me. It just doesn't taste like a pilsner to me, just a spruce tree; I would rather just have the curl again - that was the best pilsner I've ever had.

M/D: yea... it was alright, smooth, but just such a weird taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:30:26 | More by jt31914
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Omensetter

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

11-19-2013 06:48:04 | More by Omensetter
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enelson

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

07-12-2013 16:59:25 | More by enelson
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baconsausage

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Have you ever put a bit of spruce sap right in your mouth to see how it tastes? Having spent a lot of time in the woods I have done this on many occasions, cause I like the taste. I cant say the same of this beer.

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin head of white bubbles. Pure spruce in the nose, with just a hint of hops and sweet malt. This has all the apperence of a beer, but almost none of the taste. Like eating spruce sap right from the tree. Way too much spruce for me. I drank half of my half of the bottle and topped off my glass with whatever pale ale I was drinking, and that was about as much spruce as I wanted in this beer. I was looking forward to trying this (as I do alot of Shorts beers), and was dissapointed (as I am with a lot of Shorts beers).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 18:29:57 | More by baconsausage
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hopswap1

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

12-11-2012 15:50:25 | More by hopswap1
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CMUbrew

Michigan

2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Clear body and straw yellow in color. Didn't get much head on the pour, although I poured slow to leave the sediment in the bottle. Carbonation isn't overly active.

S: Very herbal. The spruce must be playing a big role in this beer, because I haven't smelled one like this before. Spruce, and a little bit of piney hop and earthiness.

T: Big spruce flavor here. Completely unlike anything I've ever tasted in a beer. Sappy pine needles and a somewhat dirty earth flavor. Some hop flavor in the background. I can't say that I like the taste.

M: Pretty standard pilsner feel, albeit a tad low on carbonation. Very dry.

O: The only Short's beer to date I haven't enjoyed. The huge herbal spruce flavor just doesn't work for me, as only the tiniest amount of hop flavor attempts to balance it. Not my thing, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:10:21 | More by CMUbrew
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-08-2013 22:37:57 | More by Dawkins
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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.