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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 122
Gots: 38 | 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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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.

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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,

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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.

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.