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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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Tremendous aroma from the tips of the tree, I enjoyed this forest. Grapefruit body with white lasting head. Carbonation there and helps drinkability, which is easy. Taste is piney,juicy, a bit of citrus. Saaz hops? ABove average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:58:13 | More by Sammy
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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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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Steve for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Intense floral and herbal hop aroma with lots and lots of spruce notes. An almost lemon pine sol sort of smell to it. Candied lemon peel and a bit of sweet malt.

T: Tastes almost completely of spruce and pine needles. Very lemony as well. Quite a bit of woody, maybe a little bit of fruit, too. Some sweet malt and a lot of savory flavors, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Just way too much spruce flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 20:42:31 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge head that retains beautifully and leaves a lot of lace around the pilsner glass

Smell: Clearly some fruity hops are in there to balance out the spruce, but this is one spryly aromatic beer; as you consume this beer, the aroma will clear out your sinuses

Taste: From the outset, the piney flavor joins the fruit and then just smashes it to smithereens, becoming both medicinal and minty by mid-palate; after the swallow, if you can imagine it, the flavors kick up another notch, although the underlying sweetness of the pilsner malt finally makes its presence felt

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: A fascinating experiment, and I do like it, although only in small quantities, I have to admit

Thanks, hoppymeal, for another opportunity to sample beer from this amazing brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 22:01:14 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to jale for giving me this bottle just because. Thanks again!

Pours a slightly-hazed golden-orange color with a good white head with mild retention time and a slight collar on the way down. The nose is incredible with ginormous amounts of heavy spruce and pine. Really quite awesome. The taste follows down the same path. Not sure how else to describe this other than to say that the spruce character is nearly overwhelming and I absolutely love it. Bitter and resinous, the mouthfeel is killer. I could drink this until my mouth completely dried out. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:22:14 | More by Thorpe429
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beertooth for busting out this one...review from notes.

Poured a glimmering hazed gold. Sweet sticky alpha hop aroma, spruce, high quality caramel. Pretty wild that this still has so much aroma 2 years down the road. Sticky, resiny sweet with a building herbal spruce or spearmint flavor that culminates in a long bitter finish. Body is thick and robust for a Pilsner, there's a spicy tingle on the finish, that must be what chewing on spruce needles tastes like. Overall good in small doses, definitely a fine example of creative brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 18:53:46 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe recently, this was not easy for me to drink, it is a liquid tree. I did not like it as much as others.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, interesting.

Aroma is spruce...like pine extract...super strong.

Beer is too dry, too high in alcohol, and too....much like a tree. I do get everything you'd expect from licking a tree including wood and spruce needles, it's just way too much for me. Congratulations, it's a tree, you've done it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 18:55:25 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Careful pour prevents the sediment from going and yields a very light fizzy head that dissipates very quickly, crystal clear watery barely banana yellow color.

Nose is a little weird, starts with a light booze and esters with a big almost double Belgian blond like, light phenols almost, a light pine spruce tree sap like, and a weird musty almost arm pit like.

Taste starts with a bitter pine sap, and turns quickly to an icky dirt taste, like pure soil, acidic soil that came from under a pine tree. Definite spruce tip flavor, followed by big resinous astringent bitterness as well as spicy earthy hops. Underneath that is a bit of blond malts, sweet and slightly estery, maybe even phenols. Finish is a long bitter pine sap spruce tip flavor, nagging bitterness and a bit astringent, some spicy chewy hops too, and still a bit sweet and sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb.

Overall a very unique beer. It wants to be that beer that reminds me of walking and chewing on the forest spruce lined sap and soil covered earth. However, they seem to have added extra earthy spicy chewy hops on top of it which was not needed and brings it down. It is bitter and astringent, earthy soil flavored, and malts and yeast at least bring nice Belgian blond flavors, esters and hint of phenols even which accent the spruce nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:59:27 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color, the head was white. The retention fades and doesn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer is spruce, big time herbal spruce aromas... Very pungent. The taste is also very much full of spruce but it's also nicely balanced. The spruce is huge upfront then settles into a nice dry bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, very drinkable. Overall pretty damn impressive. It's got a ton of spruce flavors so if you're up for it give it a try. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:04:02 | More by Knapp85
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A capped 750 mL bottle picked up at the brewpub during our summer Michigan tour.

A: The pilsner is a hazy golden straw color. The base of my tumbler radiates a bright orange hue. The pils is translucent, hazed without the accompanying sediment. A thick head, nearly three fingers of billowy foam, left plenty of dried lace behind.

S: The spruce really stands out in the nose, overpowering with a sweet needle syrup. Honey and excessive hops round out the nose. The aromas are very appetizing for being 2+ years old.

T: Pow! I've had hoppy beers that my wife refers to as tree-like, but this one takes the cake. The sweet, sappy flavors coat the palate, softening the impact of the excessive hops. The spruce is floral and intoxicatingly strong, a sappy blast of flavor that ends with mint. Caramel and pale malts are a support system for the spruce. Bold hops, or the remnants of those hops, still linger with a strong bitterness (if this is the hop profile after two years, I'd scared of what it originally tasted like). The beer has plenty of booze lingering around, mingling with the spruce. Pow!

M: The mouthfeel is arboreal, dripping with sweet minty spruce. I've had sahti, even Siletz's spruce ale but this takes the cake. Pow!

D: The pils is complex. That complexity, including the overpowering spruce flavor, makes finishing the bottle difficult. Pow!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 01:49:26 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 1/13/10. Bottle I believe care of goryshkewych, thanks!

Poured into a sniffer, this brew appears a perfectly clear golden yellow color with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly recedes. It leaves lacework on the glass that is a bit leggy.

The aroma of this brew is hoppy with lemon scents, a bit earthy and is strikingly reminescent of a holiday wreath. A big, bold scent of spruce sits overtop a light amount of fruity esters which seems a bit out of place for the style but overall is enjoyable in that Short's different kind of way.

The taste of this brew is herbal with lemon and quite a bold, oily and resinous feel. The spruce is not subtle at all, it is very bold, bitter and lasting. Somewhat grassy in flavor to an extent as it warms, this brew is significantly more bitter than expected with a lasting spruce taste inside the mouth.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The spruce brings out a lemon and oily bitterness which is very bold. Certainly not your typical pilsner, this brew was a little rough going down. Interesting take on the style and certainly something different that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 14:51:41 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass. Thanks go to splax23 for a couple of these in trade.

Pours a clear gold, with at least 3 fingers of rich bright-white foamy head. This shrinks down considerably but still holds tight with a ¾ finger dollop of creamy froth, which leaves some thick rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. Wow, the aroma is spruce tips all the way! Kind of like a fresh and floral forest scent that is only strengthened by the piney nature of the hops. There is also a sharp and leafy earthiness to this that is maybe even a little bit dank as well. The Pils malts still have a good presence themselves though here, with a stiff bready sweetness that fills out the back of the nose.

This taste just like it smells and if you've ever wondered what a handful of spruce needles tastes like, here's your chance. The needles and hops combine to give this a VERY resinous, earthy, and green citric bitterness that bites hard. The malts do a good job here though, imparting a grainy splash of grainy bready sweetness helps cut the bitterness some. Man that piney bitterness REALLY lingers aggressively on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a solidly crisp smoothness to it that is in thanks in part to the hoppy oily slickness that helps ease some of the harsher aspects of the bitterness here. I'm detecting no alcohol here whatsoever for an over 7% beer. This just has a great overall feel to it and I'm glad that they decided to tone the ABV down some.

While I personally liked this, I could definitely see how some might not. I will say that the boldness of the profile does subside some as this warms up, leaving behind a lot of flavor but with less bitterness than when this first starts out. The crisp killer body on this ultimately really makes this though, keeping everything together and in check. This was my first experience with a spruce tip beer and I really dug it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 16:48:18 | More by Kegatron
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this bottle(#25/886)...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that fades into a mild head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spruce, pine needles, tree sap, and heavy citrus...very odd but enticing.
Taste is of weird flavors with notes of sap, funk, strange spicing, and even notes of ginger.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, & yeasty spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:49:47 | More by weeare138
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this thanks to gford217 - thanks!

Pours a copper-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of robust pilsener malts with good amounts of pine hop flavors and a touch of bitterness and alcohol.

Tastes better than it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined almost immediately by pine flavors, and not pine hop flavors but straight off the tree pine needle flavors. However, somehow the pine manages not to overpower and carries through until a mildly bitter ending leaving a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This isn't the tastiest DIPA I've ever had but I keep drinking it out of awe of the sheer amount of pine flavors.

Overall this is easily the piniest beer that I've had, and it surprised me by not being too over the top. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:49:41 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer appears a clear, golden hue with a white head and some decent lacing.

S: The aroma is really powerful, with a huge bouquet of spruce and rosemary.

T: The taste is a huge blast of pine trees and hops. The spruce and hop flavors are incredibly fresh and flavorful. I really respect the way Short's brewing pushes the limits of craft beer and still produces a very drinkable and enjoyable final product. This is really an amazing beer.

M: It's not something of which I want more than one glass, or possibly two, but it's a terrific beer in small quantities.

D: What a cool beer and beer experience. I definitely recommend it if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 18:03:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to akorsak for sharing this, this was the 12oz version.

The beer is deep golden like apple juice with great clarity and thick cream cap, carbonation is visible and lace sticks haphazardly. The smell is both vegetal and pungent like a fresh cut spruce bough, the hops seem to come through as more vegetal/herbal but the spruce really is the main aroma drowning out most of the malt aroma. The feel is smooth and spicy with slight hop bitterness which turns to a sharp prickly acidic spicy texture as it goes down.

The Flavor is intriguing to me, it tastes as you might expect with some bitterness present from the hops with slight citrus edge, but mild in relation to the deep woody and almost tannic sharp acidic and earthy pine-like taste that comes forward in the peripheral and lasts into the finish with only a mild amount of pilsner malt light cracker elements. Overall I found this to live up to the name, it was woody but not so astringent that it was undrinkable. I found the feel to be not very pilsner-like, but that really isn't the point of this. The spruce is conveyed in the taste more than any other spiced or other flavored beer and still compliments the base beer very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:07:28 | More by Slatetank
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kbeals dropped us off a 12oz bottle of this treat a while back... shared with the normal peeps.... Thanks Kevin!!

Pours with a nice 1" sticky white head.... hazy yellow brew.

Nose is about what expected... Big blast of pine that is blurring the line between hops and conifer.

Flavor begins with a huge bitterness that only sorta makes way for some minor pale malts and then the pine boughs and spruce tips pummel everything into a dry sorta minty finish... oily and resinous... the body seems a touch light given the full frontal assault laid down by the pine... carbonation seems about right.

Another great beer from Shorts and my homeboy Kevin!! I didn't care for this as much as the boys, but it was still very nice.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 06:50:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared very graciously by gford217 at the Brick Store Pub awhile ago. I'm fascinated by these Short's beers, and especially by this one. I happen to be a fan of that spruce flavor, and I strongly suspect that more than a few batches of spruce beers were made by the early settlers. If you like gin, you'll probably love this beer as its got that same strong piney aroma and taste- but sharper and sappier, that gin gets from juniper. Pours a hazy golden with a thin wispy head. Not too bad for a beer this strong that's been around for a while. Smells strongly of spruce and juniper, like a northern forest on a warm day, and with undercurrents of candi sugar. The taste once again spotlights the spruce with the sappy snap of pine ringing out against just enough malt to provide a nice framework for the spruce. You may or may not care for this, but for what it is I think it is perfect and very nicely balanced- this is clearly still beer, and not a spruce eau de vie. Smooth and piney, but not sticky or sappy or too bitter in the mouthfeel. Extremely interesting beer and well crafted from this most exciting brewery. Thanks a bunch, Grant. I'd been wanting to try this for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 00:01:46 | More by Georgiabeer
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 6/14/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with very good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good spotty lacing clings down the glass as you drink; with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, citrus peel, grapefruit, bread, herbal, floral, spruce, pine, grass, and earthiness. Very nice aromas that are extremely unique; and have great balance with a nice hop profile as well. Taste of big orange, pine, grapefruit, lemon, pepper, spruce, floral, earth, and big herbal spiciness. Nice amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, spruce, floral, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Great bitterness and hop flavor balance with the malt profile; with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice fairly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent and unique imperial pilsner. Great hop profile and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:57:32 | More by superspak
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, Brickhouse - Madison

from notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright hazed golden body, light filmy white cap

smell: spruce tips, floral citrus hops, pilsner malts. unique and potent

taste: ive had this a few times at festivals in the past and have always enjoyed - the spruce tips really make drinking this beer a cathartic experience that places your palate deep in the forest - green and fresh, earthy and organic, hoppy yet still traceable back to the pilsner malts. Nice.

mouthfeel: fresh and clean, medium-light body

overall: very nice

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 23:47:40 | More by dirtylou
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gford217

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Randy for passing along this rarity, bottle #466, shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a light clear golden amber with a creamy off-white head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is seriously fragrant and jumped out of the bottle. It's dominated by the spruce and pine with some grassy notes and only a hint of the underlying malts. Plenty of similarities to this aroma and that of gin.

The taste is even more intense. I have to imagine this is the closest I'll get to drinking straight spruce sap. There is some juniper and grassy hops as well, but the hops have faded to the point that the spruce steals the show completely. I'd mentioned the underlying malts but I'm not sure I could really taste them.

Them mouthfeel is definitely on the fuller side of things and pretty thick and sticky on the palate.

Well, being a lover of pine hops, I was really looking forward to this one and it absolutely delivered the goods. It's certainly intense and probably a little over-the-top, but since it's intensity is focused on something I enjoy so much, I've got no other option but to love this beer. Thank you Short's!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:00:12 | More by gford217
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

646th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
12 oz.

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one

App- A light mid yellow with a semi puffy one finger head. A little bit of a hazy, muddled color as well. Slow to recede with nice cling lines.

Smell- Wow, this thing is very aromatic with a lot of pine, resin. A little bitter on the nose and get some sweet notes.

Taste- There is a lot going on in this glass. Very layered profile of flavors with some pine, then bitter, some hoppy notes. It's a unique taste to this one.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A bit malty aftertaste but loses the bitter and pine.

Drink- This was very tasty little beer that was quite new and unique to me. I'm not normally a pilsner fan and even more a double or imperial. Shorts does some good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 14:50:29 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

A: Light somewhat cloudy golden yellow hue. Nice head that shows good retention and some lace.

S: Huge aroma of pine, and honey.

T: Holy hell. This one tastes of pine. Not the kind of pine you get from hops, but real pine sap. It's like sucking sap stright from a tree. Earthy, sappy, great. Unique.

M: On the fuller side of medium, sweet, chewey, full bodied.

D: Can't drink a ton of this one, but damn is it unique and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:24:58 | More by tpd975
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #99 of 886.

Pours a faintly cloudy golden hay with a cumulus pillow of thick, rocky, light beige head. Exceptional lacing. Doughy biscuit and buttered roll malts hide behind a big wall of grapefruit and marmalade hops and an incredible fresh spruce needle/sap aroma. Wow. The name does not lie: this is a spruced beer! Conventional, herbal hop bitterness hits up front. Caramel and powdered sugar pastry malt mix with rummy fruits mid-palate. There's considerable sweetness coming from these malt flavors, but the citrus, minty, and mostly evergreen hop bitterness and the huge spruce needle/sap more than balance it out. The finish is so herbally bitter and spruce-y that I can hardly believe it. Phenomenal. Full-bodied with a syrupy feel (although the finish is drier). So intensely spruce-y and hoppy that it would be hard for even the most hophead of BAs to drink more than one bottle. But what an experience!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:03:46 | More by alexgash
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!). Bottle # 251 / 886.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of spruce, grassy, and citrus. Tastes follow suit. LIght fruitiness as well. Definitely spruce in there!

Notes from 2/8/08

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:17:36 | More by hopdog
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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
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