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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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364 Ratings

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 118
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev +2%

beergorrilla, Jan 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

hopswap1, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ssimpson89, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

JDizzle, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours a clear golden color with a thin crop of white head resting on top. Dissolves almost completely, leaving a collar of haze and a few spots of lacing.

Tons of bitter pine hops and spruce in the nose. This reminds me of Christmas tree shopping with my parents when I was a kid, very earthy, herbal and fragrant. Biscuit and grain malt with some soft sweetness. Faint warmth on the back end.

Bitter and piny right up front with tons of resiny bitterness. Sticky and juicy with herbal spruce tones that continue to remind me of Christmas trees and camping. Mild backbone with grain, lemongrass and bread. Underlying sweetness with more spruce and pine tones towards the finish with a spike of warmth and bitterness.

Medium body, well carbonated, dry and lingering on the tongue. I've been a Short's fan for a while, but this might be one of my all-time favorites. This completely demolishes nearly every other beer in the genre, while completely nailing the described intention from the label - I want more of this immediately.

xnicknj, Sep 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

shamrock071521, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of neobob187
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH Snifter/Goblet.

A: a light yellowy golden color. Small amount of head but really great lacing all over the glass as you drink it.

S: not as heavy a nose as I'd expect from a beer this flavorful. There is a nice subtle pine/spruce smell, but nothing too crazy. Also a very subtle lemon.

T: For an "Imperial Pilsner" this beer is crazy hoppy. But I'm loving every second of it. Really nice grapefruit flavor from the Alpha Hops. Huge Pine/Spruce tinge. Also some really nice lemon and peppery bitterness in the finish.

M: Some really nice carbonation, very smooth, resinous and slightly dry finish.

O: An excellent and uniquely flavorful pilsner. I can really say I would drink this all the time if I lived in Michigan still.

neobob187, Aug 30, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, light yellow with small white head that moves quickly to the edge.

S - A pine tree.

T - A pine tree with a lemony-soapy finish.

D - Mild carbonation with a light body.

O - Pine all-over the place. Some lemony-soap in the finish.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49%

mothman, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Kerrie
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Kerrie, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Picked this one up while in MI for about 2.99 for a single. Didn't realize how highly rated it was when I got it.

Pours with about a fingers worth of head and leaves a lacing after every sip. Smell is of pure spruce trees/needles. I also get a some hops on the smell. Very good smelling. Taste is very similar to the smell for me it is a little to over bearing on the spruce almost like I'm drinking a tree, but I totally appreciate what they are going for with this one. Mouthful is nice with a moderate about of carbonation and little hop bite on the end. Overall this is a solid beer from Short's and one I would welcome having again.

duceswild, Aug 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

DonFrap, Jul 31, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Jul 28, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow body lots of bubbles, 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops, Spruce leaves/tips (whatever they put in here, you can smell it).

T: So,,, the spruce tips didn't smell very pleasant, but this beer tastes quite nice. Bitterness from the hops and the spruce leaves is offset quite nicely by sweetness.

M: Crips, high carbonation, very dry finish.

O: Unique (again). Very refreshing drink. Perfect for summer.

sukwonee, Jul 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Beerontwowheels, Jul 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
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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.

superspak, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Duff27, Jul 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Acuity, Jul 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

canoale, Jul 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

MaddGeneral, Jul 07, 2012
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.