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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner

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very good

376 Ratings

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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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Photo of Kerrie
1/5  rDev -74.5%

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.

Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of sukwonee
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.

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of danp14
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Acuity
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of canoale
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of MaddGeneral
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of chromemittenman
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say but WOW. I loved this beer last year but thought, maybe it was just because of the circumstances of when I tried it. Well, this year i bought a six pack and needless to say had to go back and buy 12 more. This has to be one of the most unique beers I've ever had. The smell of spruce works SO well with the IPA and the flavor is just exceptional. This is a beer I hope to stockpile a bit more of, as last year it really lasted a long time and still tasted good.

Photo of Pat316
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jmich24
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mzeld
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Avant_Garage
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rau71
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of TimP2115
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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