Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company
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4.49/5 rDev +14.2%
This is probably my favorite offering from Shorts, so it is about time I wrote a review. My two cents, I wish this was the summer seasonal and available the whole summer.
Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a handsome golden color with a modest white head. The bubbles were fairly large and clung to the sides of the glass.
Smell - The spruce really shines in the aroma and I love it. It comes through like a really good gin.
Taste - The sour of the spruce jumps through in the initial taste. It really is a little like beer with gin notes. Gentle hop action occur with the background, melting nicely with the sourness of the spruce. The finish is clean and dry.
Mouthfeel - Recalling that this is an imperial pilsner, it runs a little thicker. The sour notes linger nicely in the back of the throat.
Overall - I usually grab a couple of sixers of this one to get me through the year. I would highly recommend cracking open a bottle with some Indian food.
08-03-2014 01:01:55 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Bottled 07/22/14
A- Pours a deep yellow, good degree of clarity, small white head. Great color for a pilsner.
S- Big evergreen, rosemary, some light citrus notes.
T- Similar to aroma, rosemary. citrus, the bitterness is spot on and note too lingering which usually is my problem with Short's bitter stuff. Has a bit of a fruity finish that good lagers have.
M- Nice full mouthfeel or a lager, and a pilsner at that.
O- This stuff is great and traditionally Short's. I can really imagine sitting among the pine tree in Northern Michigan and knocking back a few of these.
07-31-2014 03:17:22 | More by PaulyB83
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
32 oz. howler poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Clear golden body. No head. Looks flat.
Smell - Very pungent spruce. Lightly spicy and woody in the back. Some grassy hops, too.
Taste - Hops are stronger than spruce up front. Pilsner malt. Spruce builds up and turns into that woody spice that I got in the aroma. Very bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Flat as hell. Very bitter. Makes it seem sluggish.
Overall - Excellent spruce flavor. Wish it had been carbonated.
05-25-2014 21:56:56 | More by Alieniloquium
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.