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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

343 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 114
Gots: 39 | 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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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

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
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amalburg

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-02-2014 20:53:44 | More by amalburg
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Jlaurie394


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-02-2014 17:54:08 | More by Jlaurie394
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-02-2014 03:25:39 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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thetimhortonsman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-01-2014 22:24:54 | More by thetimhortonsman
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-01-2014 12:38:38 | More by mklisz
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BeerMeBro720

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-01-2014 00:27:07 | More by BeerMeBro720
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-31-2014 03:18:52 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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PaulyB83

Michigan

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
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mcrawford

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-30-2014 22:24:19 | More by mcrawford
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deakin

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-28-2014 00:32:54 | More by deakin
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-27-2014 02:57:31 | More by Drk93TT
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Travitten

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-24-2014 02:21:49 | More by Travitten
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GrizXTKEX519

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-22-2014 14:15:47 | More by GrizXTKEX519
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-19-2014 07:08:37 | More by zestar
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broodog

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-07-2014 16:02:14 | More by broodog
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QuadriderMX

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-28-2014 02:31:35 | More by QuadriderMX
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mikerap100

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.2%

06-23-2014 07:04:59 | More by mikerap100
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Pelletben

Michigan

2/5  rDev -49.1%

06-16-2014 23:11:24 | More by Pelletben
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-05-2014 11:53:42 | More by JamesShoemaker
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uptown

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-28-2014 17:12:02 | More by uptown
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-25-2014 01:21:56 | More by stortore
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-17-2014 10:54:01 | More by DanGeo
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McBAINx

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-01-2014 23:11:57 | More by McBAINx
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.