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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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365 Ratings

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Ratings: 365
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%

domfreego, Aug 19, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +10.2%

hightreasonaleworks, Aug 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

mikejonze, Aug 15, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

faction666, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

_morandi_, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

skinnypete16, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duuude, seriously. At long last, I'm trying this beer. I wanted it last year, but it was one of the only Short's releases I missed, and it was one of the ones I wanted to try the most. Hope this doesn't let me down. $2.49 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. There's a date on the bottle, but it was pressed funny, so I can't read it. Almost looks like 22/7/14. If this were England... this would be a pretty damn fresh bottle of a beer!

Appearance: Beautiful. Semi-aggressive pour gives about two fingers of creamy, sticking-to-the-glass head. The color is semi-hazy golden orange.

Smell: Was this bottled yesterday? Holy hell. There are piney smelling hops, and then there's this -- it truly does smell like pine sap/freshly grown pine needles. There's then a fair amount of citrus in there from other sorts of hops... what a unique smelling beer. The combination of it all smells like walking through a pine tree filled forest after a good rain. It seriously smells like it could be a body wash.

Taste/feel: Good Lord this beer is exactly as described. Completely and utterly strange, but it manages to work. Holy hell is that unusual. Beginning to end, it's like you're chewing on pine needles (you know, without that unfortunate prickly texture of death). Assertive sort of hop oil and pine sap bitterness and stickiness, but there's still a very nice amount of sweet malts in there to keep this beer fairly balanced. Finish is clean, slightly piney and citrusy, but mostly with a nice caramel malt flavor lingering. The feel was unexpected -- very creamy feel to this beer with only a slight hint of prickly carbonation underneath... I would have preferred at least a little less creaminess, as it's a bit too heavy for my liking, especially for what's described as a pilsner. It feels a lot bigger than its ABV, although the alcohol can't be tasted or felt at all.

This is the definition of a hit or miss beer for many people, but if you come in seeing this beer and enjoying everything pine, you'll adore it... this beer doesn't disappoint. Massive pine characteristics with a bit of citrusy smelling and tasting hops with a super awesome malt backbone to keep this beer from slumping into the waaay too intensely bitter category.

I really enjoy this beer, but I doubt I could have more than a bottle of it. That pine note is super intense. Regardless, pick this one up without a second thought, assuming you don't hate the smell or taste of pine.

Alextricity, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep gold with a one-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of pine needles and light citrus.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice amount of citrus. The citrus fades into spruce tips and lots of piney hops. The finish is strong pine with a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a really good offering from Short's. Well balanced with lots of great piney flavors.

TreyIsWilson, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

blatantlocalism, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kenny400m, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Buck_Jones, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

MJKauz, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jeffwright, Aug 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Cerebus, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

goast8127, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

RDQueena, Aug 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

DanielGJ0, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

EdFed, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Prager62, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

BenRex, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

wtkphoto, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Stu_Grimson, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Deputy, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JohnnyHopps, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

amalburg, Aug 02, 2014
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.