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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

308 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 113
Gots: 22 | 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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mattvandyk

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-22-2013 17:17:25 | More by seeswo
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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HopHeadHerman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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Gidyup

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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elNopalero

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a clear white gold with nice foam.

It has a light, grassy aroma which turns into a crisp lemony grass flavored hop profile with pleasant bittering and a delightful finish. This is spruce tips? Fantastic!

Bright, clean, crisp and delicious. A definite stand-out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 06:59:47 | More by elNopalero
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Big78CJ

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.6%

09-10-2013 00:35:50 | More by Big78CJ
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CDubbs75

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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alfie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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ygolordned

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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JoshuaWagy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

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pwoody11

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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joe1510

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml
#139 of 886

Received this bottle in a great trade with Hoppymeal, thanks a million Derek! Short's Imperial Spruce India Pilsner pours like I'd expect of a pilsner (although not one that weighs in at 10%). Beautiful golden body with a glass full of large carbonation bubbles swirling and rushing to the surface. Every other Imperial Pilsner I've sampled has had some viscosity and you really noticed by the crawl of the carbonation. This on the other hand looks more like a standard pilsner. The dense head grew to three fingers on the pour and is cotton white. Falls to a finger plus at it's lowest and leaves big chunky patches of lace.

The smell of this beer is intense! I'm sure the flavor will be too. There's a quick flash of biscuity malts upfront but the Blue Spruce needles come fast and hard. Rosemary like at first but morphing into a glassful of Christmas tree. I'm not getting much in the hop department. Possibly some pine upfront but that's most likely the Blue Spruce. Wait! As it warms there are some citric hop qualities that wave faintly in the background. There's a touch of earthiness from the spruce needles. I can feel my sinus' clear each time I inhale. Very interesting!

The nose doesn't lie! Just as intense on the tongue as in the nose. Slightly sweet biscuity malts flash through again but the spruce needles take over quickly. My mouth all at once becomes earth, resinous, and sappy like I'm chomping on a Christmas tree. The spruce rides roughshod over my tongue. There is more hoppiness than the smell led me to believe, but doesn't show itself until the swallow. That hoppiness is lightly sweetened grapefruit and keeps the spruce from running away with things. I'm growing extremely fond of the bitterness the spruce needles leave in their path.

Most Imperial Pilsners I've sampled in the past have had far too viscous bodies for the style. This has a medium body but the lively carbonation keeps it moving at a fast pace. I can't imagine the mouthfeel being any better then what it is right now.

This bottle is going down pretty easy but the flavors are so intense one bottle is all I could handle in a sitting. The bitterness does a number on your tastebuds too so be ready.

I've been fortunate to have sampled three of Short's beers, all thanks to Derek, and every one of them has been excellent. This is one of the most unique beers I've encountered and would love to get my hands on some more spruce infused beers.

Reviewed: 3/2/08

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:01:03 | More by joe1510
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -49%

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ranokmai

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.