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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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jacksonweite

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-07-2013 00:16:45 | More by jacksonweite
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Scotthuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

08-06-2013 00:58:59 | More by Scotthuller
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-05-2013 18:34:41 | More by rjcoy06
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California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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California

1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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funkel81

California

1/5  rDev -74.5%

08-05-2013 01:18:31 | More by funkel81
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BHansen214

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-04-2013 20:26:58 | More by BHansen214
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AaronGreenman

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-04-2013 02:49:24 | More by AaronGreenman
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CMUbrew

Michigan

2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Clear body and straw yellow in color. Didn't get much head on the pour, although I poured slow to leave the sediment in the bottle. Carbonation isn't overly active.

S: Very herbal. The spruce must be playing a big role in this beer, because I haven't smelled one like this before. Spruce, and a little bit of piney hop and earthiness.

T: Big spruce flavor here. Completely unlike anything I've ever tasted in a beer. Sappy pine needles and a somewhat dirty earth flavor. Some hop flavor in the background. I can't say that I like the taste.

M: Pretty standard pilsner feel, albeit a tad low on carbonation. Very dry.

O: The only Short's beer to date I haven't enjoyed. The huge herbal spruce flavor just doesn't work for me, as only the tiniest amount of hop flavor attempts to balance it. Not my thing, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:10:21 | More by CMUbrew
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-30-2013 19:34:00 | More by bumchilly25
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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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miwestcoaster

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-29-2013 23:34:28 | More by miwestcoaster
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-29-2013 16:32:38 | More by liamt07
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avschmitt

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Mississippi

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-27-2013 02:36:26 | More by marcb105
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-27-2013 00:20:38 | More by atone315
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No longer "Imperial Spruce India Pilsner", rather the 2013 release is simply "Spruce Pilsner". It's murky, and pours with a shade just pale of true-gold; the bright, yellow edges hold up a soapy and foamy white head that takes a minute or so to recede to a swampy skin. Some drippy, wet lacing is posted up on the glass as the head finds its way downward.

You can't even get your face within a few feet of the glass without getting a swift kick in the head face from copious amounts of spruce tips. Pines, pines, pines, spruce, spruce, spruce. This shit is dank as hell, dripping with wet and resinous pine needles; an over the top amount that comes out swinging like it just ripped the straight-jacket off.

Despite the maniacal, borderline masochistic amounts of spruce in the aroma, a teeny-tiny bit of cracker and biscuit malt can be found underneath if you dig your nose deep enough. It gives just the smallest amount of finishing sweetness to the back-end aroma - pretty much the only thing resembling any type of balance in this brew so far.

I think there's no surprise from the aroma how this one's gonna taste. One sip and a massive wave of spruce tips and pine needles bludgeon your palate to death, beating your taste buds senseless and leaving your uvula gasping for hydration. It carries a palate engulfing bitterness with it; the kind that shocks your senses for a brief moment.

Just like in the aroma, some moderately sweet cracker malt can be found if you search for it, and it gets a little easier as the brew warms up. However the indirect pungency of the liquid Christmas tree you hold in front of you can never truly be washed aside. I hope you like pine, I hope you like resin, I hope you like enamel-peeling bitterness.

Medium-thick bodied, with a largely oily, resinous, and almost sticky mouth feel with medium carbonation. A harshly bitter finish that could wake up a corpse. Jesus, this stuff is pretty damn intense. It's a very polarizing brew, and now I can see why. I understand why some people may dig this stuff... Me? I thought it was alright, but nothing to rave about. Hard to drink in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 16:14:58 | More by tectactoe
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-23-2013 04:02:54 | More by fgilbert2
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-21-2013 19:25:58 | More by amishbooze
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light straw yellow color. Slightly hazy but mostly clear. A finger or so of a white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: sweet lager smell. The pine and hops break through a bit but are not very strong.

Taste: starts of with big pine flavor. Not quite pine hops but more of a true pine taste. Bitterness is fairly present. This taste is played over a more subtle bready yeast taste.

Mouthfeel: not overly heavy. Fairly crisp for all the bitterness. Some bitterness lingers

Overall: not as unique as other shorts beers. But executed just as well as any. Delicious bitter and sweet balance. Another shorts beer I was disappointed to miss in bottle only to find on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 18:25:39 | More by SportsandJorts
Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.