Spruce Ale | Siletz Brewing And Public House

Spruce AleSpruce Ale
36 Ratings
Spruce AleSpruce Ale

Brewed by:
Siletz Brewing And Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer glows a scarlet red. A thin tight beige head has good retention. Lace is adequate. Aroma consists of piney hops, spruce and sweet pine sap. The flavors are pine needle driven. Too heavy on the spruciness. Malts are barely discernable and the lingering bitterness has an uniniviting edge to it. Not one of my favorites. And spice beers in general are agreeable to me. Just not this one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Walnut colored brown....hazy.,,,,thin white head that laces the glass...nose is sweet berries...big time raspberry smell (almost wine coolerish)..mouthfeel is smooth....almost a tich of a creamy texture...medium bodied....taste begins with a sweeter caramel maltiness combined with the raspberry fruitiness...finishes a tich sour as a raspberry would....very fruity tasting...

Interesting beer to try...certainly not an everyday beer but a nice change of pace treat..

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Photo of tschmidlin
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good concept, but the bottle I had was less than impressive. First, it wasn't carbonated well at all, and poured a bit hazy. I can forgive the haze though, because I'm not sure what spruce tips do to beer. The smell is faintly sprucey, but mostly malt and caramel. The flavor of the spruce is subdued, and malt and burnt caramel dominate. There's some fruitiness to it that is pleasant, and a slight bitterness to help balance the sweetness. Overall though, it's disappointing. The lack of carbonation kills it, leaving no head, and making the beer seem more watery than it actually is. I think it could use more spruce flavor too, but perhaps not if it was properly carbonated.

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Photo of Shaw
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a the Siletz Road House and brewery in Oregon.

This is a deep ruby ale with a foamy off-white head. Its aroma is quite unique, owing to the sitka spruce new-growth tips added for flavor.

It has a very complex taste. Malts, hops and spruce all compete for the palate! A smooth, glassy mouthfeel rounds everything out.

I love it when breweries take beer in new directions. This ale is a serious success.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, medium head. Piney aroma. A beer made from barley malts, hops and a lot of new-growth Sitka Spruce tips. Full bodied beer. Malty and mild. Not very hoppy, there is a slight fruity taste from the spruce tips. Full flavor, smooth taste. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, somewhat fruity. Nice beer.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium-light copper brown, good clarity though a twinge of haze, thin layer of sudsy tannish head, great sheets of lace

Aroma: sweet apples, caramel maltiness, some ethereal piney/woodsy notes, strawberries, soap, christmas

Flavor: a slight tartness hits first, then a subtle malt sweetness peeks through, then followed by some odd "twinges" that I can only imagine is the spruce, also a surrounding berry-like essence which (I think) reminds me of lingonberries, the finish is dry and bitter with a "sappy" aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full, zesty carbonation, a touch of acidity and just a hint of astringency

Overall Impression: I'm wrestling with this one. It's definitely good, but I'm not sure if I can call it great. My girlfriend (who doesn't drink beer) has called it her second favorite after Ephemere, after the requisite sip that I ply her with. Certainly interesting to note and out of left field, I might add. It's definitely worth a try. I'm sure you'll find yourself searching and searching the flavor and aroma as I did. It keeps calling you back for further analysis!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a special beer! A hazy copper body rests beneath a foamy off-white head that holds well and maintains a nice, creamy collar throughout the pint. It leaves some very nice lace at the offset, but it diminishes as the tasting progresses. The aroma is fruity over bready malt, almost like a raspberry wheat ale. The body is medium with a fine-bubbled natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning that caresses the tongue. The flavor is quite fruity, but not really discernable; although it becomes much more malty as it warms. The spruce comes up very gently as it crosses the palate, revealing itself mainly in the dry finish. It's not a bitter beer in any sense, yet it's exquisitely balanced by its mildly resiny spruce character. Quite complex, yet drinkable. Very interesting.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny bronze hue, with a light haze. Large bubbled, persistent ivory white head leaves spotty lace. Waft of initially sharp spruce hits the nose, then immediately mellows into a complement to medium lovibond caramel and mildly bready malt undertones. Trace peach esters. Pleasantly judicious in spruce character, and quite clean aromawise. Biscuit laced malt sweetness upfront in flavor is permeated by notes of freshly cut pine tips. Mild hop bitterness emerges mid palate after the surge of spruce subsides, offsetting any fleeting malt sweetness. Malt character is predominantly cracker like, with stately caramel undertones. Subtle suggestion of ripe peach esters surface late. Moderately bodied, with a dextrinous, creamy mouthfeel conducive to easy quaffing. Finishes with fading pine alongside fading earthy, raw maple sap. A tasty, surprsingly balanced brew. Although prominent, spruce is well intgrated and the malt backbone is firm. Akin to Anchor OSA minus the roasted grain character.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy deep copper color, the head is titanic in size, creamy in its consistency and a winsome beige color, as it desiccates the resultant lace a thick and clinging sheet. There is a clean aroma of spruce, lots of sweet malt, quite crisp and fresh, and a treat for the senses. Start is malt laden, sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish purposeful in its acidity, the hops quite apparent in their spiciness. You do actually get a taste of the spruce, bitter, perfumed, dry and a different taste for sure, not something I’d want to drink everyday, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this ina 22oz Brown bottle says "ale brewed with spruce tips"

Not usually lover of "odd" falvoured beers but had cash so thought i would give this a go!.

Poured it into a glass/the appearance was ever so slightly murky..but still a translucent brown..nice head to start it faded after a few minutes but clung tenaciouslly to the glass for the duration.
Smell was very fruity only a slight scent of spruce ( or pine) it smelt most of blackberry to me for some odd reason.
This beer fells great on the tongue..a burst of lovely flavor struck me first and had me hooked.It tasted quite "dry" and the spruce can definatlly be tatsed...it says on the label that this beer has very few hops just for bittering all the flavor is from the spruce tips.
Overall a very drinkable beer one which i would take go great with spring or fall camping round a nice big crackling campfire.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer made with spruce tips and very little hops. Interesting, when the guys and I brew beer, we usually pull those things out when they fall into the boil-tanks. But then again, we've had sessions where things that should not belong in beer has fallen into our boil-tanks.

Anyway, on to the beer.....Great amber color and the head retains nicely. Fruity overtone on the nose. Odd taste though. Perhaps it is the spruce tips. It just doesn't seem right for an ale. It's not horrible by any means, in fact, for some of the experimental beers I've had this was quite pleasent. This one I wouldn't mind sharing with a friend over a football game.

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Spruce Ale from Siletz Brewing And Public House
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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