Spruce Budd | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Spruce BuddSpruce Budd

Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 13
5.5% ABV

Spruce tips used in place of hops.

Added by DiabolikDUB on 07-31-2009

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kylo76
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hobbit
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Bier Thirty in Bown... Lightly hazed orange... thin white head.. spotty lacing.

Nose shows grassy and not big "Pine or Spruce"... Not really herbaceous either.. just grassy with a bigger than expected pale malt/yeasty fruitiness (Belgian Yeast used here?)

Not sure what to make of this one... the Pine is present but never really wants to jump out like I think a brew of this style would. A bit too fruity on the palate for my liking.. residual malts add too much to the esters and distract from the piney additions.

Weird and never really comes together.. I think they are on to something, but this rendition is probably a wash... I would sample this one next go-around.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat malt, lemon, light fruit, hints of pine; lightly floral. Flavor is mild bready malt that reminds me of wheat, light spruce, red berries, apple and lemon. Finishes lightly sweet with mixed fruit and light pine (well, spruce) needles. Medium bodied with light creaminess and somewhat subdued carbonation. A pleasant, light fruit ale with mild, but clear spruce flavor. The profile is a lot like Unibroue's Ephemere series, with similar light fruit flavors melded to light malt. The spruce flavor is quite nice and with a little more depth this could approach a gruit style ale, which are quite uncommon in our area. Mild, but refreshing. The light spruce is a great flavor that I'd like to see in more ales, it is very evocative of the forest here in the Northwest. Needs a slight tweek to the spruce depth and carbonation and would be very appealing.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super interesting flavor profile, not overly pungent on the nose but thats not a bad thing for this one ... sweet bready notes, a bit of yeasty spice, slightly floral and green grassy character, lemon, has some woody almost sap like qualities, a definite sweetness but its met well by mellow spruce needle type thing and a subtle tartness reminiscent of apple and berry. overall comes together pretty clean, light mouthfeel, easy drinking, great summertime brew!!

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unique beer. Almost a cranberry taste present. Pleased to drink one.

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Photo of sanford_and_son
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of cherche
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Adamostella
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chou
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of MOTS77
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PZBREW
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spruce in a good way. Fruity and treey. Veey tasty and smells really good.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a half-inch of white head that low retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a citrusy-fruity aspect upfront, with some grain in the background. There was a light yeast note as well. The flavors were pretty much the same, mellow grains, fruit, citrus. The odd thing was a certain coolness on the finish, maybe mint-like?

The body was on the light side of medium, and was even and smooth. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly. Overall, a different kind of brew, for sure, but a good and tasty one. Close to a must try if you see it.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of datchethilbery
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DiabolikDUB
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a slightly murky pale yellow with a fat white creamy head that slowly dissolves into a heavy ring around the glass. The aroma is lemon zest, some spice and some earthy hops. The flavor is much of the same with lemon zest taking the forefront. It has a thin, watery body that is not too flattering. Everything about this beer is soft and subtle which doesn't do it any justice. If at least the flavor or the smell or the body would have been more on par it would have been a decent drink. Just tasted like a spritzy lemon drink.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Seaside Brewing Co. Here in touristy Seaside, Or.

Ap - A clear deep straw hue with a quickly fading head. It settles to a thin film and small ring around the glass.

Ar - This is the weakest aspect for me. It's a sweet, sort of buttery popcorn smell (diacetyl?).

T - Sweet malt. The absence of hops is interesting band hard to rate. But! It's got a bit of woodsy, buttery, clean, malty notes. Easy to drink. Interesting. Others have said mint flavors, I don't see any mint at all.

M - Creamy, smooth, almost a nitro feel.

O - this is an interesting beer that I'm glad I tried! Keep Oregon weird

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Spruce Budd from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 24 ratings