Red Spruce Bitter | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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85 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A winter seasonal brew infused with fresh sprigs of the red spruce tree and a dash of cinnamon that breaks from traditionally heavy holiday brews with a light body and refreshing zest.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
3
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0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red brown color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, caramel , cinnamon, very aromatic spruce

T-roasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, heavy spruce flavors, light citrus, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting beer with some really good flavors, wish the spruce was toned down just a little

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Hendry
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany color, 1 finger foamy khaki head, spotty lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

The aroma is strikingly familiar to something else I have sampled, but I can't put my finger on it. It certainly takes on the attributes of a spiced ale by the nose, sweet malts & cinnamon & hops are most prominent, the spruce doesn't seem all that apparent.

Flavors are of a well crafted spiced amber/red ale, the cinnamon works very well with the rich malty character. Alcohol not detectable amongst the hearty flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very enjoyable.

Lawson's is famous for their IPA/IIPA, yet so many that rate their other styles/offerings tend to rate them based on how much they enjoyed Double Sunshine IIPA, or Triple Play IPA. More reviewers need to rate based on the STYLE of the beer, and in the case of Lawson's, not how it stacks up to their legendary flagship ales. Red Spruce Bitter was a very pleasant surprise and a tremendous seasonal offering that was unique and really hit the spot on a cold Winter night.

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Photo of DrewGingras
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of RyanOooh
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of sfr26
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Hirshi
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of VTBeerTrade
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Sean802
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark copper colored and clear with a small tan head. The aroma brings light spruce and pine. A nice sweet, fruity malt scent charcteristic of a red ale. Biscuits and bread tones in the English style. Lawson's wanted to make an English style red and they succeeded. Exactly what I would expect. Fairly light in body. Light bitterness in the finish with very mild alcohol. A sessionable brew. I am enjoying this.

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Photo of Focusf111
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of chubby2u
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ericlawton007
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a decent looking brownish red color. The head was cream colored and had a light amount of retention and not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is earthy with some decent malt aromas and spice. The taste of the beer is pretty mild, there is malt sweetness and spruce to bitter the beer up a little. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall it was a nice beer to try but I wouldn't have to seek it out again.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Casterbridge
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle picked up at Warren Store. 2012 vintage.

Pours a clearish chestnut amber with a small cream colored head. Earthy and leafy aroma with bready malt and mild sweetness and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor tastes like a traditional ESB crossed with an exceptionally woodsy Anchor Xmas beer. Doughy malt body, earthy hops, and spruce (?), cinnamon and pine. Medium thick, creamy body with a dry, woodsy finish. Adequate but not worth seeking out.

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Red Spruce Bitter from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.96 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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