Red Spruce Bitter | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Red Spruce BitterRed Spruce Bitter

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

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

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown/burgundy-ish color with a thin head into my glass. It's brewed with red spruce tips and extremely low in ABV.

Can only be described as soft, "earthy" and non-threatening. Hmm. It doesn't use hops though.

Drinks like a nice herbed or spiced ale. A spot of caramel here and there with some spiciness. The spruce is hardly noticeable.

Not sure how to rate the mouthfeel but it's possibly over-carbonated. All this does is push the alcohol further into the taste buds creating a burning sensation.

Not the best they've produced. Worth a shot if you're into non-conventional beers.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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

batch 252, bottle 329

Deep brown color with a short-lived tan head that leaves a very light curtain of lacing on the glass.

Inviting sweet, spicy aroma that is hard to pin on specific components.

Light bready malt with well integrated spruce and a dash of cinnamon. Slightly tart with a bright tangy finish.

Medium-light body with a modest, mouth cleansing carbonation.

Tasty and well worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Rare Batch #252, Bottle # 20***

Poured from a bomber, bottled 12/29/2011.

Appearance: A very foamy head forms above a brown looking body which is actually dark red when held to the light. The head sticks to the glass all around.

Smell: Strong malt and some minerals, typical of a good bitter. Some spruce needles in the back somewhere.

Taste: Bready, malt stronger than hops. Spruce is reminiscent of what spruce needles smell like. More of a feel than a specific flavor. No cinnamon to speak of.

Mouthfeel: A crisp feel, well balanced with medium carbonation. Sticks around in the palate.

Overall: A bit disappointed that the spruce wasn't stronger and that there was no hint of cinnamon, even at room temp. It is still a well made bitter but don't expect too much of the special ingredients to come through.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A - Medium brown color, light tan head which retains fairly well

S - Mostly wintery spices detectable in the aroma

T - strong cinnamon flavor, but also somewhat refreshing. a little bit of other spices present and a little bitter in the after taste. does not end overly sweet like some other winter beers

M - Really smooth with light to medium body, nicely carbonated

O - Very enjoyable and drinkable holiday beer

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Red Spruce Bitter from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 86 ratings