Greenwarden | Banded Horn Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Banded Horn Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Pale Ale brewed with spruce tips.

Added by hopley on 07-06-2014

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of crotharagain
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Golden amber with a finger of foam that sticks around a bit
S - Funky, different and cool, like a walk in the woods
T - Wicked unique and refreshing
F - Nice thick and silky feel - reminds me of a Trillium or Treehouse
O - Having never tried a spruce ale, I didn't know what to expect. I bought it because I just read Jason's review and having recently moved back to Maine after 30 years, I'm trying anything local I run across. This is so good I'm taking it to my trading buddies who are clamoring for Maine beers.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased cold - Can dated 6/16/17 - Poured into an English pub glass

L - Pours a clear pale straw color, with a densely foamy 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Sporadic lacing as it goes down.

S - Delicate bitter hops, faint bready malt. Not much going on here.

T - Bold spruce, mild cream with just a touch of bitterness and malt.

F - Just below medium bodied, very light carbonation.

O - The spruce flavor was interesting without being overpowering, and I like Banded Horn but this just wasn't all that impressive. It lacks complexity on both the nose and the palate. Great idea, there just needs to be more to it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 6/16/17.

Pours hazy gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are spruce forward with a hint of grapefruit. Medium bodied and a bit tacky. Big piney-spruce character on the palate. Low bitterness and some faint malt to balance. A touch of honey follows through. Finishes with lingering spruce tips.

Tastes like Christmas in a glass. I'd love to try an IPA version with plenty of piney hops to complement the Spruce.

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Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange in body with white fluffy head that stays. Aroma of spruce, grass, pine, mint, eucalyptus, citrus. Tastes of spruce, grass, pine, citrus, mint ice cream, light bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Tallboy pours into a wine glass with a mostly clear golden body and a thick creamy white head. The cap rises up to half a finger with fair retention. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass with some sheets later on.

S- The aroma brings a fairly malty pale ale with a hint of piney spruce atop caramelized grains and yeast bread. Not a whole lot going on here. Not getting the pine-sol others seemed to have found.

T- The spruce really, really opens up here and I am sure it is a very divisive hit or miss type of brew. Fresh spruce tips open up on the palate like one is visiting an alpine forest. The spruce is complimented by the base beer which brings bready, medium-caramelized malts, slight earthy hops and a light sweetness. The spruce is the clear showcase flavor.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a texture between frothy and foamy. A moderate level of carbonation and an earthy bitterness in the finish.

A bit of a flat aroma opens up to a spruce showcase on the palate. For fans of spruce this will be a good experience as the fresh forest compliments the fairly malty pale ale base rather well.

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Photo of LoudRed
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, clean, green. 16oz draft at the Little Tap House. Good looking beer - golden hue, nice one-finger head, lively carbonation keeping the body active. Aroma is toast, light caramel, floral hops, citrus and pine. Taste is floral hops, pith, orange peel and spruce. The latter element gives it a "green" plant/vegetal taste. It's refreshing and ties nicely to the malt which makes itself known by way of a toasted bread and light caramel profile. Easy drinker.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

10 oz pour on tap into chalice

A: Hazy bright amber orange with a tiny bubbled huge white head that holds.

S: sweet pine deep rich confer the more you allow it to come on and a little bit of a pine sol smell.

T: lots of pine rich almost like the sap smells quality lingers on the tongue.

M: medium to fuller feel pretty creamy.

O: this beer is very pine forward almost to the determinant of the rest of the beer.

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Photo of festizio
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy burnt orange almost copper color with a rim of a little white foamy head that fell off extremely quick. Not much lace. The aroma had that fresh sprucy/juniper sweet to earthy and grassy sweet to semi-bitter woody sort of herbal quality running over a super light malt base. The flavor replicated the aroma fairly nice guiding a little bit of dried sweet wood coming in for a decent balance. Sprucy aftertaste with that fresh sort of semi-sweet and woody sort of finish. The palate was almost medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Overall, pretty nice beer all around that seemed good to just end up wanting to sip by a campfire or maybe even staring out into a Spring evening by the lake.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gonzo000
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TripelMark
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Severymusic
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought and drank on 7/19/16. Poured from a can (which says it was canned on 6/16/16) into a gravity/tulip pint glass.

Look - interesting golden, hazy color, when held up to the light, I get everything from pale yellow to a medium orange color. One finger head when poured which reduced to a thin film. (personally, it looks like beer and I could care less about this category)

smell - I'm prefacing this by saying I can't smell super well. Other reviewers have said it smelled as strong as pine-sol, I get a mild pine/spruce smell and a dry bread/yeast smell.

Taste - Deliciousable. Again, not super pine-y/sprucey. A light citrus and a small spicy note. A little bright but not sweet. Small amount of bitterness on the finish but not offensive in any way.

Feel - I don't know, man. It feels like beer. Its medium bodied, carbonation feels right, slightly dry but doesn't completely dry the mouth. So basically Goldilocks (not to much, not too little, just right....)

Overally - I cant describe what makes an APA but its good. Tastes great and I would have no problem drinking the whole 4 pack or two.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

others have described this beer is especially spruce forward, but being from the northeast and having the good stuff from maine and vermont and new york and all, this seemed a little pale to me on that front, but the beer itself is very good, and it doesnt substitute spruce for hops, which i think is huge. hazy and milky from the can though, raw and not all that attractive. good head though, and a nice nose of fresh christmas tree, sappy and real. the hops work well, piney in their own right, and seemingly bringing some of the best out of the spruce. its all still kind of mild, not without its malt base, and yeasty in a pretty rugged way. i like the beer, my first one from these guys, but it doesnt have quite the level of spruce that i was hoping for, being from the land of spruce itself. smooth in feel, a little light on the bubbles, but i would still call this a springtime beer more than anything else. the world needs more spruce beers, i am a huge proponent of that, but i wanted more of it in this one. good to very good, but lacking greatness...

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Photo of DAS30
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden and cloudy. Moderate head with some streaks for lace.

I smell stale malt, a bit like a brewery floor. Sounds unappealing but it's not.

The taste starts sweet but quickly gives way to the straight-up bittering hop. I get some mango and pear. The finish is like white pepper in terms of bitterness. Good body with a mild level of carbonation.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange yellow color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Pine, spruce, citrus, wheaty, bready, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice fresh spruce tip flavor followed by a bready, biscuity, and pale malts bill. Light chewy and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: Second year in a row having this beer. It has definitely grown on me and is a keeper. Like the spruce tip flavors of this beer.

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Photo of broadway848
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zimm421
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Greenwarden from Banded Horn Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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