Greenwarden | Banded Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Banded 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: 67 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of mikekreein
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrc1093
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6/14/18

Pours a semi-hazy copper-orange, displaying plenty of effervescence and capped by a slight off-white head that shrinks rather quickly but refuses to disappear entirely.

Aroma starts with sweet pine, cotton candy, and earthy wheat, soon accompanied by notes of lightly-charred oak and burnt shrubbery. This is quite unique; at it's best, it smells of forest-themed potpourri, in the best possible way.

The taste first gives away a clean, somewhat muted hop presence that's balanced by malt and a dose of spring water. The earthiness grows progressively, inviting bits of shaved tree bark and sweet spruce needles into the fold.

Mouthfeel is crisp and pretty refreshing, but maintains a certain thinness throughout; it also roves to be rather sticky, not bad for a beer of this nature.

This is a pretty unique brew that ultimately leaves me wishing it took its more flavorful elements to the next level. I'm on-board with all the earthy sweetness and nice adjunct flavors it has to offer, but feel the beer as a whole lacks the heft needed to explore its full potential considering all the flavors present. That being said, if spruce is your thing, this is still a solid, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of npdevil27
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a mildly hazy amber-ish color with a tight head that hangs out nicely.

Not a lot going on with the nose - it has an earthy, almost dirt-like smell to the beer that is slightly off-putting.

OK - the taste is where things fall down for me. It is like chewing on a pine tree - I find the spruce quite overwhelming and that dirty earthiness pervades in the taste. Despite that, it is clear that the base beer is quite well-made, and for me that is the only saving grace. The underlying flavor is bready, slightly sweet caramel, and light. The spruce is overwhelming and unpleasant to me.

Overall, a mixed bag here that I think is a victim of "some is good, more is better". Other spruce beers I have had are much more balanced between the beer and the flavor, treating the spruce more subtly. This one I find quite muddy, very rough, unbalanced, and bordering on unpleasant. Can't say I can recommend this beer.

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Photo of pprichar
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXMRTN
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkyer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crotharagain
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -9.4%
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 +7.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -2.6%
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 +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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