Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce AlePoor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale
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3.57/5
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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce AlePoor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based on Franklin’s original recipe, which called for barley, molasses, and essence of spruce, our Tavern Spruce is as approachable and engaging as was the man himself. We source blue spruce clippings from a local organic farmer, steeping them in the kettle to create this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale.

Added by NeroFiddled on 01-05-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,601
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
596
pDev:
16.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustCamIt
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattie83
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at the City Tavern in Philly. The appearance is a reddish Amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is all spruce. The taste is malt and spruce.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nice-pitch
2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of nick_perry
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Usual amber ale accentuated with molasses and spruce. Flavors are a bit weak though. Interesting still.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a copper color with visible carbonation and an off-white head.

Smell - The beer had notes a dry grass and light spruce.

Taste - Dry hay and light cracker malts were at the front of the taste. Light spruce notes sit in back, but seem like an after thought. A spruce beer could stand more spruce.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation lent itself to the dry mouthfeel.

Overall - This is a nice beer. I just want more spruce in my spruce beer.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavetotheB
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time I had this beer , I was not big fan. I drink it now and I enjoy it. Deep amber color with a strong scent of pine. Taste of pine with a smooth finish. Easy to drink. I find this beer very refreshing.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschwamb
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdclark81
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a filtered medium brown. The head deteriorated slightly but never disappeared with good lacing. The spruce really comes across in the smell. I can taste a good bit of the spice, as well as a little of the spruce, but it isn't overpowering. It's slightly sweet, but not too much. Good beer.

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Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of calcnerd
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jcole524
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a somewhat transparent golden yellow with a one finger white foamy head that quickly died and barely left any lacing. The smell had some spruce and light honey. The taste was sweet and alower some light spruce to come through. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer I’d have again.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brown Amber color. Smells like a nice ale with a more than mild scent of spruce. Yards makes excellent,really well crafted beer and this one is no different. It tastes like an excellent well made ale with a spruce tree added. That's the amazing part and also the problem as it really tastes like a beer with an added Christmas tree. I really respected the quality and how well it was crafted but I personally had a hard time with it

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe I've not reviewed this beer - enjoyed it many times over the years as parts of different variety packs. Poured into a small chalice: color is darker amber, almost brown, head is light tan, presents about 1/4 inch thick and dissipates to a ring and light froth.

Smell is light spruce tip essence first, then light earthiness and subtle sweetness.

Taste is pleasant and different - spruce tip essence is forward and prominent, but not overpowering; compared to Pennsy Tuxedo this beer has more background sweetness in the form of caramel malt or molasses.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light sweetness and light bitterness.

Overall a good beer, unique many years ago, but still good execution and simple flavors - expected from a style based on a 250 year old recipe.

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Photo of Zaktcc
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tdm168
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redsoxjim
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bill235
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 596 ratings