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

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3.58/5
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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: Herb and Spice 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,200
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
603
pDev:
16.2%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
113
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 603 |  Reviews: 213
Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear dark burgundy pour. Ruby red around the edges. Thick fluffy off-white head.. solid lacing.

S: Spruce and malts. They advertised Spruce... it's here.

T/F: Malts and toasted grains... sweet up front. Strong evergreen/spruce flavors. Lighter medicinal hops. Earthy... all flavors secondary to the spruce. Medium to light bodied.

O: Not a favorite, but they hit what they were aiming for with a spruce-forward red ale. About half a pour would be ideal... not one I'd want a lot of, but fun to taste.

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Photo of ben741
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardCider
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wheels2532
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeganandDana
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jay0312
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kcc
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustCamIt
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wattie83
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nice-pitch
2.17/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of nick_perry
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavetotheB
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschwamb
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdclark81
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of calcnerd
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jcole524
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 603 ratings