Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale
Yards Brewing Co.

Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce AlePoor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale
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Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #68
Ranked #27,690
3.58 | pDev: 16.2%
Jan 07, 2022
Jan 05, 2003
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce AlePoor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale
Notes: 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.
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4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spade from Pennsylvania

Reddish-copper color with moderate off-white foam. Slightly sweet molasses flavor but the spruce dominates, in a good way. Very refreshing on a cold, snowy day.

Jan 07, 2022
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3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by RUSSRGR from Delaware

Poured from a bottle it was a copper amber color with a decent head. Aroma was molasses and malty. Did not get a piney hint. Taste was the same, malty and sweet. Kind of a light medium body with some carbonation.

Feb 08, 2021
3.73 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware on May 13, 2020
4.04 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia on Nov 25, 2019
3.5 by valianes from Canada (ON) on Nov 09, 2019
3.85 by cafequaid from North Carolina on Aug 04, 2019
3.33 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina on Jul 21, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Greatbigsoxfan from Connecticut

Very drinkable with moderately strong piney taste and aroma
Had first at the brewery in Philadelphia ordered thinking it was a one time novelty but liked it. I don’t drink this as my everyday beer but love it for a change of pace

Jun 22, 2019
3.02 by Urtravel from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 06, 2019
3.85 by ben741 from Canada (ON) on Apr 02, 2019
3.12 by HardCider from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2019
3.5 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2018
3.61 by MeganandDana from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2018
3.48 by Jay0312 from New Jersey on Dec 08, 2018
4.25 by kcc from Pennsylvania on Aug 09, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 01, 2018
3.84 by JustCamIt from Virginia on Jun 27, 2018
3.4 by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania on Jun 24, 2018
3.66 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Apr 26, 2018
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3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ordybill from Georgia

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.

Apr 15, 2018
4.19 by chiefz1 from New York on Jan 28, 2018
2.17 by nice-pitch from New Jersey on Jan 23, 2018
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3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by nick_perry from North Carolina

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

Dec 31, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Dec 23, 2017
3.99 by sendbeer from Georgia on Nov 26, 2017
2.65 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 15, 2017
3.41 by chasmandocharles from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2017
3.3 by jschwamb from Pennsylvania on Aug 20, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by cdclark81 from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 01, 2017
2.5 by atrocity from Virginia on Jul 13, 2017
3 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jul 11, 2017
4.08 by jcole524 from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2017
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3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 01, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

May 21, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 01, 2017
2.85 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Apr 14, 2017
3.69 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2017
Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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