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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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3.58/5
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585 Ratings
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:
#38,441
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
585
pDev:
16.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
107
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 585 |  Reviews: 210
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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Photo of atrocity
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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +0.6%
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 +11.5%
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 -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tdm168
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Bill235
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vetbidder
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark color to this beer. Smells of toasted malts with not much else going on. Nice flavor. Getting some spiciness, some slightly bitter elements. It has a fuller creamy feel and less carbonation.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 082416.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Spruce as expected with a bit of toasted malt sweetness behind it.

T- Strange flavor of spruce and some bitter component that I don't believe is caused from the hops but I could be wrong. The flavor of this beer does not have me looking forward to the next sip at all. I wish the molasses was more prominent so that it could counteract the bitter flavor I'm perceiving.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This beer is limp in almost every category. Muddled and unfocused flavors lead to an unpleasant drinking experience. If this is what beer tasted like in revolutionary times, I'm glad I live in the 21st century.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 5/16/16, so a bit over 7 months old.

amber body, good carbonation, small creamy head which quickly dissipates to a ring and faint covering.

aroma is strongly of the spruce, even after 7 months

taste confirms the nose. this is a pleasant drink. Spruce taste is nice without being oily or over piney.

finish leaves a bite along the edge of the tongue, mouth is a tad below medium.

overall, a different and enjoyable beverage. Wouldn't say no to another, though likely would be a bit much for a session of these.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA.

This one pours a nice rich brown color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like minty spruce, but not too overwhelmingly so, with some molasses, caramel, and bready malt.

I expected this to be a spruce bomb, but luckily that was not the case here. The spruce is minty, herbal, and ultimately refreshing. There's a nice molasses and caramel sweetness underneath the beer. There's a good sturdy breadiness to the malt, as well.

This is lighter bodied, with a pretty crisp mouthfeel.

I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. Pretty nice stuff.

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Photo of Lucular
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter no bottled on date but the sampler pack says kegged on 8/26/16

A: Nice quarter inch tiny bubbled soapy head that is slightly off white. Body is a rich caramel, dark amber that is a little hazy.

S: Smells piney, almost car freshner piney, a little bit of light roasted malts underneath a little sweetness maybe some toffee.

T: Light spruce on the tongue followed by some sweet caramel notes, a light sweet bready undertone. The molasses is noticeable as it warms and pretty enjoyable.

M: A little creamy yet lighter

O: The spruce is there in both the nose and the taste but it isn't overwhelming in either. Otherwise the beer is quite easy drinking darker malted lager. It isn't going to win any prizes, but it isn't bad either. The more this beer warms the more I warm to it.

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3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 585 ratings
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