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

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578 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
578
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
15.98%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
108
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 578 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It may not be getting the best reviews but I absolutely loved this one. Tasted like no other beer I've had before (and I've had a few). The spruce is definitely there but not in a way that becomes a distraction. At 5% it drinks like a light but flavorful beer cocktail.

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Photo of macpfb03
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkane98
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dodo2step
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- cherry juice caramel color with a nice frothy head. Nice lacing on my pint as well.

S- plums but then it fades away with ginger and pine. nothing malty either.

F- plum, cherry, ginger and dark roasted malt

M- sour juice with plum and faint malt.

O- eh....started off well but the plum and cherry really took away from it after awhile.

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curlybird
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ssmilkstout
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajilllau
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a flowery smell. You can taste the spice and the spruce. I've never had a spruce ale before. I would drink again.

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Photo of Squirtle
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Merticois
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 952melvin
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ogdon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagoish
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of I3eer
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenShawSr
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cambabeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this sitting in the yards tasting room in Philadelphia. The spruce character, in both the smell and taste was very present, not to the point of being overly Christmas tree-like, but pushing it. The malt sweetness and cinnamon character is not so much balanced by the hops, which are minimal, but by the dry almost gin like finish.

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Photo of Spyderglx
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbjb0720
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jon411
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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