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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591 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:
#39,874
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
591
pDev:
16.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 591 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of Lucular
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of Speedihd
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sliprk314
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cookies
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Metalsnota
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sanitarium16
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkane98
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dodo2step
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
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 +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ssmilkstout
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajilllau
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Merticois
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 952melvin
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 591 ratings