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

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Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce AlePoor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Ratings: 582 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I believe this to be a very well brewed beer, it's a distinct taste that I personally wouldn’t consider sessionable...

Pours a hazy darkish amber with a decent cream-coloured head. Aroma is pure "spruce", with an underlying wood spiciness. Malts are more noticeable in the taste, sweetly caramelized, but the overwhelming flavour is that of the spruce tips. The finish is sweet but spruce-prevalent and lingers for an impressive length of time.

A unique beer that I definitely recommend trying!

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DanielBrett
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just through a sixtel in the kegerator.

A: Brown /orange in color, poured about 3 fingers of white foamy head (likely because this was the first pour). It settled relatively quick. Have some lacing but not extremely sticky.

S: Like shoving your face into your Christmas tree, this brew has a big time spruce nose. Definitely one of my favorite aspects of this beer.

T: Very piney with some mildly sweet molasses flavors, not much bitterness. This brew tastes exactly like it smells.

M: Light bodied, smooth, easy drinking beer.

O: The first time I had this was at Yards Taproom, I really enjoyed it. I'm usually a fan of high hops, and higher alcohol content than this. However, this is a great, easy to drink session beer for the colder months.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spruce and pine. Taste is also spruce, pine, a menthol like flavor, different and unusual. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I would not want a steady diet of it, but worth a try.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep garnet color with a thin off white head. Big time spruce tips on the nose with touches of molasses and maple. Caramel malt comes through a bit as well. Surprisingly crisp with a light to moderate body which thins a bit on the swallow. Finishes clean yet boring. Flavor up front on the other hand is pretty interesting. Flavorful spruce tips with balanced by molasses and caramel with buttered toast landing someone on the middle palette. The finish is hard to pin point but it does cleanse the palette well leaving an overall dry taste in the mouth. Better than expected and unique as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours dark with a medium head and a little bit of lacing.
This brew is malty and like its name says is loaded with the smell and taste of spruce. The smell and taste make me believe that I could really be drinking something similar to what Old Ben Franklin drank. The taste lingers on the pallet after swallowing.

All in all this beer is very enjoyable and I believe it is good for any time of the year.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of keanex
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle with no freshness date, though from a mixed 12 pack which recently came out. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Clear dark garnet color with a thin light tan head that quickly becomes a ring and some coating.

S: Piney/Spruce scent takes the note with some nut aromas coming through. This reminds me of a spring day in the woods a bit with slight spices coming through. The smell is something I don't know if I like or not, but it's certainly growing on me.

T: A bit bland and watery. The aroma is definitely stronger than the scent here. There's a slight herbal flavor at the end, slight spruce hints, but other than that it's a bit boring.

M: A too watery, definitely bordering on light with light carbonation.

O: I had a bottle or two of this from the bottle and surprisingly it was better from the bottle. While I couldn't smell it really, the flavor was more direct and stronger. From a glass this is too watery and boring.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: tan/orange body, trace white head,
patchy lacing

S: big spruce/pine, malt, caramel, toffee/nuts

T: sweet caramel, mint, nuts, malt,
mild bitter spruce/pine crisp finish

M: med/light, semi-dry mouth

O: Fascinating beer. Not great,
but not bad. Worth grabbing.
Really enjoyed this historical
recipe, quite sessionable.


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Photo of thatdirtymick
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 582 ratings.
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