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

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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
Ratings:
582
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
15.98%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
108
For Trade:
0
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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

Photo of jmasher85
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To this day, it's one of the most unique, memorable beers I've ever had. Furthermore, biased though I may clearly be, I don't think you can be a true Philadelphia beer lover without liking this beer...probably more than you should.
First word of warning: if you like gin, pinecones, or Christmas, you will like this beer. If not, be wary. The spruce is very, very present in this one. In all honesty, it's almost like a gin was magically turned into beer by Santa Claus, or Ben Franklin himself (who, if all the legends of him are true, probably had some special powers). Not a whole lot else of note on this one: a bit of malt gives a rustic sort of sweetness, a bit of hop throws a bitter wrench in there too, but mostly what you're getting is piney, sprucey, tree-beer. And while it's not something I'd drink regularly (I fear that more than one at a time might actually nauseate me a little), every few months I revisit it and put that classic Brotherly Love smile on my face.

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Photo of Myotus
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with an off-white foam head about the size of half a finger. This dissipates into a line of foam within 20 seconds. Has a very clean copper color. There are so few rising bubbles, that I can count them as they ascend.
SMELL: There are mild aromas of caramel malts, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and plums. There is also a hint of pale malts along with an unknown spicy/grassy aroma (I suppose this is the spruce with which this beer is brewed).
TASTE: Mild flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and molasses combined with subtle flavors of caramel malts are the first to calmly enter my palate. A mix of subtle plum, spruce, and hints of pale malt flavors follow the initial taste as all initial flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied with a subtle carbonation. Has a somewhat smooth finish with little dryness.
NOTE: The spruce flavors and aromas are very weak in this beer. It was good, but I am disappointed. You can't put "Spruce" in the name if it isn't going to be a prevalent flavor. On a completely separate note, this tastes almost exactly like a Sam Adams Winter Lager. All you would have to do is add some orange peel and take away what little spruce there is.

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Photo of deonreds
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amattocks2
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mild amber hue. Christmas tree nose. An unobtrusive sweet malt to compliment the hoppy/sprucy taste. Keeps a spiced carbonated feel across the entire pallet. Have been searching this one out for over a year. Finally got it and am very impressed. Well done.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thestoutmaster
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimpyle48
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rating based on bottle

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Photo of Thedraftdoctor
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank at mt vernon on porch

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfconnor
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This ale has a bad nose. It tastes better than it smells, but I was still disappointed, especially after enjoying other varieties produced by Yards. The flavor was very ordinary. Finishes kind of watery. If this were not marketed as a craft beer I would not be so hard on it.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of twenteone
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DonBowman
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have rarely liked spiced or herbed beers but this is an exception! The very mild spruce smell finish is delightful. The beer is a dark amber, has a lace, head and body that speaks of more alcohol than the 5% content. A nice well balanced beer that certainly tends to the malty side, very enjoyable!

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Photo of Vaultdweller27
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of rydev24
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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