Imperial Spruce India Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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438 Ratings
Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.15%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Original batch (from Imperial Series--750 ml bottles) was 10% abv. New, 2010, 12 oz. bottles are 7.15% abv.

Added by hoppymeal on 06-30-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,424
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
438
pDev:
18.07%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
66
Trade:
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of fern22
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/28/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze; creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of spruce. Some tropical berries in the mix. Subtle hints of caramel. A nice amount of malts. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Lots of fresh spruce. Strong malt backbone. Hints of cocoa and mint. Some pine resin. Some sticky syrupy characteristics are there. Mild spiciness. It finishes with a subtle warmth, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with with moderate to low carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

This is an awesome brew. It's probably my favorite "spruce beer" that I've had to date. It's also the best beer that I've had from Short's, to date. It doesn't really come off as a pilsener or an Imperial pilsener, but it doesn't even matter to me. It actually drinks more like an Imperial IPA. This beer is a winner!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Truck67
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of odement
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopDagger
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. Poured into a pilsner glass from the tap, it's the yellow of a late summer's sunrise. If you've hiked a trail through stands of pine and spruce of course you know the smell, and in Northern Michigan where it's brewed you'd catch the faint hint of sand and dune grasses. All of this is present but when you sip but it cuts like a chain through pine, very bold, but if you love spruce tips and pine flavor you will absolutely love this. Overall a shocking start and a pleasing and unique finish, a great late summer entry into fall's heavier sipping.

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a bright golden yellow, clear, with a good amount of streaming bubbles, a one inch head with foamy lacing. Smell is yeast, spruce- more as it warms throughout the bottle, malt, some apples. The taste- wooo, there's lots of spruce here, and it is good. Real good. Like sucking on a tree branch. Malt, some yeast, a medium hop bitterness throughout. Very smooth, well carbonated, creamy, light bodied, but feels more full bodied.

This is really good. The spruce is excellent, great body and feel. Wish I bought a six pack instead of one bottle. Won't make that mistake next year. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Jjk0211
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Back on shelves for 2016! Opened a bottle with date stamp on 7/20/2016 so this bottle is less than two weeks old. Pours a nice crystal clear golden yellow with a finger of white head that persists as a 1/8 inch cap for the entire glass. Solid carbonation. Moderate lacing. Light aroma of mild malt and gentle spruce. First sip of this-- COUGH!!!! Wow! Turpentine!!!

After the burning on my tongue subsided, I went back for more. Less abrasive... Hmmm. Interesting...

Leaving it to sit a few minutes, this turpentine taste and sensation seemed to mellow and became a bit more drinkable and hops more apparent. While this improved, it's not to a point what I would call enjoyable but it is interesting. At least I can now say I've tried a spruce beer and glad it was a single instead of a six pack.

My bottle was VERY fresh. Might be interesting to see how it tastes if it sat for a while. The spruce flavor might be more approachable if dialed back.

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Photo of Nyczj
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of red94tt
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billydoughnuts
2.07/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

By far my least favorite beer from Shorts and possibly anyone excluding macros. The spruce is just waayyy too much for me

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Photo of rspauldi
1/5  rDev -74.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Mikecd234
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KAF
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SirEbril
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells a little solvent-like, decent carbonation, nice mouth-feel - the spruce is VERY present, though not super pleasant. I would say interesting as a novelty, not a set of flavors I would wish to revisit.

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Photo of Mpeter
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a devout Short's drinker. By far my favorite beer. If you love IPAs and pilsners, this beer is the perfect marriage.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 773-F-I-B
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stadmo1
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigRizz62
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 438 ratings