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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

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3.92/5
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402 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:
#6,783
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
402
pDev:
18.11%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
53
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Billydoughnuts
2.07/5  rDev -47.2%
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 Mikecd234
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KAF
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SirEbril
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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 Justdoit1234
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle of this as part of my brother's mixed sixer this past weekend while hanging out at the Hampton Inn in Saginaw. Not sure of the freshness date. This was an interesting beer as i was catching sage in addition to the highly pine and spruce infusion of flavors. It was not a bad beer but one i likely would not try again.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rapayn01
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack of this at the brewpub after having the 9.3% version on tap. It is simply terrific, with the spruce and hops combining to make this taste like an IPA.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a fantastic light straw bright gold color. It is very clear with lots of carbonation and a big frothy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is great, very strong spruce and pine with a hint of grapefruit and orange. The taste is completely different though, the spruce is overwhelming and covers up all other flavors. There are many great IPAs that I would describe as tasting like sucking on a pinecone and mean it in a good way, but this tastes like chewing on a christmas tree and I do not enjoy. Most disappointing for having such a nice aroma. The feel is pretty light and there is not hint of alcohol. Overall this is beer has a wonderful look and smell, but unless licking a christmas tree sounds good to you then I would pass on this one.

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Photo of MaxPowers
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I had a fantastic spruce beer at Founders three weeks ago, which led me to try this one. This was altogether different, like chewing on raw spruce. If you like Greek Retsina wine you may like it. I didn't.

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Photo of FinchSCF
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

massive thanks to thebandit1 for tossing this in a LIF box for guessing songs in the gd50 fare the well tour. enjoyed from a willie b.

a - pours a transparent straw yellow with tons of visible carbonation and a nice frothy head that left some spotty lace.

s - nose is tress and hops. spruce caboose. not too much.

t/m/o - crisp beer with a very pronounced crisp spruce. good bittering hops balance things out. very drinkable. abv is invisible. brisk...crisp...pine needley. like the woods...in a glass. really interesting brew, but it works great. loved it!

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Photo of MadLatvian
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElevinoFive
4.96/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jrborchert74
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gjl75
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little to sprucey for my pallette. Wasn't expecting it to be that pungent, albeit I don't dislike it. A sipper definitely. That's Short's for ya. Always pushing the envelope!

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Photo of K-Dog
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is beer where you either think it's great or you hate it. I think it's great. It's very dank and a palette killer. This year's version is very juicy tasting. This is one amazing beer that is not for everybody. Very unique.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GMcNElliott
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sculls65
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just a little too sprucey for me.

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Photo of Hubert_i
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I liked the look of this when poured. Poured a orange hazy color. But the smell of the spruce tips just was overpowering. I like spruce tip beer but this beer smells and tastes like bad cologne. The spruce taste was overpowering to the point that I had to pour this beer out.

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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 402 ratings
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