Imperial Spruce India Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner
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Imperial Spruce India PilsnerImperial Spruce India Pilsner

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

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

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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 158
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- poured a very light and hazy yellow with a one finger bone white head with a little retention and nice streaky lacing.

Smells very strongly if piney hops and pine trees.

Tastes very hoppy (the piney variety)- a little sharp and light malt profile.

Mouthfeel is ver fresh- light bodied with medium carbonation and a little oiliness from the hops. Definitely a beer I would get again.

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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my hollow floating Pilsner glass with a large foamy white head and heavy lacing and retention. Not crystal clear, there are some tiny particles floating as I suspect this is not filtered heavily like most pilsners are.

S: Holy pine and alpha acid pine aromas. This really smells magnificent. Take my favorite smelling pine tree Blue spruce and combine with a nice light lager aroma and hops.... The result is very good.

T: To start off, this tastes resiny in more than one way. The blue spruce pine resin flavors are strong but not overpowering combined with the Alpha Acid piney flavors. Overall this is clearly the most pine like flavored beer I have ever had no competition. Most other spruce flavored beers I have had were stouts or porters. This is new to me and very good and the new growth spruce tips make the flavors more fresh and almost cooling. Light pale malt flavors are there in the background as well in order to balance the heavy hopping and spruce flavors. A nice crisp imperial pils that has lots of bitter hop presence.

M: Medium body for an imperial pils, but slightly lighter than some other examples I have had. (EX: Twisted Smile) I like this approach better as it is more refreshing and does not taste syrupy for a pils. medium carbonation.

O: This is a great example of what an imperial pilsner can be. I really enjoyed it and would get a growler of it if it were down at my shop.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours a bright hazy golden-yellow color with a thin finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down pretty quickly leaving behind some good lace.

S - he aroma is bursting with citrus hop and spruce and pine. There is a some light sweet malt in the background with some lemon peel.

T - The flavor starts off as expected with lots of piney spruce flavor with a bit of the citrus hops coming through with some lemon peel. Just a hint of sweet malt in the background. Through the middle, more grapefruit and apricot hop flavor come through with some good bitterness and a touch more sweet malt. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness with lot of pine and citrus flavor lingering.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The strong spruce flavor works really nicely alongside the strong hop flavors. Great hoppy pilsner.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz draught on-tap at Box Bar in Plymouth, MI about a month back. Review from notes on phone

A - Pours a crisp looking light yellow color with about one finger of white head when it arrived at my table which disappated quickly.

S - The blue spruce tips come through first, also can smell a nice fruity flavor of grapefruit/apricot followed by the hops.

T - A bitter taste off the bat but the fruit flavors come through. The alcohol isnt really noticable but it finishes with the pine needle notes. One big thing comparing this *Imperial* versus the regular spruce in bottles this year that most people are reviewing on here is that the Imperial version is much smoother. The fruits and malts come through much better with the spruce tips blending much better.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. There is no bite to the Imperial version as I found there was with my bottles of regular Spruce pilsner.

O - While I wasn't a huge fan of the Spruce Pilsner in bottles for 2011, I really enjoyed the Imperial version on draught. The flavors and spruce tips meshed a lot better and eliminated the harsh after-taste.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After two years on BA finally my first review!

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy light orange color. Somewhat aggressive pour yields a one finger white head. Leaves a nice lacing with a good amount of consistent carbonation. Nice looking beer!

Smell: Very nice hop aroma and the pine spruce smell. This bottle is a few months old so the malt has definitely come out some. Also has some nice citrus notes. Great smelling beer!

Taste: Oh the hops and the pine. The sweet malt is coming through with the age. Nice light citrus notes. Light medium bitterness in the aftertaste. My kind of beer!

Mouthful: Medium light body with some carbonation, nice dry aftertaste.

Overall: After a few disappointments this is a beer that kind of brought me back to Shorts. If you dig bitter hops and like the smell/taste of pine I highly recommend this beer. Can't wait till next years batch for more. Tasty!

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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from northyorksammy.

Hazy pale blonde colour, one finger of white head, good lace. Smell is of sprunce and pine, quite hoppy, citrus fruit in there, biscuity malt backbone, lots of hops in here though. Taste has a sprucey forest note, citrus following, fruity flavours, grapefruit and pine, good amount of maqlt in the finish, nice bitterness with a light alcohol aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, resinious and oily, good feel. Solid stuff, flavourful stuff, very drinkable.

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.9% out of 100 with 402 ratings
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