Imperial Spruce India Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jacob4999
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +7.4%
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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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a light hazy golden wheat color with a one finger off-white head.

Nose is a pungent overripe mango blast, with slight pine and lemon notes.

Taste is very piney, juicy and peppery with hints of barn funk and strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, with medium to low carbonation.

Overall a very very interesting beer - I have never had anything like it. Hard to drink a whole pint, but enjoyable in small amounts.

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to akorsak for sharing this, this was the 12oz version.

The beer is deep golden like apple juice with great clarity and thick cream cap, carbonation is visible and lace sticks haphazardly. The smell is both vegetal and pungent like a fresh cut spruce bough, the hops seem to come through as more vegetal/herbal but the spruce really is the main aroma drowning out most of the malt aroma. The feel is smooth and spicy with slight hop bitterness which turns to a sharp prickly acidic spicy texture as it goes down.

The Flavor is intriguing to me, it tastes as you might expect with some bitterness present from the hops with slight citrus edge, but mild in relation to the deep woody and almost tannic sharp acidic and earthy pine-like taste that comes forward in the peripheral and lasts into the finish with only a mild amount of pilsner malt light cracker elements. Overall I found this to live up to the name, it was woody but not so astringent that it was undrinkable. I found the feel to be not very pilsner-like, but that really isn't the point of this. The spruce is conveyed in the taste more than any other spiced or other flavored beer and still compliments the base beer very well.

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Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 437 ratings