Imperial Spruce India Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
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:
#7,321
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
438
pDev:
18.07%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
66
Trade:
3
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of ElevinoFive
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Brewheadcom
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This strong Imperial Pilsner has a wonderfully earthy flavor. It's flowery, bitter, resinous, and crisp. Makes for a refreshing chill on a hot summer's day. The heavy pine takes a bit to get used to, but in the end it cools the palate nicely and makes for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jrborchert74
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gjl75
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +11.2%
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 -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GMcNElliott
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sculls65
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
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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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! I'm only doing a brief write-up, because both of us know this beer is out of season, and it's not really worth doing a full review of something past its prime. Still, it certainly smells piny enough (though the cloudiness is a no-no - a sign of its staleness), and the taste is very spruce forward. Even still, the flavor profile seems past its prime. I can taste a really good big lager behind it all - I'll gladly give this one a second chance fresh.

2.95/5: If it's just like sucking on a pine cone past its prime, how good will it be fresh?

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Photo of kogutmic
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell is wonderful, and is backed up with the taste. Love the bitterness. I love gin, and i love beer, and this is a sort of marriage of the two.
Me likey

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Photo of hilgart1
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachraymer
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of TampaRainman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thickgirth
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jemarent
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nipiazza
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of irish6174
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mpalestino
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

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