Imperial Spruce India Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
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
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
52
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of GMcNElliott
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sculls65
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
2.54/5  rDev -36%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
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 +23.4%
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 +19.6%

Photo of TampaRainman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thickgirth
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jemarent
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nipiazza
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of irish6174
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mpalestino
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NuckleDragger
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of moshea
2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of steggie
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

love the idea here, playing heavy spruce pine flavor and aroma with a very aggressive hopping. surprised by the color, has an almost brown hue to the pale beer, not yellow at all. big frothy head and a great aroma that smells like cutting down a christmas tree. fresh spruce, really springy and nice, maybe as much spruce as ive ever seen in a beer. the hops go with it so well, bitter and leafy and balancing well. malt is not normal pils malt to me here, its not crackery and thin, but instead a little richer, huge in body, and quite flavorful, even a touch of dry smoke it seems. the spruce is so intense when it comes on, so fresh, i love how flavorful this is, and the curious malt base seems to fit it very well. nice bog body, effervescent carbonation, and not a trace of booze on it at all. there is an almost menthol herbal intensity to it in the throat, eucalyptus or something, real strange, but not unappealing. woody and wintery, i absolutely love how different this is. top notch stuff from a brewery who had really yet to impress me. this is astoundingly delicious.

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Photo of Shandycan
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Imperial Spruce India Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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