Yards Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce

Yards Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce

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Brewed by Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

5% Alcohol by Volume

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Brewed to celebrate Ben's 300th birthday. Whether Ben Franklin ever said, "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" is up for debate. Some say he said it, others say he didn't. No one knows for sure. Historical facts or fictions aside, Yards Brewing Company has recreated Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale™ to celebrate Franklin's affinity for fine ales. Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale is based on Franklin's original recipe, which called for spruce essence and molasses, as barley and hops were not readily available at the time. Enjoy a taste of history courtesy of Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia's premier brewer and bottler. We are proud to bring you this historically brewed spruce/molasses beer. We brewed this with Norwegian Spruce tips from Dean's tree (thanks Dean) and a whole dwarf Alberta Spruce from NKCDC's Garden Center (thanks David).

ID: 19989 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank9333
Overall Percentile79.9
Style Rank189 of 1207
Style Percentile84.3
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.550
Weighted Score3.314
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • TONE77 221 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a mahogany color. Smell is dominated by spruce. Taste is spruce, pine, a bit of menthol. Overall this is a unique and different beer, but worth a try.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Interesting...I guess. It is definitely different. Aroma is just not there for me. Appearance-wise it sure looks like a beer - dark amber with a fluffy head to start, good lacing. Mouthfeel is quite watery, Flavor is...bland but somewhat beer-like. Piney overall, worth a try for the novelty, not the flavor.

  • OIZNOP 431 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A very interesting way to wrap up 2006. Poor Richard's Spruce Ale pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head that melts quickly, but leaves a good lace ring around the pint rim. The aromas are medicinal. It reminded me of a cold remedy I used to take as a kid, but I can't remember it's name. Scents of evergreen and pine are also quite noticeable. (Did someone grind a Christmas tree into the kettle???). On the buds, one can detect mint, cloves, heather and an earthy grassiness, with an ever-present dry hoppiness in the finish. I did not taste any molasses while imbibing this one, though. Ben Franklin had some unusual tastes when he created this beer style. I think he would be proud of Yard's interpretation.

  • FOZAPD 474 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I had Yards Poor Richards Tavern Spruce on tap at the Grey Lodge. It poured an amberish colored body with a small head. The taste was a pleasant piney taste but milder than one would think. Pretty good receipe.

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