blankboy (6412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle [330ml] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a small diminishing bubbly off-white head. Aroma of herbs and tomatoes (I’m sure it’s likely sage or some other herb though). Flavour of herbs and malt, it’s almost got a tomato sauce thing going, along with some hops. A tad watery. Average bodied. It’s O.K. but it’s not what I’m looking for in a Pale Ale.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle c/o "B" - shared with blankboy and biegaman. Clear amberish gold, small head. Smells and tastes mostly like thyme and sage - pungent - simple, ultimately boring. Light body, mild carbonation, pungent aftertaste but ultimately not much of anything
hawthorne00 (2682) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold with a modest white head. Aroma is spicy with zaatar and sage obvious, some light honeyed malt. Mild sweetness with honey and some berries, dry finish with a little bitterness. A mouthfull of spices and floral herbs. Pleasant, competent and interesting.
gam (3475) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Block sized head amber pour medium carbonation aromas mint thyme fruity hops anise the flavours sage note spicy richness anise mint and thyme a honey taste citrus bitter like rind hardly a pale ale more a shv the finish strong spicy and hopfruit aftertastes lasting bitter okay
mansquito (3908) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 11.2oz ($3): Pours copper with a white head. Aroma is light malts, with a flowery overtone with a whole bunch of spice added (I have no idea what za’atar is supposed to smell like, but I definitely got mint and sage notes in here, along with anise being the strongest). Taste is tealike with some anise. There is very little hoppiness. The spice works well with the malty backbone. A unique and drinkable beer.
radagast83 (5363) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a clear copper color, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was some peppery, spicy notes - perhaps some thyme. Flavor was light malts, pepper notes. Interesting brew. Not exactly a straight pale ale.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gyllene i färgen, vitt skum. Doftar örter, pizza, malt, sött, gräs och hö. Smakar söt malt, pizzaörter, lakrits, lagom söt och bitter örtig eftersmak. Konstig och lite obalanserad.
Travlr (14669) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Hazy golden brown color, large tan head. Aroma of peppery caramel and thyme. Taste is mildly bitter black pepper.
GregClow (2948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brewed 01/02/12, best before 31/01/13, consumed 05/02/13 - so not as fresh as it could be, but no glaring signs of age or degradation. It also has an LCBO label indicating that it’s 11.1% despite the fact that the brewery quotes it as 6.3%, so I don’t really know what’s going on there. Whatever the case - it pours a nice honey-copper colour with a small white head. Aroma is... odd. Someone in an earlier review says it reminds them of "Lebanese bread", and I can see where that comes from - with the malt base and the za’atar and other spices, there’s a definite similarity to the aroma that wafts out of the manakish (Lebanese pizza) restaurant near my office. In the flavour, there’s a bit more fruitiness, and the spices take on a more herbal tea quality, with a moderately astringent finish. Really interesting stuff - I’m not quite sure that I LIKED it, but I’m glad I tried it.
SlackerMads (1929) - DENMARK - FEB 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear orange with a small lasting white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is a jungle of spices with timian, oregano, camomile being some of them. Light pale malt, but overpowered by the spices. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet. Light body, watery texture, average carbonation. Watery and spicy finish. Watery and thin bodied, but different and could be interesting to pair with some food.