novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A rather interesting beer for sure, but not something I would market as a pale ale styled beer. Smells a lot like pizza, and tastes like a meal in a way. Loaded with a very generous amount of savory herbs and spices, with notes of thyme, sage, and bitterness due to hops. A well crafted beer, but certainly not for everyone.
Leighton (17258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in NYC. Pours clear gold with a small, foamy head. Lots of herbs in the nose, like basil and thyme. Light sweet flavor, some spruce, further, herbs, hints of cool mint. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation, light sweet finish, further wacky herbs, light bitterness. Interesting but doesn’t completely work.
obguthr (5266) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bready and spicy aroma of cumin, caraway, pencill shavings and oddly enough, stove top stuffing. Clear amber, medium head. Pencil shavings are more pronounced on the palate, but cumin is also easily detected, especially in the finish. Medium body. Not true to style, but neat. Very unique, rather enjoyable, and probably fun to pair with food.
oh6gdx (24352) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled (Thanks Papsoe!). Deep golden colour, small white head. Aroma is pizzaspices, mild sweet malts as well as some mild grassy notes. Flavour is spices, some spices and even more spices. Also mild herbs. Very oregano like aftertaste.
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Nice, different beer. Aromas of spice, wet leaves, and other herbs. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
blankboy (7058) - 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 (6372) - 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 (3282) - 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 (3909) - 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 (4866) - 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.