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B. Nektar Alpha Series Mead #1

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Formerly brewed at B. Nektar Meadery
Style: Mead
Ferndale, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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The Alpha Series focuses on the use of hops in mead making. Only 16 gallons of this first batch were made. Over 7oz of hops, including Citra, Warrior, and Amarillo, were used to make a ’hop tea’. The ’hop tea’ was blended with orange blossom honey to make a strong, sweet mead. The finished product has a beautiful citrus-floral aroma and the mildly bitter hop flavor compliments the sweetness.
OG: 1.130 FG: 1.026 Batch #80 Made on 5/26/10


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15178) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...light golden yellow ... soft floral nose ....juicy sweet honey .. little boozy ... nice but not the wow of the other 2 ... little drying ... soft mellow honey ... n

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place. Pours a clear straw gold. Sweet fuzzy aromas, sweetness and a light hint of hops and strawberry and lychee. Medium bodied, sweet and warm. Hints of hops come through, but there’s a ton of honey. More lychee. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8965) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Bottle thanks to Flandersned. Shared at my house. Pours clear goldish green. Nose/taste of light hops, vanilla, grass, honey and green tea. Mildly dry in finish. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadyRainicorn (29) - - MAR 29, 2012
향은 꽃같이 연한데 아비브가 확 느껴짐;; 윽

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Generously shared by BOLTZ7555. Bottle pours glistening pale gold with no head. Aroma shows notes of vanilla, orange blossom, honey, lemon zest and an underlying herbal quality. Flavor shows the same with some additional floral qualities that were not quite present in the nose. Overall body is moderate to full with well balanced sweetness. The hopping on this thing definately takes the cake and separates it from every mead i’ve had to this day. Great stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Light honey colored pour with zero head but solid legs. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, symple syrup, fruit and citrus finding their way to the nose. Wow, is the flavor unique with lots of spicy hops blending into the sweetness. Tons of herbs in there along with a nice floral component. Can’t get over the hop profile...so assertive but doesn’t clash with the sweetness at all. Kind of like a candied orange peel glazed in honey and sprinkled with cracked black pepper. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9486) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2011
Quite the incredible blend of honey and hops. Sweet, lightly bitter. Dessert qualities and herbal notes. A wonderful enigma of a beverage.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6924) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2011
Bouteille batch #80 fait le 26/5/2010. Encore un hydromel qui démontre là tout l’art de B. Nektar. Dorée avec une couche huileuse claire sur le verre. Arôme on y ressent bien cette essence de houblon ainsi que des pelures d’orange/fleur d’orange du miel qui se marient superbement avec le côté citron du houblon citra. Au palais, une très bonne expérience où je m’attendais plus à trop d’influence du houblon qui allait venir enterriner la dégustation par trop d’amertume. Et je me suis drôlement trompé. En bouche on ressent toujours cet aspect organique du miel laissant une note terreuse de cire avec une toute fine amertume venant du houblon pour un fini mi-amer et sirop aux lèvres. le tout mélange allégrement citron/houblon avec fleurs orangées et douceur de miel. Le houblon sous forme d’infusion de thé donne un très bon goût en bouche, le houblon Warrior ajoute à la neutralité en amertume tandis que l’Amarillo rajoute un bouquet sympa d’orange qui reste subtile en parallèle avec les fleurs d’orange et le miel. J’adore!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Thanks to SeaBass for another awesome Mead from B. Nektar! A: Pours a nice light yellow, nice and oily appearence on the glass. S: Wonderful citric aromas. Mild orange zest, lemon, and even a touch of grapefruit. A big blast of sweet honey backs it up. T: Damn fine stuff. Wonderfully floral and sweet orange blossom honey. Man I am even picking up a hint of jasmine. The hops shine as well. Lots of citrus (I presume from the hops) with a hint of bitterness to cut through some of the honey sweetness. Damn fine stuff. Bravo to the boys at B. Nektar on this one! M: Medium in body, rich, and sweet, a touch of bitterness in the finish.


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