NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Plainfield MWBF. Pours a very pale white with a hint of gold. Still. Nose is intensely floral and orange, hints of candied orange peel and a distinct honey note. On taste, it is medium sweet with more candied orange notes. Very honey forward with some moderate vanilla coming through. I’m not a huge fan of the yeast character here as it is too estery for my liking and a bit of an odd balance. Not a bad mead, but the yeast interplay with the orangey notes is a bit offputting.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very excited to see this 750 at team bev on 401. Clear gold pour with the aroma of sulfur, honey and oak. A little hot and rough around the edges
flatmatt (1158) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 mL bottle. Pours almost clear with just a light golden hue and a few fine particles. Kind of a plasticy new shore aroma with some mustiness and notes of berry. Flavor is more of orange-flavored honey with that mustiness and a tiny bit of the plasticy note. Fairly tasty despite the "shoe" note.
phaleslu (6810) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour in a wine glass from a 750 ml bottle at The Lion’s Pride. Pours a clear pale gold color with no head. Aroma of orange peel, honey, herbs, hay, pale malts, and oak. Flavor improves upon that in complexity, with big orange and honey, herbs, wood, and a good deal of wildflower notes. Medium bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, floral mouthfeel. Interesting mead.
jtclockwork (8912) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours lemony yellow. Nose/taste of honey, florals, citrus and orange skin. Grainy texture. Very sweet on the palate. Medium body. A bit "hot". Alcohol very prominent in finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: clear and pale – like a pinot blanc or sauvignon blanc. Small blanket of bubbles coat the bottom of glass.
Nose: delicate orange blossoms, honeysuckle blossoms – portrays a union of white blossoms from tree branches to a white blanket of blossoms atop a field of green grass. Hint of pulped apples. Heaviest in the middle where honey, still subtle, is most prominent.
Palate: sweet, smooth, and silky, the silky mouthfeel carries the orange blossom petals from front to back. Lingers longest atop middle of the tongue. Apple pulp in the breath – fresh without the bitterness of apple skin. Gentle mouth-coating. Slow glow of warmth in chest.
Final Thoughts: a clean mead highlighting its proud namesake, the Orange Blossom. A bit unassuming which I found was part of its beauty.
obguthr (4076) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honey and menthol nose. Very pale yellow, still. Honey flavor, balanced, really middle of the road on the sweetness continuum. Alcohol is within acceptable levels.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Liquor World in Cambridge. Baby Duvel Tulip. Clear, pale straw gold color.
Smells of moldy wood, old leather & warm plastic. Bleh.
Taste is rich, but tolerable while cold.Caramelized. Coating, mild rindy flavor that I honestly did not expect. Leafy green. Good texture. Bittersweet finish.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale, clear, golden pour. Somewhat floral nose, notes of honey, alcohol, orange, and slight vanilla. Medium body with a slick mouth feel. The orange really comes through, the alcohol is not as well hidden as in some of their other meads but the sweetness does help to soften it a bit. Finishes on the sweeter side.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clearish yellow pour..harsh body in terms of alcohol..not masked by the basic orange and honey qualities of this mead...very basic, and just too brutal to finish