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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Before brewing our classic summer ale, we went to the certified organic farmer’s market to go shopping. The fresh basil is from Watanabe Farms in West Sacramento and the Honey is from Britt’s Honey, two California artisanal producers. This brew is subtle and refreshing. Starting in 2012, Honey Basil Ale will be a year round offering in 4 packs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Pours amber with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is a little floral, not so much basil as honeysuckle, maybe. Little lemon zest too. Taste is pleasant - a little sweet, and both the honey and basil are difficult to discern. For anyone thrown off by the idea of basil beer, that;s good, but sort of defeats the purpose. Still an easy-to-drink ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
pour is a reddish amber with a thin tan head. The smell is very much like an italian cafe, the basil is subtle but somehow very apparent, the honey is integrated well adding sweetness and depth, also notes of peppery spice and some oregano. Seems well balanced but just not aromas I like together or in beer. Taste is the same with notes of dough, this is basil pizza esq. the honey is subdued and the basil is forward with spice and oregano. Strange stuff but well made for what it is intended to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1716) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a medium off-white collapsing lacy head. Aroma consists of honey mostly with basil a little faint, but there. Taste is sweet, herbal and minty with a dry and lightly tart finish; reminiscent of herbal tea. Interesting and different than your average summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2012
I usually don’t care for certain spices in beer, such as basil, but the basil in this beer was mild, so it wasn’t too bad. Malt base was on the sweet side, and it was kind of tea-like. Also had hints of clove, honey and a pinch of caramel. Overall, it was ho hum and its flavors and aromas were very mild.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Very light orange citrus smell. Light body without much flavor. Easy to drink, but not much to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
weihenweizen (1736) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a shaker extra from JStax. Pours clear amber with small off-white head. Some small bubble lacing, light body, and strong basil aroma. Taste is caramel malt, strong herbal basil, and a hint of honey. Not that good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Tap, Church Key, San Francisco, 16/08/12. Rated to "Everybody’s Talking At The Same Time". BONUS POINT. Murky, slim headed orange-copper. Papery basil aroma. Eye-watering fizz , red berries, herbal streaks but not obviously basil. Almost works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle from TWM McLean - pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Aroma is a basil, sweet malt thing. Taste is sweet finishes dry. Its ok, but I’m not enjoying the basil, it just seems weird to me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 4, 2012
It is a decent beer. But never do I get a hint of honey or basil in smell or taste. Its a good drinking beer, malt richness slightly sweet and clean malty brown goodness is seen in a pour. Just dissapointing they didnt get much of the "essence" of this beer into our bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1672) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Basil aroma overwhelms just about everything else but it’s a great fresh basil aroma so can’t complain. Basil is more muted in the taste, leaving it a bit bland in comparison. Wouldn’t want to drink a 4-pack in one sitting but great for mixing things up now and then.

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