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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours a deep opaque copper with a tanish head that has excellent retention. Strong basil aroma with minor hints of malty sweetness. Starts off with a good spice on television tip of tequila tongue, transfers to full bore basil. Very smooth beer with some sugar type tackiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Orangey-amber color, clear and lighter bodied with a thinner head. Slight basil aroma but less noticeable on the tongue. Mild honey sweetness and overall balanced character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scottw86 (1155) - Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Poured black with almost no head. Aroma is chocolate with a touch of honey. Taste is caramel, slightly acidic. Some honey. Overall its ok but nothing special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
This copper brown beer with little head has not too much aroma. It has a mild sweetness and the basil flavor come though and matches the beer well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5123) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Yes, smell is sorta honey basilly. Darker than expected from a bottle. Nice quarter inch head. Taste is a little too much of some kinda herb, herb. YEs mild spices in there. I was expecting a form of mild beer but this don’t hide the alky well. More than I expected. Why was I expecting a mild wheat thing and then kicked in the jaw? Massive mixalot but not in an over the top way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
niftyplace (23) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2012
You pick up on the honey, but only enough to know its there- more like honeysuckle... the basil is there, adds a bit of spicy note, drinkable, but kind of leaves you wondering, why bother?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Nice entry to the savory end of the spiced beer spectrum. Very clean, pronounced herbal flavor and inviting aroma. Captures the basil very well, even in the aftertaste. Great body and texture. Like the Dogfish/Victory/Stone Saison du Buff, pairs exceptionally well with poultry and mild cheeses. Highly recommended with those foods, merely a curiosity without them. A difficult review. If pairing with appropriate dishes, easily a 4.0 to 4.5 overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
youdictategood (467) - 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 (1810) - 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 (2211) - 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.

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