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RATINGS: 166   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11725) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2006
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, honey, orange blossom, light basil. Taste is mild sweet, basil, light grassy. Light-medium body with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11673) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Aroma of lemon, honey and herb. Slightly hazy gold color with a very large white head. Thin to medium body with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is spicey, with basil (but not like fresh basil) and there is an underlying honey note. Rather dry, slightly bitter. Decent drink, though rather unusual.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Name: Honey Basil
Date: January 03, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Ticker
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: dry herb aroma with a hint of malty sweetness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of italian spiced character, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
A murky reddish copper ale with virtually no head. A herbal malt aroma with light basil and smooth honey notes. In mouth, a rather bland and watery herbal malt, not much basil, dryish honey, boring. Bottle at Datz, May 24 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle... Hazy, golden ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Spicy, perfumey nose with notes of basil and dishwashing liquid. The flavor leans just slightly on the sweet side of balance, but lends plenty of spicy hops, basil, ginger and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes spicy, bitter and dry. Pretty good, but bizarre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (9613) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Amber pour. Whitish head. Honey and a leafy aroma. I guess its basil. Flavor has some honey and caramel and some odd vegetal note...basil? I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9257) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2009
12 ounce bottle grom Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel, honey, lime, spicy basil finish. Basil is strong in the taste... with honey and caramel notes. Nice and spicy. I suddenly crave mozzarella. Medium bodied. Interesting beer, and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2012
Draught. Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Indeed, both honey and basil identifyable; Herbal, sweet and strangely exotic. Balance is good, but the finish exhibits some of the less agreeable liquorice notes cooked basil can have. Light bodied, not even very slick. More interesting than great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a clear, yet surprisingly dark golden amber body with a lasting white head that leaves decent lace. Aromas are floral, with a really nice basil character. Light earthy notes, citrus zest, bready malts, floral honey. A complaint: it smells a bit too sweet and caramel heavy. Flavors are bready, caramel, earthy, hay, some sweet bready character. Medium floral and earthy basil notes keep a refreshing edge. Some spice. I feel that this is a bit too sweet to really perfect the concept as the caramel weighs down the delicate basil. More crispness would be nice. Still solid. A honey like floral note with a bit of herbal-chamomile which I assume is honey or basil. Lively bubbles, medium bodied, well hidden alcohol with a floral finish. Somewhat sessionable. Nothing off, but I wish it were a touch drier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7318) - NUNEATON, CONF N, 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.

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