50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Milky yellow pour with a white head. Pear and spice aromas. Interesting with pear, floral, and Indian spice notes. Average body with a good mouthfeel. Unique but definitely quaffable
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I appreciate it when breweries make beers that don’t conform to any particular style and make that clear right in the name and label. Elysian Oddland Spiced Pear Ale could be considered a fruit beer, perhaps a saison, or under the umbrella term of spice/herb/vegetable. Wherever it lies is inconsequential, what does matter is that it’s a tasty, original, and interesting brew to say the least.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a mason jar. It had no freshness date. I won this in a raffle (thanks to Eric for donating it!).
Appearance: Hazy shade of dark orange; some sediment can be seen floating in suspension. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: Strong aroma of spices, especially ginger. Slightly fruity, though has a scent reminiscent of antiseptic cleaners.
Taste: This beer is properly named as the “spice” reference proceeds the pear reference. In other words, yes, this beer is spicy as hell. As soon as it hits the tongue, the palate lights up with an array of spice rack seasonings: ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, coriander and allspice all seem to be present (though, according the brewery’s website, only cumin and cardamom are actually used in the brew). The pear component definitely takes a backseat to the spice, though it does work as a continuous fruity counterbalance. It imparts a hint of cider-like tartness, but there is little in the way of overt fruit juiciness and sweetness (I do get a slight lemon/lime soda flavor, though). The use of Saaz hops really complements the spice palette in the way of strong dry bitterness, especially on the finish. That “antiseptic” character from the nose does carry over to the taste, though that might be an off-character if this bottle is old.
Drinkability: At only 6.3% ABV, Elysian Oddland Spiced Pear Ale isn’t all that hefty of a brew. However, it’s not exactly a guzzler, as those spices really make their presence known in the mouth. It doesn’t have the heat of a pepper beer, but there definitely is an intense element here that leads it more into the sipping territory. The mouthfeel itself is medium-bodied and crisp, though the combination of spices and bitterness from the hops does leave a lingering, drying sensation. This would be fun to pair (no pun intended) with a fruit salad.
ben4321 (5087) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow, 12/1/13
Aroma: The nose is full of Asian spices (ginger, white pepper, and 5 spice) and, of course, pear
Appearance: It pours a hazed golden color with a small white head and some drippy lace
Flavor: The flavor is heavily spiced like the nose, with some medium fruity sweetness
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a tingly, spicy feel, plus carbonation, and a dry finish
First rating of December might as well be another In a long line of Asian spiced pear flavored beers. Boy is this a played out style. Seriously though, I love the creativity here. What a unique and awesome experiment. As a beer it is good, although it may not be my absolute favorite, but conceptually, I’m a huge fan.
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from State Line. Pours turbid golden with white clingy head. Nose is pale malt, pear, white peppercorns. Tasted bready and creamy, with pale malt, notes of pear, and a moderate white peppercorn flavor that melds well with the beer. This one was very good.
bhensonb (12969) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at OBF. Pours hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of pear and asian spice. Med body. Flavor of pear with lots of cardamom - and maybe a slight Thai/Indian flavor. Different and very drinkable.
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of lots of spices (peppery, rye, bitter, ginger, clove) with light fruits and pear. Flavor of spices upfront with flowery perfume and light fruits in the finish. It is heavily spiced, probably more than it is pear-y. I was excited and afraid to try this beer but it is pretty good.
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of herbs, spices, pear skin, orange and lemon peel, lemongrass and light earth. Medium body. Real nice beer if you like spice/herbs.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a semi-clear yellow with a small white head, and good lacing.
smell is of pepper, spice, and cumin.
taste is thick, spice, pear, and pepper. ends a little dry and peppery.
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a clear, slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was notes of spices (corriander, cumin), some banana and sweet pear notes. Flavor was notes of spices, some light sweet fruit notes, with some dry honey character. Interesting.
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Mane Liquor. Pours like pear juice with a sticky and dense white head. Definitely looks the part of a pear beer. The first thing to hit you on the nose is ginger followed closely by oven baked pears, cinnamon, honey and cloves. Plenty of spice in this one. Taste is a little all over the place and at first was a bit of a shock to my palate but after a while you get used to it - heaps of ginger, mild apricot and pear, cinnamon, honeyed oats and grassiness. If you’re a ginger beer fan then you will probably dig this. A little sweet for my liking but the loaded spices are nice. Odd stuff, pretty solid