Darwenus (831) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had no interest in trying this when I was accidentally served this by a waiter who misunderstood my order. I liked it enough that I finished it at the restaurant, and bought it again in a bottle to review. It is decent on tap but not as good from the bottle. It pours cloudy orange with a fair amount of foam, and the old bay is present on the aroma. I remember a fresh, lemony finish on the flavor on tap that isnít really there fro the bottle. From the bottle the Old Bay is stronger, but really comes off as an indistinct pepper/spice quality.
EithCubes (5460) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2016 RateBeer says this is rating 5440 for me, which conjures images of Polk and Oregon and Canada but not really Maryland. Bottle Enjoy By 09.24.16. Nose pale malt and lightly citric / lemony, pour clear yellow-golden with moderate carbonation and a jiggling, oily off-white head. Taste medium-strong bitter with heavy spice, more black pepper than anything else, some cardamom coming through, salt (very salty!), celery, medium allspice, faint nutmeg, and somewhat thin malt despite the full body, with refreshing soap and resin from he cleansing hops. Thereís a wash of "white noise" obscuring the core, which hurts this as a standalone, though I found it pretty well suited to summer food. [2016.06.11: 2.8]
nota (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Celery salt, vegetables, and warm lemon- this wouldnít miss a beat starring in a Bloody Mary. Singular and mild bitterness mixes well with the overall theme. Overall, a surprisingly mild beer; with a fairly rich mouthfeel and stew-like taste it doesnít scream summer but it does have an admirable cause.
thepatrickman (693) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Memorial Day BBQ. This is a cool idea -- Maryland beerís take on Maryland crab -- but itís also a hard line to walk between spice beer novelty and flavorless generic beer. Unfortunately, it falls off on the "flavorless" side, and it just tasted like a generic summer ale with a hint of indistinct background spices. Just ok.
Beachmaster (415) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2016
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle into a pint. Pours a clear pale yellow, with a medium white head. Nose is citrus and hops. Taste follows, but is mostly bitter hops. Unbalanced. Would not drink again.
ryanfolty (2346) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2016
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
May 20, 2016 - bottle from AV3. Clear golden pour with some head. Aroma was grain, salt, spice and veggies. Taste was consistent with the aroma, but the flavors did not work well together.
jsporrer (526) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear straw yellow with a medium fluffy white head. Light aroma of spices and celery. Thin body. Crisp and somewhat refreshing. Tastes of celery salt and a mix of light spices. Finishes with a slightly dry peppery bite. Not unpleasant but not a favorite.
Pumpkin87 (215) - - MAY 11, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours clear sunny yellow with frothy white head that quickly reduces.
Nose is camphor, grass and the expected bay leaves.The palate adds bitter lemon, but otherwise continues the soupy, vegetal theme.
As it warms, it develops a saline note appropriate to the celery salt in Old Bay, but very slick. Notably missing is the pepperiness of the seasoning. The result is like beginning to make stock for soup, stopping, chilling it and drinking it.
Iím a (former) Marylander, very sympathetic to this project and this respectable brewery. But Iím not sure what to do with this beer other than use it as crab boil, adding some pepper.
Larry_Duffman (325) - - MAY 8, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had it from the bottle. The aroma is spice, pepper, and vegetable. The taste is lemon, spice, pepper, celery, and tomato. This was different. It was surprisingly refreshing. It would probably pair well with seafood.
PartyFowle (952) - - MAY 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Translucent sunflower yellow with a fuzzy white cap. Souplike aroma, definite character of bay leaves, a little celery, a touch of pear and cereal grain. Flavor kicks off with lemony bitterness, leading into a swirl of mild, clean grain and a gentle herbal-bitter finish. Interesting.