dreamflower (471) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma that reminds me of my mother’s honey almond shampoo when I was a kid - an aroma I love. Taste is good too. Sweet and refreshing.
northropfrye (1888) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like the effort to use local ingredients here, but this was my least favourite from Great Leap. Still, not bad. Honey notes, but overall not too flavourful.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dull tan. Thick head. The aroma is full of herbs - the assertive camphorish quality of Sichuan peppercorns (the ’ma’ in honey ma). Softish body, and definitely honey-sweet, again with that herbal character all over the palate. I think the spice brings a bit too much bitterness across the palate, but there are days when this beer is very appealing.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ brewpub. Radiant orange hue, thick tight stable head. Aroma is welcoming, curious, fresh, aromatic, with more flower and wildflower and floral herb than spiciness. Doesn’t smell like the peppercorn per se although it certainly is unique. Very soft palate and highly--too--drinkable. Probably drank at least a pint on every visit, one of my go-to GLBs and probably my favorite over all. The malt character is solid, fruity, and carries the happy herbal overtones. Rounded, nice body with total smoothness. Good body and strength. The herbal flavors are outstanding, well-integrated and fresh, never perfumy or overpowering. Honey is so subtle you’d never know it was there. Finishes off-dry, and moreish. A skillful balance.