brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster glass in the HA taproom. Clear yellow and white foam. Smells like piney hops. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. Tastes a little medicinal, bitterly piney and off-putting to my palate. I’m not sure that I’m acclimated to the gin barrel concept yet, and I’m not sold yet on the beer+gin combination of flavors.
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale yellow out of the howler with a foamy, sticky white head. Floral, herbal nose. This is a very nice beer. Clean, crisp cracker taste with some lemon grass complimented with a firm botanical, herbal gin flavor. Dry with some almost vermouth characteristics. I really like this beer. For the record, I love gin.
HonkeyBra (3374) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the tap room. Pours a hazed golden color with a white head on top. Aroma of gin, booze, botanicals, pilsner malt, some hops in there. Mild juniper and boozy elements. Somewhat herbal notes. Flavor is herbal and spicy, with lots of botanical and peppery booze notes. Medium bodied with gin in the finish. Overall, pretty fun variant on a great beer.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at EBF, 3/22/14
Very light, straw golden body has a small, white head with moderate to poor retention.
Initially some minerals, dry woodiness and a touch of honey arise in the nose, while the botanicals are slow to emerge (while well-chilled). Malt is pretty sparse here as well, though some lightly spicy (pepper and dry hay) hoppiness breaks through. Free from any flaws that I can find, as well.
The flavor comes off as expected. Lightly sweet, well-attenuated malts provide drops of honey flavor about the palate as gin sharpness/acidity begins to quickly dominate the beer. Hops are noticeable, but also seem to succumb. I don’t think the barrel character was "overdone" in the sense that it’s just a mouthful of gin; I just don’t think a delicate style like this works with such a strong, sharp, flavor profile that gin provides. That being said, I think it came off as well as it could have, and the beer was certainly still drinkable. Probably an Imperial Pilsner would work much better. This also needed a bit more carbonation. A very cool idea, anyways.
Marheb (2049) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Des houblons nobles et des herbes piquantes, épicées se mélangent dans un assemblage étrangement aussi complexe qu’accessible. L’alcool se manifeste mais prend une autre forme avec les tanins qui assèchent comme les houblons peuvent le faire parfois. Tout le long, les céréales pataugent sans être menacés. Buvabilité chevaleresque.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear yellow with a thin head. Lemony pine gin aroma. Light gin bitter flavors. Piney and earthy. I’m actually surprised the gin isn’t more overpowering. If you like gin, you might enjoy it.
Christpuncher (1168) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a huge fan if the pony or any pilsner. I didn't recognize any difference. Pours a light yellow cloudy in color. Had at the tap room.
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TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft serving on tap at Half Acre Tap Room 1st Anniversary Party (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice golden orange hue, some nice haziness in the body, darker middlle, orange gold glow on the edges catches some light. Frothy offwhite head atop stays as a filmy layer, laces fairly well, sticks around as a firm layer, nice thicker ring. Aromas show gentle straw, grainy malt, subtle fruit and raw earthy hops. A bit of fruit meets a touch of mellow oak, touch of gin botanicals is fairly mellow. Gentle neutral spirit, subtle juniper and herbal slant grows as it warms a bit more. Initial is exactly what you’d expect from a gin barrel aged Pils, but not overdone. Some firm botanicals, gentle juniper berries and herbal feels. A bit warm, gin elements start to show some covvering strength, bready and gentle straw elements cover up a bit. Some warmth into the middle and backend. Dry earthy hops. Really, the gin barrel up front and into the middle sets the pace. It takes awhile as you get accustomed to this one to get into some of the base Pils. Backend is a bit dry, firmly herbal and a mellow spice. Suntan lotion, juniper berries, pine needles are subtle as it has a more dry herbal feel. Gentle warmth, bread and straw, earth. Sweetness doesn’t show much if any life from the base, dry earthy hopping is there but gets covered up by some of the firmer gin barrel presence. While this isn’t hot or warm, the abv not the focus, the barrel elements and flavors are. Finish is dry, herbal, gin flavors really prvide life, a flash of florals, faint lime rind, and richer herbal and juniper elements, a faint bit woody some vanillin tannic sweetness. Overall, this is an appropriate display of a gin barrel, and the base beer certainly allows it to takeover. Just mellow bits of bready and grainy malts flash through, some earth hops are synergistic. Interesting, creative, and as a gin lover, a flavor profile I quite dig. However, I wouldn’t call it a a blow me away beer. Neate.
crossovert (7395) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A funky experiment that turned out alright. The gin flavors meld nicely with the noble hops.