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Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner

Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   ABV: -
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Aged in Corsair Distillery Barrel Aged Gin barrel (they age a spiced rum in the oak barrel first, then age their standard gin in the used rum barrel to produce their barrel aged Gin. The barrel was still full of the loose spices they spice their rum with when we put Pony in it!)

15 Gallon Barrel, less than a week aging, blended back with regular Pony Pils

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (2308) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Tap: Pale, hazy pear skin body with a sudsy white head that lasts. Huge gin aroma. Soft pines, floral notes, botanicals. Big greens with a hint of cereal grain backing. Tastes like soft gin. Rose water. Liquid evergreen & pine with the lightest touch of citrus zest. Floral rose hip, spruce, & drying gin finish. I wanted to like this so badly, but I am admittedly not a big fan of gin. This was basically gin in a softer, beer-like medium. Ends up just being OK for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1722) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Taster at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA. Light yellow pour with a white fluffy head. Herbal nose. Hops and bitterness in the taste with some interesting floral character. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Draft. From notes. Loads of herbal/botanical gin flavors. My god, this is delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1064) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
Draft at Half Acre Brewery, Chicago. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head that disappears slowly. Nose has aromas of pine, botanicals, herbal spice and oak. Taste is upfront pine hops with that botanical flavour coming through. Can taste the gin barreling exceptionally well. Spicy oak finish. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3554) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3525) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
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.

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