andyhwcinc (1311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased at Half Acre in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a random Thursday night with the house all to myself. Appearance a cloudy slightly reddish gold with a rich white head. Aroma is unique, very flowery, I associate it with a light hop backing, can get the hibiscus in the nose for sure, considering the food they made it for, it smells like it would go with it well. Taste is also very flowery, a little too flowery for my liking but itís not bad. Definitely tropical and earthy, but also with the flavor it tastes slightly soapy. My hats off to them for trying it out, and Iím sure it goes well with the dish, but alone itís OK. Actually has a tartness after a couple of sips that burns the back of your throat.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bomber into a cervoise goblet. Split with my cousinís boyfriend who Iím starting to get into craft beer.
A: Pours a perfect amber with a nice fluffy white head. Recedes to a nice film across the whole top and leaves some splotchy lace down the whole glass.
S: Smells of sweet flowers and fruits. The hibiscus is present and there are some sugar qualities to it and just some other things going on that are hard to pick out. Still pleasant though.
T: Thereís a lot going on. Slight honey with some other sweet sugars. Semi-sweet pomegranate with a little tartness as well. The hibiscus is there with that dusty sweet flower taste. That slight awkward taste must be the mangosteen. Definitely a big blend fruits, sugars and flowers.
M: Medium bodied with a clean sweetness on the finish. Nice carbonation.
O: There was a lot going on with the taste and it didnít quite seem to click together. A decent beer for the style and Iím glad I got to try this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-18-2011
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/12/2012. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip at Aviary.
The beer itself pours an orange amber color, mostly transparent with a slightly hazy center. A small but lively tightly wound white cap rests on top, fading to a thin film and leaving some generous lacing down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is fairly sweet, with light bready malts, a touch of honey, mangosteen, and hibiscus working to build an interesting nose. Behind the sweetness there is a bit of a fruity tartness, some wheat, and some floral notes.
The flavor follows the lead of the nose. It has been a while since I have had one, but mangosteen provides the most noticeable fruit flavor. Of the other named ingredients on the bottle, the hibiscus is fairly reserved, and I get pretty much no pomegranate flavor. Soft wheat provides a bready sweetness and moves the body from light toward medium. The rest of the mouthfeel works well with the flavor as well.
The carbonation is moderate and somewhat creamy, and despite a soft tartness in the middle, the finish is quite clean.
It was definitely fun to try a beer out with more unique ingredients, and even better to be able to try it in an atmosphere like Aviary. Horizon is light, creamy, sweet, and a bit tart, and I had no problem finishing the bottle. However, the flavor started to lose its novelty as the bottle continued on, leading to more middling scores. I would be intrigued to try it with the intended panang curry.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to pawola22. Murky, orange/copper color with a small white head. Loads of lacing as the head fades. Slightly fruity aroma. Mango, orange, and fairly dusty. Just not a lot going on. Some caramel is present too. Taste is mostly wheat, caramel, but no real fruit character. Slightly dusty, and a slightly gritty mouthfeel. Not exactly bad, but this isnít something I would need to drink again.
rhsiung (552) - USA - AUG 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
yes, try it paired at next. of course, itís hard to go wrong with braised beef cheek, curry of peanut, nutmeg, fresh coconut, and lemongrass.