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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
OK, so it's not exactly a light mead. I guess Medovina meads just want to be bold and brassy. It's about 12% alcohol and is chock full of body and mouth feel. There are notes of honey, lemon and pepper (in that order). The finish is delightfully refreshing with citrus tartness. It is best served well chilled. As it warms up in your glass, flavor profiles shift a bit which creates interest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MeadMe (1612) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours pale yellow. Aromas of waxy comb and grapes. Mild earthy wildflower honey up front, very dry with a bold astringency. Mild grape skin and hints of florals. I prefer my meads less dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pour is clear yellow thanks to Aaron for the pour! Aroma has notes of sweet grape, honey, lemon, some biscuit, vanilla, bits of grass and earth, finishes fairly dry but has a fruity note as well. Nicely done, but not a ton of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Very clear, light yellow appearance. Dry, slightly spicy, light fruity, honey aroma. Tangy, pear fruity, sweet honey, citrusy flavor. Pear, citrusy, fairly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle. My first mead on here. Pours a very clear pale gold color. The aroma is slightly zesty with a subtle honey note. Taste is similar with a nice sweet and bitter balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2007
This one is pretty different from the others. It’s perfectly clear, very pale gold with a slightly green tint that’s barely perceptible. The aroma less pure honey than some of the others, lime zest with an almost chile pepper twist all followed up by a wood resin like kick that I’m not sure I fully enjoy. There’s a surprising bitterness in the finish that I’m not used to in a mead. Very interesting mead, this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottled in 2005. No head (still). Body is hazy light yellow. Aroma is notes of honey, flowers, lime, grass, alcohol, and oak. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent. A slightly lighter-bodied version of the off-dry Classic mead, perhaps? Very good mead, but more like white wine than I prefer a mead...Sweet Melissa and the Semi-Sweet Classic meads are still my faves. My girlfriend went nuts over this one, though, more so than Sweet Melissa, so it boils down to preference.

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