ModeEngage (105) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
http://imgur.com/FkJAzAX - Bomber. Pours copper with pillowy white head that lasts with slight lacing. Smells of spicy yeast notes and pepper. Drinks smoothly with a slight pepper bite and mild lingering bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Tastes of citrus, pepper, and spice. Finishes clean. Very savory beer.
AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. batch 12, bottled 11/20/13. From Super Kappy’s. Cloudy amber pour with fast dying head. Nose is insanely herbaceous. Rosemary, peppercorn, parsley and flowers. Flavor is just dominated by herbs. Rosemary is off the chain here. The flavor is just like the aroma. Damn… can you say herb garden? Dry texture with a mild yeasty flavor. Pretty intense brew.
AdamJackson (2013) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared from Chris. Looks like he grabbed it in November. Split 3 ways in a snifter.
A - Murky, cloudy blood red, 1 finger white head that’s persistent.
S - Nose is an explosion of floral characters and pepper hits the back of the thread. Honey and roses.
T - The lazy review here is that this is a freaking salad in a glass. The peppercorn spice, honey, celery, flowers, cabbage, more honey and hibiscus.
M - Burst of carbonation, dry and sweet
O - This is an interesting beers. It has all of the right yeast characters I love but the spice is a huge detractor. Still was nice to have.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber lightly cloudy pour. Aroma is HEAVY rosemary and light caramel and flowers. Taste is tons more rosemary that is overkill. I find with the flavored beers of this brewery if they dont overdo it theyre great. This one overdid it imo.
Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery taproom - Boston. Pours cloudy gold with a thick, frothy off-white head. Spicy, herbal nose, some rosemary and rose. Light-medium sweet flavor with pale, lightly doughy bread, some ripe citrus, light floral notes. Medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Moderately sweet finish with some mellow grassy bitterness, floral notes, grapefruit. Lovely stuff.
williamstome (686) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cider color pour, small white head. Aroma of flowers, honey, and
sweet tea. Flavor of rose and mint, fresh and sweet, spicy from the peppercorns. Medium body, slightly bitter finish. Fantastic.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, batch 12, bottled 11/20/13, drunk 1/7/14.
Peachy-amber hued beer has plentiful, well-retained off-white head and there is a very healthy layer of sediment on the bottom. Small bubbles rise rapidly in the mostly-clear liquid.
Very peppery nose! I saw on their website the first batch didnt go very well as they didnt crush the peppercorns. Well, they’ve certainly crushed a lot in this batch. Sweet, doughy, pale malts attempt to balance the nose, with light vinousness coming through on the end. Rosemary is there, but not overbearingly so. Plenty of powerful things going on...not sure how cohesive this is though...
So with not much of an idea of what to expect, I dive in to the glass. ROSEMARY. Like dunking my head in to a bath of it. Wow. It barely leaves any room for the peppercorn at first and seems incredibly overdone. The finish finds room for some maltiness, moderately attenuated, full of honey dough and sweet cream. It’s helpful in balancing the rosemary, but may be a bit forceful itself sweetness-wise. Thankfully, about 15 minutes in to the bottle, or so, my palate adjusted to the rosemary and I was getting far less of it and quite a bit of a vanilla-yogurt-like flavor. Far more enjoyable, but still backed by the slightly overbearing maltiness.
A strange beer, for sure. Seems like they just need to age the beer (off the peppercorns) a little longer. This one still seemed too rough around the edges. And tone down the rosemary, for sure. Otherwise, the mouthfeel, bottle conditioning and general production of the beer were fantastic. Looking forward to more from these guys.
Concealer (583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Cloudy orange amber with a thin beige head. Smells of orange citrus, spice, yeast, rosemary and some light malt notes. Flavor is sweet orange followed by some spice and yeast, lots if rosemary. Medium bodied.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery. Poured a pale gold, slightly hazy, nice tight, creamy white head. Lots of rosemary in the nose, plus some light funk, citrus, floral notes. Flavor is just too dominated by the rosemary. I love their saison base, and this overwhelms it. Bit of the pepper in back of the throat. Mildly tart.
Ernesto987 (3256) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at the brewery, tons of rosemary flavors, was interesting at first, then got pretty overwhelming. Wow.