Olivers / DuClaw A Tonic for the Troops
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
50c from every pint sold at The Pratt Street Ale House and $10 from every keg/cask shipped out of house will be donated to the Veterans Association. This brew wasn’t originally conceived as a benefit for America’s veterans but sometimes the power of coincidence is too much to deny and some things are just meant to be. It all started with a cask of “gin & tonic” Blonde ale at DuClaw’s Real Ale Festival, the brain child of DuClaw brewer Brandon Milhouse. It just so happens that we at Oliver’s are big fans of Gin & Tonic (specifically Hendricks gin fact fans) and, as we’d been talking with DuClaw for some time about brewing together, we suggested brewing a batch of “gin and tonic” Blonde Ale. So that was the beer, a 4.3% abv Blonde ale brewed with elderflowers and juniper berries. Brandon (who has served his country in the Marine Corps in Kuwait and Somalia) mentioned that he’d liked how I’d been naming beers after musical influences and it just popped into my head … “A Tonic For The Troops” … named after the 1978 album by The Boomtown Rats it seemed to cover all of the bases! Of course, within seconds lightbulbs popped above our heads as we realized that, with Veterans Day approaching, we couldn’t use a name like that without dedicating it to this country’s veterans! And so “A Tonic For The Troops” was born. The 3 DuClaw locations will be tapping A Tonic For The troops on Wednesday 21st.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Cask. White head topped by lightly hazed light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, light bread, flower, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some flower, bread, light juniper/lemon. Soft light body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Pours a clear golden with little head. Aroma is slightly floral. Flavor is a bit malty and some floral. Smooth. But nothing special. Decent session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark gold with a small, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light grassy and herbal hops, straw and pils malt with earthy notes. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness with supporting malt and a clean finish, and a dry palate. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4501) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Tap. Pours mostly clear gold with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is honeydew, cookie and cereal malts, lime, floral notes and herbs. Flavor is sweet malt forward with a good dose of flowers and light fruit esters; light hops towards the end giving it a dry, lightly bitter finish. Light body and low carbonation.

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