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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Basement Batch is is a traditional American-style Pale Ale. Much like our infamouse award-winning choc beer, it's handcrafted with only the finest ingredients. Starting with a base of American-grown 2-row malted barley we add liberal amounts of caramel and Victory malts to give Basement Batch a rich, almost nutty, malt backbone to complement the unique citrus character Cascade hops, which are the gold standard for this style. Like all of our choc beers, Basment Batch is "bottle conditioned," which means that it's fermented a second time while in the bottle. This long-established method of carbonating beer will leave a thin layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. So, pour slowly and carefully to maintain clarity,and enjoy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Thanks for the bottle, Tom! Pours a clear light copper with a dense, off-white, meringue-like head that leaves sticky lace in its wake. The nose is a hodgepodge blend of frutiy and floral notes: old apples and light pine with a clean, pale malt backing. It certainly doesnít smell like your typical APA thatís been hopped with Cascades. Light to medium-bodied and soft with a lightly dry and mildly bitter finish. The flavor follows the nose: pale malt, apples and a lightly floral bitter finish. This one is interesting but not particularly well integrated. If there are Cascades in this beer there must not be very much, because Iím not tasting them. What is in there isnít blowing me away, but Iím glad to have gotten the chance to try an OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle given to me by tjthresh. Pour is a slightly hazed orange, with a three inch billowing off white head that was quite lasting. Some very fine carbonation is visible on the pour. Aroma of nicely balanced citrus / apple sweet fruitiness and malt. Fresh nose. Taste doesnít quite live up to the nose. The fruit sweetness is in the taste, though its a bit flatter, and a bit less natural tasting. The hazelnut maltiness adds some nice body. Overall, this is a decent enough Pale Ale. Thanks for fueling my State ticking obsession, Tom.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Cardboard aroma with a bit of "new car smell"? Not at all inviting. Nutty flavor with a bit of hops, but where are the damn Cascades? Not in this beer. Med body. A bit on the heavy side. Dry malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Haslinger (909) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
On tap, nothing spectacular but easy to drink with a good finish. Decent hop taste but could use more. Refreshing, wouldnít buy again though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours nice amber color with nice looking white head. aroma is floral and citrus with a little hint of corn? nice mild flavor, that ends a little unfinished, leaves me wanting more. All in all good beer but I think it falls a little short of an APA. Could use a little more hop bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkimbrought05 (37) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Not a bad beer overall, very hoppy with a touch of citrus aftertaste. This would make a very nice beer in the summertime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of soonah. Pours amber and cloudy with a nice diminishing white head and a good lacing. Smells of citrus, roses, pronounced caramel, hints of flowers, some candied fruit and slightly resiny. Tastes initially bitter with nice sweet citrus, hay, pepper, some hints of spice. Finishes earthy with a touch of bitternedd. Mouthfeel is tingly with some hints of candied ginger. Lots of subtle complexity in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a hazy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of dry hops and light citrus. Taste is of muted hops, and a nice dose of medium bodied malts. Some caramel and toffee as well. Average palate. Abrasive bitter ending. All right, but not quite an APA in my opinion.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 2, 2007
12 oz bottle from Soonah - thanks yet again, John! Clear amber with a big white head - the yeastie beasties elected to stay in the bottle. Nice lace, it is patterened like a six pack yoke. Strangely spiced nose, something along the lines of anise, sweet malt, lemongrass and pine. Flavor is lightly spicy, a bit of clove over sweet malt and light lemon. There is another flavor, something powdery like an artificial sweetner, it shows in the nose after it warms up, finally becoming a light aspirin flavor. WTF? Not bad, but the off flavors really detract.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Poured a cloudy (I dumped the yeast right on in) orange, copper, brown color with a one to two finger tall off-white head. Spotty lacing. The aroma was thin citrus with some spice, malt and faint, faint traces of pine and floral hops. The flavor is thin. Some pallid lemon, yeast and malt. A bit of floral hops struggles to get through. The finish is fine when it was first poured, but as it progressed the already mentioned aspirin flavor destroys any enjoyment I had up to that point. I was probably easy on this beer because I have a soft spot for Peteís Place.

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