jkwood04 (3263) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and pale malts, some floral hops, and light tea. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer, but not great.
jsmerig (1103) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy yellow aroma of strange dank peppery spice. Taste is floral and spicy with a deep herbal bitterness.
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Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. I feel like I had this in the past and didn't hate it, but it was absolutely undrinkable from the bottle. A rare drain pour for me.
dmac (3701) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle from Brick Buy-Rite, thank God it was a single and not a 6pack. Poured 90% bubbly white head and 10% orange body. Aroma at first was infection and band aids over toast and tea with a touch of rotting citrus fruits. Palate is a total distraction with a medium body and super strong fizzy carbonation. Flavor of seltzer from all the carbonation, old tea leaves, old toast and some slight orange slice. This is lousy.
Arayaga2 (1747) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange with a half-inch white head and honey lemon aroma. Taste is a very tiny bit of malt, and tannic tea bitterness that lasts well beyond the finish. This is a waste of sorachi and tea.
EithCubes (4579) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose slick with lightly vomitous memories and sweetness, hops reminds of an English bitter perhaps underdosed with crystal and bubblegum. Pours a gradient muddled brown, no real head. Taste is medially bitter, nicely pungent and dank woody hops, light strains of lemony citrus and a hint of grapefruit. Tea is here, too, but it’s resting (not buried) somewhere under the gentle blanket of hops. Medium-full body with some chunky caramel malt, lightly stripping with a clean profile. Interesting, and worth my money.
callmemickey (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Clear golden orange medium white head minimal lacing. Citrus, herbal tea, pale malt. Medium to light bodied soft carbonation crisp lightly bitter finish.
Ed5388 (1621) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a hazy copper/amber color with decent head. Aroma has some light herbal notes, along with orange and grapefruit. Taste of tea leaves with a big lemony kick. Also some bitter grapefruit, orange peel, and light caramel malt.
Beerdedone (2465) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a copper amber color with a soapy white head. Faint aroma of grass, earth, tea and light hops. Flavor follows the aroma with a touch of tartness and had a bitter finish.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve often described some American pale ales and IPAs as having a tea-like flavor to them, but I’ve never had a beer actually brewed with tea (that I know of) until now. You’d think Prism ParTea Pale Ale would have the natural tea flavor I mistakenly taste in other beers, but it’s surprisingly absent. There’s bitterness for sure, but the rest of the palate is much ado about nothing.
I received a 12oz bottle as a gift from friends (thanks, Marissa & Alex!). I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright but hazy orange hue, looks a glass of mango punch. Forms a small, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: A very earthy, rustic smell of seasonings and spices. A hint of pine commonly found in pale ales, but otherwise muted.
Taste: I always try to drink beers that I’m reviewing "as blind as possible," before making a decision, but in the case of Prism ParTea Pale Ale I really could use more information. Neither the label nor the website gives much information on the brewing of this beer other than the tea used in it. If I were drinking this truly blind I might accidentally mistake the tea for garlic or onion. It really is that earthy.
There’s a sharp bitterness right away and it lasts throughout the entire swig, which is a bit surprising considering this is "only" a pale ale after all. There’s a hint of tree bark or pine needles through the middle as well as a faint orange flavor. The finish is what kills the beer as a sudden strong burst of off flavors akin to raw garlic and onion envelope the mouth. They’re tolerable at first, then distracting, but by the end they’re just too much to bear. These flavors linger, making this palate a bit annoying. Perhaps this bottle was old and the flavors had turned (there’s no date on the bottle), but finishing this is a bit challenging.
Drinkability: If consumed and with spicy food, I could see Prism ParTea Pale Ale being an easy beer to throw back. After all, the mouthfeel is fairly thin, crisp and well carbonated goes down smooth. And at only 5.5% ABV it isn’t going to overwhelm most drinkers. But drank on its own, the off flavors really add up and the aftertaste is rather off-putting. I appreciate what the brewery was going for with this, but I think they have a way to go before perfecting this recipe.