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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The beer is part of the "Backyard Brew" series that features limited-run beers only available on draught at the Portsmouth brewery’s Cataqua Pub and a handful of bars and restaurants in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. The Birthday Beer is a modified version of the 80s ale known as "Banana Beer" and uses a Belgian strain to create spicy banana notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bomber from Brewforia. Pours ruddy and dark with very little beige head. Aromas of smooth roasted malt, dark fruit, a little yeast/spice and a slight, slight hint of banana. Med + body. Flavor is roast malt, but smooth, yeast/spice, and sort of a mixed raisin/banana. It must have a lot of hop cause it’s pretty bitter. Not particularly definable hop tho. Still this is a tasty, drinkable beer, and I’m guessing some real thought was put into this - or someone was very, very lucky. Dry finish to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a scant, loose tan head. Banana and caramel nose with some biscuit. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and banana mid palate, with a shampoo-y banana finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Clear copper color/ lasting ivory head. Toasted caramel, banana, toffee, grassy aromas. Medium body. Banana, sweet belgian spice flavors with toasted caramel, nicely bitter finish--

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle:   Deep Amber, a bit of ruby hue, large frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Faint banana bread malty like nose.   I recall this one smelling much more like a browned/stale Banana when this one was rebrewed years ago.   On the the tongue, it has a bit of a bananaesque fruity biscuity malt background.   Again, not as strong on the tongue as I recall it.   This one seems a bit more subtle than the ones they did in the past, which is fine by me.   I actually somewhat enjoy this one, so I am happy the Banana portion is softer.   Has a bit of a darker spice to it as well, which is also welcomed.   A little figgy too.   I actually prefer this one over their regular ESB.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering Banana and biscuity malts on the finish.   I originally thought this one was too much when I had it years ago, but this one is much more mellow and cleaner.   Surprisingly decent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Draft at the Portsmouth brewery. Dark and still, the beer totally lived up to the server’s promise of "banana and clove." Although that sounds a bit odd, it was actually quite drinkable, and a decent way to introduce the uninitiated into the range of flavors beers can deliver. Yummy. (#4212, 8/20/2011)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2012
I guess someone finally decided that a different yeast strain makes a different beer. Good stuff. Nose of banana, spicy yeast, and earthy herbal hops. Pours amber brown, moderate head. Flavor of spicy yeast and moderate earthy herbal hopping. Fruity with light bitterness, well carbonated. Actually I thought it was pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5498) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Pours deep bright mahogany into an English pint. Tan head with medium retention recedes leaving sheet lacing to coat surface. Banana, toffee and mild resin aromas. Sweet toffee upfront turning to sour yeasty banana before the lasting bitter resin and grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Nice easy drinking Belgian ale. Amber in color slight haze. Good malt and hops characters. Very thick with flavor and dry thick finish. the finish was that of sticky sweet sugar feeling. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Deep amber body with a fluffy, beige head. Zesty Belgian nose. Banana is at the forefront followed shortly by beer-soaked breadcrusts and a candy prick.Beery toasty flavor. Baked bread and definite Belgian presence. Not too banany these days for a "banana beer". To me this is just a sessionable Belgian ale. Would not be a bad year-around (re)-addition to the Redhook lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2011
22 oz bottle from Safeway, S.Commercial,Salem. $4.59. Dark amber beer with a large cream colured billowy thickish head. Aroma is spicy/phenolic, some bubblegum and a touch of grapefruity hop Taste is somewhat the same but with a deep caramel/toffee maltiness under it all. Getting some extra peppery tastes too, not so much banana though! Nice inviting mouthfeel..very easy to drink but not at all simple. A very respectable cross over type ale.

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