jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a clear pale yellow with a small bit of white head. Aroma of lavender and malt. Taste is lightly bitter and lightly sweet. You can taste the lavender in there. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Lively carbonation and a nice finish. Overall, not bad. Something I would drink again if it was offered to me.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours bright, clear golden with a smallish dense white head. Aroma is very floral and perfumey -- wonder if I would have guessed it was lavender without being told? Behind the perfume is some sweetness and malt. Flavor is well, lavender, intense perfume, some sweet malt, honey, vanilla. Thereís a bit of bitterness -- seems like English hops -- but the finish is long, sweet, and a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, reflecting the honey, I suppose. I was dreading this one, to be honest, but itís pretty well done, on the whole. Not terribly subtle, but itís interesting.
wmubronco1992 (614) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a medium honey color. Medium sized white head. Aroma of flowers. Some lacing. Flavor is smooth and mild with some floral bitterness. Overall very easy drinking. Wow factor is low, but would certainly drink again. Continued thumbs up to the Longshot series.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear gold, fluffy white head, a bit of lace clings to side of glass. nose of musty malt and grass. flavor of malt, sweet corn, mild hop preswence. medium bodied, dry finish. a touch sweet, but the dryness overall of this brew does not make for a refreshing summer beer. maybe itís the lavender.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle best by Sep 2011 thanks to Dixonian) clear golden with a long lasting creamy head. Nose of rose, lavender, and honey. Taste of cereal grain, fruit loops, cream and a medium thick creamy body.
DrnkMcDermott (2798) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. If I didnít have notes on Pliny Elder to add, I shouldíve made this series my 2300th beer. Well, if another beer further down the list gets deleted, this will stand in. Ya notice how the employee beers in the Longshot are usually the weird fruit and flower stuff? Hereís one now. And somehow, I thought this should be poured into a wheat glass. Where it kicks up a nice big head of foam over a bright gold beer body. Smell is of lavender, not unlike the Stillwater "of Love & Regret" I ticked yesterday. Then some pale ale malt behind it. Lavender has thinned out in the taste, though. Itís the last month on the "enjoy by" notch, and this is already turning a bit phenolic. Blame it more on the honey, perhaps. There is a bit of hop coming through, more English or a base bittering hop. I remember at the tasting for the LongShot release, I found the beer to be very flowery, and I shouldíve rated it then. Oh, well. If youíre hoarding any of this, my advice is to drink it now.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a glowing clear bronze with a sudsy white head. Aroma of lavender and vanilla, like a candle but not annoying or gross.
Flavor is moderately hopped and spiced, balanced lavender, honey and vanilla, translates quite well actually, bit gritty grainy on the finish, balanced sweetness, surprisingly good. Medium bodies, nice mouth feel, spread out medium carbonation feel, clean finish. UPDATE: really liked this in the beginning, but half way through the vanilla and lavender become too much... was very nice at first.
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Gold with a hint of copper. Nice honey in the nose. Honey translates to the flavor. Lavender, too. Very east to drink.
Block (1400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this beer was really good. Nice, light and mellow. A slightly hoppy and sweet aroma. Lavender and honey definitely come through. Gives it a bit of spice.
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a medium golden with not much of a head at all. Smells of lavender (floral), some fruit, and malt. Oh this is interesting. Tastes of light grasses, flowers, slight pepper. Definitely interesting. Do I love it? No... but I think this is worth trying again!