rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I cracked one of their summer seasonals, Nicie Spicie, which - like most of their brews - defies easy definition. It’s basically a spiced wheat ale, with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander and peppercorn. None of these come through in any dramatic fashion, aside from a little citrus-ey coriander, but it is interesting, regardless of my aversion to spice and fruit beers.
It pours a deep yellow - kind of like extra Vitamin C in your first visit to the powder room - with virtually no head to speak of. Bright and clear, with a hint of lacy yeast at the bottom of the bottle, it has a very mild fruity nose and rolls over the palate with the aforementioned citrus spice. Thin in body and clean in finish, this does go nice with lighter dishes and drinks very easy, despite some mild astringency. The fruitiness is not extreme and it may appeal to some fruit beer drinkers without offending the sensibilities of those who are not.
Unfortunately, the "drinkability" is probably its most generous characteristic as I’ve certainly had better efforts among wheat ales, fruit beers, and from Shorts in particular. While this may have been due to a slightly aged bottle, this one was a bit of a disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
cheap (5359) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2016
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My bottle does not say spicie, just nicie. Has the by line, tho. $2 @ vintage. Hay yellow color. Smells a tad metallic. Very good soda water like carbonation, zesty. Actually, this comes across like a highly carbonated wheat ale. Becomes a little medicinal in the middle. In the end it finishes a little better than many bitter wheat ales.
Block (2324) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog entry: This beer doesn’t stick out in any particular way. Alighted with style, somewhat different with the spice.
drsordr (2372) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour light gold with moderate white head that rapidly dissipate. Nose coriander, lemon peel, peppercorns, spruce. Taste very spicy up front almost like cleaner. Peppercorns, lemon, and fruity wheat.
smroush (220) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus aromas are present though not as prominent as you might think from the added lemon and orange zest. Coriander and pepper are clear though again not overwhelming. Not much malt, just a touch of biscuit.
Color is a pale yellow with a fairly good-sized white head.
Taste is peppery, with light to medium bitterness and fairly dry sweetness.
The palate is light bodied, just a bit thin, perhaps just slightly lively carbonation and a long finish that starts with just a light hint of sweetness and then goes into a long peppery finish.
Overall while it is not might favorite style, it’s not bad. The lemon/orange zest is restrained; the pepper and coriander start slow but come more to the fore and stay there as you continue to drink. Interesting.
wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma spices/black peppercorns and wheat. The flavor is orange zest, mild coriander, wheat and a citrus/spicy finish.
Msdrbeat (494) - East Lansing, USA - AUG 19, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hopcat. Pours cloudy pale. Low aroma. Getting orange and overwhelming malt character. Good wheat beer.
katrinaez (1424) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a wheat ALE it’s actually quite nice. Slightly lighter in color for an ale, and could use a tiny bit of haze (there is none). Aroma has nice spice and good hops balance for the combo. Taste is a little overpowering in the ale department, but some yeasty flavors show up. Mouth is crisp upfront and settles to a bit sweet. Bottle
Maakun (4062) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at St Cece’s Detroit. Slight hazy golden with white head. Lots of herbs, coriander, definately get a lot of black pepper, lemon peel, dough, mustard seeds, bread. Light sweet and very light bitter. Medium bodied with soft creamy feel. Exactly what you’d expect.
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear pale golden with a decent rocky eggshell head that settles slowly and leaves some foamy, wavy lace. Nose involves subtle spice, zesty lemon citrus, some herbal and almost minty tea-like notes. Somewhat sweet, lightly tart, and somewhat bitter. Light bodied, spritzy and active, lightly oily, finishing dry with herbal zest. Definitely ideal for summer, nice take on the ubiquitous wheat ale. Much easier drinking and lively than many I’ve had.
keepersj12 (3063) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The most I get in this is pepper. Fairly light and refreshing just a bit too much pepper.
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