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
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hazy orange pour with quite a bit of foamy white head. Hop filled orange nose. Lots of flavour. Lots! Really nicely balanced. It all works really well together. Citrus, coriander and a bit of bite.
HoppyLu (2) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay here’s a quick short review of this beer. It poor’s a light straw color with a half finger of head, pretty good lacing, smells of orange and lemon and mild peppercorn. Taste of coriander with mild pepper corn to front and stronger pepper corn to back. The after taste is all peppercorn. The peppercorn is definitely the work horse in this beer. The mouth feel is medium with decent carbonation. It is also HOT. This beer over all I think is going to be a love it or hate it kind of beer for most people. Let’s just say I love it!
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Drake’s Party Center. Pours orange with a white head. Leaves some lacing. Not much on the nose. There’s a bit of black pepper vibe on the tongue but it’s faint. Finished clean. Kind of dull.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Mild wheat and citrus notes but overshadowed by fresh ground peppercorns. Slight haze, golden amber body with thin white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with orange, citrus zest, coriander, and lots of peppercorn. Orange rinds and orange-aid flavors. Bitter hop and peppery finish with lingering bitter after.
dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden pour with not much of a head. Aroma of pepper and a little tart fruit. Light mouth. Taste is spicy and full of pepper. Slight burn from the pepper. A little wheat. Very strange beer.
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tastes like licking a black pepper shaker bleck. Water and hay on the back end. Not Julie beer. She gives .5. Andy isn't impressed drinking black pepper
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bartlebier (2483) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, from organic market in Traverse City/MI (retrieved from 08/2013 Midwest jpg backlog). Gently spiced to the point of Radler-ish blandness, an organic Radler without any real lemonade, but the slightly artificial sensation of overfruitiness. Wheat malt base has a wit quality to it, black pepper blends in harmoniously. Drinkable light experiment.
Patrickctenchi (4604) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear gold with a short head.
Aroma is lemony, orange, orange-peel.
Taste is fruit, citrus.....a gradual rise in spiciness...Finishes with a nice peppery note.
czar (5375) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours slightly hazy very pale yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. freshly cracked black pepper, fresh lemon and orange skin, although faint fruitiness from malt bill, white wine, bitter herbs - well integrated and not quite discernable coriander, citrus, fresh lean wheaty notes, clean yeast, no off notes. moderately low carbonation, light body - slightly watery, dry crisp bitter herbal-spicy-lightly tingling and warmth finish. not really complex - flowery-zesty citrus, wheat, black pepper. but for sure enjoyed!
BOSSbrewer (2518) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle in Grand Haven MI. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Aroma is some wheat some lemon and some orange. Flavor follows with other spices. Interesting beer slight bite to it.
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