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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Limb & Life is a companion to the big beer-an acorn off the larger tree. (Life & Limb) It is a 5% ABV small beer-a low-gravity beer made using the residual sugar as “second runnings” from the first larger brew, fortified with American hops. This is a session beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
On tap at the Winking Lizard Crosswoods location. Clear brown pour with a medium tan head. Citrus and pine hop nose with roast, apple and a bit of maple. Earthy hop flavor with a lot of tea character and a bit of roasty. Not bad, but I’m hoping Life & Limb is much better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4425) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of hop tea, light birch, some maple, floral hops and toffee. Flavor of hop tea, weed, very resiny hop profile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Rattle n’ Hum. Poured a clear deep chestnut color with an off-white head. The mildly roasty aroma was of light coffee beans and chocolate. Grapefruit citrus hops also mix in. Citrus and grapefruit hop flavor from front to back with some mild notes of chocolate and coffee. Light body. Long very hoppy finish with a mild bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4220) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Dark amber/brown pour, frothy off-white head. Hops, grapefruit, some herbal grassy notes, and nutty malt. Decent, not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 12/22/2009. Clear dark brown body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head that lingers. Sweet malty aroma with light roastiness and a bit of floral and earthy hops. Malty, roasty and hoppy flavor. Medium body with moderately low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3750) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Location: On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, 11/24/09

Aroma: Aroma of dough, pine, citrus, caramel, orange, brown sugar, and nuts
Appearance: Pour is a somewhat murky brown color with a nice beige head
Flavor: Taste is kind of sweet with a lot of the same components as the nose
Palate: The body is light to medium, with a smooth feel and a doughy texture
Overall Impression: Overall, I liked this one more then some of the other raters it seems (though as the 15th rater, I guess there isn’t enough data to know what other raters really think. I thought it was an interesting beer, a nice attempt. I’d like to try to big brother (Life and Limb), and see these two breweries collaborate again in the future. This one could probably use a some work rounding it into shape, but overall I enjoyed what they did here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2009
On tap at the special Max & Joe’s Life and Limb release party and paired with its big brother. I actually liked this second running even better than Life & Limb. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thin off-white head. The body was no where as watery as I had expected. The roastedness was so pronounced that the hops were not so out-of-whack as you typically get in a parti-gyle style of beer. Smooth and drinkable. Delicious in fact This is simply the finest small beer that I’ve ever tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
I drank this on tap at Whole Foods into a pint glass. They only got 5 gallons and I got super lucky to try this as I was the last on the keg as it only poured half a beer. The beer pours a medium brown that is surprisingly clear with a tope colored head that is huge and fluffy and lasts several minutes with great retention. The aroma was all about hops, you can tell right away that cascade was used because they are the star. The taste was good because the hops stood out front bringing a nice piney bitterness to the beer. However, it ended with the typical bitter nuttiness of a brown ale that I don’t particularly enjoy so it ended on a let down. The feel was good but drinkability is limited because of the brown ale qualities. Overall, the beer is ok. If you’re a cascade lover you’ll love this beer. If you’re not you can skip it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap at Del Cerro Liquors in San Diego. Pours a clear medium brown with a fading beige head. Aroma is caramel and bready malt, orange peel, and floral hops. Flavor is caramel, toffee, orange peel, and citrus/floral hops, some leafy notes. Body is medium light and the finish is bitter. Decent overall but didn’t live up to the hype. Will need to try Life & Limb.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
On tap at SDBC. Color was a dark reddish brown. Aroma was sweet with caramel, sugar, citrus, molasses, roasted malt and earth. Flavor was the same; citrus, pine, earthy, cocoa, molasses and earth. Quite piny in the finish, especially for the style. Got better throughout; could taste the DFH head influence.


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