kegbear (437) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Bruery. The vanilla was very subtle and appeared more in the nose than the taste. Very good.
brokensail (9149) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with almost no head, even with the hand pump.
S: Quite a funky nose on this, but that might just be because I havenít had Trade Winds in awhile... Lots of herbaceous qualities from the basil, but I donít get too much coconut, just a hint of sweetness. Sweet malt and fruit with notes of pineapple and lemon zest.
T: Mild hints of sweet coconut, but there is a little bit of vanilla and some other sweet tropical fruits, especially pineapple. The Thai basil really comes through quite strong as do some grassy hop notes and a mild bitterness.
M: Medium in body with a low, smooth carbonation.
O: Interesting. Iím not the hugest Trade Winds fan, but I thought this was pretty decent.