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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Pandan Ale represents a major advancement in Asian style beers. It is a complex brown ale brewed with crystal, chocolate, and honey malts. We have also given it a Southeast Asian flair by adding palm sugar and pandan , a nutty and fragrant leaf. Pandan, also known as bai toey (Thai) and lŠ dua (Vietnamese), is considered an essential ingredient to Southeast Asian rice dishes and cakes. This is a truly unique and flavorful beer that you will enjoy. Pandan Ale is a dark, full-bodied beer that will complement spicy Thai and Indian curries, as well as savory Filipino and Indonesian stews.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle: Pours as expected. The aroma, to me, smelled like dank jungle-must bordering on wet cardboard. Surprisingly this had a sweet finish. The ínutty and fragrantí Pandan leaf does not help out the aroma of this beer whatsoever, but it does add a new dimension to the flavor. I still donít know how I feel about it totally, but I am glad I tried it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle: Pours brown with a white head. Aroma, caramel, nutty, earthy hops. Flavor, caramel, nutty, toffee, earthy notes. Some toasted qualities, definitely something unique in this that I couldnít place, but a solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2008
Courtesy Oakes. Dark brown color, very little head present. Smooth chalky aroma that is most easily compared to hazelnut, but thereís an extra component here that I canít describe. Nutty taste, toasted chestnut, some deeper roast flavors. Clean finish. An interesting brown.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
From a 22-ounce bottle--thanks to Dave at By The Bottle in Vancouver, Washington--Poured a standard brown body with a small filmy white head. Smell of ovaltine or maltomeal. Crisp, sweet, sugary, tropical sugars, rich, roasty, and unique. This is perhaps one of the best beers I have had in some time!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours brown with a thin white film. Smells of a greenhouse, light spices. Tastes rosey with some orangy hints. Mouthfeel is full with a tarte lemony finish.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown color, nice light head and decent lacing. Nose of bright nutty toasty bread, super melanoidins to the rescue, holy crap this is nutty and toasty. Almost more toasty than toast! Pandan?! Holy shit, I want some for brewing. The flavor has a nice full body, more nutty accents. A decent finish. Wow, that nose is spectacular for a brown ale. So nutty, so good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjtedin (8) - USA - APR 15, 2008 does not count
This beer reminded me of a German Alt, though it is much cloudier than most German lagers. It is definitely different from other beers I have tasted. The Pandan leaves add something different. The color is a lighter brown.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5196) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle, Merritt Is. Throwdown. Warm, dark, roasty barbeque color. Chestnut aromas. Flavors are also chestnut but also hazelnut and Brazil nut. Gorgeous flavors, making it by far the most nuanced, interesting, and flavorful brown ale Iíve had to date. Splendid surprise, thanks Oakes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Courtesy of Oakes. Pours a cloudy daerk brown, with a small off white head. Smells of some toasted oats, caramel malt, light vanilla cream, and maybe even a touch of roast in there. Nice nosefor a brown. The flavor was also a little surprising. Great balance between the caramel malt and honey flavors. Lightly carbonated, but very easy drinking and very flavorful. Probably one of the better brown ales Ive had to date.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle... GIABMISGFAB... This beer rocks!... Clear, dark caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose offers a caramelized foundation with sweet, rich notes of roasted almonds, hazelnuts and milk chocolate. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Sweet, nutty flavor... richest brown ale Iíve ever tasted. Finishes like it began; sweet and nutty. Kudos to Beershine and Oakes for hauling this world class brown ale to the island with them!


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