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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Reggae Junkie Gruit was made for the 2009 North American Organic Brewers Festival and is a farmhouse version of a hop-less beer using a variety of herbs and spices in their place. To formulate the recipe we took a trip to the local herb shop and stuck our noses in a whole lot of jars until we settled on lemongrass, hyssop, bitter orange peel and Sichuan peppercorns. We added a bit of spelt to the grist to make this a true adventure for ourselves as we had never used these ingredients. The beer came out wonderfully dry and tart with a tonic-like quality. Expect this invigorating brew to become our spring seasonal in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft at Upright, Portland. Pours a cloudy medium golden color. Not much aroma, lively with some herbal and floral notes. A lovely summer beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fizzy thin white head that quickly dissolves into a slight ring around the glass. The aroma was filled with honey, ginger and spruce. The flavor was malt forward with some touches of spruce and some more ginger in the background. Its light to medium bodied and is slightly creamy while still have a nice amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at the source. Cloudy palevyellow color, white edge head. Aroma of herbs and spice. Taste is citrus and straw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
A hazed golden gruit with a very thin off white head. In aroma, orange pulp and cardamom, with light sulfur notes. In mouth, a light smooth lemon grass tinged gruit, a bit light, lemonade like, but nice. On tap at brewery, Oct. 5 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap at Upright tasting room, pours a cloudy blond with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruits zest, ginger and various exotic spices that I can’t put my finger on. Flavour of exotic spices, followed by the tropical fruit zest and a bit of ginger. Unique array of flavours that sort of works well together. Not the most complex Upright beer, but a cool experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - OCT 5, 2011
2009 Draft. Aroma: Spicy, light peppery herb, citrus. Flavor: Soft, initial spice with pepper flavor in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draught. Cloudy orange with thin white head. Full fruity aroma. Lots of peach and spice. Not much flavour. tin bodied. Began well but ended badly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Rogersjd (9) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2011 does not count
Sour and very herb heavy... Had this at the Sumnmer Festival in Portland 2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Slight lemon spiciness with faint juniper aroma. Clear golden pour with a faint head. Slight sourness with lemon like flavors and perhaps citric acid. Light body that finishes softly. A good sour that is not too powerful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2010
draft. fruity nose has faint resemblance to asian pear and sweet fruit cocktail/pear juice. chewy texture, herbal flavor, lightly medicinal on the back. ginger-ale like at times. some sort of peppercorn and zesty herbal quality. a curious beer.

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