ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From notes alone. Tasted October ’07
’Vibrant, sweet and finely pronounced aroma of fresh baked banana bread leaps from the glass - it certainly harnesses the quality well. A soft herbal hop note comes in, but a solventy tickle mars it from being too sumptuous and grounding. Pours a striking golden amber, translucent and short of carbonation. The head nothing to right home about; a thin, soapy pad, off-white and lasting. It starts pleasant in the mouth, but it quickly drowned by some nasty additions. Dull banana and caramel turns to a heavily buttery, slick, acridly tannic and drabby, light bodied, watery palate. The swallow is tangy yet drawn, luckily little sticks around. Makes you squirm with each mouthful. How could the aroma promise so much, the palate deliver so little. Not good at all!!’ (568ml, 13/12/07, The Beer Store Morley)
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Pancake head recedes to skim surface. Over-ripe banana aromas. Crisp and clean upfront with a dry, sour banana peel finish.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle - pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of bananas and some spices. Flavor is sweet, not as much banana flavor as the aroma hinted at. Strange mix of hops, banana flavors, sugars makes for an almost chemical like flavor.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours pale amber, topped with a moderate sized tan head. Sweet aroma, with banana and some grain. Actually does smell like banana bread. Flavor is very sweet, with caramel malt, some banana, and spice. Lingering caramel and banana flavor. Interesting beer.
mckeowbc (2) - , Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle. Could smell the banana more than I could taste it. The banana flavor hits you a bit in the back of the tongue. Calling it "banana bread" beer is probably a bit of a misnomer, but it is a very likable beer. No overly strong, or intense flavors.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Banana evident in flavour and aroma, in a more substantial way than in a hefe. Spicy hops and a malty base complement it nicely. Smooth palate, satisfying. Unusual but very drinkable - I’d passed it over previously and dismissed it as a gimmick but actually rather liked it.
mulletman69 (13) - USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smells and tastes great, can def taste the bannana, and also an in your face beer taste... def not a traditional fruit beer... awesome will say there is alot of alcohol on the finish... when u first start drinking it its liek they added 99 bannanas to a yeungling or something
brigg (611) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) First banana beer I’ve had. A thin, light brown head and copper body. The ripe banana aroma hits me as soon as its poured. The flavor is banana with some sweetness, but it dries out a little on the way back. Banana and spice lingers long in the aftertaste.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle purchased for $5 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold, with lots of bubbles but little head. I just finished off the rest of my toddler’s banana after putting him to bed. Will that make this judgment better or worse? It’s a decent malt aroma, but sadly I’m not getting any banana. And this IS a banana beer, after all. After the first sip, I’m having trouble figuring out what banana tastes I have are coming from the beer vs the banana I just ate. Pretty sure that little burp right that was from the real banana. I suppose this means that I can make any beer a banana beer by eating a banana before it, and I won’t have to pay $5 for the privilege! Subsequent tastes are getting better as the flavours become more distinguishable. Banana flavours - more direct and less subtle than a hefeweizen. I gave my wife a blind tasting, and she noted heavy banana flavours - perhaps because she doesn’t much care for the fruit. A fun beer.
Berno (3) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008 does not count
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Smells exactly like banana nut bread. Fairly bitter and there’s way too much alcohol on the finish.