B. Nektar Alpha Series Mead #1

Formerly brewed at B. Nektar Meadery
Style: Mead
Ferndale, Michigan USA


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
The Alpha Series focuses on the use of hops in mead making. Only 16 gallons of this first batch were made. Over 7oz of hops, including Citra, Warrior, and Amarillo, were used to make a hop tea. The hop tea was blended with orange blossom honey to make a strong, sweet mead. The finished product has a beautiful citrus-floral aroma and the mildly bitter hop flavor compliments the sweetness.
OG: 1.130 FG: 1.026 Batch #80 Made on 5/26/10

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours a greenish yellow with no head. The nose is leafy hops, bell pepper and honey. The taste is honey, pepper and hops. Medium slick mouthfeel. Strange brew. 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle at Craigs. Pours light golden yellow, light floral fruit, sweet honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (1831) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Pours light golden, sweet but nowhere near as sweet as you would expect, slightly hoppy, v.nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle from a trade over a year ago. $22.99 price tag for a 375ml. Pours with a clear golden yellow hue. Still massive, strongly etched legs. Lightly musty and corky aroma with citrus, and dry champagne notes with citrusy tangerine, tropical fruit, muscatel and grapefruit. Some tangelo and white wine. Beautiful esters. Light mineral. Medium sweet mead. Slightly distracting Concord grape flavor. Citrusy, tropical fruit, melon, alcohol heat, Gewurtz and grassy hops. Medium to full sweet with a surprisingly good balance of alcohol, subdued acid and hop character. Quite interesting. Zesty. I was planning on sharing this I while ago, and although its been kept cold, I wonder how the hop flavor has evolved. Quite an elegant and unique taste. Mild menthol finish. Still, medium-full bodied, mildly bitter finish (grapefruit pith) and a touch warming

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
Thx to Sebletitje for sharing !

Colour: faint yellow
Smell: sweet, some honey, somewhat soury
Taste: sweet with a very special flavour in it , probabbly the hops , but you cant make out the typical hopflavor, overall very jummy, 2 meads on 1 day for the first time and immediatly good ones , nice !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9398) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
Merci Seb. pour cette mead quen lieu directement avec mon nouveaux obsession avec Mead. Jespr que jcrit a correctement parce que je nai pas dhabitude dcrire en franais et mon grammaire est gnralement une complte catastrophe. Jexcuse en avance pour les choses qui je fais avec la langue de Voltaire :) 375 ml. bouteille splitte entre moi, Belgbeergeek et Sebletitje pendant Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil . Une bouteille pourpre non, dune style qui est apparemment typique pour cette brasserie elle est trs belle. Je trouve a aussi trs drle que cest cris sur la bouteille Xtra limted Release . Apparemment quatorze pourcent dalcool, cette bouteille tait apporte par Seb. quant il tait retourn dAmrique ver Belgique. Embouteille en 26/5/2010 donc il est dj deux annes maintenant et il fait selon 227 litres de cette mead. Lapparence est jaune mais vraiment trs ple, peu du citron th lgre et videmment ( ?) complment claire. Sur le nez japprendre une acidit citronne mais ce nest pas une acidit abrasive mais beaucoup plus arrondi et calme, cette acidit et mixe avec th citronne et camomille, je retrouve encore les restant des houblon bien intgre, les miel et la il tait transformes dans les gots quelles je dj dcrit. Le got et miel bien sucr avec beaucoup des nectar, une acidit citronne (la mme comme dans le nez), th camomille, th citronne et un peu du th avec les houblon, vraiment intressant et agrable et en dpit de pourcentage dalcool ici, je napprend pas lalcool dans les got. Ce passe vraiment comme une mix du th et du miel dans la bouche. 4.9 peut tre un peut exagre mais pour quoi non ? Je trouve cette Mead complment dange, dlicieux et un peut comme une combinaison des quelques diffrent boisons quelles sont compltement diffrent mais jaime beaucoup et ce nest pas comme mon score et important. Merci pour cette Mead, ctait terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (48161) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2012

Bottle 375ml. blue glass @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear light to medium yellow colour with no head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy honey, light to moderate hoppy, herbs, green tea, grass. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, honey, hop oil - green tea, light dry grass. Body is medium, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20120422]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
pours a golden color. smell is of green tea and stale hops. flavor is light green tea with lots of honey and stale hop flavors. grassy, herby. light alcohol all around. somewhat sweet with a balancing bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
In bottle. Pours a light golden colour with an aroma of pine hops, honey and musty yeast. Similar flavours with a very prominent hop character. Very bitter for a mead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at cgarvieuks Danish Invasion evening. Very pale yellow colour. Big pungent resinous boozy nose, honey and grapefruit. Quite sweet front with a nice dryness that comes later. Resinous pine notes also, some tart apple, big pithy booze and a tart honeyed finish. Another very interesting mead from these guys.

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