Midnight Sun 2009 Crew Brews: Bathtub Gin

RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Beer Description:
This gruit ale was inspired by the Phish song of the same name. A traditional gruit in style, Bathtub Gin was brewed without hops. Instead Ben spiced his beer with botanicals typically used to flavor gin: juniper berries, orris root, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, orange peel and coriander. The result is intensely fragrant, flavorful and fabulous.

"If you can’t find me, check The ’Tub."

2009 Crew Brew Series:
Heading into 2009, the NINE of us will each designnamebrew a beer to be released in 2009. We are all very excited about this series. It’s a great way to “freeze” this time and space – right before we jump into the new place and add new folks. These NINE beers will be fabulously eclectic and delicious.

Creator of This Beer:
As Lead Brewer, Ben organizes and orchestrates beer production on a daily basis. His attention to detail results in continuous success. His culinary background lends depth to his expansive knowledge of complementary and contrasting flavors in foods and beers. Ben brings a no BS yet upbeat, positive attitude to the company. He is well-respected as a brewer, beer geek and chef.

“Here comes the joker with his silly grin. He carries a Martini made of bathtub gin” lyrics from Bathtub Gin by Phish on Lawn Boy LP, released 1991

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
A fun idea that turned out terribly. Nose is lady soap and fruit salad. The kind that is 80% marshmallow. Very odd taste. Juniper or christmas trees. Grassy and vegetal. do not want.

jgb9348 (6392) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Clear light copper and amber coloured body with a hint of an orange glow and a thick, three centimetre tall soapy white head and zillions of small bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of apples, pears, yeast, sugars, honey, grass and a tiny bit of alcohol - no juniper berries noticeable to me at least. Medium-bodied; Assertive alcohol flavour at first with pear and apple sweetness right behind, no bitterness nor maltiness to speak of. Aftertaste a pleasant mix of apple, pear, alcohol and a hint of yeast and bread. Overall, a relatively light and approachable beer with no harshness nor depth. Great to sample and even though it’s probably not available at all anymore, I’m glad I was able to drink it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 26-June-2010 for US$5.99 sampled at home in Washington almost three years later, a few days before returning back to Alaska, on 19-May-2013.

jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
750 bottle-thanks to jtclockwork for sharing–pours a tight foamy off white head and hazy orange/gold color. Aroma is medium malt, berries, bark. Taste is spice/floral bite. OK spice/floral hops bite?, medium malt-sweet.

jtclockwork (16857) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to DaSilky - shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours apricot brown. White head. Nose/taste of berries, citrus and florals. Spiciness in taste. Very full nose and mouth feel. This beer is absolutely amazing for a gruit.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle:   Pinkish hued amber, a little dark, thin spritzy head, dies immediately leaving zero lacing.   Fruity nose, a little tart, shrubish like.   Interesting, its like unripened berries.   Bubbley on the tongue, very spritzy, fruity in a low brush like bush, with a shrubby like backside.   Reminds me of gooseberry leaves and immature huckleberry.   Suppose thats the Juniper.   I am actually rather liking this one.   Fruity, tart, not overly sweet, yet not so immature that its mouthwatering or brash.   Nice balance between flora and berries.   Body and mouthfeel arent heavy, very bubbley, dances on the tongue.   The bottle did gush a bit when I opened it.   Very faint dryness, with a tart semi-sweet woodsy berry like finish.   I can totally dig this shit!

ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Floral, herbal nose with lots of juniper (and other botanicals). Taste is dry, some doughy malts, light berry, slightly medicinal. Decent.

jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Cloudy yellow color out of the bomber with a frothy white head. Light lemon and funk nose. Flavors of rotten lemon rind, some spice, wet hay and floral flavors. Not a bad beer, but not my style.

GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
22oz bottle shared at the Brick Store. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a decent white head that recedes slowly to a thin collar. Aroma is massively herbal with lots of spices. There is an underlying Belgian sweetness but the juniper, grains of paradise and coriander are the major stars in the aroma. The taste is more of the same with tons of floral herbs, juniper and heather, and other spices with coriander leading the way. I also get more of the the lemon zest in the flavor. The mouthfeel is tingly to say the least and add a little body to an otherwise light bodied beer. I’ve had a few gruits and this one is decent but probably not my favorite. The drinkability is pretty limited and getting through one glass was plenty for me.

EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Hazy orange-yellow pour. Fruity cider aroma. Ctirusy and tart. Tart fruity flavor. Lemon and strawberry. Dry bitter finish. Nice prickly carbonation.

brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a pale golden/straw color with a big white head. S: Intensely fruity and very "green". Lots of juniper aroma, which is nice, and some citrus zest. There’s a bit of a sweet berry/fruit aroma too. T: A very strong fruit character to this, lots of berries, and juniper/gin flavor. There’s a bit of a grassy note and plenty of herbal character, which is expected. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. D: Probably one of the more enjoyable gruits I’ve ever come across. Pretty nice and certainly easy to drink.

MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Gold, lightly fizzy white head. Light nose, Berliner weisse like, lactic with heavy fruit from the juniper, lightly floral. Flavor similar, sweeter with light soap down the back, additionally sweet in the finish, wonderful berry out the back in long finish. Delicate and delightful.

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