RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Gambler is an American India Pale Ale, aged in bourbon barrels, with Red Rooibus and Lapsang Souchong teas. The unique blend of teas creates sweet aromas reminiscent of the subtle smokiness of cigars. Convincing flavors of tobacco and smoke fuse with the Bourbon barrel contributions of rich vanilla and charred oak. These flavors create the essence of sipping on a fine bourbon, while smoking a cigar, and washing it down with a hoppy IPA.

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bpar73 (1232) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pour a hazy dark gold with an off white head. Bourbon, smoke and floral hops in the aroma. Taste of bourbon, floral hops, tea and slight smokiness in the taste. Excellent.

HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft at EBF, labeled as a "Tobacco IPA" I believe? Strong tobacco leaf, smoked tea qualities. Herbal, but surprisingly tasty. Not something I’d drink a lot of but an excellent festival beer.

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4oz on tap at HopCat East Lansing during the Shorts tap takeover. Everyone was excited to try this "tobacco themed IPA aged in bourbon barrels". Mildly hazy golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Wow, awesome herbal, earthy, complex, lightly spicy aroma. Complex aroma, some chocolate. Not as cigarettey as I expected, way more refined. Underneath that, a moderate caramel malt backbone, lightly spicy. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, lightly spicy. Very good and interesting, but very rich spicy herbal aroma. Good one to share - a bit intense.

574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Sampler at Shorts. Somewhat murky golden orange pour with an eggshell ring. Fairly complex nose included herbal notes, a fair amount of sweet oaky bourbon, a touch of maple, some soft fruit tones, and a smoky meaty quality. Taste on the sweet side with some bitterness. Fuller bodied with a fairly lengthy finish. Pretty good beer, a lot going on but I felt that it worked pretty well together.

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
tap. amber with small head. better than i was expecting. tea is quite forward. tobacco is subtle, spicy and unique.

Huhzubendah (3776) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. The beer is orange to amber in color. The nose is all kinds of interesting. Spices, tobacco, hops, barrels, oddness. The flavor is different than any other beer I have yet had. Extremely ashy, like ground up cigarettes. Other flavors include cream soda, spices, alcohol, smoke. The feel is creamy, but not smooth, as there is so much happening, but nothing is in sync. Overall, I would say that this beer was a fun and interesting idea, but ultimately not drinkable. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-10-2011

dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Sampled at EBF. Always in the mood for some crazy concoction that Short’s brews. This had some sort of tea, citrus, orange thing going on. Couldn’t quite place all the flavors but it was most certainly different and interesting.

pushkinwow (2984) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
Sample from EBF Night of the Barrels. Did not know what to expect of my first tea beer and it was definitely interesting and "extreme" - just not sure if it was good. Somewhat hazy orange with an off white head, Tea is there for sure, some orange zest, vanilla, ash, peat (which doesn’t really make sense but I wrote it down), some spice. Moderate body and carbonation, bitter, surprisingly light (but alcohol content means it shouldn’t be a surprise) and worth trying for sure.

onceblind (11519) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
GABF 2011. Slight hazy bright gold, bubbly foamy white head. Big nose of green tea leaves, oak, and bitter flower. Flavor much the same but too astringent and bitter. Tastes almost of oak and tobacco with a green tea finish. Big body, but too astringent. Lots of herbal hops. Not very keen.

NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep reddish brown with a persistent head. Nose is a smack in the face of rich leather and mahoggany and big smoky phenols. The smoky notes really overwhelm everything else. Some persistent fruity notes as well. on tasting, the tobacco and leather of the lapsang really overpower everything else. It does taste a bit like a cigar parlor, but it’s overwhelming. Interesting, but not my cup o’ tea.

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