Off Color Eille

Posted: December 20, 2015 in Herbed/Spiced Beer, Off Color Brewing, Reviews

Off Color’s labels are very attractive to me. That’s the reason that I picked up this beer. When I read the label before having it, I was even more stoked that I got it. I can’t recall when I’ve had a beer that was a take on a gin cocktail, and if it’s good, I’ll have to see if any others exist.

eille

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “John likes gin, but John makes beer. To reconcile these two things, John made a Bee’s Knees cocktail inspired honey saison with gin spices and lemon juice.”

Random: This beer uses Pils and Flaked wheat malt, Liberty, Santiam and Sorachi Ace hops. Other ingredients are honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, juniper, coriander, chamomile and rose hips.

This brew poured with a one and a half finger white head. It dissipated quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. It left a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a lemon-yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose has notes of lemon peel, flowers and grain. The taste had much more flavor. I still picked up the lemon peel note, but got significant spice, especially coriander. Honey was there as well with floral notes and chamomile. After a few sips, the grain character came through with grains of paradise. White pepper and green apple were there as well. As you can tell, this beer had a lot of layers. The beer itself was dry and light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same spices and lemon. The alcohol was not apparent at all on the brew. A bottle of this was not cheap, with a single bottle price tag at $3.50 ($.29 per ounce). I was shocked by this beer. Although this was a take on a gin cocktail, I didn’t think that the beer would have this much depth and levels of flavor. I couldn’t have this every day, but it was nice for a change of pace. If you see this beer on the shelf, grab one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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