Off Color Prisoner’s Dillema

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Off Color beers lately and that’s because they’re easily available in Jersey now. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This herbal beer was inspired by the story of James Squire, a British convict banished to Australia in the 18th century. He was later caught stealing horehound and pepper from a local pharmacy to use in his homebrew, which he sold to people around town, including the local authorities. Instead of execution they sentenced him to 150 lash of the whip. After his sentence was up he became a successful businessman and was celebrated for first cultivating hops in Australia. Prisoner’s Dilemma is brewed with horehound for (a sharp and menthol- like) bittering as well as coriander, grains of paradise, and costmary (another historically significant herb that is nearly impossible to source so Dave grew some in the back of the brewery). The name Prisoner’s Dilemma is based on a concept in game theory but economic theory is beyond the scope of this webpage.”

Random: Val loves baking shows on tv and I’m finally starting to get into them.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that hung around for awhile, but left very little lacing on the glass. A crown was left on top of the hazy, mahogany body. There were some floaties and generous carbonation visible. The nose was relatively mild. It had some pine along with some floral notes and malt. The taste was much of the same. It had some nice, herbal notes with juniper and rosemary and then went into malt and floral notes. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. It had a medium length finish with herbs. A bottle was $3.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. Gruits are one of my favorite styles of beer at this did not disappoint. I would get this one again, but it’s only available as a Fall seasonal.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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