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Desert Ale - Epic Ales

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Desert AleDesert Ale

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9 Ratings
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Ales visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-19-2012)
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lifeboyq:
Photo of lifeboyq
3.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer was unfairly reviewed previously. However; I didn't taste their bottle. Poured into a St Bernardus Goblet which isnt the right glass but who gives a shit. Solid head, some lacing as it fades, moderate lacing. The nose is floral, sweet, bread, some herbaceous spice. Mouthfeel is silky smooth but with a thin bite due to the high carbonation consistent with the style. Ever so slight offputting phenols on the finish but nothing egregious. Overall it's a quality local Saison. I'd drink it again for sure but probably not seek it out.

lifeboyq, Feb 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of frontalot
1.5/5  rDev -44.9%

frontalot, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.28/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle dipped in red wax with twine. Opened on 5.13.13 and poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy medium brown with a huge light tan head. So much retention I thought the head would never settle down.

S - Spicy dirt and earth. Yes, I guess it is the desert.

T - Same as the nose, just cloyingly sweet.

D - Great carbonation and body.

O - Just not good! Not sure what they were trying to do here. Drain pour.

HuskyinPDX, May 19, 2012
Photo of draheim
2.48/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz (batch 2) into a Hennepin glass. Uh oh. A vigorous pour yields almost no head, just a thin film of bubbles on the surface. Color is a nice clear amber w/ some carbonation rising from the bottom, but the lack of that nice fluffy saison head is disappointing.

Aroma is spicy, bready, yeasty and maybe a little hoppy. Smells decent but not great.

Taste is... ooh. Homebrew gone wrong. Has an almost salty quality. Wince. Apple cider? A hint of vinegar? This one might be a chore. Stay open, mind! Stay open! A few more sips and - boy. I'm really not liking this much.

Mouthfeel is pretty flat. But I really just can't get past the taste to even evaluate it. Bummer.

Overall, enough said. Not sure what went wrong here - whether they just had a bad idea or whether this was just poorly executed. This was a one-and-done. Actually, not even that.

draheim, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Adamostella, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of stript
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

stript, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

strongaf, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

grittybrews, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of CliffBrake
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

CliffBrake, Aug 28, 2012
Desert Ale from Epic Ales
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.