961 Lebanese Pale Ale | 961 Beer

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale961 Lebanese Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
961 Beer
Lebanon
961beer.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.32%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by FrankieW on 03-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
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3
Gots:
20
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0
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Photo of JimKzoo
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing unusual beer with a great story

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Photo of TrixieBean
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, tangerine, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced pale ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Soterios
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mrchrisray
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of James_NelsonIV
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mounir
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Nbdreher
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Guden
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Monochrome
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Adlar2789
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of BcharaK
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished gold colour. Head is whispy, thin, but some nice bubbling left behind. Lace grips. Very well, in fact.

Smell is unlikely anything I've ever smelled, beer-wise. Herbacious, with salt, rosemary, tomato paste notes and a huge thyme character. Quite amazing, and oddly enticing.

Taste has a similar note upfront - tomato and thyme certainly, with a slight savoury note. Flavour drops off a lot midway, similar notes on the palate but just a bit emptier, slight sour and slight savoury but just can't quite live up to that aroma.

Bit of carbonation sizzle, decent body though, carries it through.

I want to like this so much because it's so idiosyncratic, but it just doesn't have the oomph to sustain its unique character. Still, I love its quirkiness even if it doesn't entirely live up to the expectations it sets itself.

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Photo of MatterOfOpinion
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BellsFan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ndflyfan8
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of chogm54
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of HoboDrinkswell
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very distinctive and lightly spicy, so I had to investigate. 961 says "with ingredients such as za’atar, sumac, mint, sage, anise, and chamomile. The use of such herbs and spices makes this distinctive craft brew truly Lebanese."

The aroma is moderate in strength with a complex spice blend with herbal and floral notes. Puttng my nose in the snifter is like sniffing a jar of mixed herbs and spices.

Spicy, mildly bitter flavor. Again, complex and interesting. Mixed spices linger on and on afterwards.

Feel: medium body and near medium carbonation.

A very interesting and distinctive brew dominated by za’atar.

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
3.58 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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