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Gilgamesh Brewing
Oregon, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #55
Ranked #26,114
3.62 | pDev: 18.23%
Apr 08, 2021
May 05, 2010
Notes: Early versions were called "Black Mamba"

Brewer's notes: "A hopless brew with a light, yet slightly sweet, spicy body. Brewed with black tea and a hint of tangerine zest and rye."
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: Cloudy amber with a nice-looking off-white head that mounds up and settles to a lid, leaving decent lacing behind
Aroma: Tangerine, dried orange peel, sun tea, tart raspberries, and an herbal note that I cannot pinpoint
Taste: Sun-brewed tea with lots of orange-led citrus and raspberries sets the tone and holds consistently as herbal notes weave in and out. Orange notes fade some and tea becomes dominant in the finish besides a quick tart berry note
Mouthfeel: Full but light, medium-high carbonation, and fairly clean throughout
Overall: I dig it. This is a great palate-resetting beer as it tastes like almost nothing else readily available and even skirts the line of a ‘beer’ itself. Very unique tea, citrus, and raspberry notes throughout and though I’m sure it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended), I like it and always have. Refreshing and interesting
Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours burnt orange with some suspended particles visible. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The tea and tangerine come through nicely. I get hints of alcohol.

It has a fresh brewed tea meets tangerine meets alcohol flavor. It tastes more tea-like and less sweet than a Twisted Tea. The tangerine helps the flavor a lot. The rye adds a spicy component to the taste.

Medium bodied with a medium mouthfeel

It is not bad. It is different. I like different. It goes down rather quickly on a unseasonably hot spring day.
Apr 07, 2021
Rated: 2.95 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Feb 03, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by circuitmonkey from Washington

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Dec 13, 2020
Rated: 1.75 by wildman69 from New York

Oct 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy golden orange with two fingers of white head. Rings and splotches of lace as the head drops.
Smell is fruity bready malts.
Taste is fruity with bready malts. Some tangerine peel in there too.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with just enough carbonation. The finish is wet and balanced.
Overall a tasty slightly off-beat ale that is easy drinking.
Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by click2exit from California

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by DarkChade from Arkansas

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a cleverly thought up beer, and while it doesnt come together flawlessly, i think its a unique combination of flavors and i liked this pretty well. a rye based orange colored brew with tangerine zest and black tea in it, a curious mix of ingredients, but it works. the tea is easily the most forward of these, earthy and floral, bitter for sure in nose and taste, and with a very natural vibe, its nice with the spice of the rye in the mash, and almost doesnt need the orange to brighten it up, it has a cool impact on the beer, i always think tea is an underutilized element in brewing. the orange is bitter too, and theres a lot of that on the back end, but its also oily and bright and zesty, and serves to make this a little more broad appeal, a little fresher and cleaner, and a bit more familiar too. it works with the tea nicely, and it gives an herbaceous quality to the finish of a beer that has no hops in it, so it fills a needed role here i reckon. it could use a little more carbonation, but i like the weight of the body with these flavors, and i like how the tea is the last thing i taste after the swallow. cool beer, id like to try more from gilgamesh after this one being so interesting.

edit: i liked this even more the second time, from the can now, fruit seems real fresh, the balance is amazing, and its dry for what it is. im impressed, raising a few scores. rarely is flavored beer this drinkable, i really like it!
Nov 15, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 3.33 by rarigney from Washington

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by grittybrews from Washington

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by frontalot from Washington

Feb 03, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Oct 27, 2016
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Reviewed by warrenc from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a dense orange, thin head. Nose is lime, malty-sweet tea. Taste of light earthy malt ,citrus is evident, the rye and bergamot are on the edge. Very drinkable on a hot day and tasty for not having any hops.
Sep 28, 2016
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Reviewed by ricke49 from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Malty, fruity (sweet) with just a hint of dirty rye. Refreshing when cold, sorta like a shandy (but much heavier). Label says tangerine, tastes very orang-y to me. Would be very interesting as a barrel aged item.
Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Punisher from Missouri

Jun 10, 2016
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to my buddy Chris for this one. an interesting brew containing tea and orange rind, it has a nice orange kick to it and the tea gives it an interesting aspect. The hazy orange-gold color was attractive. The body was smooth and even, with a semi-dry finish. This interesting brew was easy drinking, and I would happily drink more if I ever see it.
Feb 28, 2016
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Reviewed by fizzician from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A bit on the sweet side for my taste, but not overly so and has some interesting flavors. Couldn't really pick out the tea flavors, though. Overall, enjoyed but probably wouldn't get again.
Jan 08, 2016
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Reviewed by owenwood from New York

4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sour orange that rides the palate longer than expected. Lay off food for a bit and let this taste play out. I don't quite sense the "tea" that's touted on the can, but there's something lemony in there also. Very cloudy and lacing is non-existent. The colder the better (had 3 of these over a long evening).
Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by Ohiovania from Ohio

Sep 27, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by LoveStout from New York

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 3.21 by acurtis from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2015
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Reviewed by TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Taste and color of black tea. Hints of citrus with no discernable spice from the rye. Can says they used bergamot to give an earl gray like quality but I am having trouble picking that out. Average beer to me nice hot weather drinking though. A little more carbonation would make this better.
Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 3.28 by Dsimenson from California

Jul 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Briken from Washington

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Cloudy orange amber with little head retention of an yellowish foam. Light orange and slight spice aroma. Sweet orange and a very light spice. Thin light body.

Not really much to this beer. If you like a tea consistency and sweet orange then it's a beer to drink. I really don't find anything to revisit from this as even a refreshing, light summer beer but then again I'm not much of a tea drinker either.
Jun 27, 2015
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Interesting aroma of orange citrus, light stone fruit, black tea, mild wheat; rose floral. Flavor is slightly bread, mostly neutral malt, tangerine, tea, hints of tannin, mildly earthy; very much like a lightly citrus ice tea. Medium bodied with odd carbonation that is spritzy on the tongue at first and then disappears, leaving the finish seem undercarbonated. This does excel as a tea infused light ale. The tea and citrus are balanced nicely and it's refreshing to taste orange rather than lemon with tea. The malt is subdued, which does allow the tea to shine, but makes this less interesting as an ale. An interesting experiment that worked as advertised. I'm a modest tea drinker, so this had less interest to me than other flavors might have. Absolutely amazingly well covered alcohol, in a blind taste, I would have thought this was as innocent as an iced tea. Enjoyable and quite drinkable as a tasting experiment. I've enjoyed the ales from Gilgamesh so far.
Jun 10, 2015
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Handsome orangey amber in the DuPont chalice with a modest foam. This actually tastes like tea. A light Earl Grey taste, with the bergamot herbal aroma and flavor. Some citrus flavors that linger in the aftertaste and a slightly acidic mouthfeel.

This is quite flavorful, but a liuttle too much like Snapple lemon iced tea for my taste. It's really more like tea than beer, though plenty strong with alcohol. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood.
May 13, 2015
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly murky medium orange-brown body with a thin layer of fizzy foam when poured. The head doesn't stick around long at all, but I like the color.

Smell: the tea aroma definitely gets lost but the tangerine and bergamot really come through. I like the citrusy nature of it.

Taste: nicely floral and herbal without being too bitter or astringent. There's a good sweetness to the underlying beer, and I think there's a bit of rye to it (though my bottle doesn't say anything about rye in the ingredients list). As an herbal beer I think it's relatively successful.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a moderate body but very little carbonation, so it seems nearly flat. Not so great, but who knows? Maybe that's what the brewers wanted.

Overall: a good herby beer. I'm not so hot about the lack of carbonation, but there's enough body to keep it drinkable.
May 08, 2015
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Reviewed by MtOrion from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Gilgamesh- "Mamba":
Herbed/ Spiced Beer
Look: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Feel: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
This Spiced brew from Gilgamesh offers a wondrous display of pleasantries for all the senses. It plays tricks on your from the get go. The pour is a carmel amber clarity, that sheens in the light with a subtle head to awaken your nostrils. Your nose is deceived by what is thinks to be a morning citrus black tea, but little does your nose or tongue know, that it is a brew that awaits. No bitter interrupts the pleasantries upon arrival on the pallet, just smooth orange and black tea. It is as it is advertised. No tricks, no gimmicks, simply an extremely well done specialty brew that is unique to what it says Gilgamesh was going for. Well balanced with tangerine, rye, and black tea. This is a great experience from Gilgamesh brewing.
May 04, 2015
Rated: 3.41 by Epicfail97081 from Oregon

May 03, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

May 01, 2015
Rated: 3.23 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Apr 29, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by grnmtnman from Oregon

Apr 08, 2015
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle split between a pair of snifters. Appears to have 1-6-15 printed on the bottle, no other dates or explanations or codes.

Pours a hazy light brassy color. Medium head that fades fast. Fair amount of carbonation. Smell is funky, odd, herby and musty, vegetable.

Taste is interesting -- definitely get black tea, definitely get some citrus. Something very creamy about it, too, and some vague spiciness that I don't know how to identify.

Mouthfeel is medium and fizzy. Overall, not bad; interesting beer.
Apr 05, 2015
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Reviewed by Fatehunter from Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a thin head on a hazy copper body.
The aroma is grain and lemon.
The taste is mild bitterness, lemon.
The texture is a little thicker.
It's a little interesting.
Mar 25, 2015
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