Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #78
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,612
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 17.98%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
196
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Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
 
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Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)
Notes: The beer formerly known as LSD: A kaleidoscopic combination of Lavender, Sunflower honey, and Dates set the stage for a mind-bending beer experience as delicate floral aromas dance atop rich notes of fruit and honey. "
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a crowler into a pint glass. Pours deep orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of honey with lavender. Tastes of minty lavender with nice hints of honey. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

May 17, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium gold-orange with a quarter finger white head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of candi malt, lavender, mild dates; very aromatic. Flavor is candi malt, honey, lavender, dates and a hint of lemon. Finish is semi-sweet lavender with a light herbal bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Delivers what it promises, with a floral mixture of honey and lavendear mediated by light dates. A faint citrus flavor develops near the finish which is drier and leaves herbal, rather than hop bitterness, like a sahti. The lavendear is interesting, but it is a dominating aroma and flavor that gave me all of my daily recommended floral quotient for the day. The base is somewhat like a golden ale made with honey and is pleasant. I enjoyed this, but it is floral enough that it is a one time experience. I like this brewery's use of honey and would like to try more.

Jan 19, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite an interesting brew no bitterness with mild lavender good honey notes and actually tastes of dark fruits with the dates. Nothing I would run out and get again but like I said smooth easy drinking and well interesting.

Oct 25, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy orange. One finger of foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, with strong date notes mixed with subdued lavender.

Taste: Mild honey flavor followed by a gentle lavender note. Subtly sweet without any hops or other bittering agents.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety with high carbonation.

Overall: A little too mild, but very drinkable and cool.

Oct 01, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Tioga-Sequoia 13-oz. tulip
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 19, 2019
Consumed: July 27, 2019
Reviewed as: Herbed / Spice Beer
Misc.: Canned on June 10, 2019; Enjoy by June 9, 2020

Thanks, Sam!

Got this along with seven other beers from Sam. Had four of the Indeed beers before on Beer Advocate, ranging from a 3.66 to a 3.98. Online description read, “Hello, beautiful stranger. A kaleidoscopic spiral of Lavender, Sunflower honey, and Dates, LSD sets the stage for a mind-bending beer experience as electrifying floral aromas dance atop rich notes of fruit and honey. Are you experienced?” Interesting.

Poured a copper, slightly hazy color with three fingers of khaki white head. Fast moving bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Below average watery lacing. Decent watery retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled lavender, rose blossom, floraly perfume, hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, dates, raisin, plum and caramel. More of the same from the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted even better than the nose. Got lavender, rose, floraly perfume, cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, dates, raisin, plum, caramel, herbal and mango peel. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just an excellent beer. Best Indeed beer I’ve had. (Overall - 4.25)

4.21 | 94 | A-

Aug 14, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gosh, I don't even know how I obtained this beer as I probably traded for it a while ago. The bottom of the can said that this would be best by 2/2/18 but even a year after that, this tasted fresh, lively, and *different* than anything I've ever had - even for beers of this style. This was so good that it nearly won me over to this style!

Lovely pour to this as the radiant, almond hue to the liquid was topped off by plenty of tan and offsetting foam that complemented it beautifully. Most of the lacing left on the side of my pint glass was in a deep ring near the top as the body and mouthfeel were light while staying full enough to appreciate. Tons of lavender, dates, floral, and potpourri notes in the nose as this felt like something straight out of Woodstock with a ton of perfume and wheat thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel was full of sunflower honey as this had a pure sweetness to it that contained zero sugar or overt kick with the end result being a beer that was quite natural and unrestrained; as the lavender and dates only added to it's organic appeal. An orange blossom-like slickness lingered on my palate long after this went down as the lack of carbonation only added to the thick and everlasting appeal of this liquid.

There was a perfect amount of alcohol in this as the liquid felt like nectar without the sugar and juice without the tanginess. If you like your beers to be floral, natural, and rustic, you have you match here as this came across as something transported to the future from the 60's. From the can design to the naturalistic feel, this was such a throwback beer that it was relevant here in the 21st century. Drink this to find out what once was, and what the status of the industry currently is!

May 29, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber color. The head is off white, frothy, 3 finger, and has decent retention, with some nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is kinda funky. I do get the dates. A hint of the honey.
Taste - it is a funky beer. It has the flavors described in the name mashed together. The honey and the dates seem to be up front, with the lavender and sunflower on the backside. The backside is the funky, more wild part of this beer.
The body is decent, and the wild funky feeling does linger in my palate, along with some carbonation.
I don't know how people rate this beer as low as the average is. It is different, but it does work, and is a solid beer.

Dec 17, 2018
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NRajtarski from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz beer canned on 1/30/18. The beer poured an orange-yellow with a large amount of frothy head notes of lavender where first followed by the smell of sweet honey. The taste was tangy and floral with lavender and date flavor at the front of the palate. The body of this beer was medium. Overall this is a solid beer by Indeed Brewing and I'm glad that they are local for me because I will be drinking this beer again.

Mar 07, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an amber brown with an average head, The aroma features lime peel, lavender, limestone, rose petal, and golden raisin. The flavor features lots of lavender an violets, and roses, with some honey, and just a hint of figgy darkness at the end. Th mouthfeel is fairly light, with some weight and strong carbonation. Overall this beer has nice layers of complexity, while maintaining an easy going spirit.

Feb 02, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz tall boy, sample from the brewery.

Deep amber hue, perfect clarity with some great looking lacing action down the glass. Lots of lavender in the nose with some dates and sweetness which is most likely from the honey malt. More than enough lavender character on the palate, dates come in with some caramel or honey-like sweetness. Nutty and spicy middle. Finishes semi-sweet with a long linger of lavender. Extreme and flavorful, tasty and quite drinkable for where it goes.

Oct 22, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a thin, light tan head that fades fast.
The aroma is lavender, floral, honey and a touch of citrus.
Taste is dominated by lavender with a touch of honey and citrus and a bitter finish with a hint of dank.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Too much lavender for me.

Jun 26, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 inch head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is very different, very floral.
T - My taste buds are confused. Ginger is what I am getting but it's not in this beer. I can't say I'm familiar with the taste of lavender.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I really like Indeed so I'm always up for trying anything they make. And I love the name. But this one did not work for me.

Jun 01, 2016
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color, with a small cloudy head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is dominated by lavender, figs, and dates. Not my cup of tea.

Taste is more enjoyable than the smell, as the sweetness of the honey really comes through. Still not marvelous by any stretch. Carbonation is light, just like the mouthfeel.

May 23, 2016
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey with a thick off-white head. Head dissipates to a small film that chills on top of the brew and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Lavender, honey, dates, biscuit, and floral hops.

T: Honey, lavender, dates, sunflower oil, biscuit, citrus, and very floral.

M: Light bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp and easy drinking.

O: This one is a very interesting beer. I personally enjoyed but I can tell this one is not for everyone. However if you like lavender, sunflower, dates, and honey you should enjoy this unique brew.

Jun 17, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

obviously a love it or hate it kind of thing, polarizing to say the least. i, for one, love lsd (hehe), its so fun! the beer is too (hehe). a strange concoction of unusual ingredients, but they somehow come together really well. its like an almost brown ale in its base, malty but short of roasty or chocolately, yet rich enough for the odd additives. its one of the only date beers i have ever had that you can taste the dates, identify them immediately, and not wonder how they impact it. its crazy how obvious they are, this must have been expensive to make. the lavender though, even though the figs are intense, is the most robust of the flavors here, its there first, and its there last, and its there through the middle, but it combines differently with each of the other ingredients, super impressively well done. i can see people not liking it though too, its sort of tea-like, overly flavored, less beer in the traditional sense, but if you think spiced ale, gruit type things, i think its one of a kind and truly incredible. all of the beers these guys make that i have gotten to try are way different, inventive, and for the most part supremely well executed. i had a lot of fun with this one, looking forward to getting my hands on more of their stuff. really obscure brew, brutally under appreciated on here.

Jun 10, 2015
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DaveAnderson from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this in previous years, and found the lavender overpowering. This year, it's a really balanced beer. Darker than amber, but not as dark as cola, there is a thin, white head that persists for quite a while, but leaves little to no lacing.

The lavender is subtle on the nose, as are the dates. Honey is almost nonexistent, which I prefer. It's dry, with a clean finish, fruity and fragrant without being cloying. bitterness is almost nonexistent.

Really nice tweak from previous years.

May 30, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber, finely bubbled head, 2” off white with a slight orange tinted foam cap, collapses to a thick film, ¼” – ½” inches.
S: Opens with a definite lavender, honey and date nose – the honey is sunflower honey, very floral smelling beer and the scent carries.
T: Honey, lavender, dates over bread, biscuit – several layers.
F: Very creamy smooth, soft in the mouth, with a medium body and carbonation.
O: An unusual beer but refreshing and very drinkable.

May 18, 2015
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jennshrew from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely the most unique beer I've had so far. I was expecting this beer to be sweet but its slightly bitter with a dry finish. The lavender lingers for a bit after sipping. By far my favorite beer.

Dec 25, 2014
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

LSD pours a hazy bronze color with a small white lacing head. There is a big lavender aroma, hints of honey. The taste has HUGE lavender flavors, sweet and dry. Good stronger flavors, nice body. Overall it takes like drinking perfume or laundry detergent.

Dec 14, 2014
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this sampled from the bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis/St. Paul/wherever it's actually located. I only had about twenty seconds with my sample, so this will not be one of my most in-depth reviews...

Lavender. Malt sweetness. A slight Belgian "funk." It's not labeled here as a sour, but it smelled like a mild one. I heard someone say it smells like deodorant. In a way, it does...

The taste is more of the same. Lavender is obvious in this beer. The sour note is slight, but there as well with a touch of funkiness. Lavender beginning to end with notes of other things, but that seems to be the focus. So... if ya hate lavender, you'll not like this beer. I think it's pretty good, but it lacks depth, and is too pricey for what it is.

Aug 25, 2014
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear amber hue with 2 inch bubbly off-white head. Good retention...very active carbonation jets continue to feed it. Very faint lacing.
S: Distinct lavender note hits first, then light caramel malt, mildly sweet honey, and a hit of toast/biscuit.
T: Equal parts lavender, honey, and dates seems to hit all at once...takes a bit to sort it out (they are all fairly equal participants). The lavender doesn't dominate and the dates provide a thickening of the backbone...both of which serves the brew very well. Definitely very interesting. I can see where this might not be everyone's cup of tea (or beer as it may), but I quite enjoy it. The lavender provides a nice floral note, the honey a smooth sweetness, and the dates a chewy firmness. It works very, very well for me.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth and sweet throughout. Slightly oily feel.
D: This one was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this one. Not very complex...it really is all about the L (Lavender), S (Sunflower honey), and D (Dates). But the end result is a well-balanced brew that just works. A tip of the cap to Indeed.

Jun 13, 2014
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Apricot colored, very clear. Head is one finger and doesn't last long.
S- The lavender notes are pretty noticeable. Smells a bit like a lighter Belgian pale. Definitely sweet.
T- Complex notes in this one, but not quite the right balance. It has a sweet amber ale or Belgian base, and the honey is definitely in there. The dates also are apparent, but I would have liked a bit more of that and a bit less lavender. By the end of the glass, it was a bit wearing on the palate.
M- Sweet, somewhat sticky. I would have liked more carbonation. This beer is a sweet, slow drinker, so by the end of the glass it feels heavy and stickier than it should.
O- An interesting beer, I'm glad I had once, but a 12 oz pour is about all I need.

Jun 08, 2014
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium golden color with a touch of amber. Medium to larger head forms, at about 2.5 fingers, and is slightly tan in color. Retention is good and lacing is above average. Body has just a touch of haze.

S- Lots of lavender and just a touch of honey sweetness. Like a handful of lavender with just a small amount of underlying fruitiness. Honey is a little bit detectable as a small amount of sweetness.

T- Starts off with the same lavender taste as the scent. The lavender is very floral and somewhat bitter in a dull way. Just a hint of random fruitiness from the dates that is a touch on the darker fruit side. Honey is largely unnoticeable for most of the drink except for a lingering touch of sweetness at the very end.

M- Much heavier and thicker in the mouth than the appearance of the beer would suggest. Medium to low in carbonation and rather smooth, the lavender flavor makes it a little slower to drink.

Overall, I still don't know why putting any flower (except hops) in a beer seems like a good idea. I think the honey component to this beer could stand up on its own, but the lavender and dates make this a unique beer if nothing else.

Dec 31, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

An age-ed *old* *old* 750ml bottle from maybe 2014(???) I actually have no idea. Review is from 2019

Still spicy but even lighter than before. The spices have mixed into an amalgamation of... something. It's okay, I prefer it fresh but also appreciated the experiment

Nov 23, 2013
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zeledonia from Washington

2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Everything I've had from Indeed has impressed me, though this one strikes me as more adventurous than most of their offerings. Tasted 9 November 2013.

Pours medium orange amber, clear, with about 2 fingers of yellow-orange off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is an assault of lavender. Smells like my lavender bath soap. I'll take their word that there's honey and dates in there, because I can't get more than the faintest hint of either.

Taste is similar, but worse. There is just way way way too much lavender in this beer. Everything else is dancing around the main point. And to be clear, I like lavender, like the smell, like the taste in the appropriate quantities. But here it's a barrage, and its taste in the latter part is overpoweringly herbal. The honey does come through to provide what would be balance, except that there's no balancing this, it's off the rails.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, lasting (though I wish it weren't). Carbonation on the right level.

This is by far the worst of Indeed's beers that I've had. And I wonder if they brewed a test batch of this, because if they had, I think they'd have dropped the lavender by about 75%. I'm trying to mentally do that, and it seems like it'd be an interesting beer. As it is, it's a serious lavender bomb, and I do not like it.

Nov 10, 2013
Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD) from Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 196 ratings