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

Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Date Honey Ale (LSD)
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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #87
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3.65 | pDev: 18.36%
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 187
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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-

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Here's one that we tapped a few days ago, and I'm just getting to a pint of it today. I bought a bottle some time ago, but am holding on to it. And I've had this beer in a previous version, when Josh created it for Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. MTHB owner Pete Rifakes was kind enough to allow Josh to brew it at Indeed, and keep the name and recipe. The L stands for Lavender, the S for Sunflower honey, and the D for dates. LSD from Indeed. It's very innocent, nothing any stoner would be interested in. We swear.

Time to get into this pint....

Gorgeous amber coloring, nearing on orange, reaching towards crimson, with a lasting, creamy, off-white head. Looks great.

Aroma is heavenly, honestly. Absurdly floral and perfumey. Ridiculously lovely. Some of the other ingredients, the dates and honey, lurk below. Devastatingly pretty nose.

Taste: Spices hang hardest over a medium bodied ale. There's sweetness aplenty, and not much in the way of bitter. Hops have a small role to play here, and malts stand their ground, and keep it all solid. The extra ingredients take care of the flavor, and it's a taste that nearly can't be described. Dark fruits, honey, and beautiful botanicals make something terrifically tasty, utterly unheard of, has to be tasted to be believed. Not too strong, either, just the slightest buzz going on.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of macrosmatic
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from waxed 750 mL bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Hazy, deep amber with a big off-white head and medium levels of visible carbonation.

S: Wow!! A punch in the nostrils of lavender - it's like hand soap or candles. Digging deeper, there is some dark fruit/dates, and some sweetness I suppose might be honey. No malt or hop presence to speak of on the nose.

T: Lavender and honey. Honestly, it seems like someone took the essence of a Yankee candle and melted it into the beer. While there were dates in the aroma, I'm not finding then in the flavor - perhaps they're present in mild amounts when the beer warms up a bit. No hop flavors, and while I suppose this beer has malt in it, I can't find it under the mountain of perfumed additions.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Not so good. The reasons I don't like it would be similar to the reason I don't enjoy a heavily spiced Christmas beer - just a lot of very strong flavors covering up the beer itself. Obviously, this has different dominant flavors than any Christmas beer, but the sensation is similar. I couldn't finish my half of the bottle...drain-pour, unfortunately. This beer was what it said it was going to be, I just didn't find that to be enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is certainly interesting. Dates being the most prominent with lavender and honey giving off floral hints. A bready malt base gives a solid foundation.

This is a really dry tasting beer. There are dates in the front end of the flavor with a potent floral finish. Hardly any sweetness to be found. The honey must of been well fermented out as I get just the slightest hint that it is there at all.

Light to medium body with a somewhat low carbonation. I would of liked a little bit more life from this beer.

Better crafted than a lot of fruit beers. Was not entirely successful to me, but a worthwhile consumption.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of younger35
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lavender, sunflower honey and dates oh my. Sounded extremely interesting so I had to try on this beautiful Saturday morning while watching Indiana stick it to Michigan. Drank from a regular ol' pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orangish yellow with a decent one finger bright white head. A fairly nice cap and collar remain leaving a small bit of random lacing.
Smell- Very floral as the lavender dominates the nose. Bready malts with a bit of clean earthy honey. The nose is simply and nice but that lavender runs the show. It almost has a Glade® Plug-In flowery scent.
Taste- Starts a bit flowery (floral) from the lavender and or honey before a light bit of residual honey dryness steps in. It's clean and very nice with an almost orange blossom little twang. The dates step in toward the finish along with a slight bit of caramel but I don't get a lot. It almost has a cinnamon like spiciness with a touch of raisin. Interesting stuff.
Mouthfeel- Unexpectantly big with a nice chewy fullness and fairly light bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Wow super interesting and very good. I usually don't like honey in my brews but this works pretty darned well. The lavender is another leaf away from being too strong but it's not at this point and it carries the beer. The dates are honestly an afterthought but that just may be from the lavender. Super tasty, super interesting. Fun stuff.

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Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served with a half finger of white head that fades down quickly. Color is a clear copper orange.

Aroma: Lots of floral (lavender) flavors and sweet honey. Almost braggot like. I get a fruity flavor that I am guessing is the dates. Strong nose. Grapes/wine flavors.

Taste: A huge herbal flavors. Floral and grassy. Lavender. Honey again. Not as fruity here, but it ends with the dates. A lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Clean, bubbly, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, not my favorite summer beer as it is a bit too strong. Couldn't drink too much of this. Very unique.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of birchstick
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell has loads of lavender and sweet perfumes with accents of lemon. Taste is like drinking potpourri, which sounds bad but tastes awesome. The palate is bombarded by lavender and herbs. Under rather this, there is a bit of sweet fruit from the dates and some lemony honey. Really odd combo, bit tastes delicious. I would order this again but there are too many beers and too little time. Recommended as it is very unique.

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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mwilbur
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsprain1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy burnt orange with moderate off-white head.

Smell: Lavender galore, with some mead and light fruitiness (dates?).

Taste: Strong mead base, with crazy lavender all over the top. There is a very light sweet core that I guess is the dates, but the lavender and honey are dominant. Herbal finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light mead-like body, surprisingly dry finish.

Overall: This is much, much better than I ever would have expected. While Indeed calls this a Honey Ale, I have dubbed it a Lavender Braggot. Never would have thought that would be good.

By the way, the 1 star "had" is why I wish everyone had to actually write a review, instead of just lazily saying they hate it.

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Photo of Seefeldt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Enjoyed at Town Hall on a sunny Saturday morn. $4.75/pint. Pours a clear medium dark copper amber color with a slight white head. Very floral and fragrant aroma. The lavender really sticks out. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with a mix of the lavender and lots of orange flavor as well. Very easy drinking, the 7.3 doesn’t really show up all that much. The lavender lingers on for a while. Overall, pretty nice.

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Photo of atone315
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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