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Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #23
Ranked #15,758
3.89 | pDev: 9.25%
Nov 20, 2022
Dec 22, 2020
Chai style ale with black tea and spices added.
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Rated: 3.77 by Taenim from Maine

Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas

Feb 23, 2022
Rated: 4.62 by Gummymonk

Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 3.61 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I've now had all but one of Off Color's Beer For series. I rated above the average for all but 2 of the 9 in the series. This makes 3. I think Off Color should focus on tweaking the recipes of the successful ones... of which Cafe's could become one.

Cafe's opens with a decent color, but too little foam sticks around. Smells are ... different; really not enough fruit for an ale. I get mostly spices associated with chai. Tastes are almost pleasant, considering that I am trying to understand a different animal. Mouthfeel works; palate cleansed by enough bubbles... a medium mouth for a low ABV.

Advice? I agree with Emerge077... less clove is a start. That might even let the yeast let this Look like a beer and make some fruit.

3/15/22 The Ides of March ! I've edited the above and increased the rating and am glad I drank this again. I'm not sure how much Off Color changed the recipe from last year, but the cloves do seem to be less and the wheat more. I'm thinking I over-reacted last year with a low rating; in part, because Off Color tends to add one more ingredient that they probably should. If they can stifle that urge and Keep It Simple, their creativity may be less experimental. Counting @ Untappd.
Feb 11, 2021
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pale gold with bright clarity, rapid carb trails, loose sudsy foam, minimal spotty lace.

Aroma is all clove all the time, maybe a vague note of cinnamon underneath.

Tastes strongly of clove, with some cinnamon and ginger in the aftertaste. Black tea is there but the spices dominate.

Body is light, crisp, and carbonated. Phenolic character slightly numbs the palate. Slightly astringent.

While I love Chai tea, i'm not really a fan of heavy clove. While this beer isn't exactly subtle, the clove isn't a deal breaker for me, but it certainly dominates. I guess I was expecting more tea flavor and creamy smooth texture.
Jan 21, 2021