Ace In The Hole | Bad Beat Brewing

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3.66/5
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11 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bad Beat Brewing
Nevada, United States
badbeatbrewing.com

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,563
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
11
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
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0
Gots:
3
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0
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User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 1
Photo of Nightmare1972
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit cloying, honestly. It pours nice—bright, amber-inflected golden color; some bubble-and-streak; smooth, fine-grain pillow of milk-froth white atop the pour—but the nose gives rise to pauses that are answered by confirmed suspicions. There is a strong basil-buoyant component to the bouquet, but it's weighed down by a syrupy-sugary aroma that ends up being this beer's albatross; it smells saccharine-sticky (as opposed to lupuline-sticky), and that's a sad harbinger for the blunt cudgel of its flavor-profile.

Indeed, perhaps Bad Beat thought they'd use the malting to "balance" the basil—in the way that some big IPAs end up being more heavy-handed with their malts than, ultimately, their hops—instead of letting that herb impart freshness, crispness, and herbaceous bite. What could have been a nice supplement to the hop-load instead—partnered with all that weighty, light-brown-sugary malt—effects a candied-basil valence, but not in a good way (like you want). Instead it's lumbering, reckless sweetness—with almost nothing either bitter, floral, citric to cut it—and even the herbaceousness seems less fragrant, cutting, and savory, and more vegetal, flat, and excessively rotund.

All in all, it's drinkable. I loved the idea—and think a "Pale Ale Brewed with Fresh Local Basil" could very well be made very good—but I question the execution here.

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Photo of k3ve
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewTasting
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Jasonrm72
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Ace In The Hole from Bad Beat Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 11 ratings