A 330ml can with a BB of Dec 2018. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The name says it all really; the ingredients include rye, lemongrass, orange peel and bergamot leaves.
A: Poured into a tulip. Possibly can-conditioned. A deep amber colour with some faint floating sediment and very low carbonation. Produces a smallish head of frothy white foam that settles and dissipates rapidly. Uninspiring.
S: Aroma of subtle lemongrass with hints of citrussy overtones, mild leafy hops, faint floral notes, grainy malt, ale yeast and a twinge of earthiness. A bit too understated and bland.
T: Tastes of mild herbs with notes of light citrus zest, grassiness, subtle leafiness, grainy malt, ale yeast and earthiness. Pretty dry, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Lightly astringent. Aftertaste of subtle citrussy lemongrass, mild herbs, bitter leafiness, grainy malt and ale yeast.
O: OKish but doesn't make much of an impact. Subpar looks - the head retention needs work. Aroma and flavour are alright with some lemongrass hints but not very distinctive. Body is OK. Drinkable and balanced but unexciting. Maybe try a fresh can?
Golden amber color with a thin head with short retention.
Predominant aroma with tons of lemongrass that got mixed strangely resulting in something like cherry drops. Hints of honey, dank citrusy hops and white bread.
Flavor with notes of lemongrass, spices, lemon citrusy, nutmeg, coriander and green tea. Dry and slightly acid aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very refreshing APA with bold lemongrass notes. Obvious harmonization with Asian food.
Copper with some light sediment suspended within, a few large bubbles of carbonation, and topped with a finger of yellowish head.
Citrus, pine, lemongrass and bergamot. Caramel, and dank orange.
Citrus, dank pine as in pine wood, caramel, a rustic cupboard like almost dusty quality, and a hint of lemongrass and bitterness on the finish.
Light body, resinous aftertaste, lots of spa like carbonation.
Found at Beer Lab, Chiang Mai, drank here Nov 6th, 2015. Celebration of my parents visiting me in Asia for the first time in 19 years! Good brew, great label, not overly lemongrass like, but light and uniquely artistic idea.
Cask version brewed in conjunction with Caledonian for 'spoons. Gold to copper coloured beer smellin gof lemon, orange and cleaning fluid. Has me thinking I hope this isn't skunky. A surprisingly sweet start precedesa combination of tangy generic citrus (maybe I can pick out some lemon) and rater stale biscuitiness. There is welcome incipient leafiness in the aftertaste towards the end of my half pint.
500ml bottle - a 'light ale', made with lemongrass, so of course the suggested pairings involve Asian food.
This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some eroding Hoodoo lace around the glass as things quickly subside.
It smells of lemony, grassy (ok, lemongrass), er, I guess not hops, grainy, crackery pale malt, a bit of tart apple, grape, and underripe pear fruitiness, white pepper, and further herbal, piney astringencies. The taste is gritty, bready pale malt, a waning lemongrass acridity, mixed generic fruit bowl esters, slightly spicy wheat grain, orange zest, herbal tea, wet hay, and more lost in translation herbal notes.
The carbonation is quite tight and crackling in its forceful frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth, the lemon, grassiness, and yeast all poking and prodding here. It finishes rather dry, the wheat and rye guest malts having their say, alongside their herbal cohorts, as well as the lingering worldly hops.
An enjoyable enough, beefed-up pale ale (in flavour, not in ABV), with lots of different, and at times challenging interplay. However, I can't see this going all that well with the proclaimed 'Asian' food, at least not the kind I prefer - the lack of overall sweetness here wouldn't satisfy my typical spicy wanderings around that vast continent's cuisine.
Nice norwegian beer made with rye.
It looks just line a common [good] APA.. golden/orange color, not very opaque, and a nice whitey foam that leaves a nice lace.
Well. the rye makes a big difference in the aroma and in the taste - you may find yourself in the middle of a meadow... Ok ok to the point.. aroma and taste are really nice, full of spices that you usually don't find in a beer. And I guess they call this an "asian" pale ale because there are strong notes of bamboo in the aroma and taste; citrus, speacially limon, also can be found easily, as well as the hops; maltiness is not very high, but the rye gives a different feeling here.
Body is at average; and the beer is somewhat efervescent.
Bitterness is huge, and it remains in the mouth for a nice amount of time.
Due to the rye, in the end of the degustation, the beer is extremely turbid; maltiness and body becomes really high; etc. It's better on the first glasses..
Nevertheless, is a great beer.