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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 7 13 3 6 2010
22oz Bomber

I got this bottle a couple months ago from the great trader russpowell, thanks for the trades Russ! Liquor Mart is a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed wit orange peel and two yeast strains. As I pour, my Bell's tulip fills with a moderately hazy tarnished copper beer with an impressive amount of visible carbonation rushing to the surface. The carbonation comes from everywhere all the while keeping a dense two finger bone white head atop the body. As the head settles thin but sticky Belgian-esque lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The nose loaded with yeasty esters. White pepper, mild clove and perfumey almost soapy undertones seem a little discombobulated and all over the place. The orange peel was used heavy handedly but it works in this case with the dried peel lying over the top of this beer like a thin blanket. The malty base is sweet candi sugar and sugar cookie; I wouldn't expect anything different. There may be a little lemon/lime in here as well or that could be an example of me reaching too far. The orange peel and sugary malt base seems to keep the reins on the jumpy esters thrown off by the two yeast strains used.

The flavor for better or worse follows the aroma closely. The rock candy sweetness coats the tongue quickly while the orange peel and mild clove wash through. The orange peel really adds some nice depth and is the alpha male of this group. The ester spiciness kicks in on the finish to join in with the remaining orange peel, green apple and gritty pear. White pepper and soft clove come through on the finish with the pepper leaving some zip on the back of the tongue. The hops used bring the more soapy than perfumey flavor on the swallow. This is an interesting brew and it seems to be growing on me.

Each drink sends a moderate body, which leans toward the leaner side of the spectrum, across my tongue. The carbonation is a little livelier than I would have liked to see. There's a little too much prickliness on the sides of the tongue but this is just a minor squabble.

A bomber is enough for me thanks to the spiciness but this bomber is going down easy. I get worn out on spices easily so others may differ but 22oz is plenty for me.

I enjoyed this brew from Avery. It's cool they brew something special for a landmark liquor store and it ends up being a quality brew. Thanks for the bottle Russ, much appreciated!

Reviewed: 2/6/09

Served In: Tulip