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Tuesday
May192015

HALF MOON BAY NOT FOR SALE ALE

Half Moon Bay Not For Sale Ale. Nope, that doesn't refer to the beer, but to the California brewery's collaboration with the charity Not For Sale that works against human trafficking.

Maybe it's not for human trafficking, but there's a whole lot of other trafficking gone on to make this Saison, which mixes everything from the Big Four to the Peruvian herb Cat's Claw to honey to ginger and hibiscus flowers.

It's not the first time the two organisations have teamed up, having done a Not For Sale ESB a year ago, all brewed from HQ (which also serves mean seafood) right across the road from a mean break, south of San Francisco.

For all that oddness, though, you'd expect the beer to have more character. Something to love or hate. It ends up a bit middle-of-the-road, which is a surprise.

We had it at the brewery, so it was as fresh as it was going to get, and the best thing about it was an aroma that boasted pepper, flowers, ginger, honey and cut grass.

Maybe we should have stopped there. It failed to retain its head, though the mouthfeel remained pretty good.

The dominant flavours are malt and there is no aftertaste to speak of. There are hints of ginger early, some flowers late and fruit and grass in the middle, but none of them are enough to overwhelm and we were hoping for a little more fruit and a lot more spice, which is almost non-existant here.

Shame. it all read so beautifully odd on the page...

 

5/10

 

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