Tasted following a practice of 3 miles worth of tempo within 8 miles of running. Enjoyed with leftover pizza and served within my Merrill Lynch glass.
Appearance: Copper colored with a slight haze, yet still allowing for some visibility. Carbonation quickly bubbles to the surface but leaving a minimal head in its wake.
Aroma: Piney and sweet with a touch of ginger and orange peel. Some yeast notes follow a malt caramel undertone. Some iron, and metallic smells to it.
Taste: Floral flavors with a bit of earthiness. Reminiscent of ginger ale with a spicy finish. Within the sweetness the hibiscus makes a minor appearance, but just enough to incorporate additional flavors. I find finishing spices of coriander and ginger as well as a bittering orange peel. Hops seem non-existent, but I know they impart some additional assistance towards balancing the sweet malt fore and mid taste. finishes dry and bittered, but refreshing. Tea and dryness finish the sweetness midway and transition to the spicy finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly like a soda with a spike to the tongue. Lighter body and more of an aggressive texture. Goes down nicely once the spike dissipates.
Overall Impression: An interesting beer, but needs more of a malt sweet backbone to make a real impression on me. Gradually the bitterness takes a dominating character and leaves little to the body and malt. Nice flavors and all, but missing those two components.