Coaster Critique: Gluten Free Week – 19 Original Colonies Mead

Name: 19 original colonies mead

Brewed By: Rogue Ales, OR


Style: Mead

Purchased: Bangor Wine and Cheese

I’m a big fan of Rogue’s beers so when I saw this bottle of 19 Original Colonies Mead on the shelf at Bangor Wine and Cheese I had to give it a try.

Rogue’s Mead is crystal clear with a nice steady carbonation. It’s a light golden color and looks very bright in the glass.

The smell is sweet; wildflower honey is very noticeable, picking up notes of jasmine as well. This mead has a very floral aroma that is pleasant and inviting.

The taste is not as sweet as I expected, there are notes of honey but it’s not overpowering at all. There is a slight herbal flavor from the jasmine. This mead is very light on the palate, very crisp and clean with a dry, wine like finish.

Overall I’m really impressed, I’ve had meads that ranged from a sickeningly sweet glass of honey to fruit infused dry wine, this one definitely leans towards dry wine. The jasmine adds a very pleasant flavor and aroma. If you are a fan of light dry wines or looking for a good intro to mead I would recommend this one, it drinks really easy and has a reasonable price tag. This mead might not be easy to find, i’ve only seen it around a few times but Honeymaker Mead out of Portland is excellent and should be easier to find.



Day 1: New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale

Day 2: Urban Farm Fermentory Dry-Hopped Cidah

Day 3: Lakefront Brewery New Grist

Day 4: Rogue Ales 19 Original Colonies Mead

Day 5: The Alchemist Celia

Day 6: Green’s Dubbel Dark Ale

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Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.