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Saison Du Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Saison Du PelicanSaison Du Pelican

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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%


Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pale Ale malt, Flaked Spelt, Glacier hops, Pure local water, Belgian-type ale yeast.

13.2 degrees Plato
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 8 SRM

(Beer added by: unclederby on 03-04-2007)
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edmedina

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is easily one of my favorite Saisons. I've had this one hidden for over a year and decided to give it a try tonight. It pours a clear gold. If you are fan for the mass produced beers you'll find this one very much right there in color. It gives a lot of head no matter how you pour it. So it'll take a little bit to get to the drinking. The aroma has a lot flowery spices jumping out here. Upon first taste I got some banana in there and what I think was nutmeg. You also get some carbonation in there but it's not over powering. Mouth feel does leave something to be desired. It's almost a sour after taste in there. I like how this one came out.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 03:08:42 | More by edmedina
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alamere

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass...

A - This, is a beautiful, straw colored, clear, beer. Sparkling in the glass... with tiny, champaigne-esque bubbles.. that stick to the glass as you drink it down. Looks damn near perfect to me.

S - Has that Pilsner, soapy, saaz hop, aroma. (although I'm unsure if they actually use Saaz in this recipe) It's tangy, citrusy, mown grass and pretty much exactly what I'd expect this beer to smell like.

T - This is a smooth drink, actually.. I think it tastes better than it smells. The right amount of malty, fruity, zesty, highly carbonated lightness.. and unlike a few examples of Saison, it isn't so highly alcoholic that it couldn't be a sessionable drink in the summer.

MF - Smooth, light in body.. but still significant. This beer rolls right down my throat.

Overall - I love it. I don't know tons about the Saison style.. but I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan. Especially after trying efforts such as this. This is world class beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 04:22:08 | More by alamere
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pixieskid

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2011, this thing has improved with age imo. It has such a great tartness/funkiness to it that I really enjoy.

Pours a golden orange hue with a solid 3 finger head, amazing retention.
Aroma; citrus, flowers, yeast, and a lingering barnyard funk.
Taste; great lemony tartness upfront with a hint of grains. Notes of floral hops, a mild earthiness throughout, finishing with an incredibly dry mouthfeel and underlying bitterness.
Overall; simple, solid, balanced, with a great tartness...just a bit too dry for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:18:35 | More by pixieskid
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage consumed in July of 2009. Split with my wife in two Saison Dupont glasses.

Major pop of the cork. A 20 minute process to pour given the massive amount of foam that settles with crazy surface head.

Settles to a beautiful hazy golden color. Incredibly unique aroma that I don't recall from other Saisons. Best described as an attractive flat spice with some element of rubber. Doesn't sound appealing but is.

Head turns a bit dirty brown. Flavor is a touch of sweetness upfront and a dry finish. Full mouthfeel with noticeable spice and a snap of flavor and richness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 16:41:04 | More by Yetiman420
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with friends at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a solid, dark gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is just classic saison, with honey, clove, ginger snaps and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, though given the abv., I was surprised by how rich and full flavored this beer was. It's also fairly sweet, with some interesting tropical fruit flavors, including some banana and vanilla. However, there's some noticeable light hoppy bitterness in the finish, and that along with the considerable spice helps to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with the beer showcasing a pretty rich and sweet finish. Frankly, I was surprised by the amount of carbonation in this beer, which I thought helped to buoy the sweetness and rich flavor profile. Drinkability was pretty good, and there was nothing heavy or tiring on the finish. Still, with this level of richness and sweetness, I felt a little bit goes a long way.

A very nice, very impressive effort from the folks at Pelican. Well done guys...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:36:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
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draheim

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled February 2011) poured into a Hennepin saison glass. Pours a hazy glowing golden straw color with a billowing fluffy white head that lasts forever. Vigorous carbonation erupts relentlessly from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, lemon, banana, spice.

Taste is dry, clean, and bright - citrus, lemon, orange, spice, and yeast balanced by hops. Refreshing, juicy, almost tropical; utterly drinkable.

Overall this is one of my favorite saisons yet. Going to find another bottle of this as I shared this one with several other people and only got half a glass. Very impressed though, this was better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:57:30 | More by draheim
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours with such a rediculous amount of head... it's all head! It settles to reveal a hazy gold liquid, has some retention and leaves a light lace.

S: Orange rind, grassy, spice, light grass, alcohol, grainy biscuit, hint of funk.

T: Tropical fruit (pappay, mango), grass, bitter orange rind, wheat/grainy biscuit, hints of banana, good bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate to full body, hint of acidity with a drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker and overall a really well-crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:23:48 | More by Derek
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unclederby

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, corked and caged. ABV is not listed on the bottle. $12.99 retail.

A slow pour yielded a slightly hazy straw-yellow ale with ample frothy head (ala Duvel) which slowly disappears leaving behind spotty lacing. The nose is grassy, herbal and biscuity with a hint of lemon: very pleasing indeed. Flavors up front are slightly barnyardy, followed by notes of coriander, canteloupe, and pineapple(?). The finish is crisp and dry. On the palette it is medium to full bodied with a somewhat creamy texture and stinging carbonation. I would rate drinkibilty good as well, albeit with ignorance about it's strength... and it is quite filling.

This is one fine ale in the style: be sure to pick some up before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 06:50:54 | More by unclederby
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, vintage 2010.

Pours hazy gold with a massive, dense head of pure white and persistant carbonation. A solid skim coat and wide, solid rings of lacing throughout the glass. Very nice.

Aromatics lead off with citrus and clove-infused husky malt with drizzeled honey. Loads of Belgiany esters and some crisp, earthy hops. Grassy with hints of coriander, lemon zest, and just a hint of soap.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Expansive in nature with carbonation aplenty.

Biscuity malt, leafy, grassy hops, and a drying crispness start the palate. An underlying honey note works nicely with hints of juniper, coriander, and cracked grains.

Finishes fairly quick with grassy hops, light spice, and tacky honey.

Great beer. Tasting pretty fresh right now and it's got a great balance to it. I love the high level of carbonation which is really needed to get this style of beer rockin'.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:29:43 | More by brewandbbq
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MisterClean

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to Scott for sharing with the crew at our beer tasting at Abecall's.

A - Pours golden with 3 fingers of off-white head. Slightly hazy appearance, and the head dissipated slow. Leaves really nice lacing.

S/T - Honey, very barny and banana-like esters, vanilla, ginger, coriander, and the taste finishes with bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, sweet, smooth, crisp, and well carbonated.

D - Great overall. Would be greater if they would actually brew enough to distribute.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:50:00 | More by MisterClean
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jdense

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Mr. Blue Dot, John Michaelsen, at Belmont Station during Fringe Fest OBF week. Thanks, John1

Big two finger rocky white head, slow dissipation with good lacing. Clear deep gold body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of Delirium Tremens tasting tulip. Nose is close to style, coriander, orange peel, nicely balanced. The taste mirrors the nose, with some clove, tropical fruit (mango, guava) and low hoppiness, some floral notes. Big full mouthfeel, a bit on the sweet side, good effervescence, nice dry finish. Good drinkability with complex taste profile. Most certainly worth a try for fans of the style. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:36:57 | More by jdense
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

We are always a bit wary when American brewers take on Belgian-style Ales. The degree of difficulty is generally higher, as most Belgian styles are a bit more delicate. Pelican gets points right away for utilizing 750 ml magnums.

Lots of foaming action right from the start--a very active carbonation shows loads of bubbles racing to the top of the glass, which in turn holds together for an amazing-looking head. Big peach-orchard aroma, with ripe pears and a light spiciness--very aromatic. Huge rolling crispness from a higher level of carbonation and a lighter body leaves a superb, smooth mouthfeel that draws the flavors in. Waves of pale malt, ripe peaches, mild herbal phenols and powdery grain unfold, with new complexities in every sip. Suggestions of mineral and raw cane sugar stalk. Light hop bitterness and chalky yeast in the middle. Finishes quite clean and bone dry.

Kudos to Pelican for hitting the mark on this one. It stacks right up with some of the great traditional Belgian Saisons on the market today. Pair it with a heaping pot of mussels in a spicy curry broth. And don't forget the frites.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:31:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices, just sublime. smooth, light body is nearly perfectly carbonated

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:43:47 | More by mikesgroove
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Cascadia

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Maybe a little more hopped than most Sasions out there, but it is an american take on the style so that's okay. Really pretty bottle too. Pelican has impressed me lately, their doing some good things our there on the coast.

The taste is nice and complex with notes of fruit and citrus and a clean yeast ending. Very nice as it warms too. I'd say this is one of the better sasions I've had this year. Grab one if you can find one, their website says they've sold out for the 2007 year.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 18:28:49 | More by Cascadia
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Reino

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SAISON DU PELICAN bottled on January 2007. This bottle has had 20 months to age and get delicious.

Appearance-- Poured into my over-sized snifter, a very large three and half fingers worth of tight head emerges. The lacing is good, but not great as is the head retention. The beer itself is a nice golden-orange.

Smell-- The first thing I thought when I took a whiff of this was shortbread cookies. I'm guessing it's from the faint buttery diacetyl that shows up in taste and the spelt they used. Anyways, after I stop thinking about cookies, I get plenty of fruits: mandarin orange, pear and maybe a bit of sweet red apple. There is also a pronounced spiciness present. I'd go with mostly coriander and pepper. I had to take some extremely deep sniffs, but there is a faint medicinal funk in there. There should probably be more for the style, but the aroma is pleasant nonetheless.

Taste-- Sweet orange, pears and bananas with a slight diacetyl butteryness that lingers throughout but never gets overbearing. I was worried it would be overpowering butter and coriander when the taste first hit, but that's not the case at all. Just when you think that this beer might be too fruity, a good spice comes in and takes the flavor on home. I like the way they went with this, but since they ignored the funk, I would have loved to see them amp up the clove. It would have blended perfectly with this fruit profile.

Mouthfeel-- Pretty close to spot on for the style, but a bit thin for my personal taste and the carbonation is just a tad low.

Drinkability-- This beer goes down easy and doesn't really grow tiresome. If not for the big price tag I could put down a few of these on a warm day and be very content. I would have really enjoyed more clove or funk, but I don't regret giving this beer a shot. Pelican is 2 for 2 with this guy. I need to make the 2 hour drive to the brewery sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 05:43:53 | More by Reino
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, split shared and paired with some puget sound shellfish

2011 vintage

appearance: cool bottle, poured into my hopleaf tulip - very foamy, once the action subsides a bright straw-yellow body with a thick foamy white cap remains. nice looking stuff

smell: grass, hay, lemon rind, pear

taste: grassy, assortment of lighter fruits - pear, white peach, out of season citrus, lemon rind, pale malts and grain, cane sugar. I liked this one - well rounded and flexible

mouthfeel: foamy throughout, dry finish

overall: another nice one from Pelican

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:26:10 | More by dirtylou
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes via a tasting event at Tree House Brewery.

A - Poured a nice clear golden hue with a light fizzy quarter inch head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket.

S - Light funk, bananas, and faint esters. Its good, but nothing crazy.

T - Light sweet malts and floral hops along with nice funky esters here. Slightly earthy and dry as well. Not bad.

M - Mouthfeel is faintly effervescence, lighter bodied.

O - Overall, not a bad farmhouse here with light lemon and funk notes. Its well done but nothing really standout or amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:44:00 | More by rudzud
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Going from notes, thanks to Nate for sharing.

A: Hazy lemon color, light fizzy head.

N: light saison farmhouse, hint spices and lemon, grassy hay, citrus funk.

T: malty, light sweet straw and hay, hint farmhouse saison funk, gritty grainy bready, light grassy floral hops, light bitterness and earthy too. Finish is dry and grainy grassy earthy.

M: med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

O: not bad, nice farmhouse flavors, grassy lemony bready floral, etc. Fairly well done saison but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 21:45:53 | More by jlindros
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 8/07, roughly a year and a half old.

a: This was a slightly hazy golden yellow. It oured with a huge, sticky, and fizzy white head.

s: Spicy, yeasty aromas of peppery cloves and earthy grains.

t: Dry and spicy overall with a mildly funky finish. Clove flavors linger for awhile.

m: Moderatelt fizzy carbonation with a thick, chewy body.

d: The last of the brews I brought back from Oregon. Not quite a great example of the style, but it is quite good. Age has treated this well.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 23:49:05 | More by DIM
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CapitalGains

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured and tasted 8/14/11. Bottle dated February 2011.
750 mL into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass

Starts with an aggressive, foamy head with a transparent gold and dandelion colored body. Lots of bubble action going on. I waited for the head to settle with periodic pouring for about 10-15 minutes before I tasted the initial sip.
Floral scents with flowery aromas are apparent in the smell, in addition to herbal spices, bubble gum, and traditional saison yeast.
There is a spicy tingling from the hops, as well as an abundance of floral and rustic tones, an initial hit of sweet sugar on the tongue that transitions into a crisp and dry finish. Spices are definitely present but I had trouble picking out the specifics. There is a lingering taste of rice or wheat after it settles.
While being bottle conditioned it did seem a little over carbonated. Mouthfeel was a bit bubbly and thin.
Pelican did a swell job on the saison style and I was pleasantly impressed with this offering. This is a well-balanced saison that doesn't step outside the boundaries of the style but instead nails the fundamentals. I purchased this bottle for $12 at the brewpub which is a bit steep to warrant the purchasing of additional bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:57:26 | More by CapitalGains
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

halvsies courtesy of dirtylou - thanks maine

a: 750 served in a tall ommegang snifter, pelican pub saison is a hazy golden-orange hue, floating a full, persistent bone-white head that retains well

s: yeasty, grassy hops, mild citrus, cleanly malted, delicate spice, and some underripe peach - solid set of saison aromas

m: carbonation low-moderate and lively, softer on the palate with a light-medium body

t: a clean malt structure sets the scene for fruity yeasts, delicate citrus, some hints of spice and a grassy hop flavor, underripe stone fruit, and a crisp finish

o: a very well structured saison that hits all the notes one would expect from a quality version, with a little character all its own

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:01:18 | More by blackie
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a nice lively head. Smells slightly spritzy and lemony, with some graininess on the finish. Tastes of bananas, lemons, and more grain. A little too grainy for a Saison for my taste. I like a little peppery bite as well, and that is lacking here. Not that this is a bad beer, but it would be elevated by some crispness and a hot of pepperiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:14:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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julian

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, let me say this cork was a bitch to get off. I had to use channel lock pliers to twist it off.

A: This is one of the most carbonated beers, let alone Saisons I've had. Not a gusher but incredibly fizzy. It pours almost 100% foam at first. Once it dies down it's possible to get a 50% foam to 50% beer pour. Further waiting before actually drinking to allow the foam to settle is required. Nevertheless this is a golden, slightly earthy color with good clarity and lots of tiny bubbles. One helluva carbonated bottle! Lacing is wet and sticky and head retention is amazing. A wonderful layer of snowy white creamy foam on the surface. Lovely!

S: Smell is clean, crisp, floral and hoppy with some peppery spice. Some mild fruit maybe but definitely some sugary sweetness. Nothing dominates and the aroma in general is kind of weak.

T&M: Pretty damn good. Very well balanced malt and hop profile, peppery and floral yet also sweet and fruity. This is highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is high carbonation which transitions into a creamy decadent delight on the palate.

O: Overall, I can't see any flaw in this Saison. It's damn good, and one I'd drink regularly if I could find it regularly. Balanced, sessionable ABV (relatively speaking) great taste and amazing mouthfeel. This is my first Pelican beer and I am thoroughly impressed. Will be seeking out more!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 04:43:19 | More by julian
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 2/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and a chalky aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:13:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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notchucknorris

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge head. This beer took a very very long time to settle in the glass.

S: The smell is very earthy with a hint of hops. Some champagne yeast aromas as well.

T: Light flavor with a pretty good dose of funk and a faint nuttiness on the finish. I picked up some red delicious apple flavor as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 16:02:26 | More by notchucknorris
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