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Grasslands Saison - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 05-13-2012

A dry, spicy farmhouse ale with a flowery finish. Brewed with chinook hops.
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 11
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Pours chunky with significant cloudiness. Aroma is strong on the spices with a citrus aroma from the white wine barrels. Great farmhouse saison flavor although the coating on the tongue a bit lighter.

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On cask at Al's. A firkin with jalapeños.

A: A beautiful golden tea color, golden brown and translucent. For being from a firkin, the ale is still quite clear. A white head comes along too.

S: No hint of the jalapeños in the nose. Instead, the sharp saison base gets its time in the sun. Spices and yeast, principally anise and curacao along with the mild fruits of the yeast. Like the original version, Grasslands is a wonderful beer to sniff - spicy and complex without the heavy hand of alcohol.

T: The start of the ale is all saison, spicy and fruity. Only at the midpoint do things get hairy - and boy do they get hairy. But first, more on the saison. The anise and mild fruits, pale fleshy varietals, can and do provide enough flavor and mustiness to carry the ale. The jalapeño, though, add a whole new dimension. They start off prickly and vegetal but quickly pick up steam, growing hotter with each passing second. The culmination is a fiery mouth, not ghost pepper hot, just pleasantly heated. And that heat lasts, complicating my romance with Black Note.

M: Sweet, musty, and damned hot. The Grasslands varietals are easily the best beers coming out of Pizza Boy right now.

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Served on cask at Al's of Hampden. This one has some citra added to it.

A - Pours hazy straw yellow with a decent one and a half finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, wheat, pepper and dry yeast. It has all of the typical saison aromas with the fresh citra hops still shining through, very nice.

T - Starts off with some strong citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to hints of black pepper, musty yeast and the typical bready malt. Finish has some hop bitterness mixed with some chewiness, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, spicy feel throughout with growing hop bitterness as it sits in the glass.

O - A solid saison. Nothing really stands out but everything is balanced well. I look forward to having this one again in the future.

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Grasslands Saison from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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