Grassroots Arctic Soirée - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 65 | FT: 12
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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-12-2013

Ale fermented and aged in oak tanks with Brettanomyces, lime juice, and hibiscus. This beer is crafted with organic hibiscus flowers, lime, and the essence and imagination of our Vermont farmstead family.

Brewed and Bottled at Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska
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Ratings: 418 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by Seanniek91:
Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Cellar temp. The twister on the cage broke on me. Pain in the ass to get the cage off.

Appearance- Beautiful clear pink with quick one finger off-white head that left light lacing.

Smell- Lime and hibiscus are definantly there as well as the brett, but there's also some super funky cat piss element to this. A warm funk at the end.

Taste- A very toned down Convivial Suarez. The flavors of Lime, hibiscus, brett, oak, are all there, but really light. Doesn't pop as much as convivial.

Mouthfeel- Very very light. High carbonation. Super light body. Light tartness. Relatively dry.

Overall- A drinkable, descent saison from a collaboration between two outstanding breweries. Why is this beer so mediocre?

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pink lemonade color. Nice hazy pink grapefruit. Nice bubbly white head and thin collar. Aroma is a sweet floral hibiscus, slight tart citrus and slight dry/tart yeast funk. Taste is that floral-funk combo at the front, some Brett/lime tart in the middle, then fades back to the hibiscus. Nice light body and medium-light carbonation.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got all excited when I found this bottle. Figured with a name like HF on the side it had to be good. Well it was, but not great. Easy drinking but rather bland and lacking in the flavor department.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured a clear reddish amber with one finger of bubbly white head. A good looking sour, more Kriek than Saison, but nice. Scents of lime juice, grapefruit juice, medium-light hibiscus and passion fruit, sour barnyard Brett funk and light malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a sour, fruit-forward aroma with lesser levels of barnyard funk than expected. A nice aroma, odd and experimental as true farmhouse Saisons tend to be and overall pleasing. Flavor begins lightly sour with notes of funky yeast, medium lime juice and light hibiscus tea. Middle adds some light lime zest flavors, but continues the above flavor profile, with lime flavors becoming medium-high. Finish is dry with medium-high notes of lime juice, light hibiscus tea, light white pepper and very light oak barrel and funky yeast. Sourness is medium throughout, not overwhelming. Aftertaste is lime juice, hibiscus and light grainy malt with hints of white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a light, lime-forward, moderately sour ale that gets most of its sourness from the lime flavors and not a big amount of yeasty funk. The oak barrel is also light, yet the hibiscus is present. An odd experiment that is extremely refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a slightly watery and puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very light, crisp, refreshing beer, perfect for summer. Overall this is a good experimental sour. The added ingredients are still present after a year of aging in the aroma and flavor profiles and the flavor and mouthfeel are quite refreshing. However it is not without its faults. The Brettanomyces character is far to low considering this is a 1-year aged bottle and the oak tank is barely present in the aroma or flavor. It is a good beer, but it lacks a bit compared to other sours as a result. Still worth trying.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +2.8%

750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Beer is a clear, pink ruby red. Decent.

Nose is spices, hibiscus, citrus, Brett and wood. Nicely aromatic, sweet and crisp. A treat

Opens citrus, Brett funk, lime and floral. Coriander and other spicy and floral notes in the middle with a decidedly Brett-y finish and just a hint of citrus fruit. Notes of oak, cobwebs and foam. Finishes clean. Really refreshing and drinkable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and crisp and refreshing going down. Clean finish with the slightest lingering aftertaste. The perfect session beer.

Just a really solid offering though nothing stands out about this beer. I could have a ton of this before I've had my fill though.

Photo of dirtylou
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

Sporting a similar billing as the dazzling Brother Soigne, I snagged a few of these immediately from bottleworks. This is the 2nd anchorage/hill farmstead collaboration that I'm familiar with - surprisingly pink body, light bubbly carbonation. It's still relatively mild with the brett really pretty soft - i think a few years will transform this beer pretty dramatically. The lime and hibiscus play nicely - here's hoping these two breweries keep collaborating as they're definitely two favorites on my shortlist.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pinkish orange body. Hazy. Big white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Floral. A little lime. Some brett. A little sweet and musty.

Taste - Sweet and floral up front. Lime is kinda lost. Brett builds. Kinda drops off and leaves some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Eh. Just shy of what I'd consider good.

Photo of boredalready
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am probably a bit of a Hill Farmstead/Grassroots homer but I enjoy this beer. Granted, I don't enjoy it as much as Soigne or Convivial but it is a dry, refreshing, and slightly fruity saison with decent drinkability. Nice color from the hibiscus as well.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #1, November 2013. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy light pink/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for very long. Not much lacing. Aroma is fruity and floral, the brew smells like hibiscus, lime, white grapes, pink grapefruit and some funk. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and a bit of green apple noticeable. It's a lightly tart beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit dry with moderate carbonation. I think it's a nice, refreshing brew. $13.99 a bottle.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good simple pop off the cork.

Out of the bottle comes out practically transparent. The body fills with barely any head production but comes off as a perfect looking color of red grapefruit juice. Head is fleeting barely a finger before it dissolves into a simple faint white collar and thin puck on top. There's very little noticeable carbonation, some comes up. Looks like a classic lambic.

Once again the body color seems to switch the brain in the same direction. Fruited grapefruit, and other citrus dominate the nose. Some floral notes quite a bit as well which is a nice compliment. Very zesty citrus oil smelling as well.

Palate comes with a big of jarring carbonation. Huge mineral notes of Perrier like water that take away much of the fruit qualities hidden on the nose. Lots of palate sting, and a bit wet and watery for oak aging as well. Subsequent notes of fruit come out with more sips as the carbonation levels get me more customized to it. Fleeting citrus finish. Strange hint of brett on this which comes out more earthy and dirty than dry and hot.

Overall it's not that bad, but it comes off more as citrus flavored soda water a bit too much, and not much hint of saision/brett quality. Hard to picture this one as barrel aged too, but it certainly feels like a nice light summer drink. Good attempt, but there is much potential here and room for improvement.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 83/100

A very average DIPA, I for some reason really thought this would rock. However it had a bit of a soapy after taste and the body was a bit flat. However it was very easy to drink~

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear pink while pouring and in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of lime and the earthy floral notes of the hibiscus are rather present. Slight oak, not that much funk.

T-Really nice balance with the lime and hibiscus. The fruit and floral notes go great together. The finish has a very slight tart note. If it was more pronounced the beer would be greatly improved.

M-Lighter, slight carbonation.

O-A good beer, more sour/tart notes would have improved this beer drastically.

Photo of cbutova
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- 750ml bottle pours to a tulip glass with a hazy, orange-pink body. A white head forms atop it to about two fingers high with a foamy, frothy texture. Decent head retention as a medium ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Aromatically most of what I get is spicy Farmhouse yeast. Notes of pepper, lemon zest, cooking herbs and fruits. Hints of barnyard straw, citrus, flowers and slight Brett funk beyond that.

T- Compared to the aroma things are much different and rounded out. The Saison yeast is still prevalent with the flavors mentioned above but the added ingredients and Brett open up. Notes of fresh squeezed lime juice, dry pineapple, citrus zest, tart floral hibiscus, cherry pits, dry straw and slight funk.

MF- Medium bodied Saison with a texture somewhere between foamy and creamy. Carbonation is at a moderately high level with a light tartness in the finish.

The flavor opens up a ton compared the aroma and the lime really comes into play there. Solid brew but for some reason the whole flavor just doesn't really end up being smooth as a whole.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Officially done with my undergraduate classes – a perfect excuse to crack open something special. I’m excited to see where this collaboration goes, since I love Anchorage Brewing and have heard nothing but great things about Grassroots and Hill Farmstead.

Batch 1, bottled November 2013 (six months before the date of this tasting).

A: Moderately hazy gold with a distinct pink tinge, adorned by a thin head of bright white bubbles. Very little retention or lace, although you can see some fizzy activity in the body.

S: Wow, this is fantastic – the bold funk of green olive and barnyard brett is there in the foreground, complemented perfectly with a layer of floral fruit that comes soon after. And it just keeps expanding: juicy mango, pear, lemon-lime, fresh-cut grass, hibiscus, it all fills the senses as soon as you get your nose even remotely close. A bouquet of a nose, and one that I could never get tired of. Wow.

T: A palate you don’t get from a beer too often: the sharp bite of lime upfront, paired with a metallic mineral water flavor and some briny brett. It comes together like a cherry soda, crisp, refreshing, and a little tart. Not full-flavored by any means, but complex and drinkable. I’d sip this on a hot day without question. Other than that, what little bit of density you get is some grainy malt and wheat bread yeast tastes, plus maybe some rose water here and there. Finishes mildly acidic, a tart, fleshy lemon pulp taste.

M: This is a thin beer; I was not expecting that. There’s a hint of soft carbonation in what turns out to be a watery body, but a bit of sharp citric acidity saves it; it ends up like tonic water or a light Italian soda. Refreshing.

O: This is a great example of natural-tasting beer. I feel like I’m drinking a wild, aromatic fruit drink that could have been the product of a thousand year-old recipe. And, on top of that, it’s good! Add interesting to tasty and you’ve got yourself a memorable drink (even if it turned out to be a little expensive) – cheers!

Photo of Luk13
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a beautiful pale pink with pinkish head. Aroma is very floral, some grapefruit notes, some decent citrus hop presence. Flavors could be more expressive. Orange tartness and light citrus rind, flowers and hop bitterness. Light bodied and lightly carbed. This is not a complex and intense saison/wild ale like most Hill Farmstead and Grassroots saison but rather a highly drinkable straightforward summer beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a bright ruby pink color topped off by one finger of pinkish-white head. No lacing at all with this one.

The aroma was rather subdued with light whiffs of earth, tart green apple, white wine and floral notes.

The taste was also on the subtle side with light notes of white wine and tart green apple. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and very dry with a light carbonation.

Could have been much better with more tartness. Overall, seemed a bit watered down.

Photo of jelpernw
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Technicalities aside, there is something about a salmon-colored beer that cries out for recognition. And recognition this beer deserves. The brett, the lime-juice, the hibiscus, all these could be construed as gimmicks, yet in the hands of Shaun Hill and his compatriots at Anchorage Brewing company they blend together into what my non-beer drinking fiancee calls the loveliest beer she has ever had. The touch of lime juice is refreshing, the brettanomyces is bretty, and all of it works together brilliantly inside of a hibiscus touch that pulls it all together in a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts where the eye instantly signals to the brain, "something special is going on here."

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light and refreshing. No sourness. Kinda bland.

Photo of KornWallace
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 4/21/14
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: The beer is pinkish in color with a very nice rosy head that crests at about a thumb and quickly fades away. Foggy with sediment that floats and is easily visible when held to the light. There is a large viscous ring that stays with the beer while the carbonation all around it flat out dies.
Aromatics: The nose is Brett tart with strong fruit notes. Grapefruit is the big aroma but there is also lime and possibly the hibiscus (but I don't know if I could truly smell out hibiscus). There is a mild wheat/malt in the background that gives the beer a mellow grassy to biscuity smell.
Flavor: The grapefruit is rather strong in the front as it hides some other fruit notes like kiwi and lime. The Brett is actually kind of weak on the palate and this beer is not nearly as tart as I was expecting. The malt/wheat supports the beer and helps to give it a fresh and clean flavor. The beer ends with some bite from the alcohol which is very warming and pleasant.
Mouthfeel: The beer is light bodied and viscous. Giving off little bites from both the alcohol and Brett.
Notes: The beer was served a little warm but it was pleasant.

Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a slightly odd pinkish tinted pale amber color with a muted pink colored finger of dense foam that falls over the course of a minute or two leaving behind mild lacing on the glass.

S - Quite floral overall with the hibiscus presence well represented. Lime shows itself prominently also giving a light, refreshing citrus kick. Brett gives a low, earthy funk and bitterness.

T - Bitter woodiness up front with a dry brett fermented earthy character overall. Hibiscus floralness comes thru but not as much as in the aroma. The lime comes thru nicely giving a lively citrus brightness to the flavor which is much needed.

M - A bit thin in body, even a little watery with a lower level fizzy and foamy carbonation. Nothing wrong, nothing special to talk about.

O - Given the list of ingredients, I expected more out of this beer. The lime and hibiscus are there but rather subtle in intensity and the brett character is low and uninspiring. Everything seems a bit muted and watered down in intensity. A bit disappointing.

Photo of toppoop
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a stunning pinkish orange with a bit of head which settles quite quickly. Best part of the be in my mind. Smells of tropical fruit off the bat with some floral notes as well. You can taste the lime right off the rip with the slightest bit of sourness. All flavor dissipates super fast. Mouthfeel is lacking since the taste of the beer is gone almost immediately. Would love to see the flavors stand out more and linger a bit more. Until then, this beer isn't too memorable.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.11.14
Batch 1
November 2013

A - Pours a hazy light pink-orange with a nice white and pink head.

S - Hibiscus and floral, subtle citrus lime.

T - Tons of Brett up front, then some lime. The Hibiscus is lost here.

D - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Nice and light. Some flavors are lost behind the Brett, but still refreshing.

Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours beautiful! Depending on the light source, it could be light pink to borderline copper. Mine erred on the former. Tight and bubbly white one finger head.

S - Lime and white wine flavors at first. It's definitely oaky and thanks to the brett it does have that funk in the background.

T - Lime and oak at first with some brett characteristics mixed in. Light tartness throughout.

M - Low body, medium carbonation. Has a dry mouthfeel.

O - It's simple and straight forward to me. Not something to wow you, but thirst quenching for sure.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Uptown Market

Pouring a surprisingly light pink with a thin, white head that falls off quickly, this looks decent. The nose is a blend of barnyard funk and hibiscus, moderately floral with a herbal tea character. The citrus elements are reserved, present mostly as an accent than a prominent note. The funk is pretty robust. Moderately footy, mildly clove like with plenty of barnyard, this smells pretty solid.

The palate opens with a blend of citrus, hibiscus juice and a crackery malt character. The lime juice is more noticeable here than on the palate. This is followed by the funk, full on in its blend of Brett, farmhouse, barnyard, earth, straw and a mild footy note. Not as footy as the nose would have you believe. Some pear juice is also present. Drying on the finish with a mild tannin character and a touch of vanilla, this beer is light in body (too light IMO), highly carbonated and an interesting drink. While the lime juice does alleviate some of the wateriness is present, it doesn't go all the way IMO. What does help is the addition of the yeast, but I didn't get to that until my third pour. Nonetheless, this is a refreshing and enjoyable saison, one that accentuates what hibiscus can contribute to a beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like a wolf in sheep clothing, the newest collaborative efforts of Hill Farmstead and Anchorage comes to life as an ale that drinks like a wine.

Arctic Soiree pours with a tawny rose color, sharing ribbons of gold, pink and peach through its faintly hazed prism. A gentle swirl releases a delicate creme of lace. Creamy but thin, the ale won't impress with any foam stance or lace but isn't as exuberant as champagne either.

Also in delicate fashion is the beer's wonderful bouquet. Its hibiscus plays on the nose with high floral and perfume. Somewhat tea-like, an herbal aroma wafts about its thin honey base. Its culminating scent is that of honeysuckle, piquant sparkling wine and dried citrus.

Its flowery taste is gentle on the early palate with those herbaceous tea notes, honeysuckle and gently rolling wafer sweetness. As the beer's acidity folds in on the middle, notions of sparkling white wine, lime and grapefruit, and its peppery acidity gives the beer a huge wine-like nod. Finishing clean, crisp and with the palate refreshed, an echo of hibiscus returns to greet the retro-olfactory senses in aftertaste.

Its light and racy body bounces off the taste buds with its sprite carbonation and acidic blend. But as its carbonation is fast-fleeting, it leaves a long and watering draw in the middle that has little to balance or support its acidic tartness. Finishing dry and with a pang of peppery warmth, the ale is effortless for the palate.

Arctic Soiree is a charming and delicate ale with a lot of elements of finesse and grace. If it weren't for its thin middle, it could easily be a high contender for herb and spice beers.

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Grassroots Arctic Soirée from Grassroots Brewing
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