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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Arctic SaisonGrassroots Arctic Saison

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 24
Gots: 128 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: N17shelfside on 07-17-2013

This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor.

We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family.

Brewed and Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviews by kevanb:
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass.

The beer pours a light, golden straw color, very cloudy with some noticeable sediment that settles at the bottom of the glass. Atop the beer rises a lovely white head, nearly two to three fingers high that has very nice retention and leaves a good network of soapy lace behind. The aroma is very straightforward for a saison, lots of lively yeast, a touch of clove, lots of wildflower, pale grain and straw, light but prominent funk, with some earthy qualities as well that come across nicely. The flavors are on target with the nose, lots of yeast, light funkiness that is a bit cheesy, rustic grain, almost like spelt or wheat that goes along with the simple pale grain, a bit of clove, some light fruit that is a touch acidic and some nice floral qualities. The body is great, really lively, carbonation is high, but very smooth with just enough bubbliness to tickle the tongue, coats the mouth quite well, with a nice creamy sensation at the finish that leaves a nice dry tingly feeling behind.

Verdict: A very nice Saison from Grassroots/Anchorage. I really enjoy this style of beer from both breweries and it's clear that Shaun's vision came to fruition here, a really palatable saison that is both earthy and rustic, but a little wild. While it doesn't offer up much in the way of over the top complexity or risk taking, it's very refined for a simple, straightforward saison. I do wish that there was a woodiness to it, which is a great signature of both breweries.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NateF90
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pored from a corked and caged 750 ml dated March 2014 into Hill Farmstead stemware at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Pours that murky hazy pale sunset fog that makes me salivate... The aroma quickly reveals the funky characteristics I so crave. The taste delivers. Funkier, fruitier, and more delicious with each sip. Refreshing and satisfying. A must enjoyable bottle and glass to linger over. Orange and pineapple, maybe a little past ripe, dominate the finish. Velvety smooth but undefined mouthfeel. This beer makes the day better.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #1, bottled May 2013.

In a teku glass this beer was gold in color, with a small white head. There was scant lace.

Spicy aroma, some citrus, some grassy hops.

Lemon taste, some lemon zest. Sharp spice. A bit of funk.

This beer was a little sharper than I wanted it to be. Overall not a bad beer. I probably would have ranked it higher if I hadn't had Boulevard's Saison Brett the day before.

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Appearance: Clear light rose color with a decent head; slightly hazy.

Barnyard aroma with some much more inviting fruity aspects. Mild tartness, light funk and mixed fruits dominate the taste.

Feel: Body should be both livelier and a bit fuller.

O: Moderately complex and nicely original.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.