Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing
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4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into trappist-style "chalice" glass.
A: Hazy straw yellow. Fairly fluffy head.
S: Banana, corn, fresh-cut grass, hard candy.
T: Lightly sweet-and-sour (light on both, but both are present). Zesty lemon-peel. Very light floral hops. It's subtle, balanced, and refreshing.
M: Pleasantly light, to the point of feeling evening lighter than its 6% ABV rating. Acidic.
O: Very solid summer beer.
09-04-2013 04:19:56 | More by shleepy
4.09/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-03-2013 20:48:01 | More by kevanb
4.14/5 rDev +1.7%
S: Lemons, grass, leaves. Slight bretty funk, but not overbearing.
T: Soft, lemony acidity. Dry, with a touch of sweetness.
M: Light but not thin. Carbonation is medium-high.
O: I am skeptical of all beers with the name "Brett" in description because they tend to be one dimensional and thin. However, like other Anchorage products, this finds a balance that makes it extremely drinkable and at the same time fairly complex.
09-03-2013 20:29:46 | More by jibbyvonjibb
3.96/5 rDev -2.7%
750ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #1. Thanks be to the good doktorzee for procuring this for me from sunny SoCal. Fantastic pop when the cork was dislodged, rather easily, I was glad to see.
This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, spongy, and finely foamy rising off-white head, which leaves a solid pattern of snow crystal lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of edgy, grassy, and mildly funky yeast, grainy pale malt, a touch of wheatiness, indistinct dry citrus rind, mildly woody oak staves, and spicy, earthen hops. The taste is a fairly tart kick to the palate - sourly acidic apple and citrus, astringently funky Brett, raw wood fibers, stale, dry leather, musty white wine lees, and understated earthy, herbal, spicy hops.
The carbonation is fairly tight and frothy, the body a pleasant enough medium-light weight, whose smoothness is pretty hard to discern among all that heady funk and acid (hipster band name pending). It finishes on the dry side, as the graininess of the wheaty malt isn't sturdy enough to keep fending off the Brett and oak overtones.
A generally approachable saison - from afar, of course, until your taste buds acclimatize, if they ever do. A lot going on here, the wood the most innocuous of the bunch, while the guest bacteria does what it does best, and the citrusy hops do well to keep things in traditional beer territory. Quite well made, this one is, and definitely worthy of seeking out, especially if you're an avowed funk-head, eh, Greg?
09-02-2013 23:28:00 | More by biboergosum
4.11/5 rDev +1%
A-clear light golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing
S-wheat, yeast funk, citrus, spice
T-lemon zest, wheat, yeasty funk, pepper, spice,little oak, slight bitter finish
F-medium body with moderate and lively carbonation, crisp
O-good Saison, well-made, but straightforward
08-31-2013 13:19:47 | More by MDDMD
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer tonight!
750ml C&C bottle. Cork comes out of the bottle with a loud pop.
poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: bright yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to an uneven clumpy cap and leaves behind a spotty lacing..
Smell: Light, bright clean and balanced nose. Hints of citrus, tropical fruits, light brett and earthy oak, yeasty/breadiness, and wheat malts.
Taste: mild lemon tartness. Light brett notes that are earthy with a hint of oaky. Yeast and peppery notes. Wheat malts. Nice balance thats effortlessly delicous. I like that the brett wasnt over the top in this beer.
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. bright, crisp, and clean. Awesome drinkablility.
Overall: I think this Grassroot's beer is way under appreciated. It is very hard to find any major flaws. Another really enjoyable saison! What a jem!
08-29-2013 04:59:07 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
The tag-team of Anchorage and Grassroots play into a crescendo of funky freshness in this Arctic Saison!
Pouring a lemon-yellow color and chocked full of powdery haze, the ale simply looks citrusy and zesty. It builds a creamy off-white head with proven retention and concentric lace. The ale simply exudes the look of Belgian farmhouse ale.
Both rustic and racy, its aromas contain the earthy wet hay, supple whole wheat, vinous tartness scent with a light waft of sea air and weathered wood. Lightly leathery and attic-like, the roots of Saison are firm. But then the fresh scent of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and herbal botanicals offer up a new-wave and highly complex set of aromatics.
The vibrant sweetness of ripe citrus pulp and tropical fruits are propped up with light malty wheat support. The complementing taste of orchard, citrus and tropical fruits weave into the malts with playful acidity and impeccable balance. Its finish is earthy with brine, french oak, wine rot and hay. Sharp hop bitterness offers up one last citrusy impression before the ale fades into an aftertaste of sawdust and a return to lemons.
Medium-light in body, the sparkling carbonation dissolves into the malt for a creamy upstart. But as the acidity comes to life, the ale takes a lighter tone while alcohol, hops, and peppercorn spice dries the beer in finish. In closure, the ale has a somewhat "feathery" texture with a sense of arid dryness and slight warmth.
The new way that folks like Anchorage, Prairie, Hill Farmstead and Grassroots have reinvented the "American-ized" Saison style is truly inventive as they retain what's classic about traditional farmhouse taste but injecting them with the lively character of citrusy hops. They simply flirt with perfection.
08-28-2013 17:25:34 | More by BEERchitect
Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.