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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 26
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Keith_R on 06-07-2014

Same recipe as the one brewed at Jolly Pumpkin (collaboration recipe) but beer was brewed at each location separately. Different bottle/artwork.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, opaque, pulpy looking orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very strongly of grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel, along with tart lemon, dirty funk, and tropical fruits.

This tastes great, almost like a wild grapefruit mimosa or something. Tons and tons of juicy and tart grapefruit flavor, along with a little bit of lactic acid, lots of Bretty funk, and some citrusy bitterness that's probably from the Galaxy and Mosaic hops. It's not particularly complex, due to the heavy handed use of grapefruit, but it's tasty and really refreshing.

This is medium bodied, with a juicy, almost pulpy mouthfeel, and a medium level of carbonation. It's really drinkable.

Another great Anchorage beer. The more I try from them the more I realize how great of a brewery they are.

Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4 Hazy, orange-gold with a fairly large off-white head.

S: 4.25 Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and funk on the nose. A bit of a mineral aroma that works well with the brett and esters. Mild hops on the end that add some pine and more lemon.

T: 4.25 A touch sweet at first, followed quickly by grapefruit, pepper, saison yeast, and a big dose of funk. The light tartness from the brett compliments the oak flavors, but it all kind of gets a bit lost with the sweetness. Like the nose, the hops on the finish bring lemon and pine flavors which compliment the grapefruit very well and add a slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.25 Pretty full bodied and fairly viscous for a saison. There could be a bit more carbonation, but the dry finish helps out and makes the flavors linger.

O: 4.25 This beer is interesting and very easy drinking. It was a bit one dimensional at first (grapefruit really dominated), but as it opened up there was more going on and was quite balanced.

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw with a glorious foamy white head.
Yeasty, grapefruit. aroma.
Tastes is rustic, hint of grapefruit, with a strong citrus oil taste.
Mouth feel is dry with a beautiful hint of bitterness!
Very nice offering from Anchorage Brewery!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white finger's worth of head. Fair retention results in a silky looking layer of suds across the surface. Spots of lacing can be found around the glass.

Smell - Tart and funky. Grapefruit and lemon juice. Grape bubblegum.

Taste - Boy that's tart! Starts with sour lemon and an underlying green banana funkiness, then quickly shifts to a pure grapefruit juice flavor. A hint of pith bitterness in the finish along with a mild spice bite. Make no mistake, though, the predominant flavor is grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light to moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking before a bone dry finish.

Overall - Grapefruit is mentioned a few times on the label, and you'd better believe it. Tastes like fresh-squeezed grapefruit mixed with a sour brew, and based on the label's description, that's basically what it is. Not sure if this wouldn't be more appropriate in the fruit/vegetable beer category, but it's a delicious brew all things said.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

I had the one brewed at Anchorage and it was sour and delightful

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At the correct 55 degrees, this is a pleasant farmhouse with hops and a complementary edge from the grapefruit. Too cold, raw effects of each. Kosher BTW.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold color with a sliver of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit , pears & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, rich grapefruit peel & little dryness. A little peppercorn sneaks in as this warms, plus more grapefruit & pear, light breadyness & just a little yeasty twang. Finishes dry, grapefruitty with a little peppercorn spice

MF: Light/medium bodied, lively carbonation

Nice drinkability, one of the better collaborations I've tried. Good interesting saison

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale glowing orange, opaque and crowned with a dense frothy foam.

Aroma is intoxicating on its own, sandalwood, oak, vanilla, grapefruit zest.

Bretty taste, citrus zest, dry oak. Funky wild yeast in a Jolly Pumpkin vein.
Juicy citrus, immediately drying and oaky. Soft supple feel, fruity, dry. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this is very good. A little better than the JP version, a little more fruit forward.

Photo of n2185
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Tart cherries with sweet candy sugar up front along with citrus rind, pepper, and some hay and barnyard funk aromas.

T: Sour fruit up front with musty and slightly bitter barnyard flavors. Some spicy pepper flavors follow and linger on the aftertaste. Musty flavors and grapefruit also come through.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite drinkable without being watery.

O: A good beer, overall. Tart, funky, and citrusy throughout. Deliciouis.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid half-inch thick white head which fades slowly and yields spotty lace.

N: Grapefruit and funk along with wheat and some lemony zest.

T: Saison-like yeast, peppery and herbal spices, some stone fruit notes.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes dry, funky, yeasty and wheaty.

O: Impressed with this one. Wish I had one of my own.

Photo of PBoegel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged, decent pop on opening, decanted into Firestone Teku.

First glass was bright, lightly hazy sunshine yellow with some dense one finger foam. Second pour is hazier as the yeast and sediment are roused via the effervescent carbonation.

Aroma is very bright citrus, chardonnay, touches of wood, pops of melon. Very inviting aromatics.

Flavor profile is where this beer just wins and continues to shine. Lots of tart funky grapefruit and lemon. Layers of sweet melon on the mid palate, with a fantastic dry refreshing finish. Brett and bugs interplay to provide a really great depth of flavor.

Overall, this is one to get and one to get a few extra of to hang onto in the cellar and savor for as long as you reasonably can.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Bright citrus and tropical fruit - orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Has the house brett funk flavors, but very well integrated to enhance the fruit, not so much rusty and funky. High acidity but not overly so. Overall, a great American sour, and one of Anchorage's best. Very light body, dry. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light golden straw with a sea foam white 2 finger head. Retention is very nice with a good amount of spotty lacing.

S - A nice tart grapefruit funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well.

T - Damn this is funky with just a slight tartness about it. The grapefruit hits right away with lemon zest, floral hops and a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some medium peppercorn spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison and thought it was very well made with a great balance of tart, funk, and spice.

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.69/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Was expecting citrus, but not a sour. I would categorize this in the sour style. I am not a fan of sours and so I don't like this one.

Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on-tap at Lizardville, this beer was served to me in a tulip glass. Draws a clear, medium golden color with a nice, fluffy lookin white head about an inch thick when first served to me that settles to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some very nice lacing. Aromas of yeasty funk along with some fruits such as figs and apples. The taste pretty much follows suit, with some subtle malty sweetness upfront that gives way to some yeasty funk and a nice hint of green apple sour tartness that is followed by a subtle presence of fig, raisins, and perhaps a bit of plum. Rounded out with a slight touch of citrus hop bitterness which I feel accents the sour and tart notes very nicely. Has a crisp, yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer ought to be!


Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Batch #2/DEC 2014

A: Pours a fairly hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and a light amount of golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a pillowy finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett over the top of light to moderate aromas of pale malts, lemon citrus, and citrus/grapefruit zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of brett funkiness (hay and barnyard notes). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and spicy saison yeast. Finally, there is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger. Overall, there is a moderate amount of funkiness which lingers beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable with a nice amount of funkiness in both the aroma and taste. Nice hops flavors are present as well as the traditional saison flavors/aromas. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely worth grabbing. Aspects I associate with both breweries shine through.

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Look - Golden, Hazy, Frothy. Looks like a fun summer beer

Smell - Yeasty, sweet, slightly sour

Taste - When I began tasting the beer the first sensation i tasted was an orange sweetness. The deeper into my pint I got, that sweetness dissipated and turned into a bitterness(which I enjoy more). The two fruit flavors that I taste the most are orange and grapefruit. The overall citrus - ness is pleasant

MF: Light and pretty highly carbonated. My mouth enjoyed

Overall - I thought this was a very huge representation of the style, with a slight twist to make it unique!

Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, hint of pepper, strong yeast, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, floral, and slight spices. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, sweet malt, hint of hops, floral, slight spice, hint of pepper, and a grapefruit. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good body, the grapefruit is subtle but still characteristic and pleasing.

Photo of Celtics17
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I get the grapefruit after a few tastes. The beer has a slight sourness, but big bitterness from the grapefruit.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle opened on 9.21.14

Light and muted compared to the JP version.

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

The aroma has citrus, grapefruit, a good amount of hay funk, and lots of tart qualities.

The flavor follows with wheat, citrus peel and grapefruit, a funk of hay and wet sock and gym skunk, a little bit of wet hay. There's spice on the back end.

A fine brew with complexities of fruit, spice, funk.

Photo of draheim
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes on Thanksgiving.

750mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy warm golden color w/ a big, lasting head and lively carbonation.

Aroma is tart and oaky, bretty, funky. Lots of wet hay, citrus.

Taste follows nose. Brett yeast, bright citrus, spice. Dry oak.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish, carbonation keeps it light.

Overall a really nice, very bretty saison with plenty of oak character.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #2, bottled in 12/2014. A bit of a gusher upon opening, but not too bad. Pours slightly hazy bright golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast/peppercorn spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt flavors; with a great fruity/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. A fair amount of dryness, but still has some lingering yeast and spice notes after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild spiced saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This version seemed to be a bit more yeast/brett forward with less tart grapefruit flavors and more dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and I can’t say I prefer one over the other overall.

Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. Batch #1, bottled May 2014.

A: Pours a hazy glowing golden with a finger of dense off-white head that faded into a thick and lasting film. Thick streaks of lace was left down the glass.
S: Musty oak and earthy Brett and yeast mix well with juicy grapefruit juice and mild peppercorn. Bright and fresh smelling.
T: Spicy yeast, earth, and musty oak hits first followed by juicy grapefruit juice, mild pepper corn, and bitter grapefruit peel. Grapefruit is prominent and tastes just like the fresh fruit. Peppercorns add a nice touch, I guess.
M: Medium body, sweet and tingly mouthfeel, drying finish with splashy and soft carbonation.
O: Juicy and delicious. Will likely age well. Worth checking out.

Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale straw hue with a bit of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick layer of pillowy white foam that sticks around a good long time leaving some chunky lace on the glass. Not bad at all.

Smell: nice aroma of mild malt, distinctly grassy hops and a wonderful farmhouse funk. Delightful and very authentic. The grapefruit is just the icing on the cake.

Taste: a little bit tart at first, but this gives way to the funky, grassy saison. There's a little bit of bitterness from the grapefruit peel here, but overall it's a darn good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this is a delightful beer to drink; the grapefruit peel just adds a dash too much bitterness, though.

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