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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 24
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by wethorseblanket:
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 -5.2%
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%

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

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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 PBoegel
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.9%

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 PrendUnVerreDeBiere
2.69/5  rDev -36.1%
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 -1%
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 Tone
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -5%

Bottle opened on 9.21.14

Light and muted compared to the JP version.

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 +0.7%
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 scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch # 1. Bottled 5/2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, funk, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, citrus zest, citrus juice, pepper, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mixture of citrus fruit and funk characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Too funky for my liking

Photo of SABERG
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead goblet.

A - Light gold color, fine carbonation, coaxed into a very thin cap.
S - Grapefruit, ash, orange blossom and light toast.
T - Grapefruit to start, then the light honey on oak take over. Tight flavor range early on, opens
up into this smorgasbord o f fruits and light tart treats.
F - Crisp, light saison all the way. The first pass is tropical, then the dry wave moves through.
Delightfully dry, (we paired this with some super runny cheese and it was perfect) with some green grape skin tightness to close the deal.
O - What a treat, A fine offering that starts in a very defined way, ( saison) only to go far a field in the flavors.


Photo of busternuggz
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a thin tulip.

Nice golden/straw color with a thick, finely bubbled white head. Nice retention.

Grapefruit and pineapple juice on the nose, some pepper and oak, a little funkiness. Nice, inviting.

Bitter and sour taste with grapefruit rind, astringent oak, dry earthy funk, some green apple (hello Jolly Pumpkin yeast), bitter orange, white pepper. Ends dry, bitter, and clean, with some lingering white pepper. Pretty much no sweetness to it at all but it doesn't come off unbalanced.

Light bodied and spritzy, well-carbonated, clean. Very nice.

Tasty, nice character, well made. Thanks again Anchorage.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle shared with daknole. Good times.

The beer is yellow and hazy wig a thick, white cap. Aromas of funk, hay, yeast, citrus, tangy lemon. Absolutely delicious. What a great beer. A healthy funk presence, finishing with tart citrus, a touch of spice. Lovely.

Photo of shleepy
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Murky yellow. Decent head. Dilly, but also citrusy and herbal. Taste is complex yet balanced, elegant; a little of everything going on. Moderately sour, but not overwhelming in the least.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good saison. Give it a try

Photo of MDDMD
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-lemon, grains, slight grapefruit, funk, hint of spice

T-grapefruit, lemon, grainy malt, pepper, yeasty funk, hint of pine and tropical fruit

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little dry

O-excellent Saison, great flavors, this collaboration certainly worked out for the positive

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. Nice tart and a little funky with great taste. Crisp and clean.

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