Grasslands Saison | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry, spicy farmhouse ale with a flowery finish. Brewed with chinook hops.

Added by akorsak on 05-13-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
32.07%
 
 
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1
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Reviews by Slatetank:
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Al's recently -draft version since the key lime cask version was kicked.

The color is hazed light golden straw with thin white cap with a tight bead.
The aroma is very phenolic and grassy (go figure) with some mild fruit elements and hints of yeast ester with grainy smell. The feel is good with some peppery aspects and very highly carbonated w/ slight dry finish very low alcohol in the feel, but kind of sharp with the carbonic acid.

The flavor is decent with some phenols up front and slight peppery/grassy hop quality with mild malt and somewhat fruity overripe pear flavor with a gentle clove in the finish. Overall a good beer, but I would probably not get this again.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Roadog
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy, kinda dull golden body. Medium white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Really woody. Lightly woody spiciness. A bit of wine. A little bit of grain and dried grass.

Taste - A little hoppy and grassy here. Lots of white wine. Woodiness builds into the back. Grainy and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It's the slightest bit tart. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - So it has all the components of a really good wine barrel saison, but doesn't seem to come together. I can't quite figure out why it doesn't work, but it's just shy of really good.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Al's. A firkin with jalapeños.

A: A beautiful golden tea color, golden brown and translucent. For being from a firkin, the ale is still quite clear. A white head comes along too.

S: No hint of the jalapeños in the nose. Instead, the sharp saison base gets its time in the sun. Spices and yeast, principally anise and curacao along with the mild fruits of the yeast. Like the original version, Grasslands is a wonderful beer to sniff - spicy and complex without the heavy hand of alcohol.

T: The start of the ale is all saison, spicy and fruity. Only at the midpoint do things get hairy - and boy do they get hairy. But first, more on the saison. The anise and mild fruits, pale fleshy varietals, can and do provide enough flavor and mustiness to carry the ale. The jalapeño, though, add a whole new dimension. They start off prickly and vegetal but quickly pick up steam, growing hotter with each passing second. The culmination is a fiery mouth, not ghost pepper hot, just pleasantly heated. And that heat lasts, complicating my romance with Black Note.

M: Sweet, musty, and damned hot. The Grasslands varietals are easily the best beers coming out of Pizza Boy right now.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Lurkerson
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fievel
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArtZan
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of salthemonster
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BWH3
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great look and feel. Taste and smell have very minimal flowery note. Not enough for style

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Al's, Enola, PA

Pale golden orange pour, hazy, with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma is light an grassy with tinges of citrus zest. Taste follows the smell, biscuity malts, lots of grassiness, pulpy citrus, notes of yeasty funk, and a bit of candy sweetness detectable as well, apricot chewiness, spice and light bitterness in the finish. Pretty smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this beer in a growler during a visit to the brewery with some friends.

Sampling at cellar temp into a snifter, this beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with bleached white head foaming up several cm before fading gradually to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands. The growler gave a pretty good pop upon opening with a little CO2 fog coming out of the top.
Aroma is fairly hoppy, which I didnt anticipate,with some grass, pine sap and general vegetal notes. I also get a bit of musty funk and maybe a little white grape. The nose is pretty complex and I find it appealing, not overwhelming.
The first sip reveals a light to average body with with a smooth texture and almost cask like carbonation.

Flavor is a bit grainy and maybe slightly tart but then goes for some grassy hops and finishes very dry and musty blanket funk after each swallow. A complex ride of flavors with no real hits of booze and the dry finish keeps me coming back for additional sips.

This is a complex and funky saison that I enjoy and would recommend, what I dont know is if it is a regular offering at Pizza Boy or not. If you like the style and see the beer, you should give it a shot.

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Grasslands Saison from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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