Payday | Hop City Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TerryW
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pootz
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can . pours hazy amber- golden with a frothy white head offering good retention and lacing. Aroma has fruity-herbal tones ; banana peel, lemon grass, stone fruit over a dense breadiness - Medium bodied but bright in character, dry and refreshing but also rich, satisfying and flavorful. Flavor profile has sweet dense malts in front which mix with a mildly complex amalgam of flavors from over ripe peach and banana to musty woody yeastiness and slick dry bittering - clean drying finish with herbaceous notes. Rich in fruity esters and a decent brew but off track as a traditional saison as it is a tad heavy for that.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright orange gold in color with a thumb's worth of head. There is some lacing present along with a collar of foam. The smell is spicy, with a touch of candi and a definite Belgian yeast presence. Taste follows the smell closely with a bit of a citrus zing added for good measure. The feel is medium in both body and carbonation.

Not a bad effort, I would have this again on a hot day by the dock.

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Photo of binno
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Feb 23 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy, brassy golden colour, producing almost an inch of soapy, fine-bubbled head. Retention is pretty good; it seeps ever downward over the next 5-10 minutes, eventually being reduced to a creamy cap of foam surrounded by a frothy collar. Decent lacing. The aroma is spicy and yeasty, with coriander figuring in prominently alongside notes of grassy hay, flowers, white pepper, orange peel, apple skin, bready pale malts and wheat, with perhaps just a touch of bubble gum. Nothing too adventurous so far, but still appropriate for this style.

A respectable effort, if nothing else. The backbone of the flavour consists of grainy, bready malts and wheat, with subtle, fruity hints of red apple, orange peel and apricots joining in by mid-sip. Things get a lot spicier thereafter, and a bit hoppier too - grassy hay and an herbal, floral bitterness come through first, followed up with coriander and peppery grains of paradise. Finishes yeasty, with a quick, mild note of funky acidity followed by a lingering coriander/pepper spiciness in the aftertaste. Medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide only a modestly crisp bite. Feels smooth and a little "chewy", which is more than likely due to the presence of oats. This one's too spicy and strong to be considered sessionable - more of a sipper than a gulper, if you know what I mean.

Final Grade: 3.81, a B+. Hop City's Payday Saison may be the first Belgian-style beer that this brewer has released to a wide audience, but they've still managed to produce a decent final product. It's a little too spicy and yeasty for my tastes - perhaps a little too much coriander in the mix, although I did like the grains of paradise and their citrusy, peppery notes. All in all, this is a pretty well-made saison with some room for improvement - like all of Hop City's brews, this one is unlikely to blow your mind, but it's still worth a look.

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Photo of Electros
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squeezyq
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can from the LCBO for around $3.10 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Rich and hazy dark gold color. Massive three fingers of bright white head and impressive staying power. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - Plenty of grassy notes with some yeasty sweetness, hints of candi sugar and a suggestion of tropical fruit. Interesting mix.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, grassy with more sweetness than I'd expect from a siason. Flavorwise more like a syrupy not well executed tripel, but I guess it's ok.

Mouthfeel - A little syrupy and thick, lacking the crispness that a great saison usually has. Carbonation isn't bad and either is the drying finish however.

Overall - Payday isn't a bad saison, but like most of Hop City's other offering, it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. A little heavy for my tastes, but there are plenty of worse saisons out there too.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the lcbo for around $3

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Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YourMackDaddy
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well done Saison. Great when looking for something cold but still somewhat hearty, especially on a hot day. Tart and earthy, smooth feel and rather crisp on the finish. I'd reccomend it to someone who's unfamiliar with saisons and looking for something for a good introduction.

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Photo of ewpass
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange with good head and lacing. Floral nose. Funky, earthy moderately prickly finish. Fresh for a saison, milder flavours, needs to age.

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Payday from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 17 ratings