Grassroots Arctic Saison | Grassroots Brewing

Grassroots Arctic SaisonGrassroots Arctic Saison
BA SCORE
4.09/5
805 Ratings
Grassroots Arctic SaisonGrassroots Arctic Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor.

We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family.

Brewed and Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska

Added by N17shelfside on 07-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,270
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
805
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
139
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of AGust82
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of capnamerica
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roybert
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khmel
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This saison pours a light golden, almost straw color with just a hint of cloudiness. The head is off-white at two fingers with a LONG retention. The nose is where it's at on this brew: sour apricots, hints of jasmine and peppercorn. The taste follows the nose, but is more muddled than the nose and so lacks a bit of character. The mouthfeel is good and smooth on this one with just a slightly dry finish. All around, a good saison, but fairly mild and not the best I've had. This being a Hillstead Farm collaboration, I was expecting a little more.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky straw golden yellow with a solid two finger head of active white foam.

Grain, toast, subtle lactic acidity, musty brett, barnyard funk, wet hay, lemon, and subtle white peppery spice.

Citrusy and lemon notes much more pronounced in flavor than aroma, there is still a musty Bretty funkiness but is less pronounced and the lactic acidity takes on stronger character with a hint of yeasty phenols and white pepper.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, tart, light, refreshing.

Overall, while not a huge fan of the style, this is a great example and certainly worth a sampling.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque straw yellow with a big foamy bubbly head.

Spicy peppery lemon bubblegum on the nose.

Tastes like light barnyard funk enveloping the above aromas, with banana candy very far in the background.

Arctic is kind of a shy, unimposing Saison--for the legendary status of Hill Farmstead, and the sudden notoriety of the up and coming Anchorage, it's a touch underwhelming.

While refreshingly tart, it actually does feel like it has a sort of arctic chill to it, like some greater quality may have been shocked out in the cold.

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Photo of eire
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #4, bottled in 10/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly 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 retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pear, melon, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light musty funk, light oak/vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pear, melon, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light musty funk, light oak/vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pear, melon, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic saison that emerged from the collaboration between the world renowned Hill Farmstead with the well-respected Anchorage brewing. It is very clean and refreshing. I tasted essentially a lemony explosion. There is nice foamy head and great carbonation. Any time is a great time drink saisons but I imagine this would be heavenly in the summer time.

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Photo of redfish2942
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2

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Photo of loganburgh
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold, a couple fingers of foam, good surface coverage.
Funky Brett aroma, wet hay and sandalwood, dried lemon peel.
Taste is all funky Brett, much the same as the aroma with a bone dry finish and mild bitterness.
Nicely balanced and drinkable, the Brett dominates. For my money Saison Brett holds its own against this, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of Inglewood
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoegueuze
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wheresblue
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 805 ratings
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