Batch #4 (for David Bowie) | Zebulon Artisan Ales

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4.08/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Zebulon Artisan Ales
North Carolina, United States
zebulonbrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We take our classic mixed field Saison and hop it up like a west coast IPA.

Hopped with Columbus, Centennial, Comet, and Citra.

Added by wedge on 04-04-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
22
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Rifugium:
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3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A true West Coast style saison.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded greenish orange color with a large, frothy head that retains nicely. Smooth orange, grapefruit, and floral hop smell - just a bit of dry-hopped green edge. Fruity yeast esters work well with the hops. Zesty citrus hop flavor...flowers, grass, bubblegum, grape, and mango. Medium bodied and fluffy with a dry finish. I'd like to try this with a fruity, funky Brett strain.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Zesty aroma of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops that blend together so well. Notes of lemongrass, orange peel and bubble gum.

T- Tangy and bright with the hop flavor and bitterness coming in at the front and the yeast finishing a bit sweet. More spice characteristic with the hops tagging along for the ride and lending an herbal quality.

M- Crisp and vibrant with a dryness from the lingering hops. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A very tasty Belgian IPA that's very hop forward but works in harmony with the yeast. My one criticism is that it's slightly too bitter to be largely quaffable but, since it's almost 7% ABV, I imagine it's not meant to be.

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Photo of djgustafson
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AppaZappa
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange zest hops with a light aromas of herbal hops, pale malts, and spicy saison yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cracker, wheat, and pale malts with a moderate flavor of spicy saison yeast. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange zest, and herbal hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering aggressive bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp initially with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable, these hybrid style beers are not always successful but this is a very nice example which captures nice aspects of saison/farmhouse and west coast IPA. Very nice hop flavors and aromas with the more traditional saison/farmhouse malts and yeast. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of baklo
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by a prodigious head; impressive stickage and some nice lacing action, to boot

Smell: Spicy and herbal, with notes of cracker, citrus pith and yeast phenols

Taste: Cracker malt, in the backbone, with the combination of the Belgian saison yeast strains and the hop bill merging together, bringing white pepper, herbal tones and citrus pith together through the middle and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting hybrid, bringing a nice hop presence to the underlying interesting character of the saison style

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Photo of scbeerman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McAndrew
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4 (for David Bowie) from Zebulon Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 22 ratings