The Easygoing Drink
Garden Path Fermentation

The Easygoing DrinkThe Easygoing Drink
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Style:
Wild Ale
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4.4%
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4.17 | pDev: 4.08%
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The Easygoing DrinkThe Easygoing Drink
Notes: Lightly tart Grisette fermented in a foudre and finished in oak and stainless, keg-conditioned with honey.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is how the modern saison/grissette should be brewed. This is also how American Wilds should be brewed (but many, alas, are not.)

However you might classify this Easygoing Drink, I am rating it highly against its peers in the saison family... my favorite style. This is Drink's second release, packaged on 10/10/18, its label has a koala hanging from limb with glass in hand and the slug is "A Skagitonian Grisette." (Skagit does not sound like a village in the Ardennes. It is a Valley that produces this ale's ingredients with terrain varying from the volcanic Northwest to the Puget Sound.) Anyway, I bought my copy from The Beer Temple in Chicago.

While Drink has a nice clarity, it does Look more like a Wild than a bubbly, protein-whirling saison. Drink starts by Smelling like a lemony saison (not much yeast/bacteria funk in the nose.) Tastes are perfectly refreshing; like slaking the thirst of miners that the grisette was designed for. The finish is close to bone-dry and leaves an impression of wine (you guess the varietal as it has been too many decades since I drank that stuff.)

Too many Wilds ruin my mouthfeel with a sour that is almost catastrophic with food. Not with this Drink; it only is mildly tart and was a great accompaniment to a medley of summer appetizers. Even two snobby wine drinkers went "yum-yum" for this beer.

My first from Garden Path, I went on their website and was impressed by their dedication and credentials. The founder was a managing partner at Jester King and I can taste that. Garden Path is only a few years old in a rural, mountainous corner of the country. So how lucky am I to get a taste of that in the flat, geographically homogeneous Midwest ?

Jun 17, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged 10/10/18
Pours a light fluffy foamy medium head with med retention decent soapy lacing, very clear light pale colour

Nose brings big funky barnyard Brett, big Brett B farmhouse with some tart grassy hay, lemony notes, grainy malt, hint of honey and butter oak, light fruity notes

Taste brings more Brett B funk but not as dominating, barnyard, farmhouse saison funk, light spices and fruity notes, light buttery oak, lemony tartness, little grassy grainy malt, fair lemony, little tart acidity, hint of floral herbal hops, some dry honey flavor, fair honey overall, dry finish with more honey and fruity tart

Mouth is lighter bod and thin watery, fair effervescent carb, dry slight astringent finest

Overall not bad, tasty if you like Brett B, too watery overall, and to funky and sour for a typical grisette. But still good

Jan 26, 2020
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kemoarps from Washington

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is pale clean clear yellow body like light apple juice. Decent little soapy white head.

Nose is tart green apple and a decent little barnyard funk.

Body goes the same direction. Earthy barnyard funk is the lead and carries a rich depth to it that belies it's 4.4%. Some mild fruity/floral character but it's primarily light funk leading the train. Really pleasant and flavourful, this is a perfect sunny summer afternoon brew.

A little thin on the body, but with bright effervescence. Finish is almost as much umami as it is bitter, but it's not a lot of either.

Really pleasant summer sipper here. Definitely glad to have grabbed a bottle.

Jun 22, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

oak fermented wild brew conditioned with honey. i think all the beer these guys do is bottle and keg conditioned with honey, but i could be wrong. here, its such a light a mild base beer that the honey comes through quite a lot more than it does in the other beers i have had from them. i thought this was excellent, and i immediately want more of it! a very mellow funk, bretty and young, on top of a mild wheat and pils malt base i suspect, nothing out of the ordinary here, but its a nice showcase of their house funk, which might be a little less developed than its been in their others i have had, but less sour too, which means more drinkable for me, this is only lightly tart. mild lemon and lemon verbena notes, relaxing ginseng tea or something, and a beautiful delicate fresh flower bouquet from the honey, which is fermented pretty dry, but leaves some of its pasture blooming wildness in here, which for me really defines this beer. great carbonation, gentle body, tons of cool nuance from the brett and from the honey. the name says it all, this sure is an easy drinker, but its not without its complexities. maybe my favorite one i have had from these guys so far, i am excited about their beers!

Nov 14, 2018
The Easygoing Drink from Garden Path Fermentation
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 6 ratings