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Fair Isle Brewing
Washington, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #321
Ranked #10,063
4.12 | pDev: 4.85%
May 14, 2022
Feb 01, 2020
Notes: Bobbi is a saison brewed with new world hops - Loral, Citra and Mosaic. Created with ingredients farmed and foraged in the Pacific Northwest. Fermented with our house blend of wild and feral yeasts and bacterias.
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Ratings by pants678:
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by pants678 from California

Pilsner yellow with foam that's immediately gone.

Straw, yeast, lemon.

Coriander-y but very lemon, and subbing like faint basil. No pucker is a huge plus but more tartness would be welcome. Beach beer.

High carbonation works right.

May 14, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a hazy, cloudy matte golden color. Huge, lively, pillowy head forms on the beer. The head recedes but never completely. There is always a shifting mound of foam on the beer at all times. The aroma has notes of lemon, lemon zest, some mild funky notes, grain, white wine, grape, and yeasty notes. Delightful on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grain, a moderate funkiness, some brett, a strong lemon and lemon zest character along with notes of white wine, green grapes and a slight hint of apple. A moderate but palpable bitterness comes through providing a slight bite. Very mild bitterness is present on the back end. Its almost refreshing with the bright lemon zest and white wine notes. Feel is light, bright and lively. Bright, vibrant, sprightly carbonation.

Overall this is a delicious saison from Fair Isle and certainly leaves me hoping to try more of their stuff in the future.

Nov 25, 2021
3.82 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Aug 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

one of the more modern beers ive had from these guys, somewhat more clean and sour than rustic and bretty, also with the hops it seems quite new school. the quality is there, the funk is still present, and i found this unique and delicate, bold as the hops are in here. straw colored and nicely heady from the bottle, some light sediment in the bottom. i get the cat pee side of the mosaic, a little onion thing from the laurel maybe, and this presents itself as both herbal and citrus forward at the same time, meyer lemon, green grape, and ripe pear notes are also present. lots of character from the ferment, different than some of their others i have had, with a higher degree of bacterially derived acidity in this, still some high tone saison esters and some brett, but its a little sharper overall. the hops have a nice juicy organic vibe, the grain is light and dry but also quite flavorful, and all up i thought this was another nice effort from these guys, maybe a little unexpected, but real tasty. its impressive how stoked i am to see new beers out there in the wild from fair isle, like its only been a year or so since i had my first and i already think they rank among the breweries i am most excited about. this one has summer written all over it.

Jul 09, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a lightly hazy very pale straw color with an inch of white head that very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a lot going on; some funk, a light grain base, citrus and floral hops, and some yeast spiciness.

Very much the same on the tongue, just expanded. Each of the above components was brighter and bolder, and better defined.

The body was light, crisp, tart, and had a very dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, so much so I had two in a row, and would happily have it again.

Overall, a very good beer. a must-try if you see it.

Apr 13, 2021
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 21, 2020
4.09 by rab53 from Washington on Jul 05, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a lightly hazy, light to medium golden-yellow with a two finger white head that dissipates to thick patches with nice lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, lemon, grassy hops, hay and touch of funk. Flavor is grainy malt, grassy and citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, whisps of mixed fruit, Bretty funk. Lightly tart on the finish with lingering earthiness and lemon. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. I've wanted to try Fair Isle, but most of their production sounded a bit tart and wild for me. I tried this on a recommendation, and although there is a fair amount of tartness, particularly in the finish, it is very lemony, making it more to my taste. Good grainy malt and very bright citrus notes from the hops; a remarkable pure lemon flavor lingers long after the taste. In a blind taste, I'd swear this had a lemon adjunct added. The funk level is more domestic than traditional Continental saisons, but I expected that. Right on the edge of being to tart for my tasted, I still enjoyed the citrus from the hops interacting with the natural light sourness of the fermentation critters. Well done.

Jun 27, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

750ml bottle poured into a pair of small Cantillon glasses. Didn't see a date.

Pours clear light yellow with a big head and tons of carbonation. Really pretty. Head collapses slowly. Smell is funky, earthy, lots of grass.

Taste is dominated by funk, with a hoppiness that is clear -- comes across as grass and other greenery more than anything else. Maybe some lemon or citrus (contributing to tartness), maybe a hint of tropical (but just the slightest hint to my palate).

Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp. Overall, it's a very interesting beer.

Jun 06, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kemoarps from Washington

Pours a murky pale yellow/orange. Looks like a modern IPA or APA. Soft fluffy egg white head is beautiful and sticky, leaving the glass coated as I sip.

Nose is estery with some sweet and citrusy hops and a distinct level of pleasant barnyard funk. Interestingly enough, I poured it into two different glasses and one definitely has more barnyard, while the other is noticeably more citrusy. Huh.

Flavour casts no surprises based on the aroma: Citrusy hops and tart yeasty saison character with a finish that twinges to the sweeter character of each of those meeting. Both elements linger creating a nice long opportunity to contemplate what you've just drank.

Refreshingly medium bodied with a nice spritzy carbonation, this is a good funky saison if you want exactly what it says on the bottle: barnyard and hops. Yum!

Apr 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Fantastic new brewery in Ballard, where there’s a great brewery or two on every block. Beautiful hoppy saison, a nice contrast to the many other saisons at Fair Isle.

Feb 16, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WA_Brian from Washington

375ml bottle from batch 1, bottled Oct. 2019.

Feb 02, 2020
Bobbi from Fair Isle Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 12 ratings