April 2018 - Farmstead, Draft, Kolsch, Alt & Saison

April 2018 - Farmstead, Draft, Kolsch, Alt & Saison
This month's Beer feature is Farmstead, Draft, Kolsch, Alt & Saison

Farmstead, Draft, Kolsch, Alt & Saison Reviews

Rogue Ales 7 Hop IPA
95 points
Clear gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of passionfruit pastry, cedar, hop pellets, dried tropical fruits, and paprika bbq rub with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long spicy mango chutney on snap peas, rye toast, and radicchio finish. A delightful and lively marriage of zesty, fruity hops and malt.
Awards: 2018 Best Foraged/Farmstead Beer
Deschutes Brewery Pear and Bergamot Sour
93 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of peach and pear nectar, floral honey, lemon-lime bars, and kumquat with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium body and a smooth, interesting, long lemon-orange-pear relish, buttered zucchini raisin toast, marinated artichoke, and apricot vinaigrette on watercress finish. A flavorful and refreshing "brunch" sour with adroit balance and an easy, approachable style.
Rogue Ales 8 Hop IPA
93 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cedar bark and citrus leaves, hay and hop dust, tropical fruit yogurt, and honey roasted root vegetables and corn with a slightly chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long peppered greens, pine honey, and spiced papaya finish. A big resonant IPA with great spicy, fruity hop flavors.
Rogue Ales Fresh Roast Brown Ale
93 points
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and coffee beans, baking chocolate, pumpernickel crust, and charcoal with a supple, finely carbonated, medium body and a tingling, medium-long dark chocolate mousse, paprika rub, and nutshell finish. A nice dark brown ale with good flavor and balance.
Unibroue Á Tout Le Monde Megadeth Saison
92 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of juicy orange, lemongrass and turmeric tea, gingerbread, and dried lavender and bay leaf with a round, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long mint honey on toast, orange pepper, and radishes finish. A delightfully spicy and and engaging saison with superior drinkability.
Awards: 2018 Best Saison
Deschutes Brewery Sagefight Imperial IPA
91 points
Brilliant copper color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of sage stuffing, Moroccan orange spice cake, and floral herbal tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long rosemary mint jelly, artisanal cola, eucalyptus honey on pepper bread, and citrus zest and pine blossom finish. A fantastically rich and exotic excursion through a herb-laden forest of flavors.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Farm Girl Saison
91 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled citrus peels and root vegetables, marinated artichoke hearts, and sourdough French toast with banana reduction with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long cornbread muffin, delicate herbal honey on pears and citrus, and spicy jicama and sweet potato chips finish. A chewy, well balanced, classically styled saison with sensational food-pairing potential.
Rogue Ales 6 Hop IPA
91 points
Dusty golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana-mango butter on onion roll, turkey jerky, dried herbs and hay, and beeswax candle and eraser with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted nuts and grainy bread, pepper, and hint of pine resin and smoke finish. A round and well balanced dry IPA.
Rogue Ales Honey Kolsch
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of corn pudding with honey, pineapple yogurt, and schmaltz with a supple, spritzy, dryish medium body and an engaging, medium-long salt buttered sourdough toast, snap peas, radish and onion sprouts, and honeycomb finish. A very savory and rustic Kölsch for the table.
Deschutes Brewery If You Were A Beer Saison
88 points
Clear light gold color. Musty aromas and flavors of pineapple mint jelly, spicy banana tart, and fruit stripe gum with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-to-long peppered potato peels, carrots, and corn cobs, flat parsley, river stones, and lemon pith and grain finish. A piquant, peppery saison.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Brewers Series Batch 2363 Blueberry Double IPA
87 points
Cloudy copper color. Aromas and flavors of toasted berry custard pastry, roasted yams and corn, dried herbs, and squash stew with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long pretzel bread pudding, pine grilled citrus, blueberry chutney on rye, and radicchio finish. A subtly flavored berry IPA that retains the attractive citrus and pepper character of the hops.
RavenBeer Dark Usher: Dark Kölsch
87 points
Opaque brown black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, dark pumpernickel toast, fig paste, and turkey jerky with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cocoa, roasted corn, peppered arugula, and mandarin orange finish. An interesting Kölsch porter hybrid that is quite refreshing and food friendly.
Unibroue Blonde de Chambly
87 points
Hazy old gold color. Savory aromas and flavors of melted beeswax, herbed cheese frittata, coriander tea, and cocktail bitters with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a medium-long pear soufflé, persimmon, mesclun, and banana chips finish. A delicately spicy saison with effortless drinkability.
O’Connor Brewing Company Shore Temple Flavored Saison
86 points
Dusty gold color. Aromas and flavors of ayurvedic toothpaste, lemongrass and balm, spiced yams, peas and turnips, and wet clay with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long peppercorn muffin, tangerines with mint, and herbal polenta finish. A very savory and mouthwatering saison that will be great at the table.
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