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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Ground Break is our new spring seasonal… it’s an Americanized (hoppy) Saison. It’s brewed with generous amounts of Amarillo, Crystal and Glacier hops (none added during the boil by the way- only first wort, whirlpool and dry-hop additions) and flaked rye. It’s fermented with a blend of Dupont and Chico yeasts. Very dry, ample yeast character, and hoppy. We’ve brewed a couple of batches so far, and expect it to start showing up on draft first, then in 6-packs and our variety 12-pack in February. It’ll last until May or so when we start rolling out this year’s version of Partly Sunny, our summer Wit-style beer! This will show up everywhere that our seasonal brews and variety packs are found: NY, PA, CT, MA, RI, NJ and OH.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Notes from old backlog: Hazy golden pour with a white film of head. Phenolic aroma with some crackery malts, bubble gum and clove. A touch of citrus as it warms. Crisp body. Nice and dry flavor with crackery undertones and peppery white pepper phenolics. Minerally towards the back. Finishes dry and peppery. Nice.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1501) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma: The two things that stick out the most are cheesecloth and an herbaceous hop character, specifically basil. There’s also a bit of dandelion flower here as well. Has a pastoral feel. Appearance: Hazy, cloudy gold body with strong, lively carbonation; the white head never quite goes away, and leaves a white meringue. Flavor: A bit more grainy up front; more herbal than floral (like the nose); very dry and leaves a lingering bitter herbal impression on the palate. Palate: Full body, thick texture, lively carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Some good bones here, but I must admit that the beer was much more enjoyable in the nose. Still, a pretty nice offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (2506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap at the Daily Growler. Gold pour, white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, floral, lemon. Tastes are banana, herbal, hay, tea vibe. Ok. - 6.8

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Pours yellow hazy with a white head, aroma of mango, pineapple, flavor of pine, mango, lemon skin and pineapple, medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5632) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Hazy shiny pale yellow with a nice frothy white head. Spicy and lemony aroma with yuzu and some hops. Flavor is rather dry with a light sweetish note, wheaty, citric and mildly spicy with a bitterish hoppy finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2014
12oz bottle from Orchard Fresh, Orchard Park, NY. Clear straw with a thin white head; yeasty aroma with some tropical fruit in the background; bready body with a pleasant mango taste; and a lingering sour bitterness to finish. An interesting and different brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROBC3366 (519) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle to glass. Hazy yellow body with a thick hearty white head. Nose is a dry bitter farmhouse hay, some sharp lemon. Taste is dry, bitter hay up front with a lemony bitter finish. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is sulfur, soft acidity, spicy yeast notes, faint mint character. The flavor is acidic, bready malts in the finish, the American hops are not overwhelming but they are very noticeable with orange, mango. This is a tasty saison.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drsandman (189) - New York, USA - APR 23, 2014
Pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish white head, good lacing. Aroma is bready, biscuit, yeast, lemon zest, fresh grass. Taste is full of lemon zest and super light grassy hop, rye, yeast. Very refreshing.. Not a ton of flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2014
Aroma of garden herbs, sugar and yeast. Light yellow with fine suspension. Sharp-bitter and cool sweet which makes for an interesting balance, also a touch of farmhouse funk. Very zesty while in the session range of the style. Sort of like the white IPA’s that have been hawked lately.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a slightly hazy golden orange with eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells yeasty with notes of clove and mild hops. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced. Average (at best) on the palate. Too much clove IMO.


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