GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber pour that comes out golden colored. aroma of citrus zest, juniper and hops. taste that follows the aroma. the citrus and juniper stand out. different for sure but not half bad.
SPDickerman (880) - Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber with a large off-white head. Smells a bit like rye, some earthiness, and a touch of juniper. Tastes bitter, a bit funky, kinda citrus peel spiced, juniper notes. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and active mouth-carbonation, New Belgium Lips of Faith Sahti finishes funky.
seymour (1319) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle into standard pint glass. Beautiful, clear golden-amber color with thin white head. Pleasant aroma of grain, hops and subtle juniper. Restrained malty sweetness, some rye crispness, slight biscuit taste. Nice round mouthfeel, very dry finish. Here’s the thing: I know talk of "beer styles" makes the New Belgium brewers’ skin crawl, and I like that about them. But hey, they called this Sahti, not me, so I feel entitled to quibble. Sahti is an ancient Finnish style using rye as most of the grainbill, mashed with and lautered through a juniper twig bed, not boiled, utilizing little or no hops, fermented with rough baker’s yeast, left unfiltered. This beer doesn’t appear to use much juniper or rye, is clearly boiled with hops, fermented with a very refined neutral yeast, and microfiltered. It’s a great beer, possibly better than most Sahtis, definitely more shelf-stable, but it barely resembles true Sahti. Regardless, you should give it a try.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft 12/28/10). Clear deep gold color. Medium off white head. Light grass and citrus hop aroma. Same flavor, with light sweetness and light bitterness. Avg duration. Light bitter finish with light alcohol. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.
jmagnus87 (2216) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber from Pinch poured into an English Pint. Pours a dark burnt orange with a small bit of off-white head. Slight aroma of sweet malt and citrus hops. Medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with a creamy yet oily texture. Lively carbonation and a long sweet finish. Overall, not bad. Nothing I would seek out but something I would drink again.
Jimthechap (1479) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange amber under a bright white head that thinned and dissipated in short order. The aromas didn’t smack of juniper as I had expected, but were rather subtle and leaned more toward blood oranges. The flavours are the main writing point as it was sweet and tangy with orange citrus flavours. It was a fairly light beer considering its pedigree (and its alcohol content, thought my companion who si a very learned chap in these matters). The hop content was either incredibly subtle or my tastebuds had taken a beating from dinner. Juniper cames through on a subtle note toward the finish as well as being herbal and astringent with lots of ginger.
This beer was ideally suited to its purpose as a mid-dinner conversation piece. Plenty to muse on and good dollops of flavour to accompany the strength of the Mexican dishes we were eating. A cracking drop.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.
Appearance: Clear amber with thin white head that disappears leaving no lacing. I thought a Sahti should be cloudy?
Aroma: Bready with a decent level of spiciness, citrus and a somewhat metallic bitterness (this may be the juniper).
Taste: Very bready, caramely and spicy, with citrus and juniper. The juniper just seems a little strange to me, as if some gin was poured into my beer. Surprisingly simple, and almost ordinary, compared to my expectations.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a juniper-driven dry finish. Strangely boozy for the moderate alcohol.
Overall: Hard to review a style I have not had before. It is hard to know if it is indicative of the style or not. My guess is not, since I thought it would be much more yeasty, both in appearance (cloudy) and in taste (banana, maybe slightly tart). As is, this seems to be simple English Ale with a bunch of juniper. I will need to try one of the better reviewed examples of the style to know if I am the problem or if the beer is (I have a sneaking suspicion it is the beer).
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by Butters at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Pours a clear golden color with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of pale wheat malts, nutty notes, herbal notes. The taste is sweet malts, herbal notes, citrus and caramel. Fairly sweet. Medium bodied. Decent.
alexsdad06 (4522) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a battle between juniper and other herbs and the sweet caramel malts that try to take over. Some vegetal notes with agitation. The flavor is sweet caramel malts, light leafy notes, juniper and a touch of spicy rye. I get some sweet tea toward the finish. This was strange and I probably wouldn’t have this again.
after4ever (5927) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours a somewhat hazy bronzed medium amber with a loose and thin tan head. Drippy lace. Bit heavy-handed with the caramel on the nose, almost like a candy bar melting in the sun. The juniper and rye just emphasize the sweetness of all the residual sugars in this. Creamy medium body with prickly carb, though not much of it. That gin flavor juniper, along with the spiciness of the rye, kick up a little on the mid palate, flowing under the river of malty caramel notes. You can almost feel the angry little imprisoned sugar molecules trapped in this beer, slashing rebelliously against your mouthflesh on their way to their doom, it’s just sharp and prickly and coruscating. Overbearing and oversweet.