BBB63 (5607) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber and served in Pipeworks sniffy thingy: Pours a slightly hazy coppery golden sunset hue with a lasting frothy head and very good lace. The first thingy you notice when evaluation of the nose is the pronounce PMW hops esters of pink grapefruit, crabapple and pineapple along with a slight hit of pine needles and pine sap resin. Oh yeah this be an íMerican styled Saison foshizzle. Wheat husks and pils malt round the aroma into happy clouds.
The taste is bright clean citrus bitterness over a layer of biscuity and wheaty malts. Slap of some hop spices and dusty dry yeast notes (methinks fermented with an íMercian yeast if not for the slight bubblegum note). The mouth feel is sprite and lively, dry but not overly dry. Yes... this is a SIPA (Saison India Pale Ale) and I LOVE IT!
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
spicy nose. fairly clear light gold color with reasonable head. sweet note in nose. some hop aroma. quite bitter. some spicy notes. super dry, almost astringent finish. not so great.
madmitch76 (12235) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2013
Very hazy amber beer, big fluffy off white head. Palate is soft and airy with fine carbonation. Semi dry. Very nice tangy orange with touches of mango and apricot. Mild seltzer minerals. Light finish with whispers of flowers and lime. Nicely hopped Saison.
Sammy (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wafting hops. A lot of hops, a lot of peach, dry and funky finish. Worth a try. A bit of a strange finish.
Bottle from 20 west.
Johnsense (606) - - SEP 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold orange pour, little head. Hoppy citrus aroma, yeast. Bitter hops, pine, yeast, lemon, light funk. Dry finish. Meduim body. Carb is soft but active.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Yeasty aromas. Hoppy notes with muted yeast and spice notes. Adequate body and mouthfeel.
jstraw (1842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly clear orange with big, foamy, flotsam off-white head, strong legs / Mellow, floral nose of orchard fruit, citrus, spice, soap / Light to medium body, very lively carbonation, dry with astringency and fruit somewhat lacking, and bitter finish / Stylish, dry flavors of grain, straw, chrysanthemum, marigold, orange peel, apple, coriander / A bit unduly dry and bitter, without enough fruit for support, but all in all an elegant and complex brew.
wlajwl (3340) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is citrus, yeast, spices and a small hint of bubblegum. The flavor is citrus, spices, malts, bubblegum and a tart/mildly sour finish.
brokensail (9202) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Turbid straw colored pour with a white head. Grassy nose with some pine and citrus zest. Aromas of green apple and solvent with a bit of sweet caramel malt. The flavor is a bit better, but still not terribly enjoyable. Heavy grass character, some pine, light vegetal notes, and lots of green apple. Mild malt sweetness, light citrus, and a touch of bitterness.
Scipio (600) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright and hazy golden with a big, foamy white head. Aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, orange, lemon, and touches of banana. The taste isnít extremely complex, although I find plenty of flavor. It is big in lemon, spices, and yeast initially, while I find some apple and melon flavors underneath. The aftertaste is quite yeasty with hints of fruit. Mostly dry throughout. Medium body, a sudsy, bubbly texture, and some very fizzy carbonation. Maybe its all of the bubbles or something, but even though it isnít very potent, the alcohol content makes itself readily known. This is good.
BeerSquare (115) - - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good, solid and interesting beer-- far safer, more interesting, and more reliable than the intersection after which it is named.
Itís pretty much just a great fusion of "hoppy ipa" and "saison". One of the rawer, more bitter edges Iíve ever tasted in a saison.
But since it still has that wonderful belgian sweetness to it, you get to really savor the sharp hops playing off the sugary belgianness.
Good stuff, and another interesting truly new beer from pipeworks.