Notch Valley Malt BSA (2012-)

Notch Brewing
Formerly brewed at Ipswich Ale Brewery
Salem, Massachusetts USA
4.4% Saison | 5 Ratings | Autumn Seasonal |
This year’s barley was grown in Northampton, at Slow Tractor Farm, harvested on July 22, malted in late August at Valley Malt and brewed that same month. The the Valley Malt BSA is a farmhouse ale, brewed with a pain in the ass yeast that has a long fermentation time, so from mash tun to bottle takes five weeks. So here we are at the turning of the season, and the beer is finally ready for release. As you can tell, this harvest beer is a bit later than the seasonal pumpkin beers that hit the shelves in July, and the primary reason we the changed the name. We discussed this last year, and it got some unexpected play in the beer-o-sphere. Rather than conjure the gods of the Massachusetts harvest to quicken the growth of our barley, our BSA Harvest is now Valley Malt BSA.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
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Yeast/Bacteria
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Other
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Texture
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Finish
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