Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has somewhat of a dark brown slightly cloudy body with a finger of white foaminess, clingy lacing here and there.
The smell has some spicy hops, gets a bit peppery as it warms.
The taste is spicy/peppery with a bit of sweet citrus, some grape-like flavoring seems to come out a bit as well with a sweet aftertaste and finish
On the palate, its about a light to medium, sessionable, alcohol not felt.
Overall, hey, I like this one, but I tend to like fresher saisons, I would have this again, and say this is good for its style. puboflyons (3498) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 17, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. One of only 1,200 bottles from March 2013. The pour is golden orange with a ridiculously foamy, puffy white head. The head fades by the end. The aroma is of toasted pale malts and citrus notes that are more akin to pineapple rather than lemon zest. The body is light to medium with a smooth sensation. The taste brings out that relentless pineapple ahead of the biscuit malts with a mildly tart finish. JBPortland (1564) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2013
375ml bottle (March ’13 release). Pours hazy rust orange/brown with big head, lots of carbonation. Nose is lemony, white grapes, fruity, some faint cereal notes, subtle hops. Mouthfeel is medium-body, good carbonation. Taste is fruity, hops, bitter, white wine, hay, lemon notes. Finish is mild piney bitterness, fruity, lingers. Obviously this has faded a bit in the 6 months since release but still holds up fairly well. Enjoyable. msnelling09 (179) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2013
The beer’s cork pops with an aggressive burst of pressure, and the beer pours a deep, rusty orange, bordering on amber. The beer’s head is massive and creamy almost-yellow, made of medium sized, slightly soapy bubbles that sit over three finger’s widths above the glass and hardly fade at all. In body, the beer is dark and murky with a decent amount of haze and very little visibility of the other side of the glass. Tiny bubbles can be seen all around, racing to replenish the head at the top of the glass, but no particles can be found in the beer. The beer’s head leaves a thick, bearded lacing along the glass which is quite surprising to see. On the nose, the beer smells uniquely juicy, almost like apple juice and juicy fruit, except for quick expressive bursts of citrus and caramel malt that suggest more to the beer. There is even a light, generic spiciness to it as you stick your nose in the beer. Slight gooseberry notes, like in a sauvignon blanc, can also be detected, heralding the presence of Nelson Sauvin hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes malty sweet with a superb balancing bitter and a light bite of acid. In flavor the beer is a little bland, which leads me to believe that I’m a little late on the hop-life of this beer, which is too bad. The flavor begins with caramel malts and a touch of stale bread, moving slowly towards gooseberry and a touch of not-displeasing plastic flavoring that fringes on sweet grapefruit pith with a touch of bitter pine. Light apple juice flavors wander in the middle palate, giving the beer an interesting fruitiness. The finish blends pine and caramel malt in a nice blend that reminds me of an old school DIPA’s. The aftertaste is tartly sweet, sort of like what the mouth tastes like after drinking apple juice. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body with a lightly prickly carbonation that fluffs the tongue and then leaves a light bite. The mouth is left sticky with saliva forming on its edges. Overall, I’m a little confused by this beer. I’m fairly certain that it is a little past its prime, but I by no means hated it. The flavors of the beer were interesting and different, and I would have loved to have seen them bolder and more pronounced, which they no doubt were when the beer was fresh. I’ve loved everything I’ve had from Rising Tide, and I still really liked this, its’ just a little past its prime. Rising Tide, please brew this beer again so I can try it fresh! It’s got nice maltiness and a touch of bitter hops at the end that balance it beautifully, but it seems to be missing something at this point. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2013
375 ml C+C bottle into a HF wine glass. I was hesitant to buy this at first seeing as I have never heard of this brewery before, but the 1200 bottle count and the fact that it used Nelson Sauvin hops swayed me to take the plunge. WARNING: As soon as I began unscrewing the cage the cork started to rise. No gush over but this thing is under some solid pressure.
A - Pours a lightly hazy orange/amber body. A massive head forms initially but settles down to a neat fingers worth of the white stuff after a few minutes. Some really gorgeous lacing and long lasting retention after swirling the glass.
S - Farmhouse meets the hop house. My god this is amazing. Notes of grass, plums, cereal grains and light spices segway right into the Nelson Sauvin which features just an incredible fruit bouquet of green grapes, nectarines, honey and some light dank herb. Smells somewhat syrupy and dense. Please turn this into an air freshener!
T - Very similar to the nose. It starts off very biere de garde like with fruity malts, crackers, grass and some spice. In the middle lies the great Nelson hop notes of dry sauvignon blanc wine, stone fruit and honey. The end returns to the spice and malty. Mouth feel is full and well carbonated. 7.9% abv? Couldn’t tell at all.
O - I’m a total Nelson fan boy, but the combination of that hop in a biere de garde is something of beauty. I would not even think to age this one as the hops, which never dominate, provide just the right amount of flavor to elevate this beer into something truly special. This beer was a total surprise, I just love it.
olr1984 (1530) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
375ml bottle pours deep orange with white head. Hop and pine aroma. Bready spicy hop taste. Thanks Thedrooid seth_lfod (329) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a dark clear orange with a rocky white head. Smell is sweet grapes, malt, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is malty grape with some serious carbonation. johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge beige head that takes forever to recede to a drinkable level. Wow that’s got a wonderful hop nose. Pine, resin and a light citrus aroma plays nicely with a spicy wheat and lightly bready malts. The flavor is lightly fruity with a great fruity hop flavor and a solid spicy bite from the wheat and yeast. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. Decent beer, I would probably try it again if it weren’t 10 bucks for 375ml. AirForceHops (7818) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2013
550 ml bottle thanks to Phatdog1 one on the sample. Nose is really pleasant, flower hops, that Nelson Sauvin is a variety I really tend to enjoy. Also sweet malt smelling. Light in body and tastes similar to how it smells. Malt takes over toward the finish yet has a floral hop presence with a crisp refreshing finish. Tauroe (2) - Saco, Maine, USA - MAR 15, 2013 does not count
Love this beer wish it wasn't one time batch. Could easily drink a six pack of these on a Summer day. Nice and hoppy taste but super smooth going down.
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