phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle from pantanap- thanks, Kan! Pours an evenly hazed orange-hued gold with a finger of foamy bone white head that leaves an even ring of trailing lace. Aroma of floral hops, pears, peppery spice, wood chips, and bready malts. Flavor of pear juice, sweet and crackery malts, mild spice, floral hops, and some tropical fruits as well. Medium-bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a mouthfeel that starts dry and sharp and finishes juicy on the back of the palate. Really cool mash-up beer. JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled. Hazy light golden with a frothy white head. Enticing aroma, citric, light buttery hops, light toasted malts, yeast, pepper. Flavor is even better, fresh citruc, very clean, very tasteful, zesty, slightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. Nice one. Onslow (1540) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Cloudy bright yellow brew with thin-ish head. Very brilliant in the light. Aroma of green fruit, pear, yeast and grass. Taste is mild sweetness at the very start of the swallow, fresh green fruit / pear immediately follows, then a deep bitter / yeasty surge piles on. Lingering grass and yeast and crisp fruit at the finish. Very crisp clean and refreshing. BlowOffTube (515) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Yellow orange pour big white head. Fruit bowl yeast and lemon aroma. Big pear, lemon, hay, and yeast. Light body light carbonation. Dry finish. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottled 11/21/13 and poured 12/4/13 -- 13 days later. Poured this into a shaker pint.
Appearance: I poured the whole bottle in, including the stuff at the bottom. The beer is a golden, lemon sort of yellow color with a finger or two of an egg white head. The lacing is quite patchy, but nice. I really like the swirly haze the beer offers from the way I poured it -- works well with the whole "Captain Fantasy" name. The label art isn’t quite as great as some of Short’s others, but I definitely like the colors, and it’s certainly eye catching.
Smell: Candied pears (that’s a thing, right?), with a lot of lemon. A bit of that saison funk. Maybe some tropical fruit.
Taste: Much like the smell, but with the addition of hops and malt (this IS a beer, right?). The lemon/pear flavor is still on the forefront though. The hops and malts seem to come together for me in the finish. The hops add a nice bittering, almost leafy sort of flavor to the beer, and the malts leave a bready sort of aftertaste.
Feel: I’m relieved this beer has a decent body to it, because if this were any thinner, I’d enjoy it a decent bit less. The body’s fairly light (hey, it’s a saison), but it has enough that it doesn’t drink like lemon pledge cereal water.
I haven’t had many saisons, but I really quite enjoy this beer. The smell is very inviting with its fruitiness, and the beer has a solid bitterness and dry finish to keep you wanting another sip. It’s not exactly a "knock your socks off" kind of beer, but it’s a tasty one. Like a reviewer below said, I’m not sure I’d get a six pack of this (or if I did, it’d sit for up to two weeks probably), but it’s something I’d very gladly have again. The freshness is fantastic, and this would be a great brew to enjoy to signal the start of spring and/or summer.
jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle, muled across the Midwest by my buddy Steve – thanks! Pours a clear golden with a thin ring of white head. Nose is an intriguing blend of pear and floral hops. Light barnyard mustiness and farmhouse yeast. At first sip, the sweetness from the pear lingers before giving way to a strong hop presence; in a good way. Piney too. The farmhouse vibe is still evident, but the use of the hops steals the show. Good stuff! badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2011
shorts version (also was brewed by half acre). MiBG Summer Fest 2011. orange body with small head. nice and soft, peach and pear characteristics shine through the otherwise clove and spice aspect of this beer. flavor is mostly bitter and herbal, with moderate pepper. tropical fruit comes through in the finish. CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
This beer is delightful. I do not like saisons. I do like this beer however. The beer has a light flavor. It is crisp. A very clean finish and I am much more inclined to want to experience saisons. Strykzone (7797) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle bought during a Michigan trip. This has a nice thick shaving cream foam that very slowly fades. It leaves thick layered lacing. The beer has suspended yeast that causes considerable haze. It is orange gold. The aroma is earthy, hoppy, spicy, and grainy. It is what a Saison should smell like. The taste is heavy on hops. They are tart, citrus, and bitter. Yeast and cloves come through. It leaves an oily layer on the tongue. This is tasty and is a well hopped Saison. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2011
this ale had a gold-orange pour with a little haze, and made a two to three finger white head, effervescence was evident with a good flowing center stream and bubbles flowing elsewhere in the glass, this ale left spots and rings of lacing on the glass, a nice presentation, the bottle had a crescent moon cover of medium brown colored sediment in the bottle,
the aromas were orange and mild peach fruit with orange and grapefruit citrus, little floral scents,
there was very faint toasted malt in the background, I found the pear to be faint and in the background,
there was dry, grassy and quava citrus hops that are reminiscent of the Short’s Ale La Reverend beer,
the flavors were orange and pear fruit with grassy hop bitterness,
the finish had plenty of grassy hops and was pretty dry,
this drink started with some light fruit sweetness and ended dry,
the mouth feel was light with drying hops, a nice drink.