Review: Lemon Drop Saison
Typically, when we think about hoppy beers, the first thing that comes to mind is IPAs. These are really the first beers to implement that huge, resiny overabundance of hops. Though hoppy beers have always had a following, it wasn’t until American northwestern hops changed the game in the bittering department.
The hops coming out of the Northwestern U.S. have a pleasant citrus and pine bitterness that provided not only much needed bitterness but also great, fruity flavors that weren’t possible from traditional American, British and European hops. September’s beers aren’t typical hoppy beers, but they employ some of the greatest hops on the planet to make wonderful beers truly brilliant.
Lemon Drop Saison
Brewery/Brand: Wasatch Brewery
Serving Style: Draft
Description: This brew pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a nice, pillowy, white head. The nose is quite light with some spicy-yeast phenolic aromas. The taste is classic saison with nice clove and coriander spices on top of toasted grains. The Lemon Drop hops add a pleasant lemongrass bitterness that counters the spiciness from the yeast. It’s nice, light and easy drinking.
Overview: The Lemon Drop hops are the star of the show here. They add a bit of dimension that take this beer from average saison to tasty, warm-weather quencher. Take advantage before all of the autumn beers take hold.
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