Golden SaisonMay 1, 2011 Idaho Springs, CO
Idaho Springs, CO
Available: AL, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI
Founded in 1994, Tommyknocker Brewery sits in the mountains just 30 miles west of Denver, CO in the mining town of Idaho Springs.
Original gravity: 1048
This saison is a bit lighter in aroma and flavor than expected, but it’s still an enjoyable beer. It pours a pretty golden hue with a nice, fluffy white head that takes its time to dissipate. Fruity aromas predominate, with just a hint of the peppery spiciness that often accompanies this style. A fruity sweetness comes across in flavor, along with some subtle hints of lemon. A little thinner in body than most saisons, but on a warm day, it might be just the ticket. Bring on the summer!
- Lisa Morrison
Just the beer to wash away the dust of a long, dry summer’s day. Fragrant with citrus fruit and delicate spice, this golden ale is beautifully tart from the moment it hits the tongue and highly refreshing as a result. Oranges, lemon juice, a wheaty dryness and a hint of clove provide the flavor balance; raised effervescence fills the mouth with bubbles and cleanses the palate. Then everything subsides nicely into a dry, slightly creamy, cracker-like finish that has a clove-like bitterness and yet more orange notes. Crisp, clean and very enjoyable.
- Jeff Evans
Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess, writes about beer whenever she can and also gets to talk about it on a weekly radio show in her hometown of Portland, OR.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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