Pipeworks- Any Other Name 6% abv.
Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter, Evil Twin Brewing stemmed craft glass
Appearance: Unfiltered, pastel honey body with an off-white head. Good head retention, but it eventually dies down. Minuscule bubbles zip up from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma: Lemon, spices, and a definite floral character… must be the rose hips (which, I found out through a quick search, are the berries found on rose bushes)
Taste: Shall I compare thee to a Saison Dupont? No. The much-beloved Saison Dupont is a very classic example of the farmhouse ale style. Pipeworks on the other hand, offers something different. While familiar pieces are there- the lemony hop flavors, the spicy yeast kick, and the pilsner malt- the addition of rose petals and rose hips add a layer of depth and oddity. Sit back and examine the flavor, and you’ll get just the slightest suggestion of tartness.
Feel: Medium-light, spritzy. Long, floral and dry finish
Overall: Ultimately, the names here, are irrelevant to me as much as they are to Juliet. A great saison of which I think The Bard would approve. A word to the wise- pour carefully to avoid the yeast being added to your glass, unless you like that sort of thing.
Food Pairings: chevre cheese, spinach and arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing, fish and chips, beignets with rose hip coulis