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Extra Dry

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Extra Dry is a Saison brewed with rice and was evaluated as an Alternative Grain Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category31A ) offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

While the intense dryness of this beer takes a few sips to get used to, this is a well-constructed experimental saison with subtle aromas of pear, baked bread, and mint.  It poured spritzy dark straw, with a bubbly head that reminded me of champagne.  The lively carbonation burst thru the head, and showed a minor amount of chill haze.  Its flavor was characterized by a complex tartness, supported by medium bitterness and a mild crackery malt background.  To me, the rice component was most noticeable in the finish, with the aforementioned dryness and a slight woodiness.  It was refreshing low in alcohol, which makes this a funky, warm-weather session brew.

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