Central City Brewers + Distillers / Blindman Brewing Across the Nation Collaboration: Red Rivers of Rye – Saison at 6.5% ABV | 15[?] IBU

Central City Brewers + Distillers / Blindman Brewing Across the Nation Collaboration: Red Rivers of Rye Saison at 6.5% ABV | 15[?] IBU (C$2.47 at NLC Stavanger, 355 ml, packaged on 6-Apr-2018, acquired 13-Jul-2018, reviewed 25-Jul-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby-tinged amber-brown with a thin pearlescent head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: sour rye, grainy malt, apple, floral, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, slightly sticky medium bitter lightly tart finish. (3/5)

Big hopes here: Blindman, doing a rye saison? Hells to the yeah! Does’t quite deliver, though. The first warning is the thin head, dropping almost immediately to nothing. Then there’s the hint of distressingly brown apple on the nose, and the slightly sticky finish. That’s not to say this isn’t without merit, because it’s just fine – but it’s nowhere near Blindman at the top of their game. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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