Anchor Saison Spring Ale

Reviewed by on March 20, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company

  • Origin: San Francisco, CA, US

  • Rated On: March 20, 2015

  • Best Before: February 2017

  • ABV: 7.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Spring Ale is the latest Anchor seasonal to make it up here, north of 49, where said season is just starting to feel like it’s gonna stick. Yeah, right.  Made with locally-produced ‘saison-style yeast’, and a trio of apparently California-bred ingredients – lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet creamy off-white head, which leaves some low-lying sea cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of zesty Belgian yeast, peppery lemon, earthy ginger, bready and doughy pale malt, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, lemongrass, mildly spicy ginger, white pepper, subdued earthy yeast, and more peppy herbal and leafy hops. The carbonation is rather engaging with its well-balanced fizzy and frothy manifestations, the body a sturdy medium weight, and kind of too tight to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the underlying malt keepin’ ‘er between the ditches, while the various guest ingredients mill about, looking for a place to happen.

I gotta say, this is one of the best brews that I’ve ever had from Anchor – I suppose all the extra saison complexity more or less obfuscates the house yeast character for which I’ve developed a certain ennui. Anyways, well-made, tasty, and fresh-seeming (not to mention the AWOL, near 15-proof booze), a pleasant choice for the purported changing of the seasons.

Brady White

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