Bridge Brewing Lemon Gin Saison
Reviewed by Brady White on April 21, 2016 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Bridge Brewing Company
- Origin: North Vancouver, BC, CA
- Rated On: April 21, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Saison
- Rating: GOOD !
This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of thick streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.
It smells of gin notes straight off – juniper, indistinct spice, and bad decisions – bready pale and caramel malt, earthy, and sort of phenolic yeast, white and black pepper mill grist, a stale lemon rind thing, and gentle leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy wheat malt, a further free-range honeyed caramel sweetness, lemon zest, some reduced gin-adjacent botanicals – vegetal juniper and spruce needles, mostly – huddling yeast, bland table-top ground pepper, and more plain leafy, herbal, and grassy green hoppiness. The bubbles are pretty low-key after their initial explosiveness, given their current wan frothy leanings, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as the yeast, lemon gin esters, and actual hops all seem to not care a whit about their running roughshod here. It finishes off-dry, lots of varied malt, honey, and zesty fruit hanging around to counter any lingering green astringencies.
Well, they more or less nailed it – if you absolutely had to mix the thing that is Lemon Gin into a Saison, this is what one might imagine it would turn out like. I mean, it’s not exactly a kitchen sink approach, and nor do I have any intention of tossing the rest of this down one, but, yeah, you really have to be into the guest ingredients to consider taking this one out for a second date.