Sound Raiden Imperial Saison
Reviewed by Brady White on August 11, 2016 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Sound Brewery
- Origin: Poulsbo, WA, US
- Rated On: August 11, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Imperial Saison
- Rating: GOOD !
This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some heavily bug splattered windshield lace around the glass as it slowly but surely recedes.
It smells of grainy and doughy wheat malt, mixed citrusy and pome fruit esters, docile earthy yeast, and some decent grassy, leafy, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, a lesser toasted and gritty wheatiness, still muddled domestic citrus and stone fruit notes, pleasantly sedate yeast, a touch of metallic flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is actually pretty tame after that opening act, in terms of the generic frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, as neither the big hops nor the small yeast seem interested in mussing about here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and even more mixed-up fruitiness the ongoing concerns.
Overall, this is indeed an engaging and well-made version of the style, the hops employed not particularly identifiable, but tasty all the same in their boldness, and not to mention the essentially AWOL alcohol. I still have no idea who the character referenced here is, but I’m sure that they wouldn’t mind the ‘Imperial’ association.