The Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado opened for business on January 22, 1994. Started by college buddies Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, the idea first came to light when Dick received a home brewing kit from his brother in the early 1990’s. Their first attempt was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become Left Hand’s most popular brew. Today, Doore and Wallace make over 3 dozen beers, distributed in 29 states.
Pour: A light pinkish hue, with mild carbonation.
Head: Very thin and airy, disappears quickly without leaving anything behind.
Nose: Pretty standard farmhouse aromas, mostly wheat with a little fruit on the end.
Palate: Dry and crisp, lighter than one might expect. Not as much wheat from the nose, there is some hint of cherry on the end but very mild. Finish is clean with some acidity.
Overall: Much lighter than other Saisons I’ve had a lately. Not as much spice and would have enjoyed a little more fruit but still an easy summer sipper. A nice pairing with roasted chicken, Middle Eastern food or creamy style cheeses.
Terrapin Beer Company was formed when two brewers met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. The two brewers, Spike and John, introduced their first Terrapin beer in April of 2002. Noted for their unique beer styles, Terrapin has captured the hearts of craft beer lovers all over the world! Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale is a seasonal offering that pays a clear homage to Georgia’s best loved fruit – the peach!
Pours a very hazy golden yellow color. The white two finger head is thick with impressive staying power. Once the head finally dissipates, a fine lacing remains.
Aromas of peach puree (like baby food peaches) and sweetened peaches (like canned peaches in syrup) hit you right off the bat. There are also notes of yeast and esters, although they pale in comparison to the strong peach notes. Rounding off the bouquet are undertones of clove and cinnamon spice that are rather muted and almost undetectable.
On the palate, there are overwhelming flavors of wheat laden bread and yeast. There are spicy notes of white pepper and earthy notes with a hint of “funk” that one would often see in a Belgian saison. The peach notes are more subdued on the palate than noted in the bouquet. The peach on the palate is more like a sweet artificial peach flavor, which is strange because Terrapin used over 10lbs. of fresh picked peaches per barrel produced. The finish is slightly bitter with a light dried grass note that lingers on account of the beer’s moderate to high carbonation.
All in all not a bad beer, however it seems as those the nose sets the drinker up for an expectation that is not realized on the palate. A decent summer refresher that would pair well with acidic dishes like fresh tomato and garlic toast or a summer salad with vinaigrette.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 2.5 Pints out of 5
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