Cellar West Artisan Ales Nightingale
What the brewers say
A fluffy little saison with oats, lightly dry-hopped with Citra and Nelson Sauvin.
What our panel thought
Fantastic tropical-hop aroma, with hop-driven orange-citrus notes fading to allow spicy phenolics to emerge—notes of wood and pepper, with light malt in the background. Crisp, balancing bitterness with lightly sweet malt and spicy-woody notes. Light acidity. Balanced fruit and spice. Effervescent.
What our editors thought
Glassy foam head lingers for an attractive pour. Guava, passionfruit, and faint smoke on the nose gives it immediate but structured appeal. The sip leads with pepper notes and a bit of herbal bitterness, with just enough body to soften the edges. An interesting take on contemporary hops that doesn't march down the obvious path.