ABV: 6.5 IBU: 35
Trinity Brewing Company One Ear
What the brewers say
“One Ear is an unspiced ‘naked’ saison brewed with barley, oats, and rye. A free-rise fermentation develops a light fruit and pepper, while the assertive hopping profile creates a dry finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate peppery note with light fruity esters. As it warms, a big grapefruit note. Low pale malt presence. Tangerine, guava, and white grape. This has a strong white-wine character to it. Some underlying earthy hops.”
Flavor: “Moderate grapefruit flavor with a tartness and spiciness that extend into the aftertaste. Moderate bitterness and moderate carbonation. Hops dominate this beer. Huge white-wine character that’s citrusy and tropical. Seems like it would be sweet, but overall sweetness is fairly low and transitions into a pleasant acidity and bitterness. Dry finish is very clean with a touch of bitterness.”
Overall: “Would like a bit more balance in the spiciness and a little less carbonation. Mild astringent notes toward the end of the sip linger into the aftertaste. Very fruity even for a saison with a big white-wine character and underlying citrus and tropcial fruit. Dry finish makes this very drinkable.”
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