A new release in Smutty’s Short Batch series, this is an interesting and aggressively hoppy saison ale. It’s brewed with a new hop variety called El Dorado, which contributes fruity notes of stone fruit and watermelon rind as well as a solidly bitter hop backbone. A bright gold color in the glass, fruity and slightly piney hop aromas lead on the nose, but are followed shortly after by scents of lightly toasted grain, grass, citrus oil, pear and a hint of white pepper. There’s a warmth to the bouquet, which continues on to the full, lush palate, alongside flavors of melon, pear and citrus and medium carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel bright and refreshing.
Tasting Director/Senior Editor Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006. Thanks to her father, she developed a strong love for wine at an early age, with an enduring passion and respect for all things vinous. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and reviews wines from Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beer.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.